SYRIA: Turkish soldiers killed in Tal Halaf car bombing on Thursday

RISH AYNO (RAS AL-AYN), Syria – The areas under Turkish and Syrian National Army (SNA) occupation in northern Syria continue to witness a deteriorating security situation. The SNA, a collection of militias, including several espousing Islamist ideologies, formed and funded by Turkey, continues to fight amongst itelf. Meanwhile, SNA and Turkish forces alike are targeted by insurgencies.

On Thursday, a car bomb was detonated in the village of Tal Halaf in the  since the beginning of their aggression on northern and eastern Syria, where a car bomb exploded in the village of Tal Halaf in the countryside of occupied Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn), northwest of Hasakah city.

According to media and local sources, four Turkish soldiers and eight members of the SNA were killed in the explosion. The Syrian Observation of Human Rights reported the deaths of two Turkish soldiers and three members of the SNA.

A number of vehicles rushed to the scene of the explosion and began transporting the dead and injured across the border into Turkey.

Turkey and the SNA invaded northern Syria in October 2019 and continue to occupy Tel Abyad, Rish Ayno, and the surrounding countryside. Despite Turkish claims of creating a “safe zone”, the regions under their control continue to exist is a state of lawlessness. The Turkish invasion displaced an estimated 300,000 civilians.