The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the flight of American – Turkish helicopters in the skies of Tal Abyad area near the border with Turkey, as part of the “safe area” that was agreed upon with American – Turkish coordination, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 8th of September 2019 that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights was informed by reliable sources that patrols that roamed today within the “safe area” consisted of 7 Turkish vehicles and 8 vehicles of the International Coalition forces, and they are supposed to be accompany the American Forces in about 30 km in the border area with Turkey, and reliable sources confirmed that the patrols had no activities while they were roaming these areas, as they marched in areas almost empty of population except for some villagers there, also they did not enter military areas or centers of presence of the Autonomous Administration of the Syria Democratic Forces, and the sources confirmed that the soldiers of the Turkish Army did not leave their armored vehicles, the Turkish forces also did not meet with the villagers, and the Syrian Observatory published this morning that American and Turkish Forces began running their first joint patrols in the area between Tal Abyad city and the countryside of Ras al-Ayn on the Syrian – Turkish border, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the Turkish forces will not enter Tal Abyad city which is located in the northern countryside of al-Raqqah, and that the Turkish Forces will return to their positions after the end of the time allotted for patrols.
The Syrian Observatory published on the 7th of September 2019 that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that joint patrols will be run in the safe zone north-east of Syria, starting tomorrow, Sunday, and this step comes after the implementation of the first stage of the aforementioned agreement is accomplished, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory; the US –Turkish joint patrols will be launched according the understandings agreed upon between the SDF and the International Coalition in the safe zone from which the Syria Democratic Forces withdrew in the past 5 days, and handed in the area to the border guard forces of the military and local councils in the area, the safe zone agreement provides for the withdrawal of heavy materiel to 20 km away from each party, in addition to the withdrawal of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Syria Democratic Forces to varied distances of 5, 14 and 20 km according to the geographical nature, in full coordination with the military councils on the border strip with Turkey.
And the Syrian Observatory published on the 6th of September 2019, that it monitored joint patrols of forces of the International Coalition and the SDF-affiliated Tal Abyad Military Council removing dirt barriers in the border area with Turkey east of Tal Abyad as a part of the implementation of the safe zone agreement, where they filled up the dirt barriers in Hashishah village which is located about 30 km to the east of Tal Abyad.
And the SOHR published on the 4th of September 2019, that it monitored a joint patrol of American Forces and the military council in Ras al-Ayn (Sri Kaneh) city, consists of 4 armored American vehicles and 3 vehicles of Ras al-Ayn Military Council, it started from the base of the International Coalition in Tal Arqam village of Halaf town, then the vehicles headed to the hill of t Abu Jaradah village and then towards the border line adjacent to Ras al-Ayn area, it also reached Makhatla village west of Ras al-Ayn (Sri Kaneh) city, and the patrol headed towards Khirbet al-Banat village, Tal Khanzir, and Mabrouka, and this comes after the implementation of the border security agreement and the withdrawal of YPG, YPJ, and SDF with their weapons from the border, according to what was agreed upon between the United States and Turkey about the safe area east of Euphrates.
The Syrian Observatory published on the 22nd of August 2019 that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that preparations are underway in the north-east of Syria for implementing the agreement of the safe zone, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the Syria Democratic Forces stopped digging trenches and lifting dirt barricades 3 days ago in the vicinity of Ras Al-Ayn north-west of Al-Hasakah at the Syrian – Turkish border, in preparation for establishing the safe zone according to what had been agreed upon between Turks and the Americans, also the columns of vehicles which had been sent from Al-Raqqah to Tal Abyad area at the border with Turkey, returned to the place where they had come from, simultaneously, the SOHR learned that military patrols of the International Coalition launched from Tal Arqam towards Mabrukah passing by Sluk and Tal Abyad at the Syrian – Turkish border.
And the SOHR published on the 20 July 2019, that large military mobilizations of the Turkish forces and factions loyal to them have arrived in the north-western outskirts of Manbij city in the north-eastern countryside of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory has received information about Turkey’s intention to start a wide-spread military action with their loyal factions, to storm Manbij city which is under the control of the Kurdish forces on the 20th of July 2019, and in connection with this, the SOHR monitored the arrival of large military reinforcements of the Syria Democratic Forces heavily armed by heavy machineguns, coming from the areas of Ayn Issa, Al-Raqqah province and Kobani to Tal Abyad city at the border with Turkey, in the shadow of the information about the Turks’ intention to advance towards the city.
And the SOHR published on the 19th of July 2019, that areas located on the Syrian – Turkish border within the east Euphrates area are witnessing relative calm, amid Turkish reinforcements and mobilizations on the Turkish side through bringing tanks to the border strip areas such as Tal Abyad, Ras Al Ain and Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), while the sky of the area is witnessing daily flight of reconnaissance drones for the U.S. Forces, and the Syrian Observatory published on the 13th of July 2019, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the Turkish Intelligence intends to hold training courses for Syrian fighters loyal to Turkey on the Turkish territory, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the Turkish Intelligence asked factions operating within “Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield” to be prepared and get their fighters ready for starting 20-day training courses in camps on the Turkish territory, and the training includes the development of using developed and anti-tank weapons, and the Turkish Intelligence insisted on the necessity of the presence of the old fighters who have undergone previous courses whether on the Turkish territory during earlier operations such as “Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield”, or fighters who have undergone courses that held at that time, in Arab countries such as the preparations for battles against the regime forces, and Turkey had trained hundreds of members of the police and security services in the areas of the “Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield”, inside its camps, and graduated several batches affiliated to the police bodies, while these preparations apparently come as a Turkish preparation for carrying out a new military operation inside the Syrian territory, and as usual, the aim is the controlled areas of the Syria Democratic Forces and this time it (the military operation) will be in the Euphrates and Al-Jazeera.