A large-scale attack of Turkish forces in Syria’s Raqqa, Kurds suffer losses
DAMASCUS, (BM) – Two members of the Syrian Democratic Forces were killed in clashes with Al-Jaish Al-Watani troops in the Syrian province of Raqqa, April 4, learned BulgarianMilitary.com according the Syrian Anba Suriya agency report.
According to the resource, the clashes occurred in the village of Al-Mashrafiya in the vicinity of the village of Ain Issa in the northern province of Raqqa. The murdered Kurds were natives of Raqqa.
24 members of the Kurdish forces were liquidated by the Turkish military in Syria, on April 4, the Turkish news agency Anadolu reports with reference to the Turkish Ministry of Defense.
According to the agency, the murdered Kurds were members of the “Self-Defense Units” and the “Kurdistan Workers’ Party.” They were destroyed when they attempted to enter the source of peace in the Turkish military operation.
Recall, on October 9, Turkey launched Operation Source of Peace on the Syrian border east of the Euphrates. The operation is directed against the Kurdish armed forces operating in Syria.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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