Turkey to build a military base in northern Syria

29.03.2021, Hasaka.

The Turkish army began preparations for the construction of a military base in northern Syria on March 29, a Rossa Primavera News Agency’s source in Syria said.

The base will be located three kilometers from Tell Tamer town in Hasaka province in Syria, the source said. There is no information on how large the base will be.

Tell Tamer town is close to the area where the Turkish military Operation Peace Spring is underway. The operation began in 2019 and is being carried out by Ankara against armed units of Kurdish Self-Defense forces.

According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a group of Kurdish fighters infiltrated a pro-Turkish forces base in the town of Ras Al-Ain in Hasakah on March 28 and eliminated eight fighters.

Background

On October 9, 2019, Turkey started Operation Peace Spring in northern Syria to the east of the Euphrates River against the Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). According to Ankara, the operation aimed at displacing the Kurds from a 30 to 40 km buffer zone along the entire Syrian-Turkish border to the east of the Euphrates River to be followed by moving Syrian refugees, who had fled to the Turkish territory from the hostilities, to this area.

As strike units, Turkey used Syrian opposition groups controlled by Ankara. Turkish military commanded these militants, and the Turkish army supported them with artillery and air force. The groups remained on the territories occupied in the operation. At talks in Sochi on October 22, 2019 Russia and Turkey reached a ceasefire agreement. However, the pro-Turkish militants have repeatedly violated it, shelling the positions of the Kurds in the provinces of Raqqa and Al-Hasakah. SDF often fires back. Therefore, the situation in the Operation Peace Spring zone is far from peaceful.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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