Turkish Forces Attacked Syrian Troops; Iraqi Gov Officials Were Killed; The Syria Oil Fields
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 25 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Syria says Turkish-led forces attacked its troops, killing some
Turkish forces and their allies attacked Syrian government troops in northeastern Syria on Thursday, killing some of them, and they also clashed with Kurdish-led fighters, the state news agency in Damascus and a war monitoring group said.
The fighting underscored the risks of spiraling violence as multiple and often opposing armed forces jostle for new positions in the tight quarters of the northeastern border zone.
Most worrisome has been the prospect of a collision between forces of the Syrian government and those backed by Turkey, which include Syrian rebel fighters and Islamic extremists opposed to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
All sides have said they are abiding by a cease-fire as they implement a Russian-Turkish agreement that divides up the border region. But frictions could undermine the effort for a resolution on the border, which US forces were abruptly ordered to leave earlier this month, allowing Turkey to launch its invasion against Kurdish fighters.
Syria’s state-run SANA news agency said Turkish troops and allied fighters attacked Syrian army positions outside the town of Tal Tamr. The Syrian troops fought back and suffered “martyrs and wounded,” it reported without elaborating. Separately, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces said three of its fighters were killed in fighting with Turkish-backed forces.
Iraq: Several shootings kill 3 officials in Diyala
An Iraqi security source reported that six Iraqis were killed on Thursday including three government officials by unknown gunmen in separate shootings that took place in Diyala province, eastern Iraq, Anadolu Agency reports.
“Unknown gunmen opened fire at Saad Sreiwi, head of Abu Seida Area Council, northeast of Diyala province and left him dead along with his son and another person,” a police source told Anadolu Agency.
In another shooting in the same area, the police source said that “another unknown gunmen shot the mayor of same area Abu Harith al-Rabaie dead”.
A third shooting took place in the same area targeting the security officer Mohammed Al-Hameiry, the source added.
A clan elder was also assassinated in Diyala province, reported the police source, without giving his name or further details on the incident.
Following these attacks, the security forces imposed a curfew in Diyala province.
The security sources estimate that these attacks are conducted by terrorist Daesh group‘s sleeping cells, yet, security investigations are still ongoing.
US will not allow Daesh take Syria oil fields: Trump
U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday vowed to not allow a “reconstituted” Daesh to take over oil fields in northern Syria.
“The Oil Fields discussed in my speech on Turkey/Kurds yesterday were held by ISIS until the United States took them over with the help of the Kurds. We will NEVER let a reconstituted ISIS have those fields!” said Trump on Twitter, using another name for the Daesh terror group.
On Wednesday, Trump said Washington will keep “a small number” of U.S. troops will remain in Syria “where they have the oil.”
The president did not specify where the troops would be stationed, nor how many he is considering, but said “we’re going to be protecting” the oil. “And we’ll be deciding what we’re going to do with it in the future.”
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Source: MEMO, TTI, Anadolu