During the evening hours, the 154th Brigade of the Syrian Arab Army Republican Guard – supported by Hezbollah and various Shiite paramilitaries – captured Kiffin village in northern Aleppo from Islamist rebels while Kurdish troops of the YPG and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seized several kilometers of road along the strategic Gazianstep-Aleppo including the town of Deir Jamal. Reportedly, Kurdish fighters and Syrian troops have set up a joint checkpoint near Kiffin as to avoid skirmishes between these two factions.

Over the past weeks, Islamist rebel forces in northern Aleppo have lost tens of villages and more concerning for the Syrian opposition, insurgents have also had their main supply line to Aleppo city severed by advancing government troops. As to combat the YPG and SAA in northern Aleppo, Islamist rebel forces have initiated a coalition called ‘Jaish al-Halab’, which consists of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army, Jabhat Al-Shamiyah, Jaysh Al-Islam, and Jaysh Al-Mujahiddeen.

Not long ago, a YPG official announced that Kurdish forces would launch a large-scale offensive in northern Aleppo as to connect Afrin with Kobane and Hasakah. Although no official treaties have been signed between Kurdish forces and government troops in the countryside of Aleppo, a non-aggression pact could be signed in the near future as both parties face common enemies – namely, ISIS and Islamist rebel groups in northern Aleppo.

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  1. No. You make a mistake. SAA, due to security reasons that almost will happen in the future, does not let any Kurdish groups connect Afrin with Kobani and Hasakah. That was the reason they planned to go to the north at first instead of going to the south and encircling rebels in Allepo City.

      • think he means once they link all parts of kurds controlled land, the SAA is going to have a hard time getting the land back once the SAA and the kurds destroy ISIS and other terrorists

        • Wrong. Neither the SAA, nor President Assad have no interest on Northern Syria, Kurdish region anymore. They will leave there to Kurds for forever. Let it be under an Autonomy, Federation or whatever. After Syria win the war, again an a new “border neighbourhood” with Turkey? No, thanks! In the North, Kurds are great opportunity for whole the Syria as a bufferzone between the terrorist state Turkey and Damascus. Think bigger.

      • tipex12 was right. See. Getting the land back from Kurdish groups is much harder for SAA than liberating those lands from ISIS or the other terrorists by pro-army groups. In one case Kurds give back the land to SAA and it is when they have obtained very special privileges from the Syrian government like the right to have independence and have a self-government body established to govern Kurdish lands. And the result? Some countries which have mutual interests in this matter ( Turkey, Iran & Iraq) and have more or less Kurdish lands in their own counties will feel a real danger for their own country’s Territorial integrity. One interesting thing to tell you. Pat attention: Until three weeks ago, Syrian government focus in the east of Allepo province was to continue its advance to the east of Kuweires airport to reach Euphrates and encircle ISIS in this province. BUT when Kurdish groups from eastern part of Euphrates were able to break through ISIS defense and reach some parts in western part of Euphrates, everything changed for SAA and day prepared to go to the north of this airport to liberate northern part of Allepo to reach the Turkish border even though they have still to reach that area. More Kurdish be activated more SAA will be.