Late on January 5, Turkish forces resumed their attacks on the town of Ain Issa in the northern countryside of Syria’s Raqqa.
The Turkish Armed Forces shelled the town and its outskirts. At the same time, militants of the Syrian National Army launched a ground attack at the nearby village of Mu’alk. The attack was, however, repelled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which destroyed at least one vehicle.
While Ain Issa is controlled by the US-backed SDF, the Russian Military Police and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) maintain some positions around the town.
By the morning of January 6, the Turkish Armed Forces and their proxies stepped up their shelling on the town and its outskirts.
According to the Hawar News Agency, a base of the Russian Military Police was hit. No losses were reported. Turkish forces also struck an electricity station near Ain Issa, cutting power off from the town and its outskirts.
In the last few months, a number of similar attacks targeted Ain Issa. Media reports revealed that Russia had warned the SDF from a Turkish plan to invade the town. The group was reportedly asked to hand over the town to Syrian government forces.
The SDF allowed the SAA to establish three new posts around Ain Issa. However, this limited measure has clearly failed to deter Turkish forces. The US-backed group will have to make some serious concessions soon if it really wants to protect the town and its residents.
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