If the Turkish-backed rebels thought the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) were going to show them any mercy in northern Aleppo – they thought wrong.
The YPG and their U.S. backed allies from the “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) have no interest in negotiating with the Islamist rebels after they were excluded from the Geneva III peace talks.
With the prospect of peace thrown out the window, the YPG and SDF have displayed their military prowess in northern Aleppo, seizing the strategic Mennagh Military Airport that is located approximately 11 km away from the Turkish border-crossing.
More importantly, the capture of the Mennagh Military Airport means that the YPG and SDF are less than 5 km away from the Islamist rebel stronghold of ‘Azaz.
While some Opposition activists argued that the purpose of the YPG taking the Mennagh Military Airport was to block the government forces from expanding north; it seems that their true intentions were to advance east in order to eventually link the Afrin Canton with Kobani and Tal Al-Abyad.
In truth, the only border cities remaining to be captured by the YPG before Kurdish “Rojava” comes to fruition are ‘Azaz and Jarabulus; this would give the PYD regime a large swath of territory to govern along the Turkish border.
The birth of Kurdish Rojava in northern Syria is likely to infuriate the Turkish regime, who sees the YPG and PYD as terrorist groups working against the Turkish and Syrian people.
However, Turkey already has their hands full with the “Kurdistan Workers Party” (PKK), as tensions continue to build in the southeastern part of the country.