13/03/2021

Al-Hadath TV crew tours frontline villages outside Tel Tamr in North and East Syria subjected to Turkish bombings

TEL TAMR, Syria — Al-Hadath TV recently aired an episode of its “Face to Face” program filmed in the Syriac–Assyrian village of Tel Tawil outside the town of Tel Tamr in North and East. The village is located on the contact line between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) — including co-founding member the Syriac Military Council (MFS) — and the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) — a collection of militias, including several espousing Islamist ideologies, formed and funded by Turkey.

The episode, titled “Turkish Intelligence and its Relationship with ISIS,” included interviews with several leaders of the MFS positioned along the frontline near Tel Tamr.

Commander of the MFS Aram Hanna confirmed that Turkey and Turkish-backed groups constantly violate the Turkish–American and Turkish–Russian ceasefires signed in October 2019.

Hanna indicated that members of the Islamic State (ISIS) have changed their names and joined groups like the Sultan Murad Division and Levant Front, their histories as ISIS members known to Turkey.

Matay Hanna, a member of the MFS leadership, stated that the village is one of the most sensitive areas on the line of contact since the beginning Turkey’s invasion in October 2019. Despite the situation, more than half of the village’s inhabitants have returned.

The Al-Hadath team while touring the village, which seems almost empty of residents, conducted several interviews with villagers of all different backgrounds, all of whom confirmed that, despite Turkish threats, they will remain on their land.