While the Syrian army is sending reinforcements to the province of Hama, terrorist groups claim that the Turkish government wants to exchange with the Syrian army the territories it has occupied in the Syrian provinces of Hama, Idlib, Latakia and Aleppo for areas under the control of Kurdish forces.
The transfer of Syrian reinforcements to the north-west of the province of Hama took place while some local sources report the holding of tripartite negotiations among Syria, Russia and Turkey about the city of Ain Issa (north of the province of Raqqa) controlled by Kurds of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
At the same time, Turkish army artillery and Ankara-backed terrorists attacked southern districts of the city of Ain Issa. According to local sources, this was a strong warning from the Turkish forces to the Kurdish militiamen of the city. The inhabitants of these neighborhoods had to evacuate the area to take shelter from the shelling. Ankara and the pro-Turkish terrorists announced as early as December 2020 that if the FDS did not leave Ain Issa, they would launch large-scale military operations to drive them out of the city.
Subsequently, Kurdish forces had established contacts with Moscow and Damascus to propose the deployment of Syrian army units in Ain Issa in order to prevent the Turkish army and terrorists from attacking the city. But this plan has not been realized so far. Some observers believe that the Kurds are waiting for the formation of the new administration in Washington and wish that the coming to power of Joe Biden will change the political situation in favor of the FDS, hence the hesitation of the latter to carry out the plan to cooperate with the Syrian army in Ain Issa.
The media close to the terrorist groups supported by Ankara believe that Turkey has proposed to Damascus and Moscow that control of the city of al-Bab (northern Aleppo province) be transferred to the Syrian and Russian military. These terrorist groups are furious about this and believe that Ankara’s decision would give the green light to Damascus to clean up the northwestern part of the province of Hama, the center of the province of Idlib, the southwestern part of the province of Aleppo and the northeastern part of the province of Latakia.
On Wednesday, January 6, the Turkish Ministry of Defense announced that 258 soldiers of its special forces were sent to Ras al-Ain, five kilometers from the border with Turkey. This Syrian border town is located in the province of Hassaké. According to Ankara, it is of strategic importance for Turkey’s internal security because of its proximity to the Turkish city of Ceylanpinar (Turkish province of Şanliurfa).
by Basit Abbasi – BN