On July 12, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG)-affiliated “Ghadab al-Zaytun” operations room announced that it cells carried out two operations against fighters of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the northern governorate of Idlib.
During the first operation, a fighter of the Sham Legion was shot and killed by Ghadab al-Zaytun cells in the southern Idlib countryside on July 9. A day later, the YPG-affiliated cells killed four other fighters of the Sham Legion after targeting their vehicle with an IED.
Ghadab al-Zayton said that its operations are a response to the “occupation” of the area of Afrin. Furthermore, the operations room claimed that all the fighters, who were killed in its attacks, had participated in the Turkish-led attack on the Kudish area earlier this year.
These operations confirm that the YPG is capable of reaching the strongholds of the Syrian opposition in northern Syria. Facing this new threat, the FSA and Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) will likely take additional security measures against anyone with relations to the Kurdish-held areas in eastern Syria.