On September 7, a Turkish officer was killed and four soldiers were wounded as a result of a “rocket attack” the was reportedly carried out by Kurdish forces in northern Syria.
The attack targeted a Turkish military post located in the Syrian village of al-Yashilly next to the Turkish-occupied town of al-Bab in the northern countryside of Aleppo. The Ministry of National Defense of Turkey acknowledged the attack and identified the slain officer as 31-year old Sargent Muammar Yigit.
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In response to the deadly rocket attack, the Turkish military and its proxies shelled several towns and villages held by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) near the town of Manbij in the northern Aleppo countryside with more than 300 rockets and artillery rounds. No casualties were reported.
Kurdish forces, whether the SDF or smaller guerrilla groups, stepped up their attacks on the Turkish military and its proxies in the northern countryside of Aleppo in the last few months.
In the morning of September 8, three militants of the Turkish-backed al-Shamiya Front were killed by Kurdish fighters near the town of Maryamin in the occupied area of Afrin.
The conflict between Turkey and Kurdish forces in the northern Aleppo countryside will likely continue for the foreseeable future. The Turkish military and its proxies lack the ability and the will to clear the area from the SDF and its affiliates.
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