More US-Backed Militias Sent to Northeastern Syria Amid Intensified Tensions with Turkish troops
The Washington-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) forwarded more forces and equipment to Northern Raqqa on Sunday following recent tensions with the Turkish troops at the borderline.
The SDF sent a convoy of fresh forces and military hardware to its positions in the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa at the border with Turkey to reinvigorate its defense and combat capabilities to counter any possible threat by the Turkish army.
Field sources said that the SDF’s move came after the Turkish army enhanced its presence at the border and carried out sporadic attacks on SDF’s strongholds in Northern Raqqa.
In the meantime, the US army and the SDF dispatched a convoy of 19 military and armored vehicles from a US-run base near the town of Ein Issa in Northern Raqqa to Tabaqa military airport in Western Raqqa.
On Saturday, civilians in Raqqa province and SDF engaged in fresh round of clashes that left a civilian dead.
The SDF opened fire at people in the village of al-Khalediyah near the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa, killing a villager.
The clashes in al-Khalediyah came after the SDF arrested young men under a forced recruitment plan.
In the meantime, the SDF arrested several young men in the town of Tabaqa in Western Raqqa to force them to join the militias.
A number of people in al-Savameh square in Raqqa city were arrested by the SDF for an alleged attack on the militias’ base.
Also, a gunmen of the SDF was killed in a bomb blast in the small town of al-Karamah in Eastern Raqqa, field sources said, adding that the body of an SDF militia has also been discovered in Raqqa city amid intensified attacks by unknown raiders on the group.