At least five Syrian National Army (ANS) soldiers were killed on Wednesday in an attack by the YPG / PKK terrorist group in Aleppo province, in northern Syria.
YPG / PKK terrorists coordinated an attempt to infiltrate SNA positions in Afrin from the Tal Rifat region, which was supposed to be evacuated under a 2019 deal between Turkey and Russia.
Clashes erupted between YPG / PKK terrorists and SNA forces, killing five soldiers in the village of Basufan, according to local security sources.
The terrorist group continues to target the SNA and civilian settlements in Afrin and Azaz provinces from Tal Rifat despite a Turkey-Russia deal that calls for their withdrawal from the region.
On October 9, 2019, Turkey – with the help of the opposition-based SNA – launched Operation Peace Spring to eliminate terrorists from northern Syria east of the Euphrates River in order to secure the borders of Turkey, assist in the safe return of Syrian refugees, and guarantee the territorial integrity of Syria.
On October 22, Ankara and Moscow reached an agreement under which YPG / PKK terrorists withdrew 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) south of the border between Turkey and northern Syria.
During its more than 35-year terrorist campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the US and the EU – was responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants. The YPG is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK.