On September 24 afternoon, the Turkish military and its proxies shelled a post of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in Syria’s northeastern region.
The post in question is located near the village of al-Tawilah to the west of the town of Tell Tamr in the northern countryside of al-Hasakah. Like most of northeastern Syria, the area is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Local activists shared several videos of the Turkish shelling on al-Tawilah. No casualties or material losses have been reported as for now.
— وكالة BAZ الاخبارية (@baznewz) September 24, 2021
قصف عنيف جدا براجمات الصواريخ من قبل جيش الاحتلال التركي تتعرض له القرى المحيطة ب مدينة تل تمر شرق سوريا pic.twitter.com/q9ZeFmvYz9
— مركز الإعلام (@OsmanJoker8) September 24, 2021
قصف مدفعي تركي استهدف موقع لمليشيات الأسد في محيط بلدة تل تمر قبل قليل … pic.twitter.com/7poKRWaiu9
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The SAA and the Russian Military Police established a network of positions in northeastern Syria in the wake of the 2019 Turkish-led attack on the region. The army maintains a large presence in Tell Tamr and its surroundings to secure the M4 highway, which links al-Hasakah with Raqqa and Aleppo.
The motives behind the Turkish shelling on al-Tawilah remain unclear. Not much fighting between Turkish-backed militants and the SDF was reported around Tell Tamr in the last few days.
Turkey may be testing the waters before launching a new large-scale operation in northeastern Syria, or responding to the recent strikes on its proxies in the northwestern Syrian region of Grater Idlib.
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