The Turkish and Gulf backed Islamist rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham are at war with the U.S. backed rebels of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF); however, things have taken a turn for the worse in northern Aleppo as the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) has now entered this battle.
Moments ago in the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside, ISIS imposed full control over the village of Kafrah near the Turkish border after a violent battle with the Free Syrian Army and Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham.
The village of Kafrah is situated to the north of the rebel stronghold of Mar’e and east of the contested Turkish border-city of ‘Azaz; if these aforementioned cities are lost to ISIS and the Syrian Democratic Forces, the Turkish backed rebels will be in serious trouble as they will be forced to rely on their thin supply route from the Idlib Governorate.
As a result of their losses to ISIS and the Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Aleppo, the Turkish backed Islamist rebels have issued a distress call for reinforcements from the provincial capital and Turkey in order to combat the enemy combatants attacking from their eastern and western flanks.
Despite both parties gaining ground in northern Aleppo, the Syrian Democratic Forces and ISIS are bitter enemies; this battle against the Turkish backed rebels has nothing to do with both parties colluding, but rather, ISIS taking advantage of SDF’s offensive.