BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:50 A.M.) – A U.S. military convoy entered a border town in northern Al-Raqqa on Wednesday, despite the repeated threats by the Turkish regime of an invasion east of the Euphrates.
According to local activists, the U.S. military convoy entered SDF-held Tal Al-Abyad, a town in the Al-Raqqa Governorate that is located along the northern border with Turkey.
The alleged arrival of these U.S. troops coincides with the recent Turkish military buildup on the other side of the border with Tal Al-Abyad.
Unlike their operation in isolated Afrin, the Turkish military and their allied rebels will find better-equipped SDF and YPG units east of the Euphrates.
The YPG and SDF units east of the Euphrates are also battle-hardened and possess a large arsenal of weapons that have been accumulated over the latter part of this decade.
The U.S. is hoping to avoid any hostilities between the SDF and Turkish troops; however, Ankara’s rhetoric is becoming increasingly hostile after rejecting the latest safe zone proposal.