Syrian government forces strengthen their military bases in Ayn Issa, al-Raqqa
Al-Raqqa - SMART
On Wednesday, the Syrian government forces sent reinforcements to the town of Ayn Issa, 48 kilometers north of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria.
A military source from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported to SMART that the Syrian government forces sent a military convoy of 25 military vehicles carrying members and logistic materials, accompanied by Russian forces. Some of the reinforcements were stationed in the Abu Rasin area in al-Hasakah and others in areas west of Tal Abyad .
The source stated that the reinforcements included long-range missile launchers and field artillery. The source noted that the Syrian government forces have been strengthening their bases in those areas since October 2019.
The Syrian government forces entered the Ayn Issa area in al-Raqqa and areas in al-Hasakah, as part of an agreement with the Autonomous Administration to mobilize forces on the borders in order to repel the Turkish Army. The Autonomous Administration said that it is a military agreement, and that it will remain responsible for the civil administration and raise the Syrian government flag in governmental departments and institutions.
Russian forces were deployed in al-Raqqa, as part of the agreement with Turkey. The agreement required the withdrawal of the SDF from the safe zone, and the deployment of Russian-Turkish joint patrols, along with the deployment of the Syrian government forces forces there.
On Oct. 9, 2019, Turkey launched a military operation against the SDF. During the operation, Turkey gained control of the cities of Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ayn, in addition to dozens of villages in the governorates of al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa.