The Turkish military and the so-called National Syrian Army (NSA) resumed on October 12 their advance around Tell Abyad in northern Raqqa, capturing seven villages in the vicinity of the key border town.
Turkish forces imposed control of the villages of al-Dab’a, al-Dadat, Dhiyabah, Sarad, al-Jindaui and Sa’aiydah east of Tell Abyad as well as the village of al-Druliyah west of the town. The villages were captured following heavy clashes with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Early in the morning, Turkish forces launched a surprise attack on the administrative border between Raqqa and al-Hasakah, capturing eighteen villages and blocking the strategic M4 highway. The forces also imposed control of the border town of Ras al-Ayn, a main SDF stronghold.
The SDF claims that its fighters had reopened the M4 and that clashes are still ongoing inside Ras al-Ayn. However, these claims are yet to be confirmed.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the SDF has lost 74 fighters since the beginning of Operation Peace Spring.