News from the Revolution in Rojava and Wider Kurdistan
Last night the Turkish Army shelled Susik, a village in the vicinity of Girê Spî where YPG fighters have been clashing with al-Qaeda affiliates supported by Turkey – according to a report from ANF. The attack, which began around 23:00 local time and continued for two hours, killed three YPG fighters. It followed another attack by the Turkish Army on YPG fighters earlier in the day, in which Turkish snipers fired on YPG units near the village from across the border on Ceman Beg Hill. Two YPG fighters were also killed in this attack.
The recent outburst of fighting began after the liberation of the village by the YPG on September 15th. Al-Qaeda affiliates such as al-Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been attempting to retake the city, with the material and logistical support of the Turkish Army and Turkish intelligence. Turkish government offices and lands have been converted into support bases for the fighters, new crossings have been opened to allow them access to Rojava, and Turkish ambulances frequently enter Syria to bring back wounded fighters to Turkish hospitals. The recent increase of cross-border fire from Turkish soldiers into Syria, however, marks a new level of direct participation that could draw Turkey further into the conflict.