nsnbc : Forces loyal to the Syrian authorities and its allies have raised their flag on Thursday in a pocket of neighborhoods in Aleppo metropolis which have been underneath management of the Syrian Kurdish Individuals’s Safety Items, YPG. Along with Sheikh Maqsood, the pro-regime loyalists entered the quarters of Bustan al-Pasha, Hellok, al-Haidariya, Shaqif, Bani Zaid and al-Shabab. The transfer doesn’t look like per experiences in Turkish and different media about pro-Syrian-regime forces getting into Afrin regardless of an absence of an settlement with the PYD or YPG.
Syrian Arab Military (SAA) and allied forces, in 2016, performed a months-long offensive in opposition to predominantly Turkey-backed Islamist militants in and across the metropolis of Aleppo. Town is Syria’s industrial capital. The presently U.S.-backed Individuals’s Safety Items, the principle constituent of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have managed small enclaves in Aleppo metropolis since December 2016. The YPG contributed to the Syrian Arab Military’s success in Aleppo metropolis.
Media near the Syrian authorities reported on Thursday morning that the YPG would “hand over” the areas. The YPG has not confirmed any such an settlement. A spokesperson for the YPG in northwestern Aleppo’s Afrin district has denied earlier offers between the YPG and Damascus. “We’re fed up of this information,” mentioned spokesperson Brusk Hasake on Monday “…we won’t disguise it from you and the general public.”
Salih Muslim, the founder and former co-chair of the Syrian-Kurdish Patriotic Union Celebration (PYD), defined that for the YPG, “being oppressed” by the Baathist occasion of Assad or by Turkey “doesn’t represent a distinction for them. … For the time being there are negotiations with the Syrian authorities on the mediation of Russia, however not but reached an settlement,” he instructed Germany’s Deutsche Welle on Monday.
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag on February 22 mentioned the Syrian regime and the YPG had “negotiated” for the northwestern Syrian district of Afrin however “couldn’t strike a deal.” “There’s intelligence that soiled negotiations have been performed between the Syrian regime and the YPG within the Afrin area, however there’s additionally data that they may not strike a deal. It has not been verified that the regime will place official troops within the Afrin area,” Bozdag instructed state-run Anadolu Company in Ankara.
Bozdag’s response got here after the Syrian Arab Information Company (SANA) reported on February 19 that pro-regime “Fashionable Safety Forces” would enter Afrin, the place Turkey’s navy is finishing up an operation to clear the realm of YPG militants, which Ankara sees as terrorists for the group’s hyperlinks to the outlawed Kurdistan Employee’s Celebration (PKK).
Threatening Syria straight, Bozdag mentioned “If the regime disguised because the YPG enter the area, then they would be the goal. If militants enter, they won’t be discriminated in opposition to. Whoever fights the Turkish Military alongside these terrorist organizations are a goal for us.”
The YPG pocket in Aleppo metropolis has not been integrated into the Northern Syrian Federation often called Rojava by Kurds. The YPG is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Celebration (PYD). Rojava consists of three areas: Afrin within the west, Euphrates within the centre, and Jazira within the east. The PYD is the dominate occasion inside the federation. By means of the seven-year battle, Kurdish and Syrian-regime fighters have largely averted full-scale battles for territory and so they have, in lots of instances cooperated straight or not directly, within the battle in opposition to the Turkey-backed Free Syrian Military (FSA), the predominantly Qatar-backed Jabhat al-Nusra and its incarnations, and the Islamic State (a.okay.a. ISIS, ISIL, IS, Daesh). Logistic and different assist for the latter might in lots of instances be traced again to Saudi Arabia and networks inside america.