Over the past 72 hours, ISIS has been making steady gains in northern Aleppo, thus capturing the villages of Tahmoul, Jariz Kafrah, Fayruziyah, Tilal Al-Hussein, and Dudiyan.

Dudiyan represents the 3rd most important town to isolated rebel forces in northern Aleppo; the loss of this town has the armed Syrian Opposition reduced to a last ditch line of defence and foothold at the cities of Azaz and Mare’.

While rebel fighters have reopened the border corridor which was temporarily cut by ISIS, their forces have been greatly pushed back since the initial rebel advances along the border.

With the Islamic State on the advance, their fighters are now less than 6 kilometers from the eastern gates of Azaz. Meanwhile, Kurdish fighters are also keen to capture the rebel-held border city as their troops are less than 3 kilometers west of the site.

Despite the backing of Turkish artillery and warplanes of the US-led coalition, rebel fighters face a very real possibility of losing the entire enclave under their control in northern Aleppo.

Now, rebel commanders must either order their troops to fight to the last drop of blood or attempt to broker a regional peace deal with ISIS.

Otherwise, rebels could retreat across the Turkish border and possibly redeploy to Idlib which is largely controlled by Jaish al-Fateh, a coalition of Islamist rebel factions.

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agitpapa
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Will HIMARS launchers arrive in time to stop the rout? Tayyip fucked himself by giving rats MANPADS & creating risk for A-10s

daeshit sucks
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They seem to not having learnt to use ManPADS or that flares works very well : just an old Su-22M shot down and probably one of those without the upgrades that the russian mades for those used in Afghanistan to defeat ManPADS. No Su-25 were harmed => A-10 can go too. But you may see less and less A-10 in the future unless some clever nation buy them 2nd hand from the US as USAF is cutting the A-10 budget to pay for the F-35 which is in a very good way to be under the F-22’s activity records and… Read more »
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Kurds can’t take Azaz because Turkey is defending the rebels there, but apparently not defending them against Islamic State.

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ErDOG may use atillery against kurds but he won’t be able to send aircraft to bomb them : if coalition airplanes bomb ISIS, it’s because they are allowed. If a turkish warplane crosses the border, it’ll be shot down. A S-400 SAM system based in Damascus can down a fighter over Gaziantep and a big bomber, refueller or AWACS 200km further… BTW, RuAF will avoid to down anything over Turkey but if a turkish plane crosses, the downing of the Tu-24 wasn’t really appreciated and I bet a air-to-air downing of a few F-16 would make very good advertising for… Read more »
Jan Jansen
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sdf should attack from the east and then detroy isis from west to east

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Ali al-Yehud al-Jihadistani

sadviolin.wav

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Nuri Gameofwar

Possibly now after isis attack button is pressed usa is busy trying to negotiate with others like Russia for allowing usa or proxies sending more support to nusra-fsa terrorist groups to legitimize them by making them fight against daesh and providing weapons to be used later against Syrian government. But it wont work.

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Cannibal-ante-portas

So this is the plan B? ISIS takes over all positions of the vanishing “moderates”? Makes you wander whom was this shallow masquerade supposed to have fooled?

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Karel Vd Geest

The rebels prefer to fight two fronts rather than come to an agreement with SDF.

Were the small moderate part of the rebels agreeing to a ceasefire with the SDF, maybe including a co ruling of Marea, the SDF would help in the defense of Azaz, take on IS in the corridor.