On January 3, clashes broke out between Turkish-backed militants and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) north of the town of Ain Issa in northern Raqqa.
The clashes began in the afternoon, when militants of the Syrian National Army (SNA) attacked the towns of Hwshan and al-Khalidiyah west of Ain Issa. The militants were attempting to block the M4 highway, which links Raqqa with al-Hasakah and Aleppo. However, SDF fighters repelled the attack.
The attack coincided with intense Turkish shelling on Ain Issa’s town center. According to the Hawar News Agency, two civilians, a woman and young man, were injured.
The attack came only a day after the M4 was reopened by the Russian Military Police. Russian troops escorted civilian vehicles along the highway.
Following the attack, the Turkish Armed Forces began working to establish a post right north of Ain Issa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Two months ago, a similar post was established in the same area.
Last month, the SNA launched a large attack on Ain Issa with support from the Turkish Armed Forces. The attack was a complete failure.
Several units of the Russian Aerospace Forces and the Syrian Arab Army are present in Ain Issa and its outskirt. Their presence has so far prevented a full-scale Turkish attack on the town. Yet, the SDF is refusing to cooperate further with government forces.
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