DAMASCUS, SYRIA (0:50 A.M.) – Five soldiers of the Turkish Armed Forces were shot dead with nine more reportedly wounded in this weekend’s failed assault on the Kurdish-held northern countryside of Aleppo, a source in the People’s Protection Units (YPG) told Al-Masdar News.
Furthermore, the Kurdish source claimed its fighters had killed or captured 30 militants of Ahrar Al-Sham and various Turkmen-led Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions originating from the so-called Jarabulus pocket. Many more Islamist fighters were injured too.
Although opposition reports beg to differ, the YPG source claimed to have sustained only 4 injuries and zero deaths during the latest round of clashes. Sporadic skirmishes are also ongoing on the Manbij axis further east.
The death toll was recorded from June 15 until now and covers Turkish-led attacks primarily around the frontier villages of Ayn Daknah, Minnix, and Beluniye.
Prior to this highly-anticipated offensive in northern Aleppo, the Turkish Army deployed mortar, howitzer and Katyusha fire amid drone activities.