BEIRUT, LEBANON (6:30 P.M.) – Turkey has its eyes set on an important military installation in northern Aleppo, as they look to expand their operations against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG).
The Mennagh Military Airport has been under the control of the YPG since 2016, when they managed to expel the jihadist rebels from the installation.
In addition to capturing the Mennagh Airport in 2016, the YPG was also able to expel the jihadist rebels from the key town of Tal Rifa’at, which is another area that Turkey has shifted its attention to.
If the Turkish military and their rebel allies capture the Mennagh Airport, they will have access to their first airbase inside the Aleppo Governorate.
Furthermore, the Turkish military can use the Mennagh Airport to launch attacks against the YPG forces in Tal Rifa’at.
Despite threats from Turkey, the YPG maintains they will not withdraw from Tal Rifa’at, adding that they will fight as long as they have to in order to hold onto the town.