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Afrin: Kurdish fighters 'strike deal' with Syrian army

BBC News

Kurdish fighters in north-western Syria say they have struck a deal with the Syrian government under which it will send troops to help repel a Turkish offensive.


Syria Civil War: Airstrikes Hit Aleppo, Suicide Bombing In Northeast Kills 6 Kurdish Security Personnel

International Business Times

A Syrian monitoring group claimed several airstrikes were conducted on neighborhoods held by insurgents in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo Saturday, according to reports. Meanwhile, a suicide bombing was also reported Saturday in the town of Qamishli in northeastern Syria targeting Kurdish forces, killing six of them. A report by Reuters, citing the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), said at least 20 air strikes hit areas held by rebels in Aleppo on the ninth day of violence in the region that has witnessed bombardments by both sides. The Reuters report added at least 250 civilians have been killed due to these bombings. The report by SOHR did not specify if the attacks were carried out by warplanes of the Syrian government or its ally, Russia.


Assad sets sights on areas held by U.S.-backed Kurds after Islamic State fall, risking new Syria conflict

The Japan Times

BEIRUT – With Islamic State near defeat in Syria, Damascus is setting its sights on territory held by Kurdish-led forces, including eastern oil fields, risking a new confrontation that could draw the United States in more deeply and complicate Russian diplomacy.


Syrian warplanes hit Kurdish-held areas for first time

Al Jazeera

Syrian air force has bombed Kurdish-held areas of the northeastern city of Hasakah for the first time in the five-year-old civil war, the Syrian Kurdish YPG fighters and a monitoring group have said. People's Protection Units (YPG), a crucial partner in the US-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS), said it would "not be silent" over what it called it an act of aggression. There was no immediate comment from the Syrian government. YPG spokesman Redur Xelil said the air strikes had hit Kurdish districts of the city, which is mostly controlled by Kurdish groups, and positions held by a Kurdish security force known as the Asayish. "There are martyrs and wounded," he told the Reuters news agency.


Russia strikes deal with Syrian Kurds to set up base

Al Jazeera

Russia is setting up a military base in northwestern Syria in agreement with the Syrian-Kurdish YPG armed group that controls the area, and will be training YPG fighters as part of the fight against "terrorism". YPG spokesman Redur Xelil told Reuters news agency on Monday the agreement with Russia was concluded on Sunday, and Russian troops had already arrived to the village of Kaf Jina, in the northwestern region of Afrin, with troop carriers and armoured vehicles. "The Russian presence ... comes in agreement between [the YPG] and the Russian forces operating in Syria in the framework of cooperation against terrorism and to help train our forces on modern warfare and to build a direct point of contact with Russian forces," Xelil said in a statement. "It is the first [agreement] of its kind," he added. The move angered neighbouring Turkey.