Aleppo, Syria (10:20 A.M.) – The Turkish-backed “Free Syrian Army” (FSA) declared the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham’s (ISIS) last stronghold in the Aleppo Governorate a “military zone” after capturing large chunks of territory near the Turkish border.
The ISIS stronghold, Al-Bab, has long been under their control and considered one of their most important supply hubs in the Aleppo Governorate.
Earlier this year, Al-Bab was threatened by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after they lifted the 3 year long siege on the Kuweries Military Airport; however, the operation was ultimately put on hold.
The Kurdish-led “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) had their eyes set on Al-Bab after liberating Menbeij in August, but Turkey’s incursion into northern Aleppo has threatened this plan.
The Free Syrian Army declaring Al-Bab a military zone creates a serious dilemma for the YPG/SDF because the Turkish-backed forces will split the Rojava pocket in northern Syria.
If this happens, then the YPG/SDF will likely declare war against the Turkish-backed rebels.