Recep Erdogan’s nightmare of a Kurdish border with Turkey is coming to reality as the “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) expand both south and east of the Afrin Canton, leaving the Turkish-backed Islamist rebels in fear of losing the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside.
On Saturday evening, the YPG continued their advance in northern Aleppo, capturing the Quarries and imperative hilltop of Talat Al-Firan near the village of Al-Tamourah, which is under the control of Jabhat Al-Nusra (Syrian Al-Qaeda group), Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
In addition to their advance towards Al-Tamourah, the YPG has allegedly seized the town of Deir Jamaal in northern Aleppo; if true, this will be another demoralizing defeat for the Islamist rebels.
Also on Saturday, the YPG began their vital advance towards the Mennagh Military Airport that has been under the control of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham for near three years now.
The Islamist rebels have attempted to form a joint operation called “Jaysh Halab” (Aleppo Army) to combat both the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and the YPG in northern Aleppo; however, this group is unlikely to last very long, thanks in large part to the strategic bombing campaign by the Russian Air Force inside the province.