In July of this year the YPG, again with the aid of US airpower, drove ISIS out of Tal Abyad, another town on the border with Turkey. This meant ISIS had lost two of the three crossing points from Turkey through which it could bring foreign volunteers, finance, and weaponry to strengthen the jihad.
Idriss Nassan, the Kurdish spokesperson of the Kobanî canton, told me thatthe YPG now plans to liberate the last ISIS border-crossing point into Turkey at the town of Jarabulus.
|Image: The northern hook has since completely cut off the city of Manbij (upper-left) from ISIS-held Jarabulus and the Turkish border in the north.|
Joint operations between Washington and Ankara in Manbji, a well-known waypoint forIslamic State fighters, weapons and equipment coming from Turkey bound for Raqqa,would effectively open “a second front” in the ongoing fight to drive the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, from Syria’s borders, [Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu] said.
|Image: Russian airstrikes ended the impunity with which ISIS supply networks moved from Turkey into Syria.|