Clashes Erupt Between Turkish-backed Groups In Aleppo. Ankara Deploys More Troops In Idlib

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Clashes Erupt Between Turkish-backed Groups In Aleppo. Ankara Deploys More Troops In Idlib

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On Sunday, clashes broke out between two groups of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), the al-Shmiyah Front and the Sultan Murad Division, in al-Homran area east of al-Bab city, according to Syrian opposition sources. The both FSA groups are a part of the Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield (ES) force.

According to Syrian opposition sources, the tensions have been growing between the al-Shmiyah Front and the Sultan Murad Division since October 10 after the al-Shmiyah Front handed over the Bab al-Salamah border crossing with Turkey to the pro-opposition Syrian Temporary Government (STG).

The Al-Shmiyah Front said in an official statement that the Sultan Murad Division rejected its decision to hand over the border crossing, and began massing its forces. On October 15, the Sultan Murad Division attacked positions of the al-Shmiyah Front in Al-Homran village on the front line with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), according to the official statement.

Clashes Erupt Between Turkish-backed Groups In Aleppo. Ankara Deploys More Troops In Idlib

Syrian opposition activists confirmed that the disagreement has mainly financial reasons. The Sultan Murad Division lost its share from the income of al-Salamah border. The activists added that the Syrian Islamic Council is working to solve the problem between the two FSA groups peacefully.

Lately, the ES-held areas in the northern Aleppo countryside was criticized by many sides for the high rates of crime and violent inside it because of a lack of the law and order. So far the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Police in ES areas has proven to be powerless against FSA groups.

In a related development, Kurdish sources claimed that the Turkish Army redeployed some of its unites from the northern Idlib countryside to new points near Hayyan and Haritan towns in the northern Aleppo countryside.

The sources also claimed that the Turkish Army deployed some of its units in the Taftanaz airbase in the eastern Idlib countryside. However, no official source has confirmed these claims so far.

The Turkish Army will likely continue its deployment around the SDF-held Afrin city in the northern Aleppo countryside until it fully isolates it from Idlib governorate.

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  • Terence Silvestre Jr.

    Typical dogfight while the prey is scarcing, nothing to worry about.
    Calm down everyone please.

  • Garga

    They kill each other over some pesky income from a border crossing?
    If they were smart, they would invest in drugs, human traffic and abductions just like PKK.

    Thank god they aren’t smart!

    • Barba_Papa

      Give them time though, they’ve only been at it for a few years. The PKK on the other hand has been at it for decades.

  • Alex

    Dog eat dog

  • Kira Binkley

    Why do I have the feeling a trap is being set? And for whom, by whom? That is the question.
    You’re out of your league, Trump!!

  • Xanatos

    This group had been collecting tolls for years. Without this income, the militia will disintegrate as their men flock to where the money is.

  • Langaniso Mhlobo

    Didn’t Syrian government expelled Turkey forces now what are their doing on Syrian soil.

    • χρηστος

      only in words after they saw that Turkey was not there to fight HTS as planned with Russia.

  • Rob

    Turkish army is going to liberate Syrian land from terrorists or grabbing Syrian land from Syrian nation?

    • Skagos

      Turkey will eventually leave these lands because of Russia. The real problem is US-backed PKK’s presense.

      • χρηστος

        Turkey is very unstable right now given it has a madman-dictator in power.so noone can really understand what are the true plans

  • Kira Binkley

    Why do I have the feeling nobody likes Turkey? And for what reason, I can’t figure out. Remember, folks, there is more going on here, beneath the surface, than can be reported. And I don’t mean “more” in a bad sense.