Turkey-backed FSA launches attack on Syrian army, PKK in Tell Rifaat - pro-gov’t paper

Syria’s Turkey-backed opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Monday evening launched an attack on forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in the country’s government-controlled northern city of Tell Rifaat, pro-government Yeni Şafak daily reported.

The FSA’s rocket attacks were aimed at terror emplacements belonging to the PKK - an armed group that has been at war in Turkey for over three decades - and the  Syrian government in Tell Rifaat, located to the east of Afrin and the north of Aleppo, Yeni Şafak said, citing local sources which confirmed the Turkish Armed Forces supported the operation.

The attacks by the FSA arrive as Assad, backed by allies Russia and Iran, prepares for the invasion of Idlib, Syria's final rebel stronghold, sparking fears of a large humanitarian crisis.