At the early hours of December 1, fighters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched a hit and run attack on positions of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) in the town of Ablah in the southwestern part of the area of Afrin.
The attack was the first to be launched directly from the YPG-held pocket south of Afrin. Several units of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), Iranian forces and even of the Russian Military Police are reportedly deployed in the pocket.
The Syrian news outlet Enab Baladi claimed that the YPG attack had been foiled. However, the pro-opposition outlet acknowledged that three fighters of the FSA’s 3rd Corps were killed in the attack.
The YPG has not released any statement regarding the attack so far. The Kurdish group usually reveals such operations days and even weeks later for security reasons.
There will llikely be more similar hit and run attacks in the upcoming months. These attacks will pose a serious threat to Turkish forces occupying large parts of northers Syria.