ALEPPO, Syria — The Syrian authorities forces and their affiliated militias are nonetheless deploying navy reinforcements in Tel Rifaat, which is underneath the management of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), within the northern countryside of Aleppo. The buildup is available in anticipation of a possible navy offensive waged by the Turkish military and its allied Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions within the space.
A video recording launched Oct. 19 by the Russian RusVesna.SU information web site confirmed navy troops and gear stationed briefly in al-Jabbul space in southeastern Aleppo. The video additionally confirmed T-90 battle tanks and BMP-2 infantry combating automobiles carrying the Syrian authorities flag.
According to the web site, the Syrian authorities forces have lately carried out fight readiness assessments and dispatched military items to Tel Rifaat and Manbij in northern Syria.
Another video recording printed Oct. 17 by the identical web site confirmed the regime forces finishing up reconnaissance actions on the frontlines alongside the areas that the Turkish military and the FSA captured throughout operations Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield within the countryside of Aleppo.
On Oct. 18, Al-Watan newspaper, which is near the Syrian authorities, reported that the Syrian military has elevated its readiness within the countryside of Aleppo, particularly within the metropolis of Tel Rifaat and on the Menagh navy airport.
The newspaper quoted a navy supply as saying that qualitative reinforcements had been deployed alongside the frontlines with the opposition-controlled areas.
In a information convention following a Cabinet meeting Oct. 11, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to launch a navy motion in northern Syria. The Turkish authorities had introduced Oct. 10 that two of its troopers had been killed in an assault near Marea within the countryside of Aleppo.
The two troopers had been killed in a rocket assault launched from the city of Tel Rifaat by the Kurdistan Workers Party, in line with a tweet by Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.
On Oct. 15, Erdogan stated he has “run out of patience” concerning some areas in Syria being the supply of assaults on Turkey. He warned Turkey’s wrestle in Syria will observe a totally different path within the coming interval, in line with Anadolu Agency.
In mid-October, a Turkish reconnaissance drone launched threatening leaflets on Tel Rifaat, urging civilians within the space to cooperate with the Turkish military in its upcoming navy motion towards the town. The move ushered in a possible Turkish navy operation towards the world, prompting the federal government and its allies to behave.
Journalist Maged Abdel Nour stated on Twitter, “Huge military reinforcements, including tanks and armored vehicles for [Bashar] al-Assad’s militias and Iranian militias, deployed two days ago in the towns of Tel Rifaat, Kafr Naya and Menagh [military] airport. It seems the regime has real information about Turkey’s intention to storm this area.”
The spokesman for the FSA-affiliated Syrian National Army, Maj. Yusuf Hammoud, instructed Al-Monitor, “We have monitored all the military reinforcements and convoys of the Assad regime and its Iranian allies that recently arrived in the Tel Rifaat area. It seems that the Assad regime does not want the YPG to lose the area to us [the opposition].”
He stated, “The regime’s buildup will not undermine our resolve. When the battle’s date is decided in partnership with the allies in the Turkish army, our forces will be ready to do what must be done to liberate these areas from the hostile forces.”
Hammoud pointed to a excessive degree of coordination between the YPG and the federal government forces within the Tel Rifaat space. “We have recently observed that the [Kurdish] forces raised the flags of the regime and Russia on the roofs of their headquarters and military barracks. This is an attempt by the YPG to say that they are not alone and have allies who will prevent the battle,” he famous.
He added, “The cooperation between the YPG and Assad’s regime in Tel Rifaat is not limited to the military side. They have recently mobilized their supporters in Tel Rifaat to stage protests in the city. Coordination in Tel Rifaat between the regime and its allies on the one hand and between it and the YPG on the other hand is of the highest level.”
The Assad authorities views Tel Rifaat because the gateway to the northern metropolis of Aleppo. Losing it’s going to enable the Turkish military to expel the YPG from it, which can carry the Syrian opposition factions nearer to the strategic metropolis of Aleppo.
The Iranian-backed militias additionally are not looking for Tel Rifaat to fall within the palms of the opposition forces. If this occurs, the opposition forces can be near the Shiite-majority cities of Nubl and Zahraa, a outstanding stronghold for Iranian militias in northern Aleppo.
So far, there are not any indications concerning the timing of the navy operation that Turkey has threatened to launch, or the areas it’s going to goal, regardless of the nice focus on the Tel Rifaat space.
On the identical day, the Syrian state-run SANA information company reported a mass gathering organized by Tel Rifaat residents within the middle of the city to protest the Turkish occupation and its brutal assaults on secure residential areas within the northern countryside of Aleppo.
SANA wrote, “The citizens of the town and neighboring villages raised national flags and banners calling for an end to the illegitimate Turkish presence on Syrian lands and its tools from terrorist organizations and their brutal crimes against Syrian citizens.”
On Oct. 23, the YPG additionally staged a mass protest in Tel Rifaat. The Syrian Kurdish Hawar information company stated hundreds of Afrin residents rallied in Tel Rifaat towards the “Turkish occupation threats” to launch a navy offensive on Tel Rifaat and al-Shahba areas. Protesters chanted slogans in tribute to the folks’s resistance in these areas.
Meanwhile, posters of Assad have been held on the streets of Tel Rifaat, reflecting the joint coordination between the YPG and the federal government in anticipation of any potential Turkish navy offensive.