Heavy Fighting Between Turkish, Syrian Forces Along Border

Four Syrian soldiers reported killed in fighting

Heavy fighting erupted over the weekend near the town of Ras al-Ayn, in northern Syria, where Turkish forces and Syrian government forces engaged in fighting. At least four Syrian soldiers were reported killed and several others wounded.

Heavy machine gun fire was reported in the area near the village of Um Shaifa, near the town. Turkish forces had captured the village last month, and Syrian forces seemed to be trying to slow Turkey’s advance.

The area around Ras al-Ayn is in dispute, as while it falls well within the 30 km “safe zone” claimed by Turkey, it was transferred from Kurdish control to the Syrian government before the invasion, meaning it’s not clear it was meant to be a target.

Turkish forces have termed the safe zone territory very loosely, with their allies attacking Kurds well deeper than 30 km, and Turkey willingly fighting with the Syrian government anywhere in the region.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of Antiwar.com.