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Reports from Mar’e indicate that the extremist rebels have all withdrawn to the nearby town of Sandraf after an agreement was put in place that would allow the rebels to either flee the city or join forces with Jaysh Al-Thuwwar.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