US troops, Kurdish militias deploy to Borders with Turkey after Ankara’s threats

Military convoys of the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have arrived behind borders with Turkey in Syria’s Hasaka and Raqqa provinces after Ankara’s recent threats of a possible military operation in Eastern Euphrates, media reports said Tuesday.

The pro-militant al-Khabour News Website reported that the SDF has reinforced its military points in the city of Ra’as al-Ain in Western Hasaka near the border with Turkey.

It also said that tens of SDF fighters and US Army troops have been stationed in Tal Arqam area in the city of Ra’as al-Ain.

The Kurdish units also recent have dispatched a large number of militias and military equipment to the city of Tal Abyaz in Northern Raqqa near the border with Turkey and stationed their militants at new military bases adjacent to the city of Aqjeh Qala after massive military equipment was dispatched to the same region.

The Snap News Website, meantime, pointed to the full preparedness of the Turkish Army in regions near Aqja Qaleh city adjacent to Tal Abyaz, and said that the Turkish Army troops have eliminated some cement blocks along the Turkish border with Syria’s Tal Abyaz.

Meantime, the Turkish Army has dispatched a fresh military convoy comprising 15 trucks packed with troops and military equipment to the city of Jilan Binar along the borders with Syria.

In a relevant development on Monday, the Turkish Army and its allied militants pounded the Kurdish fighters’ military positions in Northern Aleppo which resulted in fierce clashes between the two sides.

The Kurdish-language Hawar News reported that the Turkish Army and its allied militants hit the towns of Tal Maziq, Bilounieh and Sheikh Issa in al-Shahba region in Northern Aleppo with artillery shells and mortar rounds.

It noted that the towns of Shuarqa and Malekieh near Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo came under the Turkish Army’s tank and artillery attacks.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) also reported that fierce clashes are underway between the Kurdish militia and the Ankara-backed militants in Mar’anaz in Northern Aleppo.

However, there are yet no reports on the number of casualties on either side, the SOHR added.

The Turkish Army attacks on the Kurds’ military positions came as Ankara is reportedly preparing to launch a massive offensive on Kurdish regions in Eastern Syria.

On Saturday, the Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi reported that the Turkish Army has sent massive military equipment comprising hundreds of tanks and military vehicles to the border with Syria.

The daily said that dispatch of this volume of Turkish military equipment to the borders with Syria is unprecedented ever since Ankara threatened to launch a military operation in Eastern Euphrates.

Al-Quds al-Arabi wrote that most of the military equipment have been sent to regions bordering Kurdish forces in Syria, including Ain al-Arab in Aleppo province and Tal Abyaz in Raqqa.

The newspaper also noted that the measure by the Turkish Army has taken place after a high-ranking Saudi delegation accompanied with Emirati officials held meetings with Kurdish commanders in Eastern Syria.

Al-Quds al-Arabi also said that Washington has called for replacement of the US troops with European soldiers in the region.

It also quoted Turkish soldiers as saying that the Turkish Army has also called on the military commanders of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Syria’s National Army to meet in Ankara.

The terrorist groups in Ankara-controlled al-Bab and Jarablus regions are now on a state of alert in regions West of the Euphrates.