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As Turkish forces continue to pound the Kurdish militias entrenched in Syria’s Afrin, the latter refute claims about making arrangements with the Syrian government in order to solve their current predicament.

Rojhat Roj, commander of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin debunked reports about Kurdish militias making an agreement with Damascus to have Syrian armed forces deployed in the province to protect it from Turkey.

“The information about Syrian government army preparing to enter Afrin is not true. We did not conduct negotiations with the Syrian government on this issue and did not make any agreements pertaining to this matter,” Roj told Sputnik.

Earlier Lebanese broadcaster Mayadeen reported that Damascus and the Kurdish militias have reached an accord, and that Syrian army units are about to be deployed to the beleaguered Afrin region, apparently as a deterrent against the advancing Turkish forces.
A source familiar with the situation also told Sputnik that the deployment “of the Syrian Armed Forces at the Syrian-Turkish border in Afrin” is expected to occur in the next few days.

Syrian officials condemned the operation, characterizing it as an assault on Syria’s sovereignty.

Kurdish Angle

While Kurdish militias do clash from time to time with the Syrian government forces in Deir ez-Zor province, YPG representative Nuri Mahmoud insisted that the Kurds have no intention of waging war against Damascus.

According to him, the YPG alliance with the US was brokered purely against Daesh, while the Kurdish forces fight “for the stability of Syria” and strive to bring about “an early resolution of the Syrian conflict within a united Syria.”

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At the same time, YPG commander Sipan Hemo insisted that the Syrian army should take most of the responsibility for the defense of Afrin against what he described as a Turkish invasion, urging Damascus to “immediately send in reinforcements to the border region with Turkey.”

The Turkish Agenda

Turkey began its military campaign against the Kurdish militias in Afrin on January 20 this year. Codenamed Olive Branch, the goal of the operation is to strike a blow against the US-backed People’s Protection Units (YPG) which Ankara regards as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) that was branded as a terrorist organization by Turkey.

According to a statement issued by the Turkish General Staff on Friday, the Turkish troops have neutralized 1,551 militants belonging to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and Daesh (ISIL/ISIS) since the start of the campaign.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that Ankara has no intention of engaging the Syrian government forces in battle and respects Syria’s territorial integrity.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that the US’ plans in Syria are aimed against “Turkey, Iran and maybe Russia”, claiming that the vast amounts of military hardware and munitions being shipped by the United States into the region are not meant to be used against Daesh alone.

Source: Sputnik

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Erdogan is right for a change!

The vast amounts of military hardware and munitions being shipped by the United States into the region are not for IS alone – but they seek to deter anyone who wants to steal the American oil from the Kurds. Says Rex Wayne Tillerson ex co of ExxonMobil.

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Well, things are becoming a bit complicated as Russia says barely nothing about Turkish illegal actions as they have serious armaments (S-400) but also pipeline deals with Turkey… With YPG pointing the use of chemical weapons by Turkish proxies, could we end with… SAA teaming with YPG under US+EU air cover???? Might be very very interesting!!! Any way, Erdogan is a millstone for just EVERYBODY, beginning by Turkish people. By playing, but also blackmailing every side, well, be it at micr or macro scale and every time some did such a game in history, it always ends the same :… Read more »

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Never going to happen, “SAA teaming with YPG under US+EU air cover????”.

Kurds broke off and declined earlier proposals from the alliance including Russia. The alliance now has set the requirements and will accept nothing less. Kurds will hand over all weapons including light personal weapons, all Syrian resources, to include water and oil/gas fields. Subscription of young Kurds to national defense forces and all Syrian soil, borders and assets will be under the sole authority and control of Syrian national government.