People's Protection Units launch operations against Turkish forces and other factions in Aleppo

Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Rose Kajo | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 27, 2019, 4:33:12 PM wire MILITARY People's Protection Units

Aleppo - SMART

On Sunday, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) said that they carried out four military operations against the Turkish forces and cooperating military factions in the Afrin and Ma'ar areas near 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. Its components constitute the majority of the SDF.

The YPG stated to SMART that on Saturday, their fighters targeted Turkish soldiers in the al-Mahmudiya neighborhood in the city of Afrin, killing three of them and wounding another.

The YPG added that their fighters also targeted a military vehicle carrying Turkish soldiers and fighters of the Sultan Murad Brigade in the city of Afrin, killing and wounding a number of them.

The YPG added that they detonated an explosive device inside a heavy vehicle belonging to the al-Shamiya Front in the village of Tawis near Mara'a. The vehicle was completely destroyed and the number of dead and wounded remains unknown. A group affiliated with the YPG clashed with the Free Syrian Army (FSA) near the Mara'a town, killing one of them and injuring four others.

On Saturday, activists told SMART that the YPG clashed with the 2nd Legion affiliated with the FSA near the cities of Mara'a and Tadif and the villages of al-Sheikh Issa, Harbel and al-Karizat, killing an FSA fighter and wounding four others.

The FSA has been clashing with the YPG north of Aleppo increasingly since the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced his intention to launch a military operation against the YPG east of the Euphrates River with the participation of the FSA.

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Writing Mais Noor Aldeen | Editing Obaida Al Nabwani | Translation Rose Kajo | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: January 27, 2019, 4:33:12 PM wire MILITARY People's Protection Units
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