BEIRUT, LEBANON (11:45 A.M.) – The Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) alleged on Friday that their troops had killed at least 15 Turkish soldiers and rebels in the Afrin region of northwest Aleppo.
“Within the scope of the second phase of the resistance of the Age against the Turkish occupation in Afrin, our units carried out a series of military operations against the invasion forces and its mercenaries in the vicinity of Afrin’s Sherawa district and city center, killing at least 15 Turkish soldiers and mercenaries.”
While the Turkish military and their rebel allies control Afrin, there are many YPG sleeper cells that are believed to be located across this region.
Most recently, a group calling themselves “Suqour Afrin” (var. Afrin Hawks) issued a threat to the Turkish-backed rebels and their families in Afrin.
Suqour Afrin demanded that the Turkish-backed rebels and their families leave Afrin or else they were going to kill them.
Since they made this threat, several rebel fighters have been killed and at least one major field commander has been assassinated.