BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:15 P.M.) – No Syrian Arab Army (SAA) troops have entered the Afrin region of Aleppo, a military source in Aleppo told Al-Masdar News on Saturday morning.

According to the military source, the Syrian Army has been ordered to remain in Aleppo city and absent from the Afrin front.

The source added that the Syrian Army agreed to stay out of the battle after the Russian military held a meeting with their Turkish counterparts.

While the Syrian Army is absent from Afrin, the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) have entered this region to aid the Kurdish-led YPG.

The NDF coordinates with the Syrian Army, but they are not an actual branch of the military, which means they can operate autonomously if need be.

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Time to put an end to the confusion surrounding this matter. The militias which entered Afrin Canton are A PART OF THE SYRIAN NATIONAL DEFENSE ARMY FORCES(reserve), organized in 2012 at the suggestion of Irans Qods Force advisors, with the intent of recreating a militia along the lines of their Basiji Corps. This resulted in units organized around sectarian lines, and even privately sponsored units paid for by wealthy Syrians. In Latakia, for example, such units have been bolstered by Russian artillery batteries. In the Palmyra battle, they were even supported by units of the Russian Russian 61st Marine Brigade… Read more »

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The Syrian conflict is fuelled by the US Coalition of Terror and has been since Day One . “Time to put an end to the confusion surrounding this matter.”

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Stern Daler

Yes. Plus. The SAA are mostly specialized storm troops.
Too valuable for defence actions.