Turkish army soldiers stand guard as Kurdish people wait in a hope to enter Cizre, a town subject to a curfew as part of a controversial operation against Kurdish rebels, on March 22, 2016 in Mardin, for Newroz celebration. Nowruz, the Farsi-language word for 'New Year', is an ancient Persian festival, celebrated on the first day of spring, March 21, in Central Asian republics, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan and Iran. / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN

BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:00 A.M.) – The Turkish Army carried out a powerful attack against the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the northern countryside of the Aleppo Governorate on Sunday.

Using heavy artillery, the Turkish Army repeatedly pounded the YPG’s positions at the town of Shewarga, which is close to the lines of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

The Turkish Army’s attack on the YPG’s positions in northern Aleppo came just days after the Afrin Liberation Forces killed several members of the Free Syrian Army in the Afrin region.

Despite Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s repeated threats to expel the YPG from northern Syria, the group still remains relatively active near the Turkish border.

With the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) defeat in eastern Syria, the YPG and their allies from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) can now shift their attention to the Turkish border, where they hope their American allies will create a buffer zone to prevent any attack from the Turkish Armed Forces.

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