[ Editor’s Note: The SAA is along the M4 highway. Most of the fighting in on the right flank and I have seen YPG flags only showing the SDF positions. Check up the battle map at the end below.
This is being covered over, even by Southfront, any mention that the Turks and YPG are going head to head here. They see to switch from SDF to YPG for political sensitivities.
Erdogan ends up with more combat experienced Syrian National Army canon fodder to use down the road, and to keep Northern Syria off balance. But with the Russians there, also, and especially today saying the big airbase they are taking over they are converting to a national reconciliation base for humanitarian is a brilliant move, if true.
It might also be a test of the Kurds, by Damascus, and the Russians too for that matter, to see if the Kurds will really fight the Turks, and if so, they are worth having in the army. We shall see, but it might take a while… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published … November 15, 2019 –
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched on November 15 a large-scale attack on Turkish-occupied areas in the northern al-Hasakah countryside, according to the Xeber 24 outlet.
The news outlet reported that the joint forces had recaptured the village of al-Manakh from the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA). The attack is now focused on the villages of al-Faysaliyah, Umm Sha’Fah and al-Arisha.
At least 50 Turkish-backed militants are now reportedly besieged by the SAA and the SDF inside al-Faysaliyah. Turkish forces responded to this with intense shelling.
“As a result [of the shelling] there were one martyr and two wounded from Syrian regime forces,” Xeber 24 reporter reads.
A day earlier, SNA militants advanced in northern al-Hasakah, capturing al-Arisha and several positions around it. The attack was backed by the Turkish military.
These repeated attacks by the SNA in northern al-Hasakah violate Turkey’s recent agreements with both Russia and the US. Ankara expressed dissatisfaction with the implementation of both agreements.