The Syrian army entered the northern city of Raqqa on Wednesday for the first time in five years.
A field source told Sputnik that “the Syrian army vanguards enter the city of Raqqa for the first time in five years and install some checkpoints in the city”.
Earlier, pictures and videos showing the transfer of Syrian Arab Army tanks to Raqqa were posted on the Internet.
T-62M tanks with so-called Ilyich eyebrows (from Soviet leader Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev) were seen as additional protection and fortified tank towers against rocket hits.
In the early hours of Monday, the Syrian army entered the city of Tabqa and reached the perimeter of Tabqa military airport, which is controlled by the Kurdish Protection Units in the southern countryside of Raqqa.
Sputnik correspondent in Raqqa confirmed that Syrian Army units started deploying in the vicinity of the airport after it cut, earlier in the evening, the (Tabqa) crossing, which is controlled by the “Kurdish Protection Units” on the road (Aleppo Tabqa) to the southeast Class by about 16 kilometers.
On Wednesday, October 9, Turkey launched a military operation in northern Syria, known as the “spring of peace”, and claimed that the aim of the operation was to eliminate what it called the “terrorist corridor” to be established near Turkey’s southern border, in reference to the YPG. The Kurdish group, which Ankara considers an arm of the PKK, is active in the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against IS.