DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20 P.M.) – Tanks and armored vehicles patrolled Qamishli on Wednesday afternoon as the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) sent a clear message to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that government troops refuse to tolerate the establishment of Rojava, a self-proclaimed Kurdish federation spanning across much of northern Syria.

Although cut off from the government mainland, the SAA’s Qamishli garrison proved itself a force to be reckoned with today, posing in front of the cameras for a rare parade:

The Qamishli pocket, one of two government enclaves in Hasakah province, stretches from the border crossing with Turkey to some 50 government-held villages south of the city.

With control of Qamishli split between the Kurds and SAA from 2012 onwards, sporadic clashes have erupted ever since although neither side has been able to expel the other. The latest skirmishes took place in April 2016 after which a Russian delegation brokered a ceasefire.

The SDF’s political wing has proclaimed Qamishli its capital city and administrative center although most of residents come from a variety of ethnicities, most notably Kurds, Arabs and Assyrians.

ISIS remains at odds with both the SDF and SAA but has never managed to reach Qamishli city, having been expelled from Hasakah city in late July, 2015.

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Dodo
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Dodo

The Assyrians will stick to Assad the Kurd are not trustworthy when it’s time to do so they will support the Syrian army

Jovan
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Jovan

“a force to be reckoned with”?

Sorry comrades, with all my sympathy – but I see 3 APC and 1 MBT –
a force to be reckoned with indeed?

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ziad welds

this is good to see them sending this message,,there is a large concentration of saa troops in qamishly ,they should spread out towards hasakah and der el zoor when time is right ,but all this time they been just sitting there for some reason,,guess they are a reserve to offset any kurdish rats

bob
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Why aren’t those tanks helping free Deir Ezzor? Disfraceful…

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Deo Cass

Because they cannot move from there. They are completely surrounded by the US proxies of the SDF.

Cyrus
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Cyrus

Hey armchair general bob, STFU, you are an idiot you are a fkn Disgrace.