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Syrian Army Deploys to Manbij in New Alliance With Kurds
Turkey says Kurds have no authority to invite Syrian army into major Syrian city
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Jason Ditz Posted on December 28, 2018

With Turkey’s imminent invasion of Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria expected to begin any day, the Kurdish YPG has quickly secured a new alliance with the Syrian government. Within short order, the Syrian Army has arrived in the city of Manibj, on the Euphrates River, to help with its defense.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights is reporting that this first deployment is of over 300 Syrian troops, with military spokesmen saying they are to deploy on the city’s outskirts with the goal of “defeating all invaders and occupiers.” There are US and French troops still within the city of Manbij itself, and Turkish-backed rebels advancing on the city from the north, with the expectation that this will be the first target of the new Turkish invasion.

US officials confirmed that “dozens” of US troops remain in the city, and have seen no sign of the Syrian forces trying to enter. Though the US is nominally aligned with the Kurds, the withdrawal is coming at the behest of, and in coordination with, Turkey.
Turkey, naturally, is objecting to this new deployment, insisting that the Kurdish YPG have “no authority” to invite anyone else into Manbij, and claiming it was destabilizing the region. As Manbij is on the western shore of the Euphrates, Turkey has long ruled out allowing Kurds to remain there, though with most of the upcoming invasion targeting Kurds east of the river, this boundary means increasingly little.
At any rate, it’s unlikely that the Kurdish YPG considered themselves to need any particular authority to request the help of Syria’s military to protect a Syrian city from foreign invasion. It’s also difficult to argue that resisting an invasion amounts to “destabilizing” anything.
Syria’s Army similarly sent troops to the Afrin District to try to help them resist a Turkish invasion. This failed, though the district is immediately along the Turkish frontier, and far from Syrian supply lines, which limited their ability to support the defense.

Manbij, by contrast, is a major city and right on major highways. Syria has a military presence not far south to call reinforcements, and after Russia warning Turkey against the invasion, may well be able to call in Russian support as well.
The hope, at least for now, is that the presence of these troops will deter a Turkish invasion, as the presence of US troops in Manbij previously had. Turkish officials have been very public on their intention to invade, however, making it unlikely that they’ll not launch some sort of offensive against the area.
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US Commanders: Let Kurds Keep US-Supplied Weapons
US had previously promised arms for Kurds were just temporary

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After years of shipping weapons into Syria, the US promised Turkey in 2017 that all of the weapons provided to Kurdish groups were merely temporary, and that the US would take everything back at the end of the ISIS fight. This was important to Turkey, who feared the arms being used against them in a future war.

That time is fast approaching, with President Trump declaring the war won, and Turkey about to start a major war with the Kurdish YPG. The US may never reclaim those arms, however, if commanders have their way.

US officials are now reporting that commanders are recommending that the Kurds just be allowed to keep all of the weapons provided by the US. No decisions are made, but the proposal has been submitted to President Trump.

The commanders are basing this suggestion on the idea that the ISIS war “isn’t over,” but that is in direct contradiction to the White House position that the war is over. And either way, the Turkish war is about to start, which is sure to make them unhappy that the Kurds still have all those US arms.

As was predicted when they first suggested the US would take the weapons back, Pentagon officials are also saying that while they have records of what weapons they gave the YPG, it “would be nearly impossible” to locate them all now.
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Report: Syrian Kurds Hand Territory to Assad in Exchange for Aid Against Turkey
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The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), recently handed over control of territory near northern Syria’s Manbij region to the Russian and Iranian-allied regime of Bashar al-Assad in exchange for support in repelling an imminent attack by Turkey, the state-run Anadolu Agency (AA) reported Tuesday.
Turkey is reportedly trying to coordinate with the American government and Russia its efforts to push the YPG, considered terrorists by Ankara, out of the territory it controls in northern Syria, which lies along the Turkish border, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu declared Tuesday.
Last week, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration announced plans to pul the 2,000 American troops from Syria, handing the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) to Turkey and effectively giving Ankara the green light to attack the YPG.
Soon after the U.S. announced its Syria withdrawal plans, the YPG reached out to the Assad regime for help in repelling a Turkish attack promised by Erdogan.

Syrian Kurds, who have assisted the U.S. in pushing ISIS out of Syria, have accused the Trump administration of abandoning them, noting that a U.S. withdrawal will leave them vulnerable to Turkish attacks and would lead to a resurgence of the jihadi group.
When the YPG turned to Assad for assistance against Turkey in Syria’s Afrin region early this year, Russia attempted to pressure the Syrian Kurds to “hand over” the territory to Assad to avert a Turkish military offensive, to no avail.
Russia has reportedly made a similar offer to the Syrian Kurds who are facing a planned attack by Turkey.

Echoing Reuters, AA reported on Tuesday:
Forces of Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime on Tuesday entered the country’s northwestern Manbij region in coordination with the YPG/PKK terror group, according to the local sources.
Following a brief meeting with the heads of the YPG/PKK, 40 pickup trucks carrying regime forces, two tanks, trucks carrying equipment and armored vehicles carrying other staff made an entrance to the Arimah town in the western countryside of Manbij, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to security reasons.
The YPG/PKK left the control of Arimah, which is between Manbij and the areas rescued with Turkey’s Operation Euphrates Shield, to the regime.

Citing an unnamed source, Bas News revealed that Russia had urged SDF to “hand over the border Arab residential areas, including Deir ez-Zor, Raqa, Hassaka, and Manbij to the Syrian Regime in order for the country’s forces to prevent the Turkish army from overrunning the territories.”
Under Russia’s plan, the Assad regime and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the political wing of the YPG, would be responsible for protecting Kurdish territory in northeastern Syria.
Last Thursday, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a group that uses ground sources to monitor the conflict, confirmed that the SDF leadership and the Assad regime held discussions in northern Syria to hand over oil fields in exchange for a veto on the prospective Turkish invasion.

Turkey is intent on crossing into YPG-held territory east of the Euphrates river in northern Syria as soon as possible, Cavusoglu proclaimed Tuesday.
“The battle will soon start,” Major Youssef Hamoud, spokesman for the National Army, the main Turkish-backed Syrian opposition force near Manbij, told Reuters. “What we see on the front now is reinforcements to all forces to reach full preparedness for the battle.”
The PYD reportedly controls about a third of Syria while the Assad regime holds over half of the country. Turkish-backed Syrian opposition forces control the rest.
Although Turkey and Assad are on the opposite side of the conflict, U.S. support for the Syria Kurds has strained the relationship between NATO allies Ankara and Washington, pushing Turkey closer to Russia.
Before the U.S. withdrawal announcement, Turkey indicated it was open to working with Assad.
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