Sunday, September 9

"Infighting continues between Turkey-backed militias in NW Syria." This has been going on for days.

The report says that Ahrar al-Sham is affiliated with the Turkish army. Interesting. If I recall the group was shoved out of Idlib by HTS -- an even more hardline Islamist group. 

September 9, 2018

TEHRAN (FNA)- Two Ankara-backed militant groups engaged in clashes in Afrin region in Northwestern Aleppo after internal disputes deteriorated and went out of control, a Kurdish-language media outlet reported on Sunday.

Hawar News reported that terrorists of Ahrar al-Sharqiyeh and Ahrar al-Sham, both affiliated to the Turkish army, exchanged fire in the village of Diki in Bolbol region, adding that at least three terrorists were killed in the infighting.

It further said that Ahrar al-Sham militants managed to escape from the village along with their family members on three vehicles carrying the villagers' assets the terrorists had stolen.

The source said that the Ankara-backed forces seized mobiles of the residents in Afrin's old neighborhood to avoid the spread of the news to other regions, Hawar news said, adding that the occupiers and their allied militants have been continuing looting people's assets, assassination and detention of tens of civilians to blackmail their families.

Hawar News reported on Thursday that the Kurds destroyed a military vehicle of Ankara-backed fighters in the village of Dikmadash in Afrin, killing and injuring at least 4 of them.

It added that a booby trap by Kurds in the village of Mariman in Shara region also killed 5 of the Turkey-backed militants, smashing their military vehicle.

The Kurdish forces also launched military operations in Jandaris-Afrin road, killing one fighter affiliated to the Turkish army.

Based on reports, 4 Turkish army forces were also killed in the Kurds' operations on September 3.

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