BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – A series of intense clashes broke out between the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) this evening in the northern countryside of Aleppo.

According to local reports, the YPG and FSA are currently clashing inside the northern Aleppo town of Kaljibrin, which is located near the Turkish border.

No advances or casualties have been reported as of yet.

Tensions have recently increased in northern Aleppo between the YPG and FSA after the former launched several ambushes against the Turkish-backed rebels in the Afrin region.

The Afrin region was captured by the Turkish-backed Euphrates Shield forces in March of this year after they launched a major operation in January.

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As there are no other reports onbthis, I doubt this report. If correct though, a nice scoop. However, it says nothing about the scope of fjghting. A skirmish or a serious attempt to take it. Anyway, it seems that YPG is getting more and more on the initiative in Afrin.

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@Karel, from what I can fathom. Kurdish units are on the stage of loose terror raids. That is the first stage of a successful guerilla war AFAIR.

p.s. SDF’s conventional try to defend Afrin was a mistake.

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The convential defense was at least a partial mistake. However, if they did not had done it, the early success might have persuaded to go for Manbij, tell Rifaat, right away, while at the moment YPG is consolidating there. Sometimes you just have to bleed for the principe of it, to the detriment of those caught up.

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@Karel, for some reason the Kurdish leadership saw it as You do or they over estimated their chances in an conventional war in Afrin. p.s. I would have risked the Ottoman invasion of the other regions for the prevention of the ethnic cleansing of much of Afrin and thus advantages in a guerilla war in Afrin. Reasons: AFAIR at that time foreign observers were in Manbij. Additionally an immediate escalation would have forced Turkey to expose more Türk Silahlı Kuvvetleri soldiers and conscripts to potential battle loses. Since Turkish FSA mercenary numbers are limited. Any resulting TSK loses could have… Read more »

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Kurds made one huge mistake in Afrin. I remember very well how about a week before the Sultan attacked Afrin, one of the Russian Generals met with Kurds who were governing at that time Afrin. He proposed to Kurds in Afrin to accept to be governed by the Syrian State and be part of Syria. In this case Russians would not allow the Sultan to attack Afrin. Well, Kurds declined the offer. Russian General said “Then, you are on your own”. After 2 days Russians pulled out from their base in Afrin and after 2 or 3 more days Sultan… Read more »

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@USR, Yes IMHO that was the best option for the Afrin Kurds. Ally with the government to avoid fighting.

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Kurds made one huge mistake in Afrin. I remember very well how about a week before the Sultan attacked Afrin, one of the Russian Generals met with Kurds who were governing at that time Afrin. He proposed to Kurds in Afrin to accept to be governed by the Syrian State and be part of Syria. In this case Russians would not allow the Sultan to attack Afrin. Well, Kurds declined the offer. Russian General said “Then, you are on your own”. After 2 days Russians pulled out from their base in Afrin and after 2 or 3 more days Sultan… Read more »