DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:00 A.M.) – The so-called Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of mostly Kurdish armed militias, has allegedly destroyed several command centers of Turkish-backed militants in northern Syria on Saturday. This is reported by Kurdish-language news outlet Hawar.
The news agency reported that Ankara-backed rebels attacked Kurdish positions in the towns of Maranaz, al-Malekiyeh, Filat al-Qazi and Shawareqah, near the town of Afrin in north-west Syria.
In retaliation, the SDF initiated heavy artillery shelling of the rebel-held town of Azaz, killing four militants and an unknown number of Turkish soldiers as well as destroying an important command center.
Clashes between Turkish-backed militant forces and Kurdish units have increased in ferocity recently, despite the fact that both are considered to be rebel groups by Damascus. The Syrian government and its allies have made numerous calls for both organisations to lay down their arms and cooperate with the peace process in Syria, as well as demanding the Turkish army to withdraw its illegal presence on Syrian soil.