first published on July 2, 2020 by Will
The Kurdish Afrin Liberation Forces recently released a compilation video showing various attacks against Turkish military and Turkish-facilitated Islamist mercenary forces around Afrin and Idlib, Syria.
Turkish-backed jihadists have occupied the Afrin district since Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch incursion into Syria pushed out the Kurdish YPG forces and displaced approximately 300,000 Kurdish civilians.
Turkey filled the abandoned villages with Islamist fighters, including al Qaeda and ISIS, retreating from embattled areas like Eastern Ghouta that were being retaken by Russia and the Syrian Army. Turkey rearms and rebrands the jihadists as Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) and uses them as proxy militia forces to destabilize Kurdish areas, pressure Assad, and have even deployed these mercenaries to Libya in support of the GNA.