2017-07-19 Syria-Lebanon-Iran||Syrian rebels killed in Kurdish clashes
[Al Jazeera] More than a dozen Syrian rebel fighters have been killed in hit-and-run festivities in a Kurdish-controlled area of northeastern Syria near the border with |The Sick Man of Europe Turkey
...the only place on the face of the earth that misses the Ottoman Empire....
, a monitoring group has said.
Ottoman Turkish-backed fighters were locked in a second day of fighting on Tuesday with units from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a US-backed Syrian coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups, around the village of Ain Daqna.
"Since Monday, 15 fighters from Syrian rebel factions were killed in the festivities and four SDF fighters were maimed, including one at death's door," the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said on Tuesday.
Ain Daqna, in Aleppo province, has been held by the US-backed SDF since February.
It lies in a contested sliver of land between the alliance and
Ottoman Turkish-backed rebels.
In a statement released on Monday, rebels fighting under the banner of "Ahl al-Diyar" said they attacked Ain Daqna because they see the SDF as "occupiers".
"We promise our people more flash attacks ... We will make them [SDF] regret occupying this land and displacing thousands," the statement said.
Turkey has backed rebels in Syria's north to take on both the Islamic State
...formerly ISIS or ISIL, depending on your preference. Before that al-Qaeda in Iraq, as shaped by Abu Musab Zarqawi. They're very devout, committing every atrocity they can find in the Koran and inventing a few more. They fling
Allah around with every other sentence, but to hear the pols talk they're not
of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS, also known as ISIS) as well as the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which make up the bulk of the SDF.
Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist group.
Military analyst and retired Jordanian Air Force general Mamoun Abu Nowar said the aim of the
Ottoman Turkish-backed fighters in this particular operation is to isolate the area around the northern city of Afrin and to expand its buffer zone to 5,000sq km.
"Turkey would also like to get Idlib through the process of de-escalation zones," he told Al Jazeera, from London.
4 die in suicide attack on Kurdish checkpoint in northern Syria
(Syria News) Four people were killed in a suicide attack at a checkpoint in a Kurdish-controlled area of northeastern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported on Tuesday.
A Kurdish official told the observatory that a suicide car bomb attack targeted a checkpoint belonging to the Asayish (Kurdish internal security forces), without giving any further details.
The Director of the observatory, Mr. Ramy Abdulrahman said that the attack took place near Tal Tamr Village, located 30 km away from the Syrian-Turkish border, Meanwhile, Syrian state TV reported that four persons were killed in a car bomb attack in the area, but said it had taken place in the nearby town of Ras al-Ayn.
At least two of the dead were Asayesh members, the Britannia-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said, while the identities of the other two were not yet confirmed.
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