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Syrian Rebels Aided Turkey Launches Attacks on Kurdish Region

Turkey backed Syrian rebels on Saturday, the region held by the Kurdish north of the city of Aleppo in Syria YPG militia staged attacks;

The operation was on the rise in one of the most complex theaters of the multilateral Syria war. The Syrian government forces were deployed nearby, as were the Russian and Iranian-backed allies, although the rebels were targeting the YPG.

Turkey along with the Syrian National Army took three villages before retiring “because of heavy shelling and the lack of an ability to sweep the area completely in the light of the targeting of our forces,” said Yousef Hammoud, its spokesman.”.

He said that the pro- Damascus forces have bombed progressive National Army fighters.

In addition to US forces, the YPG, which fought against the Islamic State in Syria’s east and northeast, has been lost in the northwest since the beginning of 2018, when Turkish forces and their Syrian allies were driven from Afrin.

YPG Afrin, close to a military source Liberation Forces, told Reuters, Turkey-backed rebels of the Kurdish forces that move to an area where there is no existence without difficulty, he said.

“Now, after the strikes from our forces, the opposition forces were forced to withdraw from these positions,” the source said.

The National Army was established with the support of the Turks with the support of a number of rebel Free Syrian Army groups. Its main support is the territory of the region which is secured by the aid of the Turkish forces on the northeast of Aleppo, known as the Euphrates Shield.

FSA groups have sworn to take the lands held by YPG in northern Aleppo, including the city of Tel Rifaat, which has been in the hands of Kurdish militias since 2016.

The Turkish defense ministry said a Turkish soldier was killed in the YPG attack on Tel Rifaat on Saturday and the other injured.

Turkey says that YPG is an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has carried out a wage war on Turkish soil for the independence of Turkey’s  Kurdish southeast since 1984. The PKK is considered as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States, and the European Union.

The YPG is the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main Syrian partner of the US-backed coalition against the Islamic State. The SDF controls northeastern and eastern Syria, which is about a quarter of the country.

 

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