Reports of fighting breaking out between Assad’s forces and the SDF (and maybe everyone else?)
The International coalition sends a strong message to Assad forces, and bombards their artillery in Deir Ezzor
This evening, Tuesday 29-10-2019, the International coalition warplanes destroyed cannons of Assad forces’ artillery battalion on the mountain that overlooks Al-Omal and Harabish neighborhoods in Deir Ezzor city, sources told Deir Ezzor 24 network.
According to the sources, the international coalition raids came in response to Assad’s forces’ shelling of a military point of the SDF near Al-Husseiniyah town, which was followed by a clash between the SDF and Assad’s forces in the area, during which the SDF destroyed a tank of the Assad’s forces.
It is noteworthy that the international coalition has been heavily targeting Assad’s forces in recent days, as a result of Assad forces and Iran’s militias movements toward the eastern Euphrates areas of Deir Ezzor.[/quote]
What Assad really wants out of all this is not just to stop Turkey’s incursion, but to bring all of Syria back under his control. This is not unexpected, imo.
Edit: Oh right—forgot to mention: That’s where “the oil” is.
Here’s a good Twitter thread on SDF feeling bailed on:
Irony? Or basic causation?
Turkish authorities have detained 43 people suspected of belonging to Islamic State and of plotting attacks targeting celebrations of Turkey’s national day on Tuesday, police and state media said.
The detentions came two days after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed in a raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria, near the Turkish border.
The suspects were detained in Istanbul and the northwestern province of Bursa in three separate operations, according to a police statement and the state-run Anadolu news agency.
Three of the suspects who were believed to have been preparing an attack to disrupt Republic Day celebrations in Istanbul, were detained on Tuesday, Anadolu said.