The US-backed “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) have captured Mar’e in the northern Aleppo countryside after an agreement with the Turkish-backed rebels to transfer control of this strategic city on Tuesday afternoon.

In addition to seizing Mar’e, the US-backed rebels have also imposed full control over the village of Sheikh Issa in the Aleppo Governorate’s northern countryside, marking another devastating blow to the extremist rebels operating near the Turkish border.

Reports from Mar’e indicate that the extremist rebels have all withdrawn to the nearby town of Sandraf after an agreement was put in place that would allow the rebels to either flee the city or join forces with Jaysh Al-Thuwwar.

The city of Mar’e was originally contested by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) late last year; however, a brief counter-offensive by the extremist rebels of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, the Free Syrian Army (FSA), and Jabhat Al-Shamiyah allowed for them to build a small buffer-zone.

With Mar’e now under the control of the US-backed rebels, the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army and their extremist allies will now have their backs against the wall at the strategic border-city of ‘Azaz, which has been recently eyed by the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) as their next target in northern Aleppo.

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Leo Gunst
Leo Gunst
2016-02-16 15:58

remaining rebels who didnt withdraw have joined the SDF

Joe Pelosi
Joe Pelosi
2016-02-16 16:32

Keeping the Turks happy.

Eee
Eee
2016-02-16 18:55

This is an interesting re-branding exercise. Have the Kurds and their allies be declared the “US-backed moderate rebels” and get them to fight ISIS in return for promises of protection from the Islamists and Turkey. I suspect that Russia’s interpretation of that ceasefire is that it applies to the Kurds/SDF. I wonder, does the US also see it that way? Can this gambit possibly work?

Ezeldin Al-asaad
Ezeldin Al-asaad
2016-02-16 18:57

Not for long. They will be dead soon.

Kolbeinn Ali
Kolbeinn Ali
2016-02-16 19:36

YPG flags in the picture, are they aligned with these US backed rebels?

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ziad
2016-02-17 07:07

more untrustworthy opportunistic kurdish rats

Santiago
Santiago
2016-02-17 08:01

And so they close path to SAA north. Better to fight YPG to fight SAA.

Igor
Igor
2016-02-17 10:45

How can you trust a Jew Kohn-Kerry, or a Turk?
smokescreen not more and not less.