BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:30 P.M.) – The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) continued their mass mobilization in northern Syria this week after reports of Turkish troops deploying to the border for a new military operation.
According to a military source in Damascus, the Syrian Army sent a large number of reinforcement to the town of Ma’adan, which is located just south of Tabaqa city in western Al-Raqqa
The source said that these reinforcements came from the Homs and Damascus countrysides; they had previously served at these fronts for several years before the Islamist rebels finally surrendered these areas.
While the Syrian Army has no plans to invade the territories controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), they do want to make sure the Turkish military doesn’t expand into northern Syria.
Furthermore, the Tabaqa region is an important source of electricity to the people in the Euphrates River Valley; its loss to the Turkish-backed forces could be a major problem for the government.
The Syrian government is currently working with the Syrian Democratic Council to jointly run the Tabaqa Dam and rebuild much of the towns nearby.