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Syria

YPG Kurds successfully overrun former Syrian airbase

By Rudaw 11/2/2016
YPG fighters in Syria. AFP File Photo.
YPG fighters in Syria. AFP File Photo.
The Syrian Kurds have successfully driven an armed opposition group, the Levant Front, from a former Syrian military airbase in Syria's north. 

According to sources quoted by Reuters they were supported by Russian airstrikes in this endeavour. No fewer than 30 Russian air raids assisted the Kurdish offensive. 

"The fall of Menagh airport has made the situation on the ground pretty grim," remarked one commander of the Levant Front. 

These rebels had controlled the former airbase since August 2013. 

The Syrian Kurds initiated this offensive following the recent Syrian offensive on opposition forces in Aleppo which has also been supported by Russian airstrikes. Both Russia and Syria want the northwestern Syrian border with Turkey closed to these various groups, including the Kurds who have been attacked by such groups in the past. 

"The Kurds have gained from the major offensive in Aleppo to widen their areas of control," explained the head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdulrahman. 

The Kurds advanced from Syria Kurdistan's most isolated westward canton of Afrin which has been attacked multiple times by Islamist groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra. They wish to prevent attacks on this canton and close the border to these various Islamist groups. 

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Hamid Sayadi | 12/2/2016
YPG I love you ,,, I wish south Kurdistan looks at Roj,Ava! And abolish the greeds, Crowns and totalitarianisms! Cronyism, party favoritism. And first of all KISS ASSING...
Biji Kuridstan | 12/2/2016
Kurdistan is being baptized through fire and cooled in a tidal wave of heroes blood. We need to do all we can to protect these valiant warriors so they can continue to secure our people's freedom and future. Quarrels about flags and political parties are small problems compared to the lives of Kurdish youth that are drowning in the Aegean,getting hanged in Rojhelat,and shelled in Bakur and Rojava. Kurdish political parties will always be at odds with each other,but the Kurdish people should NEVER be hostile to each other or refuse to help one another,ending the divisions between us is the only way to ensure a strong and united people that will be capable of defending the blossoming Kurdish nation.
I promote Truth | 12/2/2016
That former air base was never under the control of Daesh! Only by Syrian Rebels.
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 12/2/2016
Here is another prove a nation that owns heroes like those who are ready to give their live for freedom will never die .
K | 12/2/2016
YPG is synonyms with bravery, hope and freedom. Through their determination and resilience, they can liberate and unite our nation if they are not betrayed by the others. I only hope they are not going to be betrayed by Americans and Russians after spilling so much blood of our Kurdish fighters. The recent coalition meeting in Germany and diplomatic shuttles between America, Russia, Germany and France to some of the countries that are not in favour of Kurds and Kurdish independence sounding alarms of betrayals.Yesterdays talk on peace in Syria held in Germany did not mention Kurd and the plight of the Kurd at all. But again, I am not surprised one iota. It has happened before many times.
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