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Military reinforcements for Russia and SDF arrive in Ayn Issa town, al-Raqqa

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Editing: Mohamad Alaa |
Translation: Nouha Salti
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Publication date: 2020/02/07 16:19

Al-Raqqa - SMART

On Friday, military reinforcements for Russia and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrived in the town of Ayn Issa, 48 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria. The reinforcements followed an artillery shelling by the Turkish Army and the National Army (SNA) of the Syrian Interim government.  

A military source from the SDF reported to SMART that a Russian military convoy of two trucks carrying logistic equipment and munitions, and military vehicles carrying Russian soldiers, arrived from the al-Qamishli airport to the 93rd Brigade base in Ayn Issa.

The source added that other military reinforcements from the al-Tabqah Military Council, including infantry forces equipped with light and medium weapons, arrived in the villages of Khafiat al-Salem, Sab’e Jafar, and al-Khalidiya in northern Ayn Issa. The reinforcements were sent in order to fortify the SDF bases in collaboration with the Syrian government forces.

These reinforcements followed a Turkish and SNA artillery shelling on Syrian government forces and SDF bases in the town of Ayn Issa, with no information about casualties so far.  

Groups of Syrian government forces were deployed to the Ayn Issa area, northern al-Raqqa, and the Tal Tamr area in al-Hasakah, in addition to the Kobani (Ayn al-Arab) area in northern Aleppo, as part of an agreement between the SDF and the Syrian government. The agreement called to deploy Syrian government forces to border area with Turkey to confront the SNA and the Turkish Army.

On Oct. 9, 2019, Turkey announced launching a military operation against the SDF. During the operation, Turkey and SNA gained control of the cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, in addition to dozens of villages in the al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa governorates.