Fierce clashes erupt in northern Aleppo between Turkish-backed rebels and Kurdish forces

A series of intense clashes broke out in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on April 11, after the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) attacked the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the town of Kaljibrin.

According to reports from northern Aleppo, the Turkish-backed rebels unleashed heavy gunfire and artillery shells towards the YPG’s lines; this prompted a response from the latter.

The tensions between the YPG and FSA have recently increased in the northern countryside of Aleppo, especially after the Turkish military sent reinforcements to the Jarabulus and Manbij front-lines.

With the Turkish elections out of the way, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will likely begin the process of launching a new military operation against the Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria.

It is worth noting that Ankara views the YPG and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) as offshoots of the outlawed Kurdsitan Workers Party (PKK).

The Turkish Army carried out a powerful attack against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate this evening.

Using heavy artillery, the Turkish Army repeatedly struck the YPG’s positions near the town of Tal Rifa’at, prompting the latter to respond with their own barrage of projectiles on the former’s defenses.

This attack by the Turkish Army comes just 48 hours after the Russian military withdrew their police forces from Tal Rifa’at and its surrounding villages in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate.

The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is still active in the Tal Rifa’at area and they have already warned the Turkish Army about moving into the government-held parts of northern Aleppo.

In particular, the Syrian Arab Army and their allies in Nubl and Al-Zahra’a have refused to withdraw from these towns despite warnings from the Turkish military.

Nubl and Al-Zahra’a were previously besieged by the jihadist rebels until the Syrian Arab Army and their allies launched an offensive in 2016 to lift this siege.

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