The Turkish military and several Free Syrian Army (FSA) groups are preparing to a launch an operation against “corrupt elements” of the FSA in the city of Jarabulus in the northern Aleppo countryside, the Russian RT TV reported on November 21.
According to Syrian opposition sources, a curfew was imposed inside Jarabulus ahead of the expected operation. Furthermore, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that a convoy of the Turkish military and the FSA had arrived in the city.
Last week, the Turkish military launched a similar operation against the al-Sharqiyah Martyrs Gathering, one of Turkey’s proxies in the area of Afrin. The operation ended within 24 hours and resulted in the death of more than 25 Turkish-backed militants.
While Turkey claims that these operations are targeting the “corrupt elements” of the FSA, local observers said that Turkey is only going after the elements who opposed its orders. Ironically, several groups which are infamous for their criminal activities, such as the Hamza Division, are taking part in these so called “security operations.”