US-led Coalition Warplanes Conducted Combat Air Patrol Along Syrian-Turkish Border Amid Reports On Turkish Operation

US-led Coalition Warplanes Conducted Combat Air Patrol Along Syrian-Turkish Border Amid Reports On Turkish Operation
A U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle conducts a combat air patrol mission over an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Sept. 24, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Russ Scalf)

According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) US-led Coalition Warplanes Conducted Combat Air Patrol Along Syria–Turkey border Amid Reports On Turkish Operation.

The Turkish military could launch a military operation in northeastern Syrian in the upcoming 48 hours, Nedaa Syria reported on October 5, citing sources familiar with the situation.

The sources told the pro-opposition site that the operation, which will supposedly be called “Well of Peace,” will target the border town of Tell Abyad in its first phase. Later, the operation will be developed further.

Syira’s northeastern region is controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Ankara views the Kurdish-dominated group as a threat to its national security.

The UK-based monitoring group said Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units deployed on the border were also placed on a high alert.

“This mobilization comes due to fears of Turkish recklessness and launching a military operation in the area of east Euphrates,” the SOHR’s report reads.

These unusual activities by the U.S. and its proxy, the SDF, are likely a response to  the recent threats by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish President warned on October 5 that a military operation against “terrorists” in northeast Syria could begin at any day.

The SOHR monitored yesterday that a new joint patrol between Turkish Forces and U.S. Forces east of Tal Abyad area in the al-Raqqah countryside, as part of the implementation of “the safe area” agreement east of Euphrates, and the patrol consists of 4 Turkish and American vehicles, and the joint patrol will enter deep about 6 km inside Syria.

Syrian opposition sources said that the Turkish military indeed deployed military units along the border with the region. Nedaa Syria news reported that the supposed operation “Spring of Peace” could begin at any moment, claiming the first target will be the border town of Tell Abyad.

The Pentagon warned Turkey from launching an uncoordinated operation in northeastern Syria, saying that the U.S. is speeding up the implementation of the “security mechanism,” agreed upon with Ankara last August.

Despite the existing tensions, a Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria remains an unlikely development due to the presence of hundreds of U.S. troops in the region. Erdogan has been threatening that Turkish forces will invade the region for more than a year now, with no actions what so ever.



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