BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:40 P.M.) – Today, Turkey-led Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants launched a surprise attack in the northern countryside of Aleppo, striking at the defenses of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around the town of ‘Ayn Daqqinah.
Following a heavy pre-assault bombardment with howitzers, mortars and improvised rocket systems (seen in the video below), FSA fighters broke through the front-lines of the SDF and seized ‘Ayn Daqqinah.
According to opposition sources, the specific FSA unit that attacked the SDF was comprised of several fighters who originate from the town of ‘Ayn Daqqinah. These individuals were expelled after Kurdish forces seized the town some time ago.
However, within in hours of retreating from ‘Ayn Daqqinah, the SDF counter-attacked and retook the town, also capturing one FSA fighter and seizing a Toyota pickup (see pictures below).
This most recent assault by the FSA against the SDF in northern Aleppo is an indication that the Ankara government still has hostile intentions towards what it sees as terrorist occupiers of the Afrin region.