The Syrian Army and the National Defense Forces have put their forces on high alert in response to the new round of aggressive actions by the Turkish Army and its proxies in northeastern Syria.
Several convoys of government forces, including several T-62M battle tanks and a number of trucks equipped with heavy machine guns, deployed to the countryside of Ayn Issa after intense Turkish artillery strikes on positions of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces and the army near al-Nuyhat in northern al-Hasakah and Hushanah in northern Raqqah. Another group of government troops deployed near the town of Tell Tamr.
According to local sources, the recent Turkish strikes led to no casualties among civilians or military personnel. Nonetheless, regular Turkish attacks on these areas in fact turned a large part of the territory located relatively close to the Turkish-occupied area into a no man’s land. Syrian state media also reported that Turkey set up a new training camp for its proxies northwest of Tell Tamr.
While the chances of an open full-scale military confrontation in northeastern Syria between Turkey and the Syrian Army remain low, the military stalemate with regular ceasefire violations clearly does not contribute to any kind of peace process.
Meanwhile, the US troops, which the Trump administration had supposedly mostly withdrawn from Syria some time ago, have been expanding their military infrastructure there. Recently, they set up a new airfield approximately 8km south of the town of al-Ya’rubiyah in the province of al-Hasakah. Local sources report that US forces are actively deploying new equipment and materials there, building up barracks and erecting concrete barriers. Units of the Syrian Democratic Forces are also allegedly involved in securing the perimeter of the airfield.
At least one soldier was killed and 3 others injured in an attack by gunmen on a checkpoint in the town of Talfita in the western part of the Qalamun region, near the border with Lebanon. Following the attack, the army and security forces deployed additional units to the area in order to find and neutralize the attackers. Hezbollah is reportedly also involved.
Such attacks in Western Qalamun are an uncommon development due to the strict security measures employed. A previous notable incident of this kind happened in December 2019, when gunmen stormed an army checkpoint in the town of Rankos in Eastern Qalamun. Then, all the attackers were tracked and neutralized in a series of operations within a few weeks of the incident.
History of the region is so complex that makes war theater very foggy . Actors are
unpredictable with contradictory interests both short and long term .
So , best way is wait and see. Turkish -Syrian military confrontation was predicted
several times , yet they find compromise, with little friend of mutual friend.
The general consensus among readers comments that I have seen on other sites seems to be, it’s about time for the End Game in Syria. I have spent years pleading with armchair generals and website warriors to trust the Leadership of Dr.Assad, Rev.Nasr’Allah, Rev.Khameini and President Putin. During those years the Axis of Resistance — Syria, Hezb’Allah, Iran, Russia, China and Yemen plus a good part of resurgent Iraq and Libya — has grown more cohesive, militarily stronger and technologically more advanced.
I would not presume to give advice to such an able Leadership Team as the above, especially now that NATZO member Turkey has complicated NATZO’S war against Syria by transporting some of NATZO’s ISIS mercenaries out of Syria to support Turkish troops in NATZO’s war against a resurgent Libya. The chessboard is now bigger and more pieces may need to be in place. But I welcome all signs of the Axis of Resistance moving to the End Game in Syria.
“End Game in Syria”
… is when pindos leave the region. it will happen, but the time is not quite yet.
btw, turkey hitting some empty desert was used as an excuse for SAA to reenter deeper into