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Kurds are gaining ground in Hasaka at the expense of the Syrian regime forces



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Kurds are gaining ground in Hasaka at the expense of the Syrian regime forces

Post by rocky on Sun 21 Aug 2016, 7:23 am

Kurds are gaining ground in Hasaka at the expense of the Syrian regime forces

Sunday 21-08-2016 | 1:49:32

Kordian two fighters on the roof of a house in Hasaka .. XYZ
Twilight News / clashes continued overnight in the center of the city of Hasaka progress fighters Kurds in the face of the Syrian regime forces, hours after the Russian-sponsored meetings to reach a calm.
The news source said that fighting continued overnight between units to protect the Kurdish people on the one hand, and the forces of the Syrian regime and groups loyal to the national defense on the other hand, after a period of calm, as quoted by AFP.
He offered the Kurds fighters in the south of the city, specifically in the neighborhood of ecstasy, and spoke of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights turn violent clashes at night on several axes in the city and provide the Kurds in the flower district in the south, before the quiet Sunday morning.
And flew Syrian warplanes, according to the observatory, in the atmosphere of the city to coincide with the battles without raids, two days after a warning from Washington, Damascus launched suffered the safety of its military advisers working with the Kurds on the ground at risk raids.
These developments came after separate meetings held between the two Russian military in the city of Qamishli in an attempt to reach a calm.
According to the "source" close to the news site for the Syrian government "negotiations" between the parties failed.
It quoted a military source that the Kurds demanded the withdrawal of the entire national defense forces of Hasaka, which was rejected by the Syrian government and put forward the withdrawal of weapons from some of the elements for only disarm the Kurdish internal security forces (Asayish).
Immediately after the failure of the negotiations, renewed fighting in the city, and Kurds dominate the two-thirds of the city of Hasaka, while the Syrian regime forces in control of the remaining ones.
The clashes began Wednesday between the brave forces and national defense against the backdrop of tension after mutual accusations of campaign of arrests.
It intervened Thursday each of the People's Protection Units and Kurdish forces of order thereat, and intensified battles with Syrian aircraft launched Thursday and Friday strikes on Kurdish positions in Hasaka for the first time since the conflict began in Syria more than five years.
It's also the first time that Washington intervene to protect its advisers on the ground of the Syrian aircraft by sending fighter jets.
The battles killed in Hasaka since Wednesday at least 43 people dead, including 27 civilians, including 11 children, according to the Observatory.
And it announced the People's Protection Units in a statement Saturday its intention to protect the city of Hasaka regime forces.
The Syrian army in turn accused Wednesday of what he described as "the armed wing of the Kurdistan Workers' Party", who is locked in an armed conflict against Ankara, continue "to commit their crimes in order to control the city of Hasaka."
Washington backs protection units Kurdish people as it considers the most effective force in the face of the organization Daesh. The units are currently the backbone of the democratic forces of Syria, which have air support from the international coalition and managed to expel the elements Daesh from several areas.


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Kurds versus Assad army battle intensifies, complicating Syria’s war

Post by rocky on Sun 21 Aug 2016, 7:33 am

Kurds versus Assad army battle intensifies, complicating Syria’s war
Posted on August 21, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Kurdistan

Kurdish YPG fighter in Syrian Kurdistan. Photo: YPG

BEIRUT,— Fighting between the Syrian government army and Kurdish forces intensified late on Friday and into Saturday, creating the risk of yet another front opening in the multi-sided civil war.
The two sides have mostly avoided confrontation during the five-year conflict, with the government focusing its efforts against Sunni Arab rebels in the west, and the Kurds mainly fighting Islamic State in northern Syria.
In an indication of their reluctance to escalate further, pro-government media said on Saturday they had held preliminary peace talks.

After the fighting broke out this week, government warplanes bombed Kurdish-held areas of Hasaka in Syrian Kurdistan, one of two cities in the largely Kurdish-held northeast where the government has maintained enclaves.
Fighting there could complicate the battle against Islamic State because of the Kurds’ pivotal role in the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) fight against the group.
On Friday, warplanes from the U.S.-led coalition flew what the Pentagon called protective patrols around Hasaka to prevent Syrian jets from targeting U.S. special forces, who are operating on the ground with the Kurdish-led forces, the first sorties of their kind in the war.
Washington regards the YPG as key ally against IS and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with air support as well as the military advisers.
Ground fighting intensified late on Friday when Kurdish YPG fighters battled Syrian forces, whose air force flew sorties over the city, Kurds and monitors said.
“The clashes continue in areas inside the city today. There were military operations,” a Kurdish official said.
Many inhabitants of Kurdish areas fled on Friday and at least 41 people have been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based war monitoring group, said.
“There are efforts to cool things between the army and the Asayish (YPG-affiliated forces), and a first meeting was held aimed at a ceasefire,” Sham FM, a pro-government radio station, reported.
As well as complicating the war against Islamic State, fighting in Hasaka could create problems for the government’s campaign in the city of Aleppo, where Kurdish forces have been accused of coordinating with the Syrian army against rebels backed by Turkey.
The YPG, or People’s Protection Units, allegedly have close ties with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Turkey, against which Ankara has waged a three-decade counter insurgency. Turkey fears the Kurds’ drive against Islamic State is partly aimed at carving out a Kurdish region along its own southern border.
Turkey which still denies the constitutional existence of its own Kurds fears the creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syrian Kurdistan — similar to the Kurdish region in northern Iraq — would spur the separatist ambitions of Turkey’s own Kurds numbering to 22.5 million of the country’s 78-million population.
Syrian Kurds have established three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin across Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) in 2013.  On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds declared a federal region in Syrian Kurdistan.
On Saturday, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Turkey would take a more active role in Syria in coming months to stop it being torn along ethnic lines – an apparent reference to the YPG gains in Syrian Kurdistan [northern areas].
Local fighters backed by the SDF, of which the YPG militia form an integral part, said on Saturday they would not advance further north – towards the Turkish border – having secured the city of Manbij, 250 km (155 miles) west of Hasaka, from Islamic State, an announcement that may have been aimed at assuaging Turkish fears.
Syria’s army has blamed the YPG for the Hasaka fighting and described it as a branch of the PKK, a characterization the group rejected on Saturday.
In Aleppo, fighting continued near the mouth of a corridor that rebels opened this month into besieged areas they control.

Jakob Kern, the Syria director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, said opposition-held areas had been inaccessible for weeks and food was running perilously short.
“In the east of Aleppo, the food will last a maximum of two weeks, probably until the end of August,” Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger quoted him as saying on Saturday.
Russia, the main military backer of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said on Thursday it was willing to support weekly 48-hour ceasefires to allow aid to reach besieged areas.

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