Syrian Kurdish forces reject regime request to leave positions in Aleppo

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Kurdish members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Aleppo. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

ALEPPO – A senior commander of the Kurdish forces of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) in Syria’s northern Aleppo province rejected the images showing a regime soldier wearing a YPG patch as propaganda.

“The main goal of releasing such kind of images is to discredit our fighters, we don’t know who these people are or where they are from, and we have no ties with them,” YPJ official Zoran Birhat said on Sunday. “It’s well-known that there are tensions between us and regime troops,” she told reporters.

In the last few months there have been brief clashes between Kurdish fighters and pro-regime forces in the northeastern cities of Hasakah and Qamishli. The Assad regime is against any plan by the Syrian Kurds to form a federal region in northern Syria.

“We have checkpoints which are close to the regime positions in Aleppo city, particularly in Al Ashrafiye as well in the Bani Zaid neighbourhoods, where violence has been escalating recently,” Kurdish officer Sharvan Efrin told local reporters.

“Some of the regime soldiers wanted our forces to leave their positions in Aleppo city, but this didn’t happen. We will keep our positions. We don’t know when fighting will erupt between us [Kurds and regime], but in this case our fight against mercenary [Islamist] groups will turn into a fight with regime forces,” he said.

“We will never leave our positions which had been liberated by blood,” he stated.

Reporting by: Jan Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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