Syrian Army Shoots Down Turkish UAV

Al Mayadeen

On Saturday, Turkish occupation forces in Syria targeted the position of the Syrian army with rockets and artillery.

Today, according to Syrian news sources, Turkish forces attempted again to target a Syrian army checkpoint in the north of Aleppo, but the Syrian army downed a Turkish drone that intended to target the checkpoint.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on May 23 that the Turkish army intends to carry out military operations to “combat terrorism” at the Turkish state borders, explaining that his government “will start taking new steps to complete the safe zone 30 km north of Syria.”

On June 14, Turkish media reported that Ankara’s troops have assumed combat formation and are all set to start Turkey’s fifth military operation on the northern Syrian border, which it claims is aimed at the Kurdistan Workers’ Party and what it considers as its military wing, the YPG.

In light of reports over an operation in northern Syria, the Syrian People’s Assembly stressed Damascus’ “right to use all means to confront the occupation and its terrorist mercenary tools.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said during a press conference on Saturday that any foreign intervention in the region was rejected as it would only further complicate the situation. “Any Turkish military action in northern Syria would undermine regional stability in the region.”

He revealed that he held talks with Turkish officials and told them that the only solution was for security officials from Damascus and Ankara to hold talks, underlining that Tehran would “exert great efforts to ensure that no military conflict takes place in northern Syria.”