Military Situation in Hasakah: Clashes between PYD-Linked Kurdish Forces and Government Forces Ongoing

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Military Situation in Hasakah: Clashes between PYD-Linked Kurdish Forces and Government Forces Ongoing

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After attempts to reach a ceasefire agreement between the pro-government forces and units loyal to the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) failed on August 18, clashes are ongoing in the city of Al-Hasaka. According to the pro-opposition Syrian Observatory of Human Rights, 10 civlians were killed due too the clashes.

Today, the Kurdish police Asayish and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have attacked the predominantly Arab National Defense Forces (NDF) in the Askari neighbourhood, at the Al-Bayruti bridge and in the Western nashwa neighbourhood while Syrian warplanes continued air strikes on YPG and Asayish targets (at least 1 air strike was confirmed).

  • The PYD-linked forces have continued to shell the government-controlled areas with mortars and artillery;
  • The NDF used artillery and military equipment to repell the Kudish attacks. There are reports about some Hezbollah fighters in the area;
Military Situation in Hasakah: Clashes between PYD-Linked Kurdish Forces and Government Forces Ongoing

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Pro-government sources say that the PYD’s forces attacks have been repelled and the NDF has sized the Mersho roundabout and now is advancing towards the Nashwa al-Shari’ah neighbourhood in western Hasakah. The YPG has claimed to seize control of the Engineering Facility in south Hasakah.

Since yesterday, the both sides have been deploying reinforcements to the scene. The PYD deployed additional YPG units with artillery and military equipment to the area. In turn, a plan with reniforcements to the NDF arrived Qamishli Airport yesterday.

Meanwhile, the YPG has released a statement that in addition to the airstrikes “regime forces randomly targeted the city with artillery and heavy gunfire — killing and injuring tens of civilians.” The statement has been already dissiminated by CNN. In coming hours, it’s expected a significant media pressure on the non-Kurdish (Arab, Christian etc) forces that opposing the YPG and the Asayish in the city.

The YPG statement reads:

At a time the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Democratic Syria Forces (SDF) have achieved yet another success in the fight against Daesh (ISIS) terrorists, using warplanes and heavy weaponry to target residential neighborhoods interprets into an attempt to undermine the good results of Manbij offensive, and backing Daesh. This, too, means the regime sees Daesh’s losses as its own – to accomplish its sordid plans, the regime hopes for the remaining of Daesh. By implementing such actions, the regime is committing a suicide.

The YPG/SDF, for sure, forgot that liberation of Manbij had been a result of the deal that the US-backed forces made with the ISIS terrorists (MORE and MORE). The group also forgot to note the support of the US-led coalition air power and US Special Forces units in this operation and the Russian air campaign on ISIS supply lines and oil convoys across Syria and the Syrian army’s multiple frontlines against ISIS (if just one Palmyra is not enough).

It looks that the only side interested in escalation between the Kurds and other Syria is the Obama administration. Amid a lack of success in pursuing the public goal (liberation of Raqqa) of the operation against ISIS in Syria, some experts believe that Washington can attempt to use the deteoratinos of the situation in eastern Syria in order to proclaim creation of an “independent” (from the Syrian government) Kurdish state in Syria and to highligh this move as a major victory of democracy in Syria. Unfortunately for the Kurds, this will lead to long-standing conflict between the Syrian Kurds and all their neighborhoods, including a possible creation of the Syrian-Turkish-Iranian alliance to solve the “Kurdish issue.”

In this case, the peace in Syria will likely not be achieved in coming years.

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Military Situation in Hasakah: Clashes between PYD-Linked Kurdish Forces and Government Forces Ongoing

Military Situation in Hasakah: Clashes between PYD-Linked Kurdish Forces and Government Forces Ongoing

Military Situation in Hasakah: Clashes between PYD-Linked Kurdish Forces and Government Forces Ongoing

Military Situation in Hasakah: Clashes between PYD-Linked Kurdish Forces and Government Forces Ongoing

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  • Andrew Illingworth

    They picked a great time to betray the Syrian people, these Kurds.

    They live in Syria, but refuse to identify as Syrians; they live in Iraq, but refuse to identify as Iraqi; they live in Iran, but refuse to identify as Iranian … what culture is this?

    • John Whitehot

      something stinking is going on here, don’t assume nothing. And remember that if kurds are involved, it’s 99% positive that Turkey is involved

      • Tomko Kubianca

        Turkey and the Kurd’s are at war with each other. How can you suggest that they are cooperating?

        • John Whitehot

          did i suggest that?because i did not.

    • VGA

      Well … they want their own country dude :D

      • Tomko Kubianca

        Their own country just happens to include chunks of Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Syria. All four are vehemently opposed to the creation of a Kurd country. When the British drew up the borders after dividing the Ottoman Empire they never took into account the various tribes. The Kurd’s were victims of this oversight and will have a very difficult time convincing these four countries to allow them their own country; Kurdistan. The only thing they have in common with their adversaries is that they all want to destroy ISIS (well accept for Turkey it would seem). They’ll be fighting for a homeland long after the Syrian war is over.

        • Andrew Illingworth

          “Their own country just happens …”

          They don’t have a country, just stolen land.

          • Tom Johnson

            You are correct their land was stolen.

          • Andrew Illingworth

            Stolen by who? Arabs, Persian and Turks?

            How could it be stolen when they never cultivated the landscape?

      • Andrew Illingworth

        Yeah, just like the Zionists think Israel is a respectable nation.

        A nomadic culture seeking a nation-state at the expense of people who have been settled for thousands of years. Kurds and their Zionist partners can get fucked.

        • Tom Johnson

          You need to read some history. Saladin was a Kurd and was born in Tikrit Iraq. He head quartered in Aleppo.

    • Tom Johnson

      Kurdish.

      • Andrew Illingworth

        Yes, I know they are ignorant tribalists who consider themselves superior to other peoples.

  • Catfish

    To me this situation has the stink of someone who stands to benefit and has leverage on the kurds (us, israel, etc) ordering the kurds to start provocations and not adhere to any ceasefire.

    • Lars

      Yep, syrian Kurds are nothing but pawns in this game. Owned and controlled by CIA, i’m not sure Obama even authorized this, but who ask him anyway…

  • SOF

    The US State Department is playing new games
    to find a way to recover its position in the Middle East that was lost
    with the Russian intervention in Syria.

    One should see any possible oil/gas pipelines that flow through the proposed ‘Kurdish’ state. That’s how every proxy war by the State Department today is being fought.

    • Tomko Kubianca

      The two proposed pipelines that are part of the many causes for the current war in Syrian is the Qatar – Turkey and Iran – Med. proposals which both go through Syria. Neither go through the proposed Kurdistan. Assad rejected the Qatar – Turkey pipeline and it’s for this reason that the US along with Turkey and the Gulf States want him removed.

  • u.s is quick to forget the lesson learned in ukraine.. syria will soon turn to a space where nothing flies.

  • Tom Johnson

    Hasakah is a lost cause. Assad needs to get his troops out. The NDF is a local militia and they can run the security after the Kurds liberate Hasakah.