The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is on the verge of direct military conflict with the Turkish Armed Forces in Aleppo province after Syrian government troops seized a village from Turkish supported rebel forces on Monday evening.

Pushing eastwards from a batch of recently captured villages on the outskirts of Aleppo city, the SAA’s Republican Guard and the newly formed ‘Syrian National Resistance’ (SNR) were able to wrestle control of Azraq village, thus advancing the SAA’s forward units to positions just five kilometers from al-Bab city.

The SNR is formed out of the ‘Kafr Saghir Martyrs Brigade’, a predominately Kurdish pro-government unit which spearheaded the capture of Aleppo Infantry School exactly one month ago. Notably, the SNR is a key player in improving regional relations between the SAA and Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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In fact, the SDF provided fire support for the SAA’s capture of Azraq.

Meanwhile, Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions seized yet another village from ISIS on the eastern outskirts of al-Bab; namely Zurzur. The FSA and SDF are also clashing with each other nearby although neither side could yield any sustainable gains.

With the SAA and FSA gradually advancing towards al-Bab, ISIS fighters are bracing themselves for the coming assault. Turkish tanks have shelled the city heavily over the past few weeks.

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mrfish
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I get the feeling this is not going to end well for Turkey.

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I share your advice, thus, s.o. may decide to solve the Erdogan problem before it ends in the dismantlement of Turkey. Recently, Zakharova told that Russia hoped he learnt the lesson, I don’t feel he did, in fact, to my ears, it even sounds like a threat, a little like if a Russian mafioso tells you “hey, I’ve seen your wife taking the children at their school”. If you know the guy’s in the mafia, if you don’t feel concerned, you’re fucking stupid and well, most of the Russian mafia are former KGB guys, so is Putin… An old Russian… Read more »
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It does not accord with my calculations. Maybe to expand the buffer zone around the Allepo city. But still I believe SAA and Iran do not like Kurds reach Albab. Let’s see what will happen.

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At the difference of KRG in Iraq, Rojava isn’t looking for separatism. It’s not Syria’s interest to push them into it unless once the terrorist out, Assad wants things go on into a civil war and well, with the Rojava constitution patterned on the Swiss one, it also means that the whole population is… Armed… One of the best ways if not the best to prevent invasions, tyranny and abusive governments. Having a whole population going into guerilla is a very very bad bet : no dictator can compete everybody in the streets so if moreover they are armed, you’re… Read more »
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It seems to me that at least the NW Kurds are real allies of Syria and only strive for autonomy, not an independent state. Could be different for the NE Kurds, could also be that NE Kurds had secret talks with the SAA, and will later on turn against the US.

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Things are a bit different : the official position of the US is to go against Daesh, not against the Syrian govt. YPG is vetted by the Pentagon and thus by the state, this was made AGAINST the DoS advice which illegally (no vote from congress!) supports “rebels” which in fact are Qaeda so ENEMIES for the USA (!!!). In fact, the “legit” USA is on the good side while the deep-state is doing dirty politics in favour of private interests. Moreover, YPG isn’t only US backed : the EU, Russia and even Syrian govt are also backing them. Thus,… Read more »
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Nice try for ignoring facts of the most obvius kind. SAA&Kurds either like FSA&TURKS. And Assads can always slaughter the little one. Isnt it what Turks are trying to right now and why they have helped ISIS until reasantly. There is no reason for any bufferzone around Aleppo anymore. Kurds has made a safezone between parts of it and Assads has extra troops right away inside Aleppo few kilometers away. Could also be that Russians dont want Turks comming closer exept for ISIS and dont want kurds hurt too much – only reduction is allowed. Thats my gues. Kurds with… Read more »
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