BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A fierce battle broke out this afternoon between the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Turkish-backed militants near the border city of Ras Al-‘Ayn, a source from the military told Al-Masdar from the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

According to the military source, the clashes broke out when the so-called “Syrian National Army”, a coalition of militant groups, attempted to advance into the Syrian Arab Army-held areas in the Tal Tamr District of the Al-Hasakah Governorate.

The source said the clashes were most intense near the town of Al-Ahras, which is located west of Tal Tamr.

This latest battle marks the first time during the Ankara-led Operation Peace Spring that the Syrian Arab Army and Turkish-backed militants have clashed near the border region.

Today’s attack by the militants will likely force the entry of the Syrian Arab Army into the battle for Ras Al-‘Ayn, which is where the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently fending off the Turkish-led assault.

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For the moment, the SAA and the SDF need join together to fight to the Turks. That may they may survive to fight the neo-Ottoman menace another day. Otherwise the Turks would just commit another genocide on the Kurds like they did with their own Armenian descendant citizens.