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    Menagh Air Base (or Minnigh airport, Minakh Air Base ) is a Syrian Air Force installation located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) south of Azaz, Aleppo Governorate, Syria

    Turkish Forces Begin Shelling of Airbase Held by Kurds in Syria's Aleppo

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    Turkish forces started shelling Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG] postions on the territory of the Minnigh airbase in Syria's northern Aleppo region, according to local media.

    ALEPPO (Sputnik) — Turkish forces have started shelling an airbase and a village, recently captured by Kurds, in Syria's northern Aleppo region, Al Mayadeen television reported Saturday.

    "Turkish forces started shelling People's Protection Units [YPG] postions on the territory of the Minnigh airbase," an YPG spokesperson told the channel.

    The airbase was captured by the Nusra Front militants in 2013. Earlier this week, a militia source told RIA Novosti that the airbase had been captured and the extremists have retreated.

    Syrian Kurds have been fighting against terrorists in Syria for years and have already liberated vast Syrian territories from their control.

    Ankara claims that Syrian Kurds have links to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), a militant group fighting for Kurdish independence from Turkey.

    A ceasefire between Turkey and PKK collapsed in July 2015, prompting Turkish authorities to launch a military operation in the Kurdish-dominated southeastern regions.


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      John Kerry's call for “cessation of hostilities” didn't last a day !!! And the brainwashed western media will shift the blame on Russia.
    • Beady-eyed Insomniac
      The Kurds may shift their focus from US support (which appears deliberately minimal) to using their Moscow office and bring in some good Russian military hardware. It is not like they lack the potential funds as the total oilheads under Kurd control now numbers 3000. Some precision heavy artillery and an anti-aircraft battery would look rather pleasant in Kurdish colors.
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      vendorin reply tojameskees(Show commentHide comment)
      jameskees, sorry but the ceasefire will commence in 6 days :)
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