A new Turkish-backed faction, dubbed the Syria’s Free Movement (SFM), had been established in the occupied area of Afrin in northern Aleppo.
On November 27, the new faction organized a small parade in Afrin with dozens of fighters and several truck-mounted heavy machine guns.
According to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the SFM is under the direct command of the Turkish intelligence. The faction is not a member of the Syrian National Army (SNA), which controls the occupied areas in northern and northeastern Syria.
A commander of the SFM, Hassan Abu Alaa, told the SOHR that the faction, which includes Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen fighters, will be working side by side with the SNA.
“We are backed by Turkey,” the commander said. “Our goal is to fight the Syrian regime, Kurdish separatist parties, and those outside the scope of the Syrian revolution.”
The commander went on to reveal that the SFM has an all-female unit. He did not, however, clarify what role it will be exactly playing.
The new faction will not likely change the current situation and balance of power in Afrin, where a state of lawlessness is prevailing.
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