Despite advancing to the very near edge of the Islamic State stronghold of Al-Bab, Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions shifted their attention on Monday and began attacking Kurdish-held villages in the northeastern part of Aleppo province.

Preceded by a massive primarily Turkish artillery bombardment and at least 26 airstrikes by the Turkish Air Force, the FSA stormed Sheikh Nassir village in the early morning hours.

Skirmishes continued until noon when the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) withdrew from the village. As the FSA swarmed through Sheikh Nassir, rebel forces captured three Kurdish fighters who were unable to escape the battle in time.

Then, on Monday afternoon, Kurdish forces went on the counter-offensive, retaking Sheikh Nassir just hours after it was lost. During the battle, 21 FSA fighters were killed and 3 Turkish soldiers injured; the latter due to the destruction of a Turkish armored vehicle.

On Sunday, rebel forces had otherwise launched two consecutive assaults on nearby Qabasin, a highly embattled town under ISIS control. Both attacks were repelled although an Islamic State VBIED was destroyed during the clashes.

Turkey has legitimized its attacks on the SDF under the guise that the Kurdish YPG – the primary contingent of the SDF – had failed to withdraw to the east of the Euphrates River despite promising to do so last week.

The YPG – a sister party of the outlawed PKK – is considered a terrorist organization by Ankara.

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Meanwhile, a SDF spokesperson said the group would seriously consider abandoning the campaign to liberate Raqqa if the U.S. did not pressure Turkey to halt its attacks on the SDF.

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pietsaman

What would happen is SAA and euphrate shield forces meet up.
Turks would be fucked i guess.

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Sean_in_Nyc

The Kurds were absolutely brain dead in agreeing to fight and die for the US and Syrian government for land that they never had any intention of folding into greater Rojava. The SDF should never have begun the attack on Raqqa without ironclad guarantees from the US that Turkey would suffer tremendous consequences for any more attacks on SDF forces, Kurdish towns, etc., while the SDF was taking the fight to ISIS. In writing. In triplicate. And announced by the President himself. That the Kurds went ahead with only backroom assurances, after being screwed by the US over and over… Read more »

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“Meanwhile, a SDF spokesperson said the group would seriously consider abandoning the campaign to liberate Raqqa if the U.S. did not pressure Turkey to halt its attacks on the SDF.”
Hehe. BTW, Turkish troops aren’t covered by art.5 of the NATO protocol, in other terms, if attacked i.e. by Russians, NATO won’t help Turkey. Moreover, Erdogan has been given the red light and warned that he’ll only make the things go worst and it’s exactly what’s happening!

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Henri Cochet

Well Turkish illegal occupation of Cyprus doesn’t seem to bother “NATO protocol “

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Cyprus isn’t NATO as Turkey always vetoed their entry! If there’s a veto from any, you can’t join the alliance.