Responding to increased Turkish aggression, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) shelled the rebel-held town of Mare’ for several hours on Sunday while Kurdish engineers stiffened the SDF’s ditches and defensive line along the Azaz-Mare’ axis.

Furthermore, news broke just minutes ago that the SDF – led by an Arab contingent calling itself ‘Liwa al-Shamal al-Demoqrati’ – captured the village of Tal Malid. During the clashes, the SDF also seized an armoured vehicle, type BMP-1, which had been abandoned by Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters.

Pictures of the war booty can be seen below:

In the past days, the Turkish Air Force has conducted numerous airstrikes on mostly Kurdish SDF positions in the Efrin region, causing some tensions between Washington and Ankara who back opposing sides of the conflict.

Additionally, the YPG – the largest faction of the SDF – said the past days’ clashes and Turkish aerial bombardment had killed 19 of its fighters.

The clashes between the SDF and FSA came into effect after rebel commanders demanded Kurdish units to withdraw from the imperative town of Tall Rifaat or ‘face consequences’.

Meanwhile, in a related development, Kurdish reconnaissance units at the village of Sheikh Isa observed tens of Turkish tanks leaving rebel-held areas near Mare’, likely to participate in an upcoming Turkish-led offensive to capture the Islamic State stronghold of Al-Bab. Only three Turkish tanks are believed to remain inside Mare’, according to a SDF source.

This correlates with statements by Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan; in a speech given yesterday, Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan reaffirmed his commitment to capturing Al-Bab and securing the Turkish border.

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The Kurds obviously recognized the mistake they made by allowing Assayish , ”trained” and infiltrated by agents of foreign ”intelligence” agencies , to attack Assyrians & SAA in Qamishli in July. This forced Assad to let the Turks to enter Syria in order to clubber the Kurds back to their good senses. Now that they learned who is their ultimate protector from the Turks , Assad made a secret deal with them , gave them support & issued an ultimatum to Turkey , that neither warplanes nor tanks are allowed to have free roam in N Aleppo. I believe the… Read more »

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We may see it tonight as it seems that THK was preparing air strikes against YPG.
Hope some F-16s are gonna try Pantsir, S-200, S-300, S-400 and K-77E and why not the EMP-gun they talked about in Komsomol-Pravda recently…
Erdogan shall be teached a lesson. I’d really love to see our Rafales flying together with Sukhois in order to send the bearded cockroaches where they deserve…
I think that EU and Russia should tighten links as both our geopolitical and security interests are really common.

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Daeshbags Sux thinks that Al-Qaida made 9/11. ha ha ha ha. What a propagendist. He should work on CNN (Clinton Network News).
How WTC 7 collapsed ?
How can a mettalic structure collapsed on his own footprint whithout using controlled demolition process ?
USA “caught” Ben Laden (even if he was treated In an hospital in Qatar way before). SO why Americans are still in Afghanistan ?

USA did 9/11. Their first goal was to invade Afghanistan. Tha’s why they still are in Afghanistan.

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Who said I separated Qaeda from the Neo-con mofos. And Killary was considered neo-con before being forced to at least publicly step down from the GOP in support of her husband’s career… Considering her POV, she never switched sides. The only thing Excellent seems excellent is at not understanding anything… Let me be clear : mofos like Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz, Dubya, Albright, the both Clintons, Erdogan, Salman+son, etc etc etc should be tried for both war crimes and/or crimes against the humanity… There’s room left in ICC prison… Now it’ll be appreciated that you raise a little argumentation like stopping your… Read more »

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Hillary Clinton said “We created Al-Qaida”. Mc Cain says “We know ISIS”.

Americans are using sunni extremists to protect Nazisrael and to control Arab countries and Europe. Funny the fact that Iran must respect every UN reslolutions but Nazisael can not respect UN resolutions without being imposed sanctions.

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Why do you think I consider ppl like Clinton or McCain should be jailed? It’s high time EU to get closer to Russia and reduce US and Gulf states influence drasticly, BTW, as EU, even without UK, is the #1 economical power, we could even have a better funding for Israel then have them in our pocket too and Russia could help a lot to lever peaceful relation between them, Syria, Lebanon and Iran, now with such relations and the huge shale gas reserves we have, we can consider to simply bankrupt all these nasty Gulf kinglets making them simply… Read more »

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Kurds are american puppets. American used them to topple Saddam Hussein and now they use them to take over Syria. USA even build a military base north east of Syria.

And, Kurds are expelling Arabs from the lands they take. There is no Arabs in SDF. It’s a cover to take over Syrian Arabs land and build an american proxy land north of Syria.

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That’s why Assad just ave them 25 tons of ammos and VKS pounded FSA in the area. FSA being also an US puppet and Turkey being NATO, don’t you think things are ettng somewhat complicated? YPG/SDF doesn’t seeks to partition Syria but mostly to have a federal state and as it seems that a new Syrian constitution being prepared under Russian auspices, they’re very likely to have what they want in Syria. The Arabs expelled by YPG are nothing else than propaganda from your jihadist friends. Just the fact you favour the alcohol ban in Iraq or that you relay… Read more »

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So much propaganda. Why can’t you talk without always saying “72 virgin goats”, “Nazi prophet” and “your jihadist friends” ? Because YOU ARE A NAZISRAELI PROPAGENDIST.

FSA are Turkey puppets. Turkey are using them to fight the Kurds. That’s why Assad let them enter Syria and cut off the so-called Rojava, invented by USA.

Why expelling Arabs that don’t agree with you. Is that democracy ? Of course not. It’s ethnic cleansing like are doing your friends the NAZISRAELIANS in Palestine.

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Funny fact, if Putin was at next years elections in my country, I’d probably vote for him. Nazis? My grand dad used to shoot them and he shot a lot… A good nazi is a dead nazi. He was a commie and I always considered him right winged by my standards… Your prophet and your jihadi friends were exactly like the nazis. I don’t give a f**k about Israel except that arab propaganda about them is more than boring while Hamas are freakig terrorists and the tight links between PLO and the nazis are more than proven, Yasser Arafat was… Read more »

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You sure spend a lot of time and effort writing about Israel when you claim to not particularly care about it.

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The fact that Arabs & Assyrians are expelled from their villages does not bother the jihadists , it is testimony of an impartial German human rights observatory group.