Following a rebel request for Kurdish forces to conduct a complete withdrawal from Tall Rifaat yesterday, clashes have now erupted between the Kurdish YPG and Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

Heavy skirmishes and artillery bombardment erupted near and around the Shabha Reservoir on Wednesday despite neither directly conceding villages to the other. Clashes were also observed yesterday on the eastern outskirts of Harbul and Shaykh Isa.

Both the FSA and YPG have captured considerable chunks of ISIS’ northern Aleppo territory in 2016.

In the past 48 hours, with ISIS continuously retreating from the region, Kurdish forces have seized the villages of Hassadjek, Qawl Suruj, Wardiyah, Wasitiyah, and Al-Ghoul, thus safeguarding the southwestern flank of the Shabha Lake.

Formerly, a string of Turkish-backed rebel advances threatened to block YPG fighters from linking up with their Kurdish allies further east at Manbij, a former ISIS stronghold liberated in late August. Currently, some 40 kilometers separate the two Kurdish-held regions of Efrin and Manbij.

Rebels and Kurds are no strangers to tensions in the Aleppo governorate; in April 2016, the YPG paraded 47 bodies of fallen FSA fighters through the city of Efrin after the latter conducted a failed offensive on Kurdish-held villages in the region.

Similarly, in May 2016, the YPG captured Shaykh Isa after somewhat opportunistically attacking the weaker flank of rebel forces who found themselves occupied by fending off several ISIS offensives at neighbouring Mare’.

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I think, the “moderates” objective is attack for the north to SAA. The SAA need support kurds.

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Bad bad news for the Free Salafist Army (FSA)!
* Russian airforce bombed FSA South of Mare, North Aleppo
* Reports of airstrike on FSA controlled Tell Malid while Turkish artillery hits SDF, Aleppo.
It’s gonna hurt!

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Stern Daler

Your FSA bad news is good news. So the Kurds do not get bombed by Erdolf Pasha’s planes, I assume?

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I didn’t knew YPG/PYD were Erdogan’s pawns! IMHO, kurds won’t agree with it : they don’t sell blood-oil to Bilal Erdogan

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Françoise LAGATHU

Tout le monde sait que Erdogan se sert des pires jihadistes pour lutter contre les kurdes et étendre sa domination . En cela il ressemble aux sionistes.
Pour lesautres, l’histoire a prouvé que ce comportement menait à la mort (V. Hitler et Mussolini).

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Igor Dano

Turks have to crush the kurdish traitors, who fight for CIA.

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Sorry dude, it’s the FSA (Free Salafist Army)/Nusra/Qaeda who deals with CIA/DoS, Kurds deal with DIA (Defence Intelligence Agency) and the DoD (Pentagon) and BTW, they also deal with France, Germany, Russia and… the SYRIAN GOVERNMENT which just gave them 25 tons of ammo a few days ago! And they’re no traitor, they just want a federal state with an autonomous region, not the partition of Syria and the racist genocidal Turks stop attacking their people. And, BTW :
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Remember : the bar-code begins by 869…
Turkey, traitor to their European allies, ErdoGollum belongs to Sauron.

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Time has come to balkanise Turkey! South east to Roava, north east to Armenia, Thrace including Constantinople back to Greece! f**k Muslim Brotherhood-AKP!

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Agreed. Erdolf Pasha is on the way to lose what Kemal Pasha saved.