The recent progress made in northern Aleppo by the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) and U.S. backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) has agitated the Turkish regime, who maintains that the aforementioned groups are in fact “terrorists” and an offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
While the YPG and SDF are common recipients of Turkish military shells, the thought of the latter attacking these groups fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) is of great concern to the U.S.
According to the latest report from the Hurriyet Daily News, the Turkish regime has asserted that they would launch a “required response” in the event that the YPG and SDF seize the ‘Azaz-Jarabulus line.
It is in the YPG’s best interest to seize the Jarabulus border-crossing in northern Aleppo because it would allow them to eventually link their territory across three different Syrian provinces (Aleppo, Al-Raqqa, Al-Hasakah).
The Turkish regime views the YPG as a terrorist group; its presence on the border would not likely be tolerated for very long due to the Kurdish militia’s ties to the PKK.