BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have sent reinforcements to a border-city in the northwestern part of the Al-Hasakah province.

According to local reports, the Syrian Democratic Forces sent reinforcements to the city of Ras Al-Ayn in response to the Turkish military buildup along the border.

The U.S. Coalition has also setup a new observation post near Ras Al-Ayn, which should force the Turkish military to concentrate on another front.

While the Syrian Democratic Forces strengthen their lines in northern Syria, the Turkish military and their rebel allies have begun mobilizing their troops in the Kilis province.

It appears that their first target for the Turkish Armed Forces will be the northeastern cities of the Aleppo province.

In particular, the Turkish military will likely target the Manbij and Kobane countrysides; they currently have a large presence of SDF and YPG fighters.

 

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Karel Vd Geest

Acc to tweets elsewhere, SDF has called a general mobilisation of all forces under SDF. If this includes HXP and local selfdefense forces, we speak of almost the total adult population. This would be, theoretically over a million people. I did not know they had arms for all of these people.

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Stern Daler

@Karel, even in total war You need a baker or two. blink.
IMHO the Kurds will mobilize the trained men not in crucial jobs.

Either the Sultanates air force is allowed to cross the border or the head köçek’s ghazi FSA mercenaries are in for a bleeding.

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In any moybilisation, there are always excemptions for people in crucial civilian jobs. Often, females take over civilian jobs in production from the men. Expect most farmers, their wives to be drafted as long as there is no planting or harvesting. Still, up to 20 to 25% of the people could be drafted, many already having had basic training. 25% would be about a million people.

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In any case, the locals will mostly remain in their cities. SDF will create reserves inland, to act as secondary defense forces and to stop any breakthrough.

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Stern Daler

All depends on whether the air force is used and so on…

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@Karel Vd Geest, casualties of men with basic training and meagre arms are high. Volkssturm style. But the question is how many troops and material can and will the new GröFaZ invest?

Big numbers can even wear down outnumbered elite forces. Ethnic Turk casualties will make the war unpopular and Jihadi mercenaries are not available in real big numbers.

p.s. Yes I know about exemptions and war economy – You spoke about the total adult population that could amount to a million. And Yes they will sacrifice the rural population first. Like the GröFaZ did.

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Karel Vd Geest

Russia annexing Crimea is ok but Israel Golan, already effective 51 years is not?