MESOP FLASH : Kurdish Militias Clash with U.S.-backed Rebels

Clashes in the town of Tal Rifaat between Syrian Kurdish militias and other Syrian rebel groups resulted in the deaths of 53 rebel troops and 11 members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a coalition of Kurdish and Arab groups. Kurdish militia then loaded the bodies of the dead on a flatbed trailer and paraded them through the streets of the nearby city of Afrin. Tensions between Kurdish and Arab rebels have been strained by the renewed fighting in Aleppo, where Kurdish forces accuse rebels of killing civilians in Kurdish neighborhoods. Several prominent Kurds spoke out against the display of rebel bodies.