U.S. concerned about violence in Syrian Kurdish city

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Kurdish Asayish members during clashes with pro-reigme militants in Qamishli. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

QAMISHLO – The United States expressed its concerns over the recent flare-up of clashes between the Kurds and the Syrian regime in the northeastern city of Qamishlo. 

Elizabeth Trudeau, Director of the U.S. State Department Press Office, said in a press conference: “I’m aware of those reports. I don’t really have anything to add on that. This is yet again a concern as we take a look at the cessation of hostilities.”

Moreover, the US official praised the Kurdish forces of Peshmerga and Syrian Kurds as being the most effective fighters on the ground against the Islamic State (ISIS, also known as ISIL).

Well, certainly we would say the Peshermga – the Kurds have been some of the most effective fighters on the ground against ISIL, and that’s something that we welcome, we’ve supported, that we have highlighted repeatedly. In terms of these new tensions, I can’t speak to that specifically, but I would say certainly the Pesh have been very focused where we need them to.”

The Kurdish forces known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the pro-Assad Arab tribal National Defence Forces (NDF) have been engaged in clashes for three days over territory in the Kurdish city of Qamishlo, also known as Qamishli. 

However, after intervention from Damascus, the Kurds reached a ceasefire deal on Friday afternoon after Arab tribal leaders appealed for calm.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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