On Monday, the Turkish Armed Forces and aligned Free Syrian Army (FSA) proxy factions shelled the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as the latter attempted to seize an ISIS-held area in the northern Aleppo countryside.

FSA units and Turkish tanks stationed at the village of Ablah opened fire upon SDF fighters who were observed closing in on the neighbouring ISIS-held village of Tall al-Jijan, effectively causing Kurdish fighters to call off their attacks.

According to one FSA official involved in operation ‘Euphrates Wrath’, the artillery bombardment killed 10 Kurdish fighters.

The FSA, SDF and ISIS have all battled one another in recent months as the Islamic State has gradually conceded chunks of northern Aleppo territories to Syrian rebels and Syrian Kurds who have both vowed to liberate the Islamic State stronghold of al-Bab.

Yesterday, a rebel offensive had the FSA advance to within two kilometers north of Al-Bab; both the Turkish Air Force and United States Air Forces conducted supportive airstrikes.

Turkey and its FSA allies hope to stop Kurdish advances inroads to al-Bab. Currently, SDF fighters are held up 16 kilometers west of the Islamic State stronghold.

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SDF is making a strategic overreach here, especially since the US is in such a state of Flux until Trump takes over the Presidency in late January. I understand the Kurds want to join their communities in Northern Aleppo/ Afrin into their greater Rojava, but they are so over-extended. Even the SDF DO take Al Bab before the Turkish backed Islamic rebels, Turkey will just attack the SDF to take it themselves. The Kurds need to know what President Trump is prepared to do when Turkey pivots and goes into cleansing Syrian Kurds full time. Because after the Turkey vs… Read more »
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The little problem is that Erdogan is playing poker and bluffing with only a pair of seven in his hand. He was just allowed to enter the big guys playground just to see if he’s fit and his megalomania made him play as the king of the hill although he’s not even invited in the game… He’s not the 1st going bonkers this way and it always ended the same and has already been warned to calm down by the big guys. It will end by a good spanking, now, as he seems as obsessed as the frog wanting to… Read more »
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Why are the Syrian Air Force and the Russians allowing this to happen on Syrian territory?

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Because they’re powerless to stop them. Syria has enough trouble enemies it entirely outnumbers and encircles, let alone take on a power 4/5 times bigger than itself. Russia can’t afford big engagements, thus them pulling out the majority of their forces in Syria earlier in the year, they don’t want to bother themselves with Turkey.

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Well Sean_in_Nyc.

The war dont wait for Trump. Its still Obama rule and in full scale all over.

Agree about kurds overestimate, but Assads could help them using one or 2 longe range haubitzers.

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Seems I had missed it! Again, Erdogn proves himself very fit to be accepted in the EU…
Detainees ‘beaten, sexually abused and threatened with rape’ after Turkey coup, Human Rights Watch claims
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/detainees-beaten-sexually-abused-and-threatened-with-rape-after-failed-turkey-coup-gives-blank-check-a7379526.html
Seems ICC gonna have more work on torture cases in the future.

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well done!
kill the traitors. they fight with US army, they have to know, that USA instigated this war and USA is financing, training, supplying ISIS. And still they go with US. They are full morons.
It is very good, if Turks kill this vermin, traitors.

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I’ve even seen you saying you favour genocide of Kurdish people and would like to see 170M dead in this war…
Well, do you know that calling for genocide or making the apology of it already makes you liable in front of the ICC?
You’re not better than Daesh!