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Syrian Kurds Claim 2,000 Islamists Enter North Syria’s Azaz From Turkey

© AFP 2022 / Javier ManzanoKurdish military unit fighting along side rebel fighters, monitor the area in the besieged district of Karmel al-Jabl in eastern Aleppo
Kurdish military unit fighting along side rebel fighters, monitor the area in the besieged district of Karmel al-Jabl in eastern Aleppo - Sputnik International
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Rodi Osman, the head of the Syrian Kurds’ representative office in Moscow said that out 2,000 fighters belonging to different Islimist militant groups crossed into the Syrian city of Azaz from Turkey in order not to allow Kurdish forces capture the city.

A group of coalition forces, which includes People's Protection Units (YPG) Women's Protection Units (YPJ), Sutoro militia, a pro-government Syriac Christian movement, and other forces, monitor the area in al-Hol in the Syrian Hasakeh province, some 650 kms northeast of Damascus, near the Iraqi border on November 2, 2015 - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Around 2,000 Islamist fighters have crossed into the northwestern Syrian city of Azaz from Turkey to prevent its siege by Kurdish forces, the head of the Syrian Kurds’ representative office in Moscow said Friday.

"In recent days, about 2,000 fighters belonging to Sultan Murad [Aleppo branch of the Syrian Turkmen Brigades], Ahrar ash-Sham and the Nusra Front, have crossed into Azaz from Turkey," Rodi Osman told RIA Novosti.

Turkish leaders have repeatedly stressed that they would not allow Kurdish forces capture Azaz to connect other northern Syrian areas under their control.

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Osman, who asserted that the mass deployment was carried out to prevent the siege of Azaz, said it would be "naive" to assume that Turkish leadership is unaware of the move.

Turkish forces began shelling positions held in Aleppo by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), a military branch of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), on February 13.

Ankara views YPG and PYD as offshoots of the separatist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and has recently began a push to force the United States recognize PYD a terrorist organization.

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