Turkey strikes Syria regime outpost, kills three: War monitor

Three people were killed in Turkish raids on outposts in northern Syria on Sunday, according to a war monitor headquartered in Britain. The outposts were attacked by the Syrian army and Kurdish-led troops.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that the Syrian army and the Syrian Democratic Forces were the targets of the raids near the border town of Kobani, which is controlled by the Kurds.
The monitor noted that the three victims were donning Syrian army uniforms.
The Observatory, which depends on a large network of informants within Syria, reports that numerous other fighters were wounded, some of whom are in severe condition.
According to the monitor, cross-border fire against Turkish forces from a location close to Kobani came before the strikes.
The Syrian government declared last month that it will retaliate to any frontal assaults by Turkey against its forces.
The warning was sent after as least three servicemen were killed in mid-August during a Turkish raid on a government outpost close to Kobani, according to the official SANA news agency.

Since 2016, Turkey has launched a number of cross-border offensives against the Daesh organization and Kurdish forces, but few militants from the Syrian regime have been killed in these operations.
Since a July 19 summit with Iran and Russia failed to approve a new onslaught against Kurdish forces whom Ankara views as terrorists, Ankara has intensified its bombardment in areas of Syria controlled by the Kurds.
In accordance with agreements made to halt a new Turkish operation, regime forces have moved into territories controlled by Kurdish militants close to the Turkish border.
Following “continuous mobilization and fighting” between Turkish and Turkish-backed forces and Kurdish-led opponents, the UN’s Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria stated last week that “another Turkish ground operation” remains a concern in northern Syria.
Paolo Pinheiro, the commission’s chairman, cautioned that Syria “cannot afford a return to larger-scale warfare, but that is where it may be heading.”


By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter

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