Aleppo – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shelled Turkish Army camps in northern Aleppo Governorate on Thursday, destroying at least three military vehicles. SDF troops have been trading mortar and small arms fire with Turkish forces for almost a week.
“The SDF launched an artillery attack against the Turkish forces in the northern countryside of Aleppo,” said Sadoun Othman, an SDF fighter.
Turkey and its allies renewed their campaign to capture the Manbij Subdistrict on Monday. They advanced into the villages of Ilan, Qart Weran and Nassir but withdrew after fierce clashes.
Othman told ARA News that the Manbij Military Council had “pushed the Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield rebels out of the western countryside of Manbij.” Several SDF soldiers were killed and wounded.
Fight for al-Bab
In the meantime, the battle for al-Bab expanded, as both Turkey-backed rebels and Syrian Democratic Forces rushed towards the city.
While the Kurdish-led SDF want to secure the city in order connect the Afrin and Kobane canton administrations, Turkey’s main goal in northern Syrian is to prevent Kurdish contiguity. These objectives are irreconcilable.
Colonel John Dorrian, a coalition spokesman, called on the SDF and Turkey last week, telling them to coordinate their operations against the Islamic State. “We believe that all of the operations in Syria against Daesh should be coordinated, very closely, between all the parties that are involved,” he said.
According to the coalition’s spokesman, deconfliction measures are in place to prevent the SDF and Turkey-backed rebel forces from “converging in a way that would be unhelpful.”
However, tensions have escalated from words, to artillery duels, to close quarters combat, without any direct intervention by the US-led coalition.
Reporting by: Helin Saeed and Ahmed Sawes | Source: ARA News