The Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) announced on April 2 that its units had carried out a series of attacks on Turkish-backed militants in northern Aleppo.
In the first attack, which took place on March 26, ALF fighters stormed a position of Turkish forces in the town of Omra in the district Sherawa in the southern part of occupied Afrin. Three militants were killed in the raid.
On April 1, the Krudish group’s cells struck an SUV carrying a militant commander known as Abu Khalid in the town of Burj Haidar in Sherawa with an improvised explosive device (IED). The commander and three of his guards were killed. A fourth militant was also injured.
On the same day, ALF operatives detonated a second IED near a headquarters of Turkish forces in the al-Mahmudiyah neighborhood in Afrin city. The attack resulted in material losses only.
The ALF is launching its attacks from a strip of land in southern Afrin jointly controlled by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the Kurdish People’s Liberation Units (YPG). The group also has a network of cells within Afrin.
The Turkish military is doing nothing to address the threat of the ALF, likely because most of the group’s operations are targeting its expendable proxies.