Syrian Kurdish Forces Capture A Strategic Airbase & Several Villages in N. Aleppo

Kurdish forces liberate two towns in Syria's Aleppo after clashes with Islamist rebels
Kurdish forces liberate two towns in Syria's Aleppo after clashes with Islamist rebels
Kurdish forces liberate two towns in Syria’s Aleppo after clashes with Islamist rebels

OSINT SUMMARY

11th February 2016, Syrian Kurdish forces  managed to capture a strategic airbase and several villages in the Northern Province after days of fierce battle with Takfiri terrorists.

On Wednesday 10th February, Forces from the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), backed by popular forces engaged the Takfiris in a fierce battle and established control over the town of Minnigh and its adjacent Minnigh Air Base.

Corresponding reports by UK-based rights groups say that liberation of the airbase and villages came after days of heavy fighting between YPG fighters and terrorists of the Al Qaeda affiliated Al-Nusra Front east of Minnigh.

YPG forces battle first saw several villages east of Minnigh liberated before reaching the town and freeing it in an overnight operation.

The Takfiris lost the strategic military airbase in Aleppo province they had took control from the government in early 2013, when the Takfiris captured it after almost a year-long siege.

YPG forces has stated their intention to re-establish the link between Afrin, its stronghold in the region situated some 15 kilometers (9 miles) east of Minnigh, and Kobani, another Syrian Kurdish town.

Since March 2011, Syria has been gripped by the foreign-backed conflict which has left more than 260,000 people killed and displaced nearly half of the country’s population.

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