Kurdish forces report gains against Islamists in Aleppo

Kurdish forces of the People's Protection Units (YPG) in a training camp near Syria's Sere Kaniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

ALEPPO – Subsequent to fierce clashes with Islamist fighters of al-Qaeda’s Syria branch al-Nusra Front, Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) seized control of the Sheikh Maksud district in Aleppo in northern Syria, military sources reported on Sunday. 

Nusra militants, supported by rebels of the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham, have been locked in fierce clashes with the Kurdish YPG fighters in Sheikh Maksud.

Member of Ahrar al-Sham Mustafa Sulaiman confirmed to ARA News their withdrawal from Sheikh Maksud on Sunday evening. 

“Our forces tried to avoid further losses in clashes with the YPG. Our main fight is against the regime forces, that’s why we decided to withdraw entirely from Sheikh Maksud,” Sulaiman said on the phone.

“However, if the YPG would try to hold any agreements with pro-Assad forces in Aleppo, we and our allied Islamic forces of Nusra and Shamiya Front will target all YPG headquarters in Aleppo and its countryside,” the source said. 

The YPG Media Center told ARA News that their forces have regained the Kurdish-majority district of Sheikh Maksud after causing heavy losses in the ranks of the Islamist rebels. 

On Saturday, clashes broke out between the YPG and Islamist rebels in Sheikh Maksud after Nusra militants attacked Kurdish security checkpoints in the district. Nusra and allied Islamists have also targeted residential areas in the district, killing at least four Kurdish civilians. 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News 

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