In the Last 24 Hours: Forces Prepare for Turkish Assault on Northern Syria

Russian Army Reinforces in Aleppo to Block Ankara’s Possible Attacks

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian Army has reinforced its troops in the city of Tal Rafat in Northern Aleppo to confront the imminent attack by the Turkish Army in Northern and Eastern Syria, the Arabic-language media outlets said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Tal Rafat city as saying that the Russian troops have increased their patrols over the past two days in a region located between the town of Shirawa and Deir Jamal towards Kashta’ar in the surroundings of Tal Rafat.

The sources noted that the intensified patrolling by the Russian troops in the region is carried out with the aim of reinstating ceasefire in Tal Rafat and after the Turkish Army’s artillery attacks on the surrounding areas of Tal Rafat from the areas under their control.

The English-language Al-Masdar News Website, meantime, reported that after Ankara’s recent threat to launch military operations in Northern and Eastern Syria, the Russian Army has increased the number of its troops in Tal Rafat.

Al-Masdar also said that the presence of the Russian troops is aimed at blocking the Turkish Army’s possible attack on the region.

Turkey is deploying reinforcements to the Syrian border following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement of a looming military operation against the US-backed Kurdish militants.

Military convoys have been captured in dozens of photos and videos, confirming the Turkish leader’s claim that preparations have been finalized to establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ on Syrian soil along the Turkish border and that the operation could be launched “as soon as today or tomorrow”.

Additional armored vehicles and troops have been sent to the border town of Akcakale, across from Tal Abyad in Syria, state television TRT confirmed.

Multiple videos shared on Twitter show dozens of military vehicles and buses, allegedly full of military personnel, moving towards the border in convoys.

Helicopters are also increasingly ‘active’ in the border area airspace, according to some reports.

Ankara and Washington agreed earlier in August to create a ‘peace corridor’ to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians into northern Syria – until Turkey realized that joint “land and air patrols with US were a fairytale”.

Erdogan even openly suggested that Washington was after a safe zone “not for Turkey but for the terrorist group”.

Neither the US nor Turkey bothered to consult Damascus, which has repeatedly blasted all their joint and unilateral endeavors as flagrant violations of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

US Troops Withdraw from Turkish Borders As Ankara Prepares to Attack Kurdish Militias

TEHRAN (FNA)- The command headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces in a statement declared that the US Army has turned its back to them as the Turkish Army is preparing for imminent military operations against the SDF in Northeastern Syria.

The Kurdish-language Hawar News website reported that the SDF command in its statement on the latest development in Northeastern Syrian has underlined that the US Army has not fulfilled its commitments and it has withdrawn its troops from the border regions with Turkey concurrent with the Turkish Army’s preparations for attacking Northern and Eastern Syria.

The SDF noted that it will not hesitate to defend its forces against the Turkish Army’s attack on SDF’s military positions in Northern and Eastern Syria, and said that the Turkish Army’s attack will negatively influence SDF’s fight against the ISIL.

The US troops’ retreat from the Turkish borders is after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in a statement announced that Turkish Army will soon start its military operations in Northern Syria as it has planned for it a long time ago.

Erdogan made the remarks after his telephone conversation with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

The White House in its statement also reiterated that “the US neither supports Turkish Army’s military operation in Northern Syria nor it will take part in it and the US Army troops will no longer be in the region.”

Turkey is deploying reinforcements to the Syrian border following President Erdogan’s announcement of a looming military operation against US-backed Kurdish militants.

On Monday, Erdogan confirmed that the withdrawal has started after his phone call with President Donald Trump, adding that Ankara and Washington would continue the talks on the issue.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu also said on Monday that Ankara is determined to ensure the country’s security by clearing the region from the terrorists.

A US official told Reuters ahead of an expected Turkish offensive that the United States informed the commander of the SDF in Syria on Monday morning that American forces will not defend them from Turkish attacks anywhere.

The official stated that US forces had evacuated two observation posts at Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain in Northeast Syria, along the Turkish border.

The other US forces in the region were still in position for now, the official added.

Washington-backed militants had warned of an “all-out war” after Erdogan announced that Turkey will carry out an air and ground military operation in Syria as soon as Saturday or Sunday.

Erdogan stated earlier his country will launch the air and ground operation East of the Euphrates in Syria after a deadline to jointly establish a so-called safe zone with the US passed.

Ankara and Washington agreed earlier in August to create a ‘peace corridor’ to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians into northern Syria – until Turkey realized that joint “land and air patrols with US were a fairytale”.

Erdogan even openly suggested that Washington was after a safe zone “not for Turkey but for the terrorist group”.

