The Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) announced on April 4 that their units had carried out a series of attacks on Turkish-backed militants around the occupied Syrian area of Afrin.
“Our forces continue to carry out military operations against the Turkish occupation army and its mercenaries in Afrin and its surroundings,” a statement by the Kurdish group reads.
In the first operation, which occurred on April 2, Kurdish fighters destroyed a bulldozer of Turkish-backed militants with an anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) while it was building fortifications in the outskirt of the town of Mare’ near Afrin. At least one militant was killed in the attack.
A day later, the ALF’s cells attacked a base of the Turkish-backed 55th Brigade near the city of Azaz, east of Afrin. The attack injured at least three militants, two of whom are reportedly in a critical condition.
The Turkish military and its proxies occupied Afrin in early 2018 following a quick battle with Kurdish forces. Despite losing the battle, Kurdish fighters continued to operate in the area and around it as active resistance cells.
Last month, General Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Ferhat Abdi Sahin, said that Kurdish forces will liberate Afrin from Turkey in the right time. However, the remarks were seen as a mere propaganda stunt, because the SDF’s main backer, the U.S, would never allow them to launch any large-scale attack on Ankara forces.