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Tensions rise between PYD, regime in Hasaka over Kurdish fighters arrest

Local | 2018-07-08 16:34:02
Tensions rise between PYD, regime in Hasaka over Kurdish fighters arrest
(Zaman Al Wasl)- Tensions raised between the powerful PYD militia and regime forces in the northeastern city of Hasaka when the Kurdish forces banned regime troops from passing to their checkpoints in the city suburbs, local activists said Sunday.
The move followed the arrest of Kurdish fighters by pro-regime National Defense Units, according to activist Malaz al-Yousef.

The latest gains by regime forces and allied militias in central and southern Syria have sparked the concerns of Kurdish commanders who think the next step will be their territories. 

The Kurdish leaders have expressed their readiness to negotiate with Damascus and drop their historic dream on autonomous state and to get a local administration with full powers.

Also in Hasaka, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces pressed new gains against Daesh, taking two villages.

The SDF backed the U.S.-led coalition airstrikes have seized the villages of Qabr Taha and al-Madina east of the Kurdish-held town of al-Shaddadi.

In the next-door province of Deir Ezzor, the YPG-led fighters have also made gains over the week. Activists said the SDF had seized seven villages from Daesh along the border with Iraq backed the French and the U.S. airstrikes.

The SDF has been the main partner of the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State in Syria, helping drive the jihadists out of swathes of northern and eastern Syria last year.

Also in Deir Ezzor, the YPG-led forces have arrested about 100 people, saying they have links with Daesh and the regime.

The Intelligence service of the Syrian Democratic Forces has carried out major arrest campaign in former Daesh areas, tracking people mostly from the tribal areas, activist Taj Allow told Zaman al-Wasl.

Zaman Al Wasl
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