Turkey’s campaign in northeastern Syria continues with the increasing military shipment in Tell Abyad (Girê Spî) and the ongoing air strikes in Ain Issa.
Hemid el Ebid, co-chair of the Tell Abyad Canton’s Assembly, and Baz Cindirês, one of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commanders in Tell Abyad, shared their thoughts on Turkey’s ongoing military operations in the region.
“The Turkish state tries to isolate the north of the M4 highway from northeastern Syria. The five military bases they built are proof of this purpose,” Hemid el Ebid said.
According to el Ebid, Turkey is trying to change the current borders in the region. “They try to be recognised as a legitimate power in the regions they hold under occupation. The Turkish state, which is encouraged by the silence of the international public, tries to create new borders within Syria,” said el Ebid.
“Located at the cross-section of Jazeera, Euphrates and Raqaa, Ain Issa is in a strategically significant place,” said Baz Cindirês, one of the Tell Abyad commanders of the SDF.
“Turkey tries to disconnect these regions from each other, therefore they have concentrated their attacks on Ain Issa,” Cindirês said.
“They have hit 200 different zones with air strikes in the last five months. Their armed forces tried to leak into many regions many times, but each time our forces pushed them back,” the SDF commander said.
Commander Cindirês also said, “They have run away, leaving the deceased bodies of their fighters behind. Russia has been the interlocutor for Turkey to obtain the bodies.”