BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:00 P.M.) – The battle for the strategic border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn has ended in a victory for the Turkish-backed militants as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) made the decision to withdraw their troops and the civilians from the area.
“As part of the agreement to pause military operations with Turkey with American mediation. Today, we have evacuated the city of Ras Al-Ain from all SDF fighters. We don’t have any more fighters in the city,” the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, Kino Gabriel, said in a statement moments ago.
Prior to their withdrawal from Ras Al-‘Ayn, the Syrian Democratic Forces were able to fend off several attacks from the Turkish-backed militants, despite not having any air defenses and heavy weapons.
With Ras Al-‘Ayn under their control, the Turkish forces have now captured two major cities along the Syrian-Turkish border in the last ten days.
According to new reports from northern Syria, the Turkish military and their allied militants are now shifting their attention to the northern Aleppo front, where they have begun amassing their troops for a major operation at the town of Tal Rifa’at.
Tal Rifa’at is jointly controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and People’s Protection Units (YPG). The town itself also has a Russian military presence as the aforementioned force often carries out patrols near the Turkish military’s front-lines.