Late on May 8, the Turkish military captured two Kurdish fighters who attempted to infiltrate one of its positions in the vicinity of the town of Ras al-Ayn in northeast Syria.
Turkish sources shared photos of the captured fighters who were wearing tin foil suits. The fighters apparently thought that the suits would make them completely invisible for thermal surveillance systems.
According to the sources, the fighters were members of the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Kurdish faction is the largest component of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which is ruling over northeast Syria with direct support from the U.S.-led coalition.
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2 PKK’YPG’li terörist yeni yakalandı. pic.twitter.com/PSQ0UYrEOu
— PES ETMEDİK ?? (@TSKgerigeldi) May 8, 2020
The SDF has not commented on the Turkish claims, thus far. The Kurdish-led faction suspended all military operations against Turkish forces in northeast Syria last November in accordance with ceasefire agreements brokered by Russia and the U.S.
For the last few months, the Turkish military has been claiming that Kurdish forces are plotting attacks on its troops in northeast Syria. The failed infiltration attempt near Ras al-Ayn is the first evidence of such attempts.