On December 13, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced that its fighters and fighters of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) destroyed an armored vehicle of the Turkish Army, which was trying to infiltrate the Syrian border north of the town of Ashmah in the northeastern Aleppo countryside. According to the YPG, two Turkish soldiers were killed, and several others were injured in the attack.
— Mutlu Civiroglu (@mutludc) 13 December 2017
Syrian oppositions sources said that the Turkish Army responded by shelling several positions of the YPG around Ashmah. However, no casualties were reported.
The YPG is considered the main part of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria. Talal Silo former spokesman of the SDF revealed to the Turkish Anadolu Agency few weeks ago that SDF is dominated by the YPG, and that the US-led coalition is working closely with the YPG and arming it.
Turkish officials have not commented on the YPG attack yet. However, a harder Turkish response is expected in the upcoming hours as Turkey usually responds to such attacks with heavy airstrikes on positions of the YPG and the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) inside Syria and Iraq.