By Omer Koparan and Burak Karacaoglu
ANKARA (AA) - YPG/PKK terrorists attempted to infiltrate Syrian National Army's (SNA) frontline on Tuesday night through the occupied northern Tal Rifat district of Syria, according to local sources.
The terrorists infiltrated from southern Kefr Kasir, Kefr Kelbin, Manaraz, Mare and western Malikiye regions to Azaz, controlled by Turkey-backed SNA.
At least one SNA member died in clashes that followed, said another local source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
The attempt was thwarted and Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) hit terror group sites near Tal Rifat with howitzers.
For the last three years, Tal Rifat has been occupied by the YPG/PKK, in hopes of linking Afrin, a city in northwestern Syria, to areas under its control east of the Euphrates River, thus establishing a zone of influence along Syria’s border with Turkey.
In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK -- listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU -- has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children. The YPG is its Syrian branch.
The YPG/PKK terror group uses the acronym SDG as a cover for receiving U.S. support. The terrorists have occupied 28% of Syrian territory.
*Writing by Havva Kara Aydin