U.S. Warplanes Fly Along Syrian-Turkish Border Amid Reports On Nearing Turkish Operation
Warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition conducted on October 6 air patrols over northeastern Syria, mainly along the border line with Turkey, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
The UK-based monitoring group said Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) units deployed on the border were also placed on a high alert.
- “This mobilization comes due to fears of Turkish recklessness and launching a military operation in the area of east Euphrates,” the SOHR’s report reads.
These unusual activities by the U.S. and its proxy, the SDF, are likely a response to the recent threats by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish President warned on October 5 that a military operation against “terrorists” in northeast Syria could begin at any day.
Syrian opposition sources said that the Turkish military indeed deployed military units along the border with the region. Nedaa Syria news reported that the supposed operation “Spring of Peace” could begin at any moment, claiming the first target will be the border town of Tell Abyad.
The Pentagon warned Turkey from launching an uncoordinated operation in northeastern Syria, saying that the U.S. is speeding up the implementation of the “security mechanism,” agreed upon with Ankara last August.
Despite the existing tensions, a Turkish military operation in northeastern Syria remains an unlikely development due to the presence of hundreds of U.S. troops in the region. Erdogan has been threatening that Turkish forces will invade the region for more than a year now, with no actions what so ever.