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Syrian Kurds backed by Russian airstrikes advance on Syrian airbase

By Rudaw 11/2/2016
A YPG fighter. AFP Photo
A YPG fighter. AFP Photo
Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) fighters launched an assault on Syria's Mannagh airbase on Wednesday. The base has been held by fighters opposed to the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad since August 2013. The Kurds are being backed in this endeavour by Russian airstrikes.

 The Russians are currently helping the Syrian military and allied militias surround opposition-held districts in the northern city of Aleppo and cut them off from the nearby northwestern Syrian frontier with Turkey. 

An opposition commander named Maj. Yasser Abdul-Rahim told the Associated Press that his forces may lose the base to the YPG given the intense Russian airstrikes being leveled against them. 

The ongoing Russian-Syrian offensive in Aleppo is giving the YPG in the northwestern canton of Afrin a chance to expand and relieve their enclave from attack by Islamists like Jabhat al-Nusra.

Many Syrians fleeing the current ongoing Russian bombardments in Aleppo have also sought sanctuary in that Kurdish area.

 Turkey has long opposed Afrin joining up with Syria's other northeastern Kurdish majority areas since the 60 miles which lies between Afrin and Kobani is inhabited by non-Kurdish peoples, primarily Arabs and Turkmen. 

Syria's Kurds have remained neutral in the war when it comes to siding with either the opposition or Assad. It has however fought Islamist elements of the opposition, like the aforementioned Nusra, which has sought to either kill or subjugate them. 

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Support Kurdistan | 11/2/2016
Bye bye dirty Nusrats and Ehrar el-Şam terrorists! Ezaz is under Kurdish control soon. 2-3 villages in the south and Ezaz is surrounded by our heroes. And to Rûdaw: Birayên delal, it's not true that the strip between Efrîn & Kobanê is not inhabited by Kurds. There are hundreds of Kurdish villages in this area. We can take Qebesîn, Bab, Minbij, Kanîya Dil and Ezaz as examples. All these cities are mixed populated with significant Kurdish communities. KURDİSTAN YEK E, PERÇE NEKE!
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Brzoo Kurdi | 11/2/2016
Turkey did underestimate Russian power ,when they shot down a fighter jet ,everybody knows that Turkey made a big mistake,after all Turkey is not such a sweet member of NATO ,they must not forget that ,in privet NATO's powerful members such as Germany and France ,talk among themselves and they remind each other that Erdogan is an Islamist and can not be trusted ,that is why the US ignore their call to abandon Rojava. the Kurds are a force to be reckon with.
Gerbert d' Aurillac | 11/2/2016
The Kurds are brave in war.May God protect them and they get their independent State.They must unite among them and look for trustful allies.So far, the USA has sold them out to the Islamist states of Turkey and Baghdad.Why are the Americans behaving in that way ?.I do not understand why do Americans fear their Muslim enemies of the likes of Turks,Arabs and Iranians ?.It seems to me as if the West were surredering to the Islamists.Only Russians and Kurds can save Humanity in these dark days.
Flaminco | 11/2/2016
Weak and bad reporting, those "fighters opposed to the Syrian regime" are all Al-Qaeda affiliated groups who have committed horrific atrocities. Just one of those atrocities is the kidnapping and massacre of 300 Kurdish civilians from Gerispi(Tal-Abiad) in 2013 which besides Russia no one talks about. They ethnically cleansed Gerispi of Kurds and neither the UN or any of the NGOs bothered to even file a report
Go YPG! | 11/2/2016
this is more existing than wrestlemania! YPG is tag teaming with Russia and US on destroying the evil jihadists and their partner turkey!
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