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SDF-Damascus Deal: First Details Revealed


SDF-Damascus Deal: First Details Revealed

Syrian soldiers in Tel Rifaat city, Illustrative image

On October 15, several sources released an alleged copy of the recent breakthrough agreement between the Damascus government and the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The agreement, which covers the country’s northeastern region, was reached on October 13 during a meeting between representatives of Damascus and the SDF. The meeting was reportedly held in the Russian Hmeimim airbase in Lattakia.

Under the agreement, Syrian Arab Army (SAA) forces will be moving into SDF territory using three directions:

  • From Tabqa in northern direction towards Ayn Issa and its countryside. Also in northern direction towards Syrian Turkish border at Tell Abyad and towards the west;
  • Second axis from Manbij into the direction of Ayn al Arab on Syrian Turkish border until Tell Abyad and towards the west;
  • Third axis from Hasakah/Tall Tamr, arriving in Ras al Ayn and towards the east arriving in Qamishli and then Al Malikiyah and towards the south;
  • The SAA forces will spread in the Manbij region, starting from Arima and along the Sajur river, sticking to previous deals regarding the distribution of forces in Arima.

In the end of the alleged agreement, the SDF confirmed that it’s prepared to preserve the territorial unity of the Syrian Arab Republic under the republic’s official flag and that they will stand by the SAA in confronting Turkish threats under leadership of Mr. president Bashar al-Assad.

Damascus and the SDF are yet to confirm the released terms. However, the SAA’s ongoing deployment in northeastern Syria, which began on October 13, is in line with the terms mentioned in the agreement.

The SDF agreed to the SAA’s deployment in northeast Syria following the beginning of the Turkish-led Operation Peace Spring and President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops from the region.

Russia is facilitating and supporting the deployment of the SAA in the northeastern region. However, Turkey appears to be determined to go on with its offensives.

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