AL-BAB (KDN) – Turkey’s Air Forces have been unable to carry out aerial campaigns in Syria as part of the Euphrates Shield operation since Oct. 22, as Syria has activated its air defense systems over the flight of Turkish warplanes into Syrian airspace.
The Turkish Air Forces launched their last airstrike in Syria on Oct. 22, targeting positions of US-backed Kurdish forces. Since then, Turkey has not launched further strikes as Syria’s Russian-made air defense system was activated to cover the region under the Turkish occupation.
On Oct. 20, the Syrian military warned that it would bring down any Turkish warplanes entering Syrian airspace, in response to airstrikes carried out by Turkey overnight in Maarrat Umm Hawsh in northern Aleppo.
Turkish air strikes hit a group from the US-backed Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), which was moving toward al-Bab in northern Aleppo on Oct. 19, which the Syrian statement called an act of “blatant aggression.”
“Any attempt to once again breach Syrian airspace by Turkish war planes will be dealt with and they will be brought down by all means available,” the Syrian army general command said in a statement. The presence of Turkish troops on Syrian soil was a “dangerous escalation and flagrant breach of Syria’s sovereignty,” it said.
On Oct. 21 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed concern over Turkey’s airstrikes in Syria. “We are very alarmed about what is happening. As I understand it, we are talking about attacks on areas inhabited by the Kurds,” Lavrov said.
The Turkey-backed Jihadist terrorists’ advance toward Al-Bab has stalled due to the lack of Turkish airstrikes.
A suspected Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Turkish-backed rebels on Oct. 25, killing two rebels, the Turkish military has stated.
Turkey launched the Euphrates Shield operation in northern Syria in late August, using its armor and air power to help Jihadist fighters to attack the Kurds fighting ISIS.
In the meantime, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces moving on AL-Bab from West and East. According to reports, 5 more villages liberated from ISIS and Turkey-backed jihadists.