Turkey announced the launch of Operation Source of Peace in eastern Syria. The international coalition abandons the Kurds and evacuates its troops from Hasakah and Raqqa. In Hama, militants fire mortar positions from government forces. This was reported by a military source of the Federal News Agency (FAN) in Syria Ahmad Marzouq.
Briefly about the results of the confrontation:
VKS of the Russian Federation: made a reconnaissance flight in the south of Idlib over the position of the jihadists Tahrir al-Sham.
The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and allied forces: attacked strongholds of militants in southern Idlib and Aleppo, in the north of Hama build fortified firing points and take control of the reinforcements of radicals.
“Islamic State1”: made an attempt to storm the Kurdish bases in Raqqah and At-Tabka, according to unconfirmed reports, they ambushed the convoy of the Syrian army in Homs.
Khayyat Tahrir al-Sham: arrested a media activist in Aleppo and detained him for three days, exchanged blows with government forces in Idlib.
Syrian National Army (SNA): Kurdish fortifications fired at northern Aleppo.
Kurds: entered into a clash with the Turkish army near Ras al-Ain, began to burn tires and set fire to oil rigs in order to avoid visibility for Turkish air force fighters, in Deir ez-Zor they initiated a protest rally among the local population.
Turkish Armed Forces: launched the “Source of Peace” operation in the east and launched rocket attacks on 16 settlements in eastern Syria, bombarded the Kurds and pulled reinforcements into the Turkish province of Hatay, for further deployment on the territory of the SDF.
The international coalition: condemned the actions of Ankara, conducted patrols in the east of Aleppo, evacuated troops from checkpoints in Raqqah and Hasakah.
In the morning, Turkish artillery fired on the positions of the Kurdish militants of the “Democratic Forces of Syria” at the village of Malikiya and at the villages of Shevarga and Al-Arza to the north-west of the city of Tel Rifat. In response, the Kurds made a night attack on the position of the Turks, according to the Rojava Network Twitter channel. Syrian National Army militants joined the Turkish army and attacked the SDF fortifications near the village of Maranaz and Kafr-Kashir. At least one SNA fighter was killed in a shootout with YPG at Tel Rifat, according to Orient News.
Pro-Turkish militants later deployed large military reinforcements to Mandridge, according to Not Woofers on Twitter.
In the afternoon, a military patrol of seven American pick-up troops was spotted near the city of Kobani (Ain al-Arab) in the east of the province, according to North Press.
In the evening, the outskirts of the village of Zammar where the shelters of the militants “Tahrir al-Sham” are located, were fired upon by the government army, as reported by Step News Agency. Information about losses in the ranks of jihadists in manpower or military equipment has not yet been received.
Media activist Sahl Abdel Hamid Salam was arrested in the western part of Aleppo by militants of the Tahrir al-Sham Alliance. A special source told Baladi News media that the journalist spent three days in a militant jail after he was arrested in the village of Khur when he was returning from the hospital where he was visiting a sick mother. The reason for the detention of the media activist is not called. In light of the recent defeats in Idlib and Hama, the militants have already arrested a number of journalists previously loyal to the alliance, but who criticized it.
According to Anna News, Islamic State militants have announced an attack on government positions north of the village of Es Suhne in the province of Homs. In it, allegedly, they killed 17 fighters of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), as well as captured weapons and ammunition of military personnel. The terrorist-controlled media resource Amak has published photographs showing how gunmen fired at government anti-aircraft guns. However, the Syrian Ministry of Defense has not yet issued confirmation of this information, as well as the official media did not report the attack in Homs. However, in the province attacks of “sleeping cells” that were hiding in the desert and could use as a springboard for their attacks the 55-kilometer “demilitarized” zone around the At-Tanf military base were noted earlier.
Deir ez-Zor Province.
It is alleged that members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) quickly organized a demonstration in Al-Qasrah village that sent out slogans against a Turkish military operation in eastern Syria, according to the Euphrates Post news channel on Twitter. After receiving information about Ankara’s intention to carry out an operation in the territories of the SDF occupation in eastern Syria, the Kurds call for protests and the general mobilization of residents of the occupied territories.
In southern Idlib, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is firing artillery at the positions of the radicals of the Tahrir al-Sham alliance in the vicinity of the villages of Kafr-Uveid, Khish and the village of Takhtaya, as reported by Step News Agency. Government forces stationed near the city of Khan Sheikhun opened fire from grenade launchers at strongholds and fortified jihadist points near the villages of Maar Zeta and Rakai. Intensive sorties of Russian Aerospace Forces reconnaissance aircraft over alliance positions are noted.
