The Syrian Al-Qaeda organization “Jabhat Al-Nusra” has issued a declaration of war against the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) after a series of clashes on Thursday that resulted in the latter taking control of the Nibu Al-Maltah Hill that overlooks the militant controlled Al-Jandoul Roundabout in the provincial capital of Aleppo.

In the statement issued by Jabhat Al-Nusra, the Al-Qaeda organization criticizes the Kurdish political entity “Democratic Union Party” (PYD) that presides over the Sheikh Maqsoud District of Aleppo City and the leadership of the YPG, despite the fact that the terrorist group (Nusra) is completely encircled inside predominately Kurdish part of the provincial capital.

If Jabhat Al-Nusra and their allies from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen go to war with the YPG at the Sheikh Maqsoud District; this battle would undoubtedly have major implications for the Al-Qaeda group, as the YPG’s control over this district in the provincial capital is the only reason the militants can resupply their entrenched fighters inside the city.

As of Friday, there were only reports of brief skirmishes between the two parties; however, should Jabhat Al-Nusra and their affiliates provoke the YPG into war, the latter’s reinforcements from the Afrin area in northern Aleppo would result in unfavorable results for the Al-Qaeda group.

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