Turkish backed militant commander and guerrillas killed in Afrin

Several militants of the Turkish-backed Sham Legion were killed or injured in an attack on one of the group’s positions in the town of Fafirtin in the occupied area of Afrin, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on July 25.

“Six [militants], including a commander, were killed and three other personnel were injured,” the SOHR’s report reads.

The Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) claimed responsibility for Fafirtin’s attack, which took place on July 23. The Kurdish guerilla group identified the slain Sham Legion commander as Yasin Ibrahim.

In early 2018, the Sham Legion participated in the Turkish-led operation which led to the occupation of Afrin. Later, the group joined the so-called National Front for Liberation (NFL), a close ally of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).

Like most Turkish-backed groups, the Sham Legion suffered from sizable losses in Afrin over the last year in attacks carried out by the ALF and similar Kurdish groups.