On April 21, clashes erupted between security forces of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, Asayish, and the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) in the Syrian city of Qamishly.
According to reports, NDF units tried to capture several Asayish positions in the city, but failed to do so. Both sides allegedly suffered no casualties. The situation rapidly de-escalated after the Russian Military Police deployed to the area of the clashes.
Clashes have taken place between the NDF and Asayîş in Qamishli after the NDF attempted to control Asayîş positions. The Asayîş have apparently forced them back to their original lines. No news of casualties pic.twitter.com/kiqQNBp5le
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On April 16, a checkpoint of Asayish, in the city was attacked with two hand grenades. The grenades were allegedly thrown by NDF members.
Local sources say that the current tensions are a result of disagreements among local NDF and Asyish commanders. Nonetheless, it should be noted that Qamishly city is infamous for regular clashes and tensions between the NDF and the SDF’s Asayish. The Kurdish group is trying to establish a full control of the city and does not like that the Damascus government has a strong support there.
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