There have been unsubstantiated reports arising over the prospects of Turkey enforcing its Syrian buffer-zone project via an organization comprised of Turkmen that would sweep down into northern Aleppo in order to combat the Islamic State forces.
The proposal would pay the Turkman fighters $500 dollars a month; this would allow for Turkey to have ground forces to enforce their buffer-zone under the cover of Turkish F-16s.
Jabhat Al-Nusra wasted no time in announcing its withdrawal from the area, even before it was officially confirmed a buffer-zone project will happen.
According to Jabhat Al-Nusra’s recent statements:
* Jabhat Al-Nusra celebrated its victories in Idlib and Hama, further divulged information of another planned offensive at the coast.
* Turkey is out for their own strategic interest and Jabhat Al-Nusra will not cooperate with them – they have left the area under their control to other rebels groups and largely withdrawn from Northern Aleppo.
* They see no point in Turkish intervention, but find it futile to stop them – the Syrian revolutionaries alone have the ability to defeat the extremist IS fighters and the Syrian government.
Within moments of this information becoming publicly available, Jabhat Al-Nusra announced that it was abandoning their frontlines in northern Aleppo, leaving the fighting to the rebel groups; effective immediately.
Jabhat Al-Nusra would begin to reshuffle their fighters around Aleppo City, while also mulling its future participation in Jaish Al-Fateh’s (Army of Conquest) next ambitious project in the Al-Ghaab Plains of northern Hama.
The rebels have not, however, indicated which opposition group would be accepted to replace Nusra positions on the frontlines, although hindsight would forecast that Ahrar Al-Sham is a primary alternative to be considered due to the years of close ties with the rebel contingents.