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Kurdish Fighters Enter Marea City in Aleppo Province

17 February 2016 7:34


The Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG) announced that they have entered the Marea city in Aleppo province without bloodshed after reaching an agreement with the Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham terrorist groups earlier today.

The Kurdish fighters confirmed that they are now inside Marea city as they have also struck a deal with the militants on their withdrawal from at least another strategic town in Aleppo province.

Earlier today, opposition sources in Aleppo province announced that the Takfiri terrorists have offered a deal to the Kurdish fighters to surrender the city of Marea in exchange for a safe passage.

The YPG have agreed with an offer of the Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham groups to allow them to leave Marea for Sandef without any clashes and surrender Marea to the Kurdish fighters.

The deal was brought up after the striking advances of the Kurdish troops in Northern Aleppo province in the last few days.

Earlier today, the YPG continued advancing in the Northern part of Aleppo province and seized back one more key village in the Southern side of the newly-liberated city of Tal Rifat.

The YPG forces alongside other Kurdish fighters, including the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), drove the militant groups back from the village of Kafr Naseh in a several-hour battle.

The Kurdish fighters are now engaged in a tough battle in some parts of Kafr Naseh to hunt the rest of the terrorists.

Scores of the militants have been killed or severely wounded in the battle in Tel Rifat region – that includes a strategic city and tens of villages – in the last several days.

The Kurdish fighters also are trying to persuade the militant groups to lay down their arms and turn in themselves to the YPG or SDF forces.

With the capture of Tal Rifat and its nearby lands and villages, including Kafr Naseh, the Kurdish fighters have approximately reached the ISIL-held territories in Northeastern regions of Aleppo province.

On Monday night, the YPG, who have recently bonded with the government, prevailed over the terrorists in the highly strategic city of Tal Rifat in Northern Aleppo and captured the city.

The YPG, who enjoyed the Russian air backup, prevailed the terrorists’ positions from the Western direction and shook hand with other Kurdish troops who entered the town from the North.

The YPG Kurds have recently bonded with the Damascus government. The Syrian army sent several arms cargoes to the YPG troops in the Northeastern province of Hasaka and trained the first group of Kurdish volunteer forces in the provincial capital city of Hasaka last week.

FNA battlefield dispatches said Monday night that heavy clashes are underway on the Eastern outskirts of the city as Ahrar al-Sham terrorists and groups of Al-Nusra Front – that have just arrived in Northern Aleppo via the Turkish territories – are retreating from their positions.

The Kurdish fighters, backed up by the Russian fighter jets, Syrian army artillery units and popular forces launched the assault on the terrorists in Tal Rifat in two fronts.

The first units of the YPG engaged in clashes with the terrorists from the Western direction of the strategic town North of Aleppo province, while other units started an attack from the Northern flank.

The first group arrived at the Western gates of the town on Sunday, while the second group had to purge several small towns and villages to open up the path to Tal Rifat and, hence, arrived in the Northern parts of the city on Monday.

The second groups of Kurdish fighters approaching the strategic town from the North comprised of YPG and SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) units.

The SDF that is comprised of mainly Kurdish fighters as well as a few hundred Syrian Arab dissident forces have received trainings from the US and have been provided with scanty US-coalition air support in their battles in Raqqa province in Northeastern Syria; but in Northern and Northwestern battlefronts, they have been operating alongside the YPG and received the Russian air backup in their Aleppo wars that started with the conquest of Tishrin Dam on the Euphrates early in February.

Assisted by the Syrian army – that has along with popular forces and Hezbollah conquered almost all militant-held regions in Eastern, Southern, Western and Northwestern Aleppo province – and Russian air support, the Kurdish forces fighting against the terrorists in North-Northeast Aleppo province have been making striking advances against the Al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and ISIL terrorists in February.

“The militant groups have been surprised by the rapid offensive of the Kurdish fighters and have been pinned down behind their defense lines in Tal Rifat,” sources from the Western flank told FNA on Sunday.

“The Russian warplanes carried out several combat sorties over the militants’ position in the around the town and destroyed their defense lines,” they added.

Later on Sunday, the Kurdish fighters, backed by Russian fighter jets, engaged in intense clashes with the terrorist groups at the Western entrance of the strategic town and captured several building blocks.

To hinder to slow down the rapid advances of the Northern units, Turkey relocated hundreds of terrorists from Idlib province to Aleppo via its soil in the weekend.

“At least 400 militants were transferred to Northern Aleppo to help the terrorists who are losing the ground to the Kurdish fighters who are backed by Russian air force,” Arab media outlets disclosed on Sunday.

In addition, the Turkish army started days of nonstop pounding of the Kurdish fighters in Northern Aleppo on Friday to pin them down specially in the North and prevent them from shaking hands with other Kurdish troops fighting in the Northern Aleppo town.

The Turkish army shelling has targeted both Syrian army positions in Northern Lattakia and Kurdish fronts in Northern Aleppo and continued for four days now.

Several villages in vast areas of Afrin in Northwestern Syria came under artillery shelling by the Turkish army and terrorist groups all throughout Sunday.

The Turkish army, Al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham pounded the villages of Marimin and Anab in Afrin region on Sunday. Residents of Marimin and Anab said that their villages were hit with over numerous rockets and 30 artillery shells today.

Report said on Saturday that Turkey’s army shelled Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) positions near the city of Azaz in Northwestern Syria. Turkish forces started shelling an airbase and a village, recently captured by Kurds, in Aleppo province in Syria.

A Kurdish official confirmed that the shelling targeted the Minaq air base located South of Azaz in Aleppo province.

“Turkish forces started shelling the YPG positions on the territory of the Minaq airbase,” a YPG spokesperson told the Arabic-language TV channel, Al-Mayadeen on Saturday.

Turkey vowed on Sunday that it would not allow the pro-government forces in Syria to capture the militant-held city of Azaz close to its border.

On Monday, the Kurdish “People’s Protection Units” (YPG), enjoying Russian air backup, continued to advance against the militant groups in the Northern part of Aleppo province and stormed the militant groups’ defense lines near the small town of Kaljabrein in the surroundings of Tal Rifat, killing, at least, 40 terrorists.

The Russian fighter jets have played significant role in the recent victories of the Kurdish fighters in the province.

The Kurdish fighters seized control over Kaljabrein-Tal Rifat road and killed one of the commanders of Jeish al-Fatah, nom de guerre Ismayeel Naddaf.

Later on Monday, a main line of supply of the terrorist groups to Tal Rifat was cut by the heavy mortar shelling of the YPG forces.

“The YPG forces, deployed on the road of Ein al-Daqnah to Kaljabrein, pounded a road connecting Tal Rifat to the towns of Azaz and Marea in the Northern part of Aleppo province, leaving the militants in Tal Rifat with no way towards its Northern side,” sources said.

Sources also said “both the Kurdish fighters and the terrorists have been targeting each other by their artillery shelling since the early hours of this (Monday) morning”.

The Syrian army once again deployed the Russian T-90 tanks against the terrorists in Aleppo Front in Northern Syria on Monday.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Kurdish fighters won back five more villages after killing a top militant commander in the strategic overnight.

“The Kurdish fighters drove the militant groups back from their positions in the villages of Ahras, Ein Daqnah, Sheikh Halal, Masqan, Sawama’a Jabraein and Kafar Naya after pushing the terrorists back from Tel Rifat in Northern Aleppo province last night,” sources said.

“Hakim Hadbah Abu Ali, one of the senior commanders of Jeish al-Fatah terrorist group in the Northern battlefields of Aleppo, was killed in the battle with the Kurdish fighters in Tal Rifat,” the sources added.

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