Tal Rifaat, airbase vital to Turkey's anti-terror push

Menagh military airbase is under PYD/PKK terrorist group's control and has been used to transport arms

Tal Rifaat, airbase vital to Turkey's anti-terror push

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Syrian city of Tal Rifaat, northeast of Afrin, and the Menagh military airbase, which has been used by PKK terrorists to transport arms, are both strategically vital to Turkey’s efforts to rid the region of terrorists.  ​

Home to more than 20,000 residents, mostly Arabs, according to the 2004 census, Tal Rifaat had around 40,000 residents, including the Syrians who fled their hometown, and had become a war zone long before Turkey’s Operation Olive Branch in Afrin, Syria.

Tal Rifaat is just 35 kilometers from the Aleppo city center and is currently controlled by the terrorist PYD/PKK. It is seen as a natural extension of Turkey's Afrin counter-terrorist operation, as the city was captured by PKK terrorists from Afrin.

According to UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) data, nearly 75,000 people fled Afrin to go to Tal Rifaat during Operation Olive Branch.

After the Syrian war erupted in 2011, in 2012 regime forces withdrew from Tal Rifaat, leaving it to groups such as the Al-Shamiyya Front, Sokour al-Jabal, and Fastaqim, which were fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army.

The city was under ISIL control between November 2013 and January 2014 and then was retaken by the Free Syrian Army.

 

 

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