On March 26, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that its fighters had thwarted two attacks by Turkish forces near the town of Tell Tamr in northern al-Hasakah.
The attacks, which occurred on March 24 and 25, targeted the villages of Tell al-Laban and Kuzaliyah. The villages are located in the outskirts of Tell Tamr. The Christian-majority town is a stronghold of the SDF.
In the first attack, four Turkish-backed militants were wounded. A bulldozer was destroyed by SDF fighters. Five other militants sustained injures in the second attack. A military vehicle was also damaged.
During the attack, Turkish forces shelled the outskirts of Tell Tamer. The Hawar News Agency shared photos showing the aftermath of the shelling which damaged several civilian houses.#gallery-1 margin: auto; #gallery-1 .gallery-item float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; #gallery-1 img border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; #gallery-1 .gallery-caption margin-left: 0; /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */
Last week, Turkish forces carried out a similar wave of attacks on the SDF near the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa. Dozens of fighters from both sides were killed or injured. The situation there is calm now.
The Turkish attacks in northern Raqqa and now in northern al-Hasakah are most likely meant to mount more pressure on the SDF. Meanwhile, the Kurdish-led group continues to ignore Russia’s calls for a better military coordination with Syrian government forces which are present in both regions.
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