The Turkey-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) thwarted an infiltration attempt by the terrorist PKK’s Syrian offshoot YPG in Jarablus, reports said Monday.
The YPG/PKK terrorists from Manbij attempted to infiltrate into the frontlines in the Mahsenli and Jat areas in Jarablus, which had been cleared of terrorists in Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield.
The SNA soldiers retaliated by using heavy armor against the YPG/PKK’s attempt, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.
The terrorists had also attempted to infiltrate into the SNA frontline on June 24, killing four soldiers.
The YPG, which continues its occupation in the Tal Rifat and Manbij regions, frequently stages terrorist acts targeting the al-Bab, Azaz, Jarablus and Afrin regions.
The YPG has increased the frequency of its attacks, targeting the northwestern town of Jarablus and aiming to displace civilians living in the area.
In its more than 40-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK – listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union – has been responsible for the deaths of at least 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.
Since 2016, Turkey has launched a trio of successful anti-terror operations across its border into northern Syria to prevent the formation of a terror corridor and to enable the peaceful settlement of residents. Those operations were Euphrates Shield (2016), Olive Branch (2018) and Peace Spring (2019).
The YPG seized control of large swathes of land in the northern parts of the war-torn country with the Bashar Assad regime's blessing when clashes intensified in 2012.
Ankara considers the YPG, which was backed by the U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition on the pretext of fighting the Daesh terrorist group on the ground, a grave national security threat.