BEIRUT, LEBANON (01:18 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has claimed that they killed a plethora of Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters in a village to the west of Manbij.
The SDF, who are made up primarily of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), killed 16 members of the predominately Turkmen batallions of the FSA in Al-Bughaz on Tuesday night.
The SDF captured the village only yesterday, pushing the FSA with the backing of the Turkish military to hastily launch an offensive to take it.
In the failed assault, an armored vehicle was also neutralized by the Kurdish-led forces.
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Sporadic skirmishes have continued today.
Meanwhile, Turkey sent a new batch of T155 FIRTINA artillery tanks across its border to join the Manbij front line.
The YPG are the Syrian extension of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party, a militant group that Ankara recognizes as a terrorist organization as it has led a decades long insurgency to get Kurdish autonomy in eastern Turkey.