Turkey-backed rebels, Kurdish fighters clash in Syria

Damascus, Aug 28 (IANS) Kurdish fighters said they had confronted an attack by the Turkey-backed rebels in northern Syria on Saturday, marking the first clash between the groups, following Ankara’s military intervention in northern Syria last Wednesday.

The Military Council of Jarablus, a part of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said the encounter occurred in the village of Amarneh south of the city of Jarablus, which has recently been captured by the Turkey-backed Free Syria Army (FSA), Xinhua reported.

The SDF said they destroyed three Turkish tanks, a claim that proven right by many Turkish media outlets.

Stopping the SDF advance was the main target of the Turkish military campaign in northern Syria.

On Wednesday, a group of the FSA accompanied by Turkish tanks and special forces crossed the borders from Turkey into Syria, capturing Jarablus from the Islamic State (IS) group.

The operation cut the road before the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the allied SDF could take that city, as it was the Kurdish groups’ next target, following a series of successful operations against the IS in northern Syria near the Turkish borders.

Meanwhile, the Nour Addien Zinki group, part of the FSA, said it had succeeded with the help of other factions of the FSA of capturing Amarneh after clashing with the SDF.

On Saturday, Turkey sent more tanks to back up the FSA in the battles against the Kurdish-led groups.

–IANS

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