Syrian Army deployed to country’s northeast to counter ‘Turkish aggression’ – state media
Troops of the Syrian Arab Army entered the town on Monday, according to the news agency SANA. Tell Tamer is a relatively small town, but it’s located on an intersection of several major roads and is of strategic importance.
Earlier the government troops were reported entering Al-Thawrah, a city in the Raqqa governorate located on the Euphrates River and famous for its proximity to a major dam.
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The relocation of Syrian troops comes as Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria face an incursion from neighboring Turkey. Ankara launched a cross-border military operation with a stated goal of creating a “safety zone” along the border. The Turks see Kurdish fighters in Syria as terrorists allied with the Kurdish guerrillas in Turkey itself.
Kurds in Syria enjoyed protection from the US, which used the Kurdish forces as ground troops for their campaign against the terrorist group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). The protection however was de facto withdrawn last week by President Donald Trump, who pulled out US troops previously embedded with the militias.