On September 9, the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) stated that it regrets clashes between pro-government forces and security forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which occurred a day earlier in the northern city of al-Qamishli.
The SDC, which is the political wing of the SDF, said in an official statement that the escalation doesn’t serve any side that believes in dialogue and works to find a solution to the Syrian crisis. The council went further and claimed that “foreign powers” are working to foil the recent talks between it and the Damascus government.
“The coincidence of this incident with the tripartite summit in Tehran is questionable,” the SDC said hinting that Russia, Turkey and Iran were behind the clashes in al-Qamishli.
According to Kurdish sources, more than 12 personnel of the Syrian Millitary intelligence and 7 personnel of the SDF’s security forces were killed in the clashes. The Kurdish-dominated force claimed that the a unit of the Syrian intelligence entered its areas in al-Qamishli without permission.
However, Syrian pro-government activists believe that the attack was pre-planned. According to these activists, the SDF wanted to send a message to Damascus that it is still in charge of northeastern Syria, especially that the US-led coalition will stay in the country after ISIS defeat.