Al-Raqqa, Syria, Nov. 27, 2018. The International Coalition begins to establish its first border observation base near the city of Tal Abyad in Northern al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, as part of its plan to establish five bases on the Syrian-Turkish border. At the beginning of November, the International Coalition began to deploy joint patrols with the Syrian Democratic Forces on the Turkish border. SMART monitored four armored military vehicles carrying US soldiers. Then the US Army announced that it would establish observation towers along the border, which bothered Turkey.