Updates from northwestern Syria: infiltration operations in Cafrin and Edleb leave several Turkish-backed fighters dead; border crossing between Syrian regime and HTS reopens

CAFRIN and EDLEB, Syria — In two infiltration operations conducted by the Afrin Liberation Forces against the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA), several SNA members were killed, including an officer, and many others were wounded. The operations took place near the village of Al-Basouta in Sherawa district in Cafrin (Afrin) in northwestern Syria and the village was near Kafr Khashir in the northern countryside of Holeb (Aleppo).

In related news, there are suspicions about a deal being conducted between the Syrian government and Islamist group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in the city of Edleb, reportedly with Turkish approval, to reopen the Saraqib border crossing.

It is expected that the agreement will also include reopening other crossings with Turkish-backed groups and the Syrian government.

The agreement has been seemingly confirmed through a statement by the administration of the Saraqib crossing controlled by HTS.