BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military has allegedly cancelled their offensive against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Tal Rifa’at area of northern Aleppo, several reports claimed on Sunday.

According to these reports, the Turkish military and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) made the decision to not launch another offensive near Tal Rifa’at due to the ongoing talks with the Russian forces to establish a demilitarized zone in the area.

The Russian and Turkish forces are negotiating a potential demilitarized zone that would be monitored by their military personnel between the town of Tal Rifa’at and city of Azaz in northern Aleppo.

This move comes just 24 hours after the Turkish Army and their rebel allies attempted to advance south towards Tal Rifa’at.

The Turkish Army and Free Syrian Army scored a preliminary advance, capturing two towns from the YPG; however, they were later forced to retreat after the Kurdish-led forces heavily shelled their positions inside of Maraanaz and Al-Malkiyah.

Turkey has long complained about the YPG’s presence in the Tal Rifa’at area, but they have been unable to make any advances due  to the Syrian Arab Army troops that are positioned near the Kurdish forces.

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Nestor Arapa

Me gustaría que los mercenarios de Erdogan terminen aniquilados en territorio Sirio, como lo está pasando a los mercenarios de la Monarquía Saudi en Yemen.
Les comparto el video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0QZTo0v_ic&bpctr=1557072943

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Rhodium 10

Rusia matiene equilibrios en la zona…porque tb le interesa que el ejercito turco combata al SDF..sino fuera asi..el ejercito Sirio tendría problemas con el SDF en el rio Eufrates y no habrían negociado el suministro de petroleo!…

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Karel Vd Geest

So they were unable to hold against counterattacks by SDF. Weird thinking of Turks. Why would YPG agree to a safe zone brokered without them being involved? Especially when they were able to drive off the turks and their stooges? Turks never learn. As a society, they are autistic.

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Karel Vd Geest

As an addendum : ALF and SDF claim to have killed more than 40 mercenaries and Turks and several armoured vehicles. Heavy losses, if correct.

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It seems like the Russians are reaching out to the Kurds behind the scenes. I’m amazed that Russia with fewer resources than America can play, with all parties, so much better a diplomacy game than the latter. I would say lessons for the Chinese here.