Late on August 12, the Turkish military and its proxies in northeast Syria launched several small-scale attacks in al-Hasakah and Raqqa.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Turkish forces clashed with Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops near the towns of al-Qasmiyah and al-Rashidiyah in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah.
Similar clashes broke out between Turkish forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the town of Kur Hasan west of the border town of Tell Abyad in the northern Raqqa countryside.
Turkish forces also shelled the Ain Issa refugee camp in northern al-Hasakah. Fire erupted in several farmlands bordering the camp. Nevertheless, no human losses were reported.
In the last few weeks, Turkish forces carried out several similar attacks in northeast Syria. The SDF and the SAA are yet to respond.
Last year, Turkey signed two separate de-escalation agreements on northeast Syria with Russia and the U.S. The recent attacks are a blatant violation of these agreements.
Turkey may be attempting to provoke a response from the SDF or the SAA in order to justify a new military operation in northeast Syria. Some recent reports suggested that Turkish forces are planning an offensive in northeast Aleppo and northern Raqqa.