Syrian regime supporters protest US army presence, burn American flag

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Pro-regime protesters in Hasakah condemned US forces arrival to Rojava. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

QAMISHLO – Supporters of the Syrian government on Friday protested in Hasakah city the arrival of 250 US soldiers to the Rumelan base that will support the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against ISIS. Local activists reported that the regime supporters burned a US flag. 

The supporters of the Communist Party, the Arab Socialist Baath Party, on Friday condemned what they called “the US imperialism” and the “illegal presence” of US troops in the Hasakah province, suggesting they should be expelled from the country. In late April, there were clashes between the Kurds and the Syrian regime in Qamislo, after the regime condemned the establishment of a federal system in northern Syria. 

Hasakah Governor Mohamad Za’al al-Ali said: “The stand of Hasakah people is a confirmation that the existence of such troops in Rumelan means a conspiracy against Syrian people, who refuse to let those who supported terrorism against their country to have their troops on Syrian soil,” the pro-regime SANA news agency reported.

Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish politician and former official of the Kobane administration Idris Nassan said: “The regime and Russia say that coming of more American soldiers and experts violates the Syrian legal presidency according to the related international laws and rules. The demonstrations of Hassakah against US presence in Rojava are backed up by the regime and it is a kind of expressing loyalty to Assad but it is just a propaganda.” 

Nassan suggests that the Syrian regime and Russia do not want to take over the Kurdish areas until they have finished the Syrian opposition.

“A powerful US presence in Rojava might destroy their future plans, and long-term US military base, or logistical point would mean a more autonomous administration out of control of the regime,” he said.

“The Hasakah protest was only a small group,” a local Kurdish journalist told ARA News, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “The only hope for the people is that more US and European soldiers will come, most people would like them,” he added.

The United States has previously rejected criticism by the Syrian government of the arrival of more US troops to assist the Kurds in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS).

“We didn’t seek the Syrian Government’s approval before making this decision, and I find it the height of irony to call this a blatant act of aggression when they continue to gas and barrel bomb their own people and are reportedly now bombing a hospital in Aleppo. That and those are blatant acts of aggression against their own people, their own citizens,” John Kirby, the spokesperson of the US State Department said late April.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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