On March 24, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) announced that its militants had carried out a special operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Lt. Col. Suhail Tlass, a spokesman for the SNA’s Suleyman Shah Division, said that the operation targeted positions of the SDF near the town of Ain Issa.
“The operation was carried out on the axis of the village of al-Dibs near Ain Issa in the northern countryside of Raqqa,” the spokesman said. “The operation lasted for two hours, in which NSA forces used light weapons and white arms.”
According to the spokesman, more than 21 fighters of the SDF were killed during the operation. The number of losses was likely exaggerated.
Last week, the northern outskirts of Ain Issa experienced a heated battle between Turkish forces and the SDF. Dozens fighters from the both sides were allegedly killed or injured.
In a recent statement, the SDF claimed that its fighters killed 37 SNA militants between March 18 and 20. The Kurdish-led group also shared a video showing the dead bodies of several militants who were left behind by their comrades.
The situation around Ain Issa remains unstable. The SNA’s new operation against the SDF may lead to a new round of clashes. Some sources believe that Turkish forces are preparing a large attack to capture the town.
Meanwhile, several units of the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Arab Army continue to monitor the situation in Ain Issa from their positions there.
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