BEIRUT, LEBANON (5:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military has allegedly cancelled their offensive against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the Tal Rifa’at area of northern Aleppo, several reports claimed on Sunday.
According to these reports, the Turkish military and their allies from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) made the decision to not launch another offensive near Tal Rifa’at due to the ongoing talks with the Russian forces to establish a demilitarized zone in the area.
The Russian and Turkish forces are negotiating a potential demilitarized zone that would be monitored by their military personnel between the town of Tal Rifa’at and city of Azaz in northern Aleppo.
This move comes just 24 hours after the Turkish Army and their rebel allies attempted to advance south towards Tal Rifa’at.
The Turkish Army and Free Syrian Army scored a preliminary advance, capturing two towns from the YPG; however, they were later forced to retreat after the Kurdish-led forces heavily shelled their positions inside of Maraanaz and Al-Malkiyah.
Turkey has long complained about the YPG’s presence in the Tal Rifa’at area, but they have been unable to make any advances due to the Syrian Arab Army troops that are positioned near the Kurdish forces.