BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:30 P.M.) – The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have strengthened their positions around the Al-Raqqa province as the Turkish-backed rebels continue to mobilize their troops.
According to local activists, the Syrian Democratic Forces were seen on Wednesday fortifying their positions around Raqqa city and several other areas in the province.
This move by the Syrian Democratic Forces comes just days after the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) and their rebel allies began mobilizing their troops in northern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated last month that his nation’s army and their rebel allies are preparing to launch a big operation east of the Euphrates.
Despite the presence of U.S. Coalition troops in northern Syria, the Turkish regime will not accept the Syrian Democratic Forces maintaining any posts along the border.
Furthermore, the aggressiveness of the Turkish military along the border has forced the Syrian Democratic Forces to redeploy several units from the Deir Ezzor front to the provinces of Al-Raqqa, Aleppo, and Al-Hasakah.