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09 October 2019

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Christopher

Yes, in the past. But now not having troops on the ground how do you suppose the US would prevent it?

JP Billen

Christopher,

I agree with you that the Syrian government was overstretched from trying to fight jihadis from all over their country. But except for their more easily defensible bases in both Qamishli and Hasakah cities, the Government did in fact abandon the remainder of the area east of the Euphrates.

The Kurds overall cooperated with the government Forces in Qamishli. The skirmishes you mention were a few minor shootings by young men on checkpoint duty near Qamishli, fueled up on adrenalin & testosterone, and started by both sides. After Kurds & Assyrian Christians & Shammar tribesmen cleaned out ISIS from the area around Qamishli and Hasakah they cooperated and never interferd with the Government troops there. Check out the older Syrian War maps with those of today and you will see that the red areas of Government control in Qamishli expanded by a factor of four or five. That expansion was allowed and welcomed by the Kurds as it was that much less they had to provide security for. The YPG in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo City fought alongside the SAA in the liberation of that city and helped in other neighborhoods beside their own. Kurds also cooperated with Assad in both Manbij and Tel Rifaat.

And they never expanded their territory. They made allies with the Arab tribes in the provinces of Raqqa, Hasakah, and northen Deir ez-Zor. They do not control those areas. Those Arab areas are under the control of their own councils and tribal leaders. The Kurds did help to liberate them from Daeshis, and they provided support to root out jihadi sleeper cells after liberation. Other than that there was no expansion. It was the US and their Coalition that kept the SAA out of NE Syria after it was liberated, NOT the Kurds.

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