[Marxism] Fwd: The Battle of Aleppo Is the Center of the Syrian Chessboard - The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Feb 11 14:41:34 MST 2016

The Azaz corridor grew particularly weak after the Democratic Forces of 
Syria (DFS) -- an alliance of Kurdish and Arab forces under the PYD 
umbrella -- gained the upper hand against the rebels and began to 
advance westward in recent weeks, approaching the Aleppo-Azaz road. The 
DFS has benefitted from Russian shelling against rebel lines, as well as 
direct Russian weapons deliveries. On February 4, the group announced 
the capture of two villages north of the Nubl-Zahra enclave, Ziyarah and 
al-Kharba. In light of this situation, the Syrian army's latest victory 
would seem to benefit the Kurds, who can advance in the northern part of 
Azaz corridor while regime and allied forces content themselves with 
solidifying their position around Aleppo instead of heading to Azaz.


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