Syrian Kurdish YPG leader Sipan Hemo offered last month to hand over control of Kurdish-held lands to the Syrian government in return for Kurdish autonomy, media said Saturday.

The Kurdish militia commander came to Russia’s Hmeimim base in western Syria days after the US president announced troop withdrawal from the country, Asharq al-Awsat reported.

Hemo then traveled to Damascus to tell Syrian authorities that YPG was ready to give up control of the Syrian-Turkish border, before going to Moscow on December 29.

In Russia, the Kurdish leader asked for assurances and suggested that Moscow bring out of mothballs a draft constitution it had proposed for Syria, which guaranteed the Kurdish right for self-determination.
The publication linked this trip to the surprise handover of the flashpoint Manbij city to the Syrian army on December 28, which was confirmed nearly simultaneously by the Syrian government and Kurdish forces.
Sources: Ashaq Al-Awsat, Sputnik
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dank fur kopf

Seems the Kurds in Syria smarter than the Kurds in Iraq. They see the writing on the wall, and want to cash in their position while it has value.

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Stern Daler

@dank fur kopf, because the Iraqi central government did no pay what due to the regions and other things.

We will see how the Syrian central government handles it.

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Karel Vd Geest

Earliest signs are not very positive. Maybe Assad will become a bit more generous when SDF position will become a bit stronger. That is once SDF takes the now Susah pocket and once turkish mercenaries flood back into Idlib and Afrin. Reports are that Turkey is transporting FSA first and second army (?) through Hatay to the Idlib border. To invade Idlib instead of Manbij.

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@Karel, but invading Idlib means that the Sultan has another piece of Syria.

Assad doesn’t have to become generous, but give them some Federation. Like e.g. Germany has: coexistence of local languages in school. Locally elected majors and governors. Local police forces that support the federal police. A share in some taxes.

p.s. Hatay has been Syrian soil gobbled up by Turkey. The French bartered it away for Turkish neutrality in WW II.

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Karel Vd Geest

Correct. Through Hatay as HTS has cut the connection between Afrin and Idlib. Other forces are on their way to Dar Izza from Jinderes in Afrin. Not turkish forces, only their ex-IS led turkmen forces, NLF an d NSA.

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@Karel, thx for details update. HTS sure messed up the Sultan’s war plans.

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Gustavo Lopez Velazquez

In other words, kurds gives Syria a little peace of Syria land taken by them with the condition for Syria to give Kurds the whole east Euphrates river, that is have a partition of Syria territory, and guess what…. Syria accepted, but I think this was a Lavrov-Kerry deal long time ago.

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Karel Vd Geest

In fact, the SDF has earlier always said to aim for a real autonomy within a Syrian frame. A guarenteed autonomy that can only be changed with approval of the region, so to be independant from sudden whims from Damascus, likely with a mechanism to settle disputes, that are likely to evolve at some point. It should also include mechanisms for more local investments, which were absent under the old regime.

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Karel Vd Geest

Statistically Hassakah, Raqqah and DEZ governats are the least developed regions of Syria. The highest illiteracy, worst healt statistics, worst higher education positions, least industry and services, least investments, except for a few prestige projects that mostly were most beneficial to other parts of Syria. All a matter of published statistics. Likely the situation was worse than published. At least, under SDF education gets very high priority. In Raqqah region over 120k young people have restarted education. In Hassakah region hundreds of thousands young people get an education in their mother languages, be it arab, kurdish or Syriac. After a… Read more »

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@Karel, to be almost bilingual You need to start both languages early.

p.s. Some here do not like info that fits their views. LOL.

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The report is faked, and not what he said. “Kurdish-held lands to the Syrian government in return for Kurdish autonomy” are your words, not his.

The autonomous administration is not “Kurdish”, it’s Syrian. Rojava is only a part of it.

He never once referred to “Kurdish” anything, and yet all you do is constantly publish this kind of racist sectarianism. I’m sure you can do better Leif.

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Pat Mc Ginley

Trump’s order to withdraw troops from Syria and Afghanistan will definitely be reversed. When JFK ordered the withdrawal of US troops from Vietnam, they killed him and installed their puppet LBJ who reversed the order on 26th of November 1963, four days after the assassination. This 1985 Miami court case – which the CIA lost – is solid evidence the CIA killed JFK in the Dallas coup. The full facts and background to this fascinating trial – including the relevant court transcripts – are in lawyer Mark Lane’s two excellent books on the JFK assassination. ‘Plausible Denial’ and ‘Last Word’.… Read more »