BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military launched an attack against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and People’s Protection Units (YPG) in northern Aleppo on Sunday morning, a field source said from the governorate.

According to the source, the Turkish military and their allied militants heavily targeted the positions of both the Syrian Army and YPG in the Tal Rifa’at District.

The source said the attack was carried out with artillery shells and rockets, which were fired by both the Turkish Armed Forces and the so-called “Syrian National Army” (SNA).

The Turkish military and their allied forces have often targeted the Tal Rifa’at area and parts of the Afrin region because of the YPG’s presence; however, there is an agreement between the latter and the Syrian Army about patrolling this area.

Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which is a group that was at war with the Turkish military for several years in the latter part of the 20th Century.

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2020-03-29 12:43

People should realize that Turkey regards Aleppo as one of the major prizes to obtain in Syria never to be returned.
Hopefully, the SAA and SDF can unite to fight off the Turkish takeover attempt.
Question is what the Russians will do about this Turkish attempted land grab?

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gustavo
2020-03-29 20:15
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SDF is a traitorous to Syria people and obey USA-Israel orders, that is the problem. Kurds want 1/3 of Syria land for themselves under USA-Israel protection. Kurds right now is just another Syria enemy.

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Stern Daler
2020-03-31 07:32
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The SAA withdrew from Kurdish areas and abandoned the Kurds to the mercy of the murderous Jihadi including IS. Then PKK sponsored the first contingents of troops to aid and found YPG together with local groups. Later the US sponsored YPG and some Arab allies together called SDF forces as boots on the ground for their fight against IS. There is no treason. Syria never founded or financed SDF or YPG. Syria has to formally adopt and integrate them first. For this a treaty is needed. Talks are on the way. But both Syria and Kurds try to totally govern… Read more »

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Stern Daler
2020-03-31 07:20
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Turkey has irredentist plans all over the place. Aleppo, Mosul, Kircuk, Greek Islands, parts of Thrace and Cyprus are coloured Turkish red in the map shown in the main officer school. Turkey claims large chunks of the EU acquis in the Greek and Cypriot maritime economic zone. The question is who is in bed with the Turks to allow all that? Without the aid of the super powers Turkey can not possibly achieve such goals.

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2020-03-29 23:27

Long live SAA! Clear Syria from the Turkish scum!

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gustavo
2020-03-29 20:13

How about that Mr Putin ? I know, Russia is trying to make Turkey an allied for a future WWIII, but not way my friends…..Turkey is a NATO member which is following USA-ISrael-NATO plans. Within these plans, I guess, is that Russia to be controlled by Turkey in this area due to commercial and economical agreements between these two countries. However, Russia has the power to answer strongly to any traitorous action of Turkey. We will see.

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Stern Daler
2020-03-31 07:45
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NATO? IMHO the US will have to chose between the EU or Turkey.
Turkey has annexed EU member states’ territory and maritime zones and openly speaks of more grabs and provocations. Normally such action lead to war if no other solution is found. Turkey only sees Cyprus and Greece as obstacles to these irredentist plans. But some EU states have taken actions that show there will be more opposition.

BTW. Israel is on the side of Cyprus and Greece also together with Egypt. For economic reasons. So the situation is much more complex.