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Pro-Government Fighters Attack SDF Security Forces In Al-Qamishli With Hand Grenades (Photos)

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Pro-Government Fighters Attack SDF Security Forces In Al-Qamishli With Hand Grenades (Photos)

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Late on April 16, a checkpoint of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) security forces, Asayish, in the northern al-Hasakah countryside was attacked with two hand grenades.

One of the grenades exploded inside the checkpoint, which is located in the southern part of al-Qamishli city. The other grenade was defused by Asayish. No SDF member was killed.

In an official statement, Asayish accused fighters of the pro-government National Defense Forces (NDF) of carrying out the attack, vowing to punish the perpetrators.

“We will not tolerate any side that attempts to create problems in the region,” the statement reads.

Pro-Government Fighters Attack SDF Security Forces In Al-Qamishli With Hand Grenades (Photos)

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Earlier this month, al-Qamishli witnessed a similar incident. NDF fighters opened fire at a patrol of Asayish, killing a fighter and injuring another one.

Al-Qamishli is under the joint control of government forces and the SDF. The city witnessed several local military confrontations during the last few years. Most incidents were the result of personal disagreements or the lack of coordination.

The SDF and the Damascus government usually ignore such incident to avoid any escalation in the northeastern region.

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  • Peter Jennings

    The SDF need to realise that Damascus wants them gone, the NDF, more than likely formed from locals protecting their land, want them gone and so do the local people want them gone. The people of Syria have entrusted their future to President Assad and the gov’t in Damascus, not to a bunch of armed thugs funded from abroad.

    The SDF are not democratic and they are no longer a force either, but a armed group protecting their ill gotten gains.

  • LR captain

    the US troops can’t be everywhere at once, so some locals block a few US conveys then the NDF storm some areas controlled by Asayish. (a steet or two) then russains move in the calm the situation down.

    boom a little more area controlled by the Damascus government.

  • James Adams

    They defused a grenade??? Balls of steel !!!