The last 48 hours in northern Aleppo have been incredibly tense for the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, as they have found themselves under fire along three different fronts by three different enemy forces.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Arab Army’s 154th Brigade of the 4th Mechanized Division – backed by Hezbollah, the National Defense Forces (NDF), and several Iraqi paramilitary units – imposed full control over the village of Kafr Naya after a 72 hour long battle with the Islamist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen.
As a result of their loss at Kafr Naya, the Islamist rebels now have their backs against the wall at their stronghold of Tal Rifa’at, which is located directly north of the captured village.
Meanwhile, northwest of Tal Rifa’at, the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) – alongside Jaysh Al-Thuwwar of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – continued their powerful assault at the Mennagh Military Airport on Wednesday, capturing Mennagh Village and the western perimeter of the base after the Islamists from Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army retreated towards the military barracks.
Despite several claims of its capture, the YPG and SDF have yet to take complete control of the Mennagh Military Airport; however, it is very likely to fall in the coming hours as the Islamist rebels lack the manpower to repel the swarming enemy forces.
It may appear that the government and Kurdish forces are working together in northern Aleppo, but in reality, they are both operating autonomously of one another.