The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF, led by the Kurdish People’s Self-Defense Forces) reached an agreement this week with Russia and the government in Damascus to establish three observation posts near the town of Ain Issa in Raqqa province to prevent further Turkish attacks … This was reported on December 10 by the radio station “Kurdistan 24”, and this information was also disseminated by the TV channel “Al-Arabiya”.
Riyad al-Khalaf, the leader of the military council of the city of Tel Abyad, made a statement about “increasing violations” against the Kurdish people by Turkey. As a result, he said, “the Russians, SDF formations and the Syrian government have agreed to establish three observation posts to reduce the number of violations committed against the population in the countryside of Ain Issa.”
According to Arab media reports, the Russian command in the SAR previously asked the SDF leadership to allow the Syrian government forces to control separate “security zones” in Ain Issa, just as it has been done in Qamishli so far.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) non-governmental organization, the first post will be located in the eastern part of the Ain Issa district, the second on the M-4 motorway (Hasake — Aleppo — Kamishli), and the third in the western part of the district. Ain Issa.
These posts will be instructed to “monitor violations of the ceasefire and bombing from Turkish territory.” One observation post has already been established on the M-4 highway and another one to the north-west of Ain Issa, to prevent further escalation in the region.
The Turkish Armed Forces, together with allied militants, carried out a previously powerful attack in northeastern Syria, striking SDF positions in the Abu Rasin area in Hasake province on the evening of December 6. According to field sources of the Al-Masdar News agency in the Arab Republic, the Turkish army and the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA), which is supported by various factions of Islamist militants, launched a massive rocket and artillery strike on SDF positions. The attack was unprovoked and directed not only against Kurdish fighters, but also civilians in Abu Racine. The Turkish army and allied militants continue to wreak havoc east of the Euphrates, Al-Masdar News interlocutors said. In parallel, the Turkish group of forces attacked the positions of the Kurdish militia in the provinces of Raqqa and Aleppo, respectively in the districts of Ain Issa and Manbij. After the end of the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh and the return of Syrian mercenaries from there, the Turkish army intensified operations against Kurdish formations east of the Euphrates, the newspaper noted.
Ain Issa is the main regional artery of the region, allowing control of the section of the M4 highway connecting the provinces of Aleppo, Hasaka and Raqqa. Restoring control over the highway will provide an opportunity to establish the supply of humanitarian supplies and open the way for oil supplies from the northern regions of Syria, and will have a positive impact on the reconstruction of the Syrian Arab Republic.