Turkey brings additional military reinforcement to Syria's Hasakah: SANA

The Turkish army has brought additional military reinforcements to Syria's easternmost Hasakah province as part of Ankara's unauthorized cross-border offensive into the Arab country, says a report by Syria's official news agency.

Syria's official news agency, SANA, citing unnamed local sources, said on Thursday that the Turkish military convoy, consisted of four military vehicles equipped with machine-guns, arrived in the villages of Dawodyah and Anyq al-Hawa in Abu Rasin district in the northern parts of the province.

Most of the military reinforcements, which include weapons, ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, have been distributed among Ankara-backed militants in order for them to continue their "criminal practices" against the locals in the occupied areas, and to "attack" neighboring regions.

The presence of US-supported militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which regarded by Turkey as a terrorist organization, in the northern and northeastern parts of Syria has prompted Ankara to conduct a cross-border offensive into the Arab country to purportedly eliminate the Kurdish militants, occupying a long narrow border area in Syria's north.

Ankara-backed militants were deployed to northeastern Syria last October after Turkish military forces launched the long-threatened invasion.

Meanwhile, a number of Turkey-backed militants were either killed or wounded Thursday after some landmines went off on their way in al-Ahras village in Ras al-Ayn area in northwestern parts of Hasakah. 

According to SANA, quoting local sources, several landmines went off as a group of Turkey-backed militants were passing in al-Ahras village in Ras al-Ayn area of Hasakah province, killing and injuring a number of them.

Apart from the recent offensive, Turkey has launched two other cross-border operations in northern Syria, namely “Euphrates Shield” in August 2016 and “Olive Branch” in January 2018 with the declared aim of eradicating the presence of YPG militants and Daesh terrorists near Turkey’s borders.

Damascus has time and again firmly rejected the Turkish-led operations as a blatant violation of its sovereignty and has vowed to liberate the whole country from foreign-led occupation.

Hasakah has also witnessed the arrival of a number of US military convoys during the past months. Just recently, SANA, citing local sources, reported that a US convoy, consisting of 35 vehicles carrying cement blocks and logistic supplies, entered the Arab country via the Walid border crossing.

At the time that the convoy was heading from the Yaroubiya countryside northeast of Hasakah toward American bases near Qamishli, according to the report.

Earlier this month, another convoy of military reinforcement consisting of 25 military vehicles and trucks with ammunition had reportedly entered the US base in the city of Shaddadi, south of Hasakah.

Washington has long been supplying the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) militant group with arms and training, calling the group a key partner in Washington's purported fight against the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group, which has already been defeated and almost eliminated in the Arab country. The YPG is considered as the backbone of the SDF.

Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's scheme to carve out a foothold in Syria.

Turmoil, taken advantage of by Washington and many of its Western and regional allies, erupted in Syria in 2011. Militants and Takfiri terrorists overran parts of Syria’s territory before government forces retook almost all of them with help from Damascus’ allies, including Russia.


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