Kurdish forces attack al-Qaeda strongholds in Syria’s Aleppo


Kurdish fighters are seen in Afrin of Aleppo province during clashes with al-Nusra Front. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

ALEPPO – Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) pounded strongholds of al-Nusra Front (al-Qaeda’s official branch in Syria) with dozens of mortar shells in the northern countryside of Aleppo, military sources reported on Tuesday. 

At least 13 al-Qaeda-affiliated militants were killed and dozens more wounded in the Kurdish bombardment. 

Subsequent to the YPG-led attack, clashes broke out between the Kurdish fighters and al-Nusra militants in the villages of Tanb, Kashatar and al-Malikiya north of Aleppo. 

“The YPG was backed by moderate rebels of al-Thuwar Army in the clashes, while Nusra militants were supported by Syrian Islamist rebels of Ahrar al-Sham,” a Kurdish fighter told ARA News on the phone. 

The clashes spread to the environs of the Minnigh military airport in the province, amid reports of casualties on both sides. 

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, spokesman of the Levant Front rebel group, Saleh Zein, said that al-Nusra was able to impede the progress of the Kurdish forces after fierce clashes that continued until Tuesday midnight. 

“Although the YPG, in its bombardment on the strongholds of al-Nusra Front, caused a large number of casualties among al-Nusra ranks, the latter was able to protect its positions subsequent to heavy clashes,” the rebel spokesman said. 

Al-Nusra and Ahrar al-Sham responded to the Kurdish offensive by bombing the YPG-held village of Shawargha. ARA News could not immediately verify the outcomes of the Shawargha bombardment.

Reporting by: Taim Khalil 

Source: ARA News 

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