Turkey to Utilize Jeish Al-Islam Terrorists in Battle Against Kurds in Northern Syria

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TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish Army is planning to use Jeish al-Islam militants that were once affiliated to the Saudis in its upcoming operation against Kurdish militias on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River in Northern and Northeastern Syria, a Syrian state-run daily reported on Tuesday.

There is a close relation between Jeish al-Islam and Turkey after the terrorist group, a former ally of Riyadh, was expelled from Damascus’ Eastern Ghouta.

The Arabic-language al-Watan daily quoted militant-affiliated sources as reporting that Turkey is planning to use Jeish al-Islam in its operation against Kurds on Syria’s soil on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River, adding that Jeish al-Islam had been backed up by the َAnkara forces after the Saudis ended their military support for the terrorist group.

The daily went on to say that a large number of Jeish al-Islam fighters have been deployed in the town of al-Bab in Northeastern Aleppo that is under the control of Turkish forces and their militant allies, adding that Jeish al-Islam is in control of large territories near the town of Sosiyan.

The daily further said that Jeish al-Islam has been recruiting fresh fighters in Northern Aleppo via paying a hefty amount of money to boost its influence in al-Bab region.

A Lebanese media outlet reported on Monday that the Turkish warplanes were carrying out an increasing number of flights over the border with Syria’s Hasaka as Ankara ground troops were preparing to launch a large-scale operation against Kurds on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River.

The Arabic-language al-Manar TV Channel reported that the Turkish fighter jets were flying in large numbers over the border region with Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria.

It further said that the US-led coalition forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) held joint patrol along Syria-Turkey border between the two small towns of al-Darbasiyah in Northern Hasaka, and Ra’as al-Ein in Northwestern Hasaka.

The tv channel went on to say that a large number of Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants have been put on alert along the contact lines with the SDF in Northern Syria to be used in a military operation on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River.

Turkish Army Targets Kurdish Militias

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish forces opened fire at the Kurdish militias’ base and positions in Northern Raqqa at Syria-Turkey border on Tuesday.

The Turkish soldiers launched machinegun attacks on the positions and a base of the Kurds in the village of Susek near the town of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa.

In the meantime, Turkish sources said that Tal Abyadh will be one of the first targets of Ankara forces’ operation against the Kurds on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

Meanwhile, the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are planting bombs and landmines in several trenches around the border town of Tal Abyadh to prevent the Turkish troops and allied militants from advancing in the region.

A Lebanese media outlet reported on Monday that the Turkish warplanes were carrying out an increasing number of flights over the border with Syria’s Hasaka as Ankara ground troops were preparing to launch a large-scale operation against Kurds on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River.

The Arabic-language al-Manar TV Channel reported that the Turkish fighter jets were flying in large numbers over the border region with Hasaka province in Northeastern Syria.

It further said that the US-led coalition forces and the SDF held joint patrol along Syria-Turkey border between the two small towns of al-Darbasiyah in Northern Hasaka, and Ra’as al-Ein in Northwestern Hasaka.

The tv channel went on to say that a large number of Turkish troops and Ankara-backed militants have been put on alert along the contact lines with the SDF in Northern Syria to be used in a military operation on the Eastern banks of the Euphrates River.