BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:49 P.M.) – At least over a dozen Syrian government troops of the National Defence Forces (Syrian national militia) have been killed after a series of airstrikes by Turkish warplanes on their positions in the country’s Afrin region.
The Syrian forces unit which came under attack was stationed at an ex-Russian military camp (originally serving as a deescalation point) in the town of Kafr Jannah, only very recently having been assigned to the site. Turkish airpower deliberately targeted the base.
Reports state that at least fifteen Syrian troops were killed in the airstrikes; some pro-Turkish sources claim that the death toll for government forces is as high as 30.
At the present time it is unclear whether or not the Turkish military was aware of the presence of Syrian government troops at the base in Kafr Jannah.