Four Turkish-backed militants were killed and another was injured when the checkpoint they were manning came under attack early on January 2.
The checkpoint, that’s located in the southern part of Afrin in the northern Aleppo countryside, was attacked by several gunmen.
According to the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the killed militants were fighting in the ranks of the Mu’tasim Division. The group is a member of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), that took part in the recent attack on Kurdish forces in northeast Syria.
The attack was likely carried out by the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF). Their cells raided a post of the Turkish-backed Hamza Division in southern Afrin a day earlier. Two militants were killed and three other were injured in the attack.
In the last three months, the ALF stepped up its attacks in Afrin and other Turkish-occupied areas in northern Aleppo. Dozens of Turkish-backed militants were killed or in injured in the group’s attacks.