On August 26, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) released a statement saying that its cells had carried out two separate attacks on Turkish-backed militant groups in the Syrian region of Afrin.
According to the statement, on August 19 the YPG assasinated a member of Jabhat al-Shamiya, Muhammad Arduan, on the road leading to the Mabata district. Then, on August 24, a YPG unit assasinated Abu Muhammad al-Shamali, a member of Khalid al-Taher of the al-Sham Division on the road leading to the district of Bilbile. Al-Shamali was allegedly responsible for checkpoints set up by Turkey-led forces in the district.
Nicknamed Abu Muhammad al-Shamali, he was responsible for the checkpoints set up by the occupier forces in the Bilbile district. As a result of the attack, the terrorist was killed and his weapon was confiscated. pic.twitter.com/HSKKuUTtiz
— Rojava Defense Units | YPG (@DefenseUnits) 26 August 2018
It’s interesting to point out rhetorical tricks used by both the YPG and Turkey-led forces in their ongoing propaganda standoff for Afrin. The YPG claims that all members of Turkish-backed militant groups are “terrorists”. At the same time, Ankara also claims that the YPG is a terrorist group, which is linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), another “terrorist group”.