Turkish drone strike kills Syrian military council member

A Turkish drone strike killed a member of the Tal Tamr Military Council in northern Syria, London based pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat reported on Friday.

The Tal Tamr Military Council is part of the majority-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main boots-on-the-ground partner of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (ISIS) that controls a wide swathe of land where Syria’s Kurdish population is concentrated.

The most recent strike follows a trilateral summit in Tehran among presidents of Russia, Turkey and Iran. Northern and eastern Syria has seen increased drone activity in recent months by Turkish forces, particularly against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the main armed force in the area.

Turkey is following a new strategy to weaken the SDF, the daily cited observers as saying. Ankara’s plans to launch a new military incursion into Syria have not received the greenlight from Russia or the United States. However, Russia and Iran may have greenlit the new strategy during the Tehran summit, it added.

There have been at least 43 drone strikes in the area in 2022, killing at least 35 fighters and one civilian, Al-Awsat cited Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying. Some 80 people have been injured in the same time frame.

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