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BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:30 P.M.) – A fierce battle broke out this afternoon between the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Turkish Army in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

According to a report from Aleppo, the YPG forces at the Mennagh Airbase began the hostilities by shelling the Turkish military base that is located west of Azaz city.

The report said the YPG shelling resulted in several casualties for the Turkish military; this prompted the latter to respond by firing a number of rockets and artillery shells towards the Kurdish group’s positions.

Currently, the two sides are exchanging heavy artillery and missiles near Azaz, with both claiming the other has suffered several casualties from their attacks.

The situation in northern Aleppo has gotten progressively worse over the last three weeks, as Turkish-backed rebels from the National Liberation Front (NLF) continue to redeploy to the front-lines with the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Turkey has repeatedly warned that they will be conducting a military operation to clear these areas controlled by the YPG and SDF; however, they have been unable to launch any significant attacks due to the presence of U.S. and French troops.

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Patrick Mc Glynn
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Why would Kurds attack first . Makes NO sense .

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Karel Vd Geest

It makes sense for YPG and allies to attack first the Afrin region that is occopied by invading Turks. They ethnically cleansed the region by driving out 200k civillians. SDF is realigning its forces to be able to attack the occupiers, doing what SAA should have done.

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Absolutely.

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“Best defence is attack”
– Julius Caesar

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“however, they have been unable to launch any significant attacks due to the presence of U.S. and French troops” => Well, Turks can give a try… Then end with an economy totally asphyxiated by US+EU sanctions, they may end even with SDF getting air support or worst, e.g. French using a weapon unique to them, the Apache (stealth) cruise missiles designed especially to demolish airbases runways… It’s similar to the French Durandal bomb IDF used in 1967 to neutralise airbases, except anti-runway submunitions are delivered by cruise missiles instead of aircraft… This would highly limit Turkeys options to find itself… Read more »