SYRIA: Turkish-proxies loot wheat from silos north of Raqqa and fight each other over drug trade in Al-Bab

ALEPPO and HASAKAH, Syria – The Turkish and Syrian National Army (SNA) forces occupying North Syria bombed several villages in the northern Aleppo countryside on Wednesday and continue to loot civilian and public property in Gozarto (Jazira) Region.

The Syrian National Army is a collection of militias, including several espousing Islamist ideologies, formed and funded by Turkey.

Turkish forces shelled positions of the People’s Protection Forces (YPG) in five villages in the northern Aleppo countryside resulting in the injury of a child displaced from Afrin. The villages of Ein Daqna and Samoukia were also shelled without no information available about casualties.

In the Hasakah countryside, the Turkish occupation forces have established several new military points and have reinforced others in the countryside of Tel Abyad and Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn).

Factions of the SNA looted large quantities of wheat stored in silos in the northern countryside of Raqqa. Local residents confirmed that the wheat was transferred to Tel Abyad.

More clashes between the factions of the SNA occurred in the city of Al-Bab, this time over the illicit drug trade. Fighters of Jabhat al-Shamiyah and Ahra al-Sham exchanged small arms fire in a dispute over the trade of pills, likely captagon, resulting in the death and injury of several fighters.

Both Jabhat al-Shamiyah and Ahrar al-Sham are members of the SNA.

Captagon is a codrug consisting of amphetamine and theophylline that has been used throughout the Syrian civil war as a combat stimulant.