On August 30, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) launched a fresh advance on the strategic ISIS-controlled city of Al-Bab in the Syrian province of Aleppo. The YPG launched its advance from its Afrin Canton in northwestern Syria and already seized the villages of Harbu, Tall Qarah и al-Hawsh amd now the Kurdish forces are in 25 km from Al-Bab.
Al-Bab is a strategic logistic hub in northern Syria that is located between the areas controlled by the Kurdish YPG militias in northeastern and northwestern Syria. The Kurdish YPG and the predominantly Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) seek to seize the city in order to link up the Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria.
Meanwhile, militant groups that participate in the Trukish-led operations in Syria have also claimed the goal to seize this strategic city. There are no doubts that these developments will lead to further escalations between the Turkish-led forces and the SDF/YPG in the Arab country.