Friday, November 01, 2019

Syrian War News. Fierce clashes erupt between Syrian army, Turkish-led forces

via Al Jazeera.
Heavy fighting between Syrian army troops and Turkish forces erupted near Ras al-Ain as Turkish-backed forces seized villages surrounding the border town.

Turkish-backed rebels said there were intermittent clashes between the two militaries in recent days south of the town, which Turkey seized from Syrian Kurdish-led forces earlier this month.

Al Jazeera's Hashem Ahelbarra, reporting from the border town of Sanliurfa, said thousands of people were fleeing the fighting near Ras al-Ain and Tal Tamr towns.

Turkish-backed Syrian opposition fighters - known as the Syrian National Army (SNA) - launched an offensive and took over areas previously under control of Kurdish fighters south of Ras al-Ain, he said.

As fighting intensified, Syrian troops deployed reinforcements from Derbasiyah to Tal Tamr.

"The SNA took over western parts of the town. People have had enough each time someone controls the area and ends up being worse than the previous armed group," one Tal Tamr resident told Al Jazeera.

"I am concerned for my children, this is why I am leaving. The Syrian army is on the frontline to stop the rebels' offensive, but you never know."
Story here.

This is under the radar in the US.  The impeachment hearings, approaching holiday season, cold weather over most of the nation and wild fires in California is gobbling up the news.

Add to all of the above a general weariness with the mess that is the Middle East and its understandable.

But don't look away.

Syria is a clusterfuck of epic proportions.

My prediction?

Most aren't paying attention but this ain't over by a longshot.  You think we've seen the worst?  I think 2020 is gonna be a kick in the ass with regard to Syria.

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