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BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 A.M.) – According to preliminary reports from Aleppo, the Kurdish YPG will hand over some districts and localities to the the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) inside Aleppo.

Among the listed areas that will be handed over are Bustan Basha, Al-Halk, Baiden, Al-Haidariyah, and ‘Ayn Al-Abyad.

No information was available regarding the large Sheikh Maqsoud District.

Al-Masdar is awaiting confirmation from the Syrian Army and YPG.

If these reports prove true, this will likely have to do with the latest developments in the Afrin region of northern Aleppo.

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It is normal that ultimate official control of any Syrian areas rests with Federal government. So I would rather not speak of handing over.

The same with Afrin. Even in areas where a province has a militia and a police the ultimate control is Federal. Syrian Kurds should start to handle it the normal way. And Damascus too.

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hand over? since when did anything belong to them in syria??

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Handing over control to the Federal authorities is normal. The area was taken back from the Jihadi by YPG/YPJ wasn’t it?

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If memory serves me, Kurdish Sheik Maqsud in Aleppo was never in jihadis’ hands: at the start, YPG pledged alliance to FSA&co. Back then Kurds self-deemed “anti-Assad”. They didn’t attack Takfirs and Takfirs let them alone.
Kurds “woke up” in the last phase of the Battle of Aleppo, when SAA was mopping up the last jihadis. YPG backstabbed their former allies and opportunistically took over some more ‘hoods. In my book that’s not “taking back”, rather “land grabbing”.

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It saved the SAA men power and qualifies as taking back.

p.s. The Kurds always verbally side with the stronger side. They are allies of all that seem to protect or further their interests.