In the afternoon of October 10, the Turkish military and the National Syrian Army (NSA) advanced further in northeast Syria, capturing new positions from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Turkish forces captured the towns of Beir Ashiq, Aqsas and Hamiyda east of the key border town of Tell Abyad in northern Raqqa. A few hours earlier, the town of Yabseh along with its farms as well as the village of Tell Fender west of Tell Abyad were captured.
The forces also advanced in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah, capturing the towns of Kashtou and Kashtou Tahtani. Both towns are located to the west of the key town of Ras al-Ayn.
“More than thirteen PYD [Democratic Union Party] / PKK [Kurdistan Workers’ Party] terrorist gang members were killed in Operation Peace Spring,” the NSA said in a short press release.
Meanwhile, the SDF claimed that its units had destroyed five battle tanks and killed five Turkish-backed militants near the town of Tell Abyad. These claims are yet to be verified.
The Turkish military and the NSA launched Operation Peace Spring a day earlier, with the aim of establishing a 30-40 km “safe zone” in northeast Syria. Washington facilitated the operation by withdrawing its troops from border line with Turkey.