Neither the US nor Turkey bothered to consult Damascus, which has repeatedly blasted all their joint and unilateral endeavors as flagrant violations of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Syrian, Russian Armies on Move to Manbij as US Withdraws Forces in Anticipation of Turkish Incursion

TEHRAN (FNA)- The Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed on Monday that the Syrian and Russian army troops have been sent to Manbij region in Northeastern Aleppo as the US army is leaving the Kurds along in the face of an imminent attack by the Turkish Army and its allied militants.

After the US military troops retreated from their military positions and their security mechanism agreement with Turkey failed, the Syrian military troops backed by the Russian army are moving fast towards Manbij, the SDF wrote on its Twitter account on Monday.

The SDF also warned that any imminent attack by the Turkish Army will put irreparable damage and devastation on the entire region.

Meantime, al-Masdar news website reported that the Russian special forces in Deir Ezzur province have attempted to construct waterways from areas under the control of the Syrian Army to areas under the SDF control.

Meantime, the US Army troops retreated from their military positions along Syria-Turkey border region, including Tal Arqam base in the city of Ra’as al-Ain in Hasaka and Tal Abyaz, together with all their weapons and military equipment.

Damascus has reiterated that Turkey and US military presence in Syria is illegal and any foreign troop in Syria is regarded as an occupying force and the Syrian government has the right to take all the needed measures to confront it.

Addressing to the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in late September, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem lashed out at Turkey for providing “terrorists with all forms of support, including weapons that are more sophisticated”, stating that Ankara’s action undermines all agreements reached during the Astana talks in Kazakhstan.

“If Turkey is truly committed to the security of its borders and the unity of Syria, as it claims, it must choose whether to respect the Astana understandings and the bilateral agreements on counter-terrorism to secure the borders and to withdraw its forces from Syria, or to be the aggressor and the occupier – and to face the consequences,” he noted.

On Friday, Muallem stated that Syria is resolved to rid the entire Arab country of foreign-sponsored Takfiri militants.
In a recent interview with Al-Mayadeen television news network, the top Syrian diplomat said “every inch” of the Syrian territory will be liberated from terrorists very soon.

In a relevant development earlier on Monday, the Arabic-language media outlets said that the Russian Army has reinforced its troops in the city of Tal Rafat in Northern Aleppo to confront the imminent attack by the Turkish Army in Northern and Eastern Syria.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Tal Rafat city as saying that the Russian troops have increased their patrols over the past two days in a region located between the town of Shirawa and Deir Jamal towards Kashta’ar in the surroundings of Tal Rafat.

The sources noted that the intensified patrolling by the Russian troops in the region is carried out with the aim of reinstating ceasefire in Tal Rafat and after the Turkish Army’s artillery attacks on the surrounding areas of Tal Rafat from the areas under their control.

The English-language Al-Masdar News Website, meantime, reported that after Ankara’s recent threat to launch military operations in Northern and Eastern Syria, the Russian Army has increased the number of its troops in Tal Rafat.

Al-Masdar also said that the presence of the Russian troops is aimed at blocking the Turkish Army’s possible attack on the region.

Turkey is deploying reinforcements to the Syrian border following President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s announcement of a looming military operation against the US-backed Kurdish militants.

Military convoys have been captured in dozens of photos and videos, confirming the Turkish leader’s claim that preparations have been finalized to establish a so-called ‘safe zone’ on Syrian soil along the Turkish border and that the operation could be launched “as soon as today or tomorrow”.

Additional armored vehicles and troops have been sent to the border town of Akcakale, across from Tal Abyad in Syria, state television TRT confirmed.

Multiple videos shared on Twitter show dozens of military vehicles and buses, allegedly full of military personnel, moving towards the border in convoys.

Helicopters are also increasingly ‘active’ in the border area airspace, according to some reports.

Ankara and Washington agreed earlier in August to create a ‘peace corridor’ to facilitate the return of displaced Syrians into northern Syria – until Turkey realized that joint “land and air patrols with US were a fairytale”.

Erdogan even openly suggested that Washington was after a safe zone “not for Turkey but for the terrorist group”.

Neither the US nor Turkey bothered to consult Damascus, which has repeatedly blasted all their joint and unilateral endeavors as flagrant violations of Syria’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Also on Monday, the command headquarters of the Syrian Democratic Forces in a statement declared that the US Army has turned its back to them as the Turkish Army is preparing for imminent military operations against the SDF in Northeastern Syria.

The Kurdish-language Hawar News website reported that the SDF command in its statement on the latest development in Northeastern Syrian has underlined that the US Army has not fulfilled its commitments and it has withdrawn its troops from the border regions with Turkey concurrent with the Turkish Army’s preparations for attacking Northern and Eastern Syria.

The SDF noted that it will not hesitate to defend its forces against the Turkish Army’s attack on SDF’s military positions in Northern and Eastern Syria, and said that the Turkish Army’s attack will negatively influence SDF’s fight against the ISIL.