Russia decided to team up with Kurdish rebels in order to get back at Turkey for their open hostility towards Russia.
According to Yournewswire.com, Russia is now aiding Kurdish rebels, a group that has been labeled as “terrorists” by Turkey
The deployment of S-400 anti-air missiles means Russia has effectively imposed a no-fly zone over Syria.
The Syrian Kurdish forces (YPG) is a US-backed Kurdish group ( although western cooperation with the group has been limited in order to avoid ruffling Erdogan’s feathers) that has pushed the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) back from areas along the border with Turkey.
In an attempt to change the solely “Kurdish face” of anti-ISIL ground troops, it aligned with some Arab brigades to form “the Syria Democratic Forces” (SDF).
The SDF are now engaged in a fierce battle with Turkey-backed opposition factions in what is considered to be an important corner of Syria – the northern countryside of Aleppo.
To be more specific: the area west of the Euphrates River, which Turkey calls a red line.
The SDF captured some opposition-controlled towns close to the Turkish border of Kilis – known in Syria as Bab al-Salameh, an important lifeline for rebel groups.
This new alliance could be a fatal blow to Turkey’s geopolitical aspirations in Syria (along with Russia’s de facto no fly zone).
The YPG has still not pushed west of the Euphrates, but along with its allies, and with the help of Russian strikes, the SDF are threatening Turkey-backed opposition groups in another key border crossing, Kilis, west of Jarablous.
Losing control of the northern countryside of Aleppo would be a setback for the opposition. Turkey, too, would lose influence.
But Russian President Vladimir Putin seems to be eyeing an even bigger victory. He called on the Assad government and the political wing of the YPG to unite. This has still not happened – at least not officially.
But Syrian Kurdish officials have said they are ready to work with anyone fighting ISIL, and anyone who works for a united, secular and democratic Syria.
Such an alliance would change the battlefield and the balance of power on the ground.
Russia is giving direct air support to an anti-Turkish group that could actually push Turkish-backed forces out of Syria for good.