New Turkish artillery attacks in northern Syria
DAMASCUS, (BM) – New Turkish artillery attacks took place on Tuesday, January 19, in northern Syria, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing the Lebanese news agency Al-Masdar News. According to agency sources, Turkish forces and their backed fighters have carried out attacks on areas in the country’s vast border region.
Lebanese news sources say Turkish forces and their allied fighters have concentrated their attacks on the city of Al-Bab, attacking positions of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The attacks were by artillery and missiles, but the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) did not retaliate. Experts say this is how the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shifts the Turks’ blame, as the SDF does not violate the ceasefire.
Field sources in Syria say Turkish forces and their allies are continuing attacks in the Tal Tamr area of al-Hasaka. Some of the missiles fired at SDF positions were again close to Russian troops’ location in the area. There is no retaliatory blow from the Russians.
Russia sent troops to the region
As we reported on January 18, Moscow decided to send approximately 300 of its troops to the northern part of Syria, citing Major Dmitry Suntsov, part of the Russian-Syrian Joint Monitoring Center.
Moscow’s main reason is urgently sending Russian troops is the heavy attacks in the province of Al-Hasaka by Turkish and pro-Turkish troops. The city of Tel Tamr, which is key to logistics in the area, has come under devastating attacks in the last 48 hours. A situation has arisen in which the Turkish-backed Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] have taken control of the checkpoints, breaking the conflict zone’s Syrian rule.
Damascus has accused the Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] of deliberately damaging the region’s water system to isolate the civilian population and increase their suffering. So far, there has been no comment on the allegations by Syrian democratic forces.
War in Syria
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, 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, agreed that 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 use power.
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 several 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. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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