Syria's army increases its presence in north as tensions with Turkey grow
(MENAFN) According to knowledgeable sources, the Syrian army is expanding its presence in northern Syria as separatist Kurdish troops leave under continuing Russian-coordinated discussions between the two parties as tensions between Damascus and Ankara rise.
As per sources close to the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Syrian newspaper Al-Watan claimed that Russian forces increased coordination between the Syrian army and SDF fighters in order to allow the Syrian army to increase its presence in the cities of Tabqa and Raqqah in the north.
As shown in the reports, Russian officers organized a meeting on Wednesday between representatives of the Syrian army and the SDF at the city's ostensibly "military ministry" building.
According to them, the goal of the discussion was to make it possible for the Syrian army to be stationed there when the SDF fighters leave.
The development occurs against a backdrop of ongoing threats from Ankara to conduct a significant military operation against Kurdish insurgents in northern Syria in order to create what it deems a "safe line" along Turkey's border with the Arab nation.
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