Turkish-backed forces launched artillery attacks on SDF and SAA positions in Syria | Eurasia Diary - ednews.net

13 July, Monday


Turkish-backed forces launched artillery attacks on SDF and SAA positions in Syria

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Turkish-backed forces launched a missile attack on Syria Arab Army position on June 18 early in the morning and targeted SAA positions near Tel Rifaat from Marea, EDNews.net reports citing Bulgarian Military News.

According to them there were no casualties. SAA responded with a short shelling of their own.

At the same time in northern Syria the Turkish-backed forces hit Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF] positions in Kizali village, west of Tel Abyad, with artillery shells. No casualties were reported.

Background

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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