On June 3, the Violations Documenting Center in Northern Syria (VDC-NSy) released a video showing a Turkish-backed fighter abusing a young child in the Euphrates Shield (ES)-controlled area in northern Aleppo.
In the video, the fighter, who was identified as Ayman al-Ghalbh, can be seen assaulting the child in what appears to be a public pool. The violence was apparently motivated by a disagreement over a small amount of money.
The VDC-NSy revealed that al-Gablh is a former fighter of ISIS. According to the center, the man fought for the terrorist group up until 2017, when he was captured by the Turkish-backed Northern Brigade.
A Turkish-sponsored “court” in the ES area sentenced al-Gablh for 4 years in prison for his involvement with ISIS. However, he was released from prison within a few months and joined the ranks of the al-Shamiya Front, one of the biggest Turkish-backed groups in northern Syria.
According to the VDC-NSy, al-Gablh is currently working as a guard for the al-Shamiya Front’s General Commander, who is known as Abu Ahmed Nour.
The al-Shamiya Front has not commented on the incident, yet. The group will likely ignore the issue, as ES factions are infamous for their high-tolerance to criminal activities. These factions are deeply infiltrated by criminals and ex-ISIS fighters.
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