On October 11, a senior commander of the so-called Syrian National Army (SNA) was injured as a result of a missile strike in the Turkish-occupied Syrian area of Afrin.
An anti-tank guided missile allegedly hit “Abu Jaber” vehicle as it was passing on a road linking the towns of Barad and Bassouta. The commander was severely injured in the strike while his bodyguard Osama al-Butran, also known as “Abu Zaid,” was killed.
Abu Jaber is reportedly a senior commander of the SNA’s Hamza Division. According to activists, the commander is infamous for his criminal activities, such as ransom kidnaping, looting, trafficking and extortion.
No group has claimed responsibility for the assassination attempt, so far. Nevertheless, Kurdish guerrilla groups like the Afrin Liberation Forces are usually behind such attacks.
The Turkish military and its proxies occupied Afrin in March of 2018 after a fierce battle with the People’s Protection Units. Since then, a state of lawlessness has been prevailing over the area.
A recent series of bombings has claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including Turkish-backed militants, in Afrin. Turkey is yet to implement any serious security measures in the region.
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