[ Editor’s note: We have a peek at Erdogan’s strategy here. He is paying the SNA to cause as much disruption as possible with modest casualties, which he can blame on “terrorist Kurds”. And this also holds up getting the joint patrols deployed, as they don’t want to go into areas that have not been cleared.
It also buys more time for the Americans to reoccupy areas they just withdrew from, including northeast Syria. They are setting up observation posts. We had last night the SDF telling us that the US is continuing to supply them. So much for Trump’s “withdrawal”.
On the flip side we see the SDF helping the SAA avoid direct confrontation with the Turks and SNA, letting the SDF do the clearing, and then the SAA moving forces in to hold the areas afterwards.
This is a good shared responsibility approach, where hopefully both sides will build trust while the SDF Kurds dance with the US and Syria at the same time.
The video below is the SDF taking out an SNA armored vehicle attacking the M-4 highway today, in a sitting-duck position and at an easy close range for the SDF shooters …Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … November 03, 2019 –
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured on November 3 eight villages in the northern al-Hasakah countryside from Turkish-backed militants.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the liberated villages are Dawdiyah, al-Sa’id, Riyhana, al-Suwaydiyah, Kanbhr, Abush, Umm Sh’ayfah and Faysaliyah.
“The Syrian Democratic Forces recaptured the eight villages after losing them during clashes with the [Syrian] National Army [SNA] last month,” the SOHR’s report reads.
Earlier, the SAA deployed large reinforcements, including howitzers, rocket launchers and battle tanks, in the Abu Rasin. The town, which is located south of Ras al-Ayn, was captured by the SDF a few days ago.