Tel Hamis is located in the east of Syria, close to the Iraqi border. Several months ago it was re-taken by Kurdish forces, who managed to expel 'Islamic State' fighters from the area. It was one of their most important victories in Syria.
The Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria is under attack by Turkey. According to a Kurdish affairs expert, because Kurds can't rely on foreign powers, they have allied with the Assad regime purely out of self-defense.
Why is Turkey attacking the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in Syria? What is Ankara's larger goal? DW explains Turkey's motives and the operation's broader implications on the Syrian war.
The deployment of pro-Syrian government forces raises the prospect of clashes with Turkish forces in Afrin. Soon after the convoy arrived, Syrian state media reported that Turkey had targeted them with shellfire.
Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan has pledged Turkey's forces would lay siege to the Kurdish-controlled Afrin "in the coming days." Previously, Kurds denied reports of a deal with Damascus to fight the Turks together.
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