DAMASCUS, SYRIA (1:00 A.M.) – The Turkish Armed Forces have reportedly drawn up plans to capture the Kurdish-held town of Tall Abyad and bring it under rebel control in a cross-border offensive comparable to the Euphrates Shield offensive last year.
Amateur footage emerged on Thursday, purportedly showing a large rebel convoy driving towards the Kurdish border town from the Jarabulus pocket through Turkish territory.
The Turkish Army has also amassed thousands of soldiers on its southern border, possibly regrouping to lead the Tall Abyad offensive. In the past 48 hours, Kurdish guided missiles have destroyed 5 tank, angering Ankara and causing concern in Washington.
Turkish troops have not yet been given the green light to launch the incursion upon Kurdish-held territory of northern Syria although the large-scale operation may begin in the days to come. 13 Turkish border posts came under fire from Kurdish militants on Thursday alone, a military statement claimed.
Al-Masdar News could not independently verify the authenticity of the video above.