On February 16, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) began its preparations to enter the Afrin area after an agreement had been reached by the Damascus government and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on February 15, according to the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV.
Al-Mayadeen’s correspondent in the Afrin area reported that the SAA is currently selecting units, which will be deployed inside and around Afrin. According to the correspondent, the SAA and YPG will also establish several joint positions.
The Russian media outlet RT reported on February 15 that the SAA had refused to enter Afrin unless the YPG had agreed to give up its arms first. However, al-Mayadeen denied this and said that the SAA didn’t set any preconditions.
Regarding the timing of the SAA deployment in the Afrin area, the al-Mayadeen correspondent said that the move is very complicated and may take a long time because Afrin is currently a war zone. The correspondent also stressed that the SAA will participate in the military operations against the Turkish Army side by side with the YPG.
YPG officials didn’t deny al-Mayadeen’s reports yet. This indicates that the Damascus government and the YPG may have indeed reached an agreement. However, many observers still doubt that a deal had been reached due to the lack of any official confirmations from both sides.