On Sunday morning, the predominately Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) responded to the recent aggression from the Syrian Al-Qaeda faction “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their allies inside the Sheikh Maqsoud District of Aleppo City by obstructing the aforementioned Islamist group’s main supply route on the Castillo Highway to the provincial capital.
Over the weekend, the Kurdish resistance force came under attack by the Islamist rebel groups of Jabhat Al-Nusra, Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, and Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki inside the Sheikh Maqsoud Distict in what seems to be an attempt by the Jihadist factions to display their frustration with the YPG over protests and their unwillingness to collude with their forces.
The YPG did not sit idly; instead, they launched a powerful attack on the Islamist rebel fighters entrenched along the strategic Castillo Highway that travels through the Sheikh Maqsoud District of Aleppo City; this assault prompted the militants of Harakat Ahrar Al-Sham, Jabhat Al-Nusra, and Harakat Nour Al-Deen Al-Zinki to withdrawal north towards Tal Oweija.
If the Islamist rebel groups cannot recapture or implement a ceasefire over the territory they lost along the Castillo Highway, they will find themselves in a world of trouble inside the provincial capital, as the Syrian Armed Forces have recently deployed over 2,000 soldiers to Aleppo City.
This is not the first time the Islamist rebels have displayed aggression towards the YPG; however, they have been repeatedly beaten back by the aforementioneded Kurdish militia after a brief engagement.