Opposition sources report that SAA forces concentrated near the city of Khan Sheikhun launched a missile attack on Tahrir al-Sham at Kafr Sajna, Step News Agency reports. The clash occurred on the farmland near the village of Al Farnas.
About 50 ISIS1 terrorists took advantage of the fact that most of the Kurdish radicals were transferred to the Syrian-Turkish border and attacked the provincial capital, the city of Raqqa, according to a Twitter source Euphrates Post. In the city 6 explosions thundered. One terrorist stormed the military center of “democratic forces” in the city center and blew up a suicide belt inside the building. At about the same time, at At-Tabka, 4 ISIS terrorists ambushed an SDF squad, resulting in a shootout. The total number of wounded and killed is estimated at two dozen fighters.
As TASS news agency reported during the day, the SDF announced a general mobilization. This was announced on Wednesday by Al Mayadeen. The Kurds also announced the cessation of operations against ISIS in order to concentrate their forces in the north.
In the afternoon, Turkey announced the start of an operation in Syria under the name “Source of Peace”, as reported by TASS. President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan published the announcement of the start of the operation on his Twitter page, stressing that the operation is aimed at cleaning up the north-east of Syria from the “Islamic State” and YPG. The president calls both groups terrorist.
In the city of Tel Abyad, a mass evacuation of the population began, almost all residents left the Yabisakh village for fear of an air raid, according to a Twitter NPA SY source. In the first hour of the Turkish Air Force operation, 25 air strikes were carried out on 16 settlements in the north of Raqqa and Hasakah.
US President Donald Trump said that Washington does not approve of Turkey’s military operation in Syria and considers it a “bad idea,” according to TASS. However, the US military received an order not to impede the Turkish operation in Syria.
According to TASS, the Democratic Forces of Syria (SDF) called on the international community to oppose Turkey’s intentions to launch a military operation in northern Syria. Kurds called on the UN and other humanitarian organizations to take an anti-Turkish position and oppose Ankara’s plans.
According to a Twitter source, Rana Hudar, militants hiding at a Turkish army observation post in the village of Sher-Magar fired rockets at the ancient Apameya fortress in the city of Kalaat al-Madik, occupied by the SAA. According to the source, the militants wounded two members of the garrison and damaged the fort itself.
The radicals also fired at mortar positions near the city of Kalaat al-Madik from government forces. Media resource Orient News reports that according to opposition sources, in the area of height Jebel Shahshabu Syrian army lieutenant Jafar Hassan Mansurwas was killed by a jihadist sniper . According to the correspondent, the officer was shot dead near the village of Harkat al-Karakat. Official sources have not yet confirmed the message.
In the afternoon, the SAA deployed its forces near the village of Shahnaraz and occupied the Al-Karim checkpoint, installing machine guns, as indicated by Step News.
In the morning in Hasakah during a raid, militants of the “democratic forces” detained 20 young people in the region of Azizia and Guweiran, the Euphrates Post agency indicates. It is assumed that the young men will go to the training of the “Self-Defense Forces” to take urgent courses and join their ranks in the future. Due to the “staff starvation” SDF increased recruitment. From the SDF ranks alone, 80 people deserted immediately from the Khabur village after the order was received to transfer their detachment to the border with Turkey.
In the afternoon, Ankara confirmed striking along the Syrian-Iraqi border in order to stop the supply of SDF weapons from Iraqi Kurdistan, according to the Herald of Damascus Telegram channel. The Kurds, in turn, called for the introduction of a no-fly zone in northeast Syria to ensure their safety.
An international coalition led by the United States has begun evacuating checkpoints near Tel Abyad and Ras al Ain as a result of a sudden change in the policy of US President Donald Trump, according to Orient News.
Following the announcement of the launch of Operation Source of Peace, Turkish military aircraft launched an air strike on the training field of a Kurdish training camp west of Ain Issa, the villages of Musharraf, Bir Nuh, Asadiya and Ras al Ain. According to the head of the SDF press center Mustafa Bali, Turkish military aircraft strike at civilian areas, sowing panic among the population hastily leaving the settlement. In Ras al Ain, two civilians died as a result of an air raid, two more were injured. A SANA correspondent said that the so-called Asayish Kurdish security forces began to burn tires and later set fire to oil wells in the north of the province. Smoke from the fire impaired visibility for pilots of Turkish fighters.