BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:00 P.M.) – The Turkish Army, alongside their militant allies, captured their first strategic city in northeastern Syria since launching “Operation Peace Spring” on Wednesday.
Backed by heavy artillery, the Turkish Army and their allies announced the capture of Ras Al-‘Ayn after the withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from this city in the Al-Hasakah Governorate.
However, it appears that the city itself has not been fully secured, as the Syrian Democratic Forces have launched a counter-offensive to retake Ras Al-‘Ayn from the Turkish Army.
At the same time, the Turkish Army and their allies are working to capture the key city of Tal Abyad, which is located in the northern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.
Tal Abyad is the second major target for the Turkish Armed Forces; it has been partially surrounded by their troops and the so-called “Syrian National Army”.
The U.S. administration is attempting to pressure Turkey to halt their military operation in northern Syria; however, it appears that Ankara is not willing to budge, as they are deadset on creating a 30-kilometer-deep buffer zone along their border.