On April 8, the Turkish Ministry of National Defense announced that two of its soldiers were killed in the northern Syrian area of Afrin.
The Turkish military and its Syrian proxies occupied Afrin following a heated battle with Kurdish forces in 2018. Since then, an insurgency has been ongoing in the area.
In an official statement, the Ministry of National Defense said that the soldiers, identified as Ahmet Akdal and Gokhan Cakir, were killed in an attack on April 7. The ministry didn’t provide any further information on the incident.
The Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) claimed responsibility for the attack. The group also released a video showing the two Turkish soldiers being targeted with an anti-tank guided missile during a well-planned ambush in the village of Gobele.
The Kurdish guerrilla group went on to claim that its fighters killed nine Turkish soldiers and five Syrian militants in a series of operations between March 19 and April 7.
In response to the ALF attack, the Turkish military shelled positions held by Kurdish forces south of Afrin. The shelling targeted the town of Tell Rifaat and its outskirts. The Turkish Ministry of National Defense claimed that three Kurdish fighters were “neutralized”.
The ALF has been active in Afrin for nearly three years. The group’s operations slowed down in the recent few months. The Gobele ambush was the group’s most successful attack this year.
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