Turkish Army Starts Mediation after Infighting among Ankara-Backed Militants in Northern Syria

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TEHRAN (FNA)- The Turkish Army troops entered the occupied town of Afrin in Northwestern Aleppo to end clashes between two Ankara-backed militant groups on Tuesday.

Sultan Murad militants engaged in a fresh round of clashes with Tajamo Ahrar al-Sharqiya that inflicted heavy casualties on both warring sides in the last two days.

The Turkish military vehicles arrived in Afrin to end the clashes.

In the meantime, Tajamo Ahrar al-Sharqiya affiliated to the Ankara-backed Free Syrian Army announced in a statement that two groups of Katiba al-Hamza and Liwa al-Montaser have been forced to cut off ties with Ahrar al-Sharqiya after the latter disobeyed orders.

Field sources reported earlier today that almost 800 Ankara-affiliated militants called National Police that had gone under military-security training in Turkish territories were sent to Afrin on Monday.

The sources further said that the newly-forwarded group was the second group of National Police that entered the region, adding that the police will shoulder security affairs in Afrin.

Infighting among Ankara-backed militants and looting of people’s assets have gone high after two of months of occupation of Afrin by Turkish troops.

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