The Turkish military and the so-called National Syrian Army (NSA) have captured the key border town of Tell Halaf in northeast Syria.
Turkish forces managed to secure the town in the morning of October 11 following several hours of heavy clashes with the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). After securing the town, the forces captured the nearby village of Asfar Najar and the silos.
The NSA said that its fighters captured a pick-up truck armed with a 23mm gun from the SDF during the clashes inside Tell Halad.
By capturing Tell Halad, Turkish forces have reached the western entrance of Ras al-Ayn. The town is a key SDF stronghold, and one of the main targets of Operation Peace Spring, which was launched by Turkey earlier this week.
A day earlier, The Turkish military and the NSA crossed the border into northeast Syria and managed to establish footholds near Ras al-Ayn and the town of Tell Abyad, 120km to the west.
According to the Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, a total of 342 SDF fighters have been neutralized since the beginning of Operation Peace Spring.