On September 14, Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) captured nine members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) during a special operation in the northern Syrian region of Afrin, according to the Turkish Anadolu Agency.
The state-run news agency said that the MIT handed over the Kurdish fighters to the Hatay Provincial Gendarmerie Command. The fighters are reportedly responsible for an attack that killed two Turkish soldiers.
A day earlier, YPG cells carried out three hit and run attacks in Afrin, during which six fighters of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) were killed and several Turkish soldiers were injured.
The Turkish Military and its Syrian proxies imposed control of the region of Afrin in late March. Since then, cells of the YPG and the PKK have carried out a series of attacks on Turkish troops and the FSA groups there.
Kurdish forces hope that these attacks will force Turkey to end its occupation of Afrin. However, local observers doubt that Turkish leadership will change its policy any time soon.