DAMASCUS, SYRIA (3:40 P.M.) – On Wednesday morning, the town of Ain Daknah in the Kurdish-held Efrin pocket was hit repeatedly by mortar and artillery shells that were observed coming from the opposition-controlled countryside of northern Aleppo where vetted Turkish proxies are known to be present.
Subsequently, ‘Ahrar Al-Sham’ and Turkmen-led ‘Free Syrian Army’ (FSA) militants attacked Ain Daknah with heavy weaponry, prompting back-and-forth firefights with the US-backed ‘Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) which are yet to reach a conclusion.
Meanwhile, Turkish-backed rebel factions also launched an assault on the Basur and Bafilure hills further south where heavy clashes were reported around noon.
Despite skirmishes on multiple axis, neither side has made any substantial territorial gains thus far and casualties were said to be at a minimum.
In a separate development, a loud explosion took place in the rebel-held village of Qastal. According to a local outlet, the incident was caused by a mine left behind by ISIS when its militants controlled the area back in 2016.
A few days ago, the Turkish Army had otherwise briefly crossed the border into Efrin, prompting rumours of an imminent Turkish Army offensive. This large-scale operation is yet to come to fruition, likely due to pressure from Russia and United States, both of whom maintain good relations with the predominately Kurdish SDF.