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TURKISH FORCES RENEW THEIR ATTACK AROUND RAS AL-AIN

According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), NSA militants advanced south of the border town in the late hours of October 19, capturing the village of Umm al-Asafir.

The village is located on the road linking Ras al-Ain with Tell Tamr, where several units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) are deployed to support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

In the morning, the NSA backed by battle tanks of the Turkish Armed Forces advanced east of Ras al-Ain capturing several towns and blocking the 25 highway. However, the SDF managed to reverse the militants’ gains within a few hours.

Late on October 19, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured several key positions which fell into the hands of Turkish-backed militants recently, according to the North Press Agency (NPA).

“SDF regains control of villages which Turkish-backed opposition groups have infiltrated earlier today, east of Ras al-Ain,” the agency quoted its reporter in northeast Syria as saying

Early in the morning, militants of the Syrian National Army (SNA) backed by battle tanks of the Turkish Armed Forces advanced east of the border town of Ras al-Ain, capturing the towns of al-Shakariyah, Haji Hisso and Jan Tamir.

Despite the heavy clashes around Ras al-Ain, a convoy of first responders and medical personnel was able to enter the town in the afternoon. Dozens of injured people and corpses were reportedly evacuated from the conflict area.

The SANA reporter said that a Syrian Arab Army unit repelled an infiltration attempts by mercenaries of the Turkish regime that had attempted to advance towards military positions in al-Ahras village, with the army unit clashing with the attackers and sending them fleeing.

On a relevant note, local sources told the reporter that US occupation forces transported 230 foreign terrorists from Daesh that had been detained by these forces in al-Malikiya to al-Shadadi in Hasaka’s southern countryside, while a US military helicopter transported 5 detainees from Daesh from al-Adnaniya village to Iraq.

Kurdish fighters were supposed to withdraw from Ras al-Ayn and other border areas under the U.S. sponsored ceasefire announced two days ago. However, the ceasefire has collapsed.