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.

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In the failed assault, an armored vehicle was also neutralized by the Kurdish-led forces.

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.

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  1. Looks like SFA and TA meet with realities now. They looked much better during their surprise attacks when the YPG or SAA were not expecting such an aggression.

    p.s. The YPG is no extension of the PKK. The YPG is a self defense force of the Syrian Kurds which shares some ideology with the PKK but is an independent organization. I am surprised that AMN repeats the Sultan’s narrative. Especially because the difference matters for countries with a positivist approach to law. A mere extension of the PKK could arguably share its terrorist status.

    • Kardeş, YPG is an extension of PKK. They share personnel, weapons, everything.. Besides.. Areas taken by YPG are not mostly Kurdish. So they invade territory. Instead of being against it, Assad regime even allow them to invade. YPG will be there, even after civil war is over. This has to change.

      • Kardeş, I take Your word for it that the two shared personnel and weapons – or better that it is likely or can be proven by evidence that the PKK gave the YPG a first supply and recruits. I remeber their propaganda. AFAIK currently the YPG are supplied by other interested forces.

        But by the same logic the SFA would be identical with the GCC or Turkey or Jordan or the US.

        Turkey cannot make the plaintiff, prosecutor, judge and executioner against a group that is for the ethnic self defense of the Kurds in a foreign country. There are international bodies that declare and list terrorist groups. Example: UNSC and EC. And there are procedures how a group comes on these lists. A state tips about a group. This state must present solid evidence!…

        Having received personnel and weapons is no proof that the YPG is using terrorism as a military tactic to achieve its goals. The complaint that YPG as military part of the SDF takes non Kurdish land from IS that is predominantly Arab or Assyrian or Turkmen is not relevant. Only using terrorism as a military tactic to achieve their goals would make them terrorists.

        Plus like it or not: the Kurds had the right to organize their self defense against IS, Qaeda and others.

        Certainly the YPG will be in Syria after the war in one form or another. But You have to admit that Assad as legal Syrian president currently even allowed them to.

        Or am I mistaken and Erdogan is legal president of Syria? Because then he can say: This has to change. Erdogan send the Syrian Kurds no troops when they needed them. He shared no personnel and weapons when IS wanted to genocide them.

      • The only invader is Turkey, BTW, Atatürk already invaded Turkish Kurdistan that was attributed to Kurds by the Sèvres treaty.
        YPG is not PKK. They don’t do terrorist attacks but be careful, we’re giving them already ATGMs and nice 20mm autocannons. You may have noticed that Milan-ER doesn’t flies as crappy as TOW.
        Have you heard of Mistral ManPADS.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3c0NpYapM0
        Well, this is MBDA gear. Pretty expensive for sure but, this is MBDA, meaning that you’re in great problems if these are shot.
        As there were shrinking budgets for our militaries until the last one, about 84 launchers have been put in storage as having no units left to serve them… Don’t hope for counter measures : CIA failed to acquire any!
        Maybe should we give a few launchers to YPG : THK’s F-16 already served as a Guinea pig for Magic R.550 Mk.II on HAF’s Mirage-2000 and there weren’t opportunities to down more than a BAe Hawk in Rwanda. Time to test this product on a F-16 to get advertising.

  2. SDF tiene derecho a defenderse y expulsar a los mercenarios invasores de la patria Siria.
    SDF no cuenta con armas sofisticados, EE.UU. no proporciona armas a pedido del terrorista Erdogan (Hermanos musulmanes considerado terrorista en Egipto).
    Cuando acabe la toma de Al-Raqqa espero que SDF lance una ofensiva para expulsar a terroristas de Erdogan.