Kurdish People's Protection Units announce killing Turkish soldier in Afrin, Aleppo
Aleppo - SMART
On Friday, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) announced killing a Turkish soldier during their military operation in the Afrin area of Aleppo, Northern Syria.
The YPG is a predominantly Kurdish military faction in Syria that controls areas in al-Raqqa, al-Hasakah and Aleppo. The YPG fights the Islamic State and is supported by the International Coalition. It does not fight against the Syrian loyalist forces but fights against the Free Syrian Army. Its components constitute the majority of the Syrian Democratic Forces.
The YPG stated that its members carried out two military operations in Nahiyat Maabtli and Rajo in the area of Afrin, killing a Turkish soldier after targeting a vehicle three days ago that was carrying Turkish Army soldiers on the road to Maabtli.
The YPG added that its members also targeted a military vehicle belonging to the al-Sulaiman Shah Division of the Olive Branch Operation on the road to Rajo, destroying the vehicle and killing two fighters.
Turkey and the Olive Branch factions repeatedly deny that the YPG targets their soldiers and fighters in Afrin.
The YPG is carrying out a series of security operations against the Olive Branch Operation factions and the Turkish Army after the latter gained control of the city of Afrin and all its districts in March, 2018.