Syrian War Report – December 29, 2016: YPG Withdrawing From Aleppo City?

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On December 29, preliminary reports appeared that an evacuation agreement was made between the Syrian military and militants operating in Syrian Ayn al-Fijah, Baseema and Dayr Qanoon in the Wadi Barda region northwest of Damascus. Local sources reported that militants are divided over the withdrawal issue. So, most likely, the Syrian military will be pushed to make a series of separate of withdrawal agreements until the whole region is liberated.

A day before, on December 28, the Syrian army and Hezbollah, backed up by the Syrian Air Force, continued to storm Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and Ahrar al-Sham defense lines. Clashes were reported at the villages of Souq Wadi Barada, Kafr al-Awamid, al-Husyaniyah and Baseema. As a result, the Syrian army and Hezbollah entered Baseema and seized a number of buildings there. According to local sources, a part of the militants holding a defense line there just fled to Dayr Qanoon and Kafr Az Zayt where no clashes were reported. About 20 militants were reportedly killed in the operation.

Kurdish YPG forces are withdrawing from the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo city, according to reports circulating in YPG- and rebel-linked media outlets and social media accounts. The Ara News press agency reported on Tuesday that about 50 YPG fighters had already left the neighborhood and headed towards the northern countryside of Aleppo. However, this report cannot be confirmed independently.

Earlier in December, information appeared that the Syrian government was going to demilitarize Sheikh Maqsoud after the YPG, or the SDF, as the mainstream media prefers to call Kurdish forces allegedly decided to accept into its ranks a group of 250 Fatah Halab militants that had fled from eastern Aleppo. If this decision is confirmed, the real reason of possible tensions between YPG/SDF units and pro-government forces in Aleppo will be exposed.

On December 28, the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported that Turkey and Russia had agreed on a nation-wide ceasefire effort in Syria that was set to be launched at midnight local time on December 29. After Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on the agreement, Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu was pushed to clarify that the two countries had only prepared a text of the truce accord to be presented to the warring parties. On December 29, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that the Syrian government and armed opposition groups have reached an agreement on a ceasefire in Syria and on readiness to start peace talks.

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  • michaelgerard

    Once the US are kept out of the picture there is a chance for peace.

    • zloppolz

      Ask yourself; which group runs US.

  • paul

    Did not quite understand the seeming contradiction between the militants
    near Damascus refusing a ceasefire while at the same time a national
    ceasefire is declared. Is this just another one sided ceasefire?

  • ‘Sup Bruh!

    They are not withdrawing. 2 commanders from YPG already made a statement saying that “We won’t hand this land to anyone and nobody has the power to make us to do so”.

    YPG will probably propose an exchange, Aleppo for Qamishli, kicking SAA completely out of Northern Syria, further ensuring the division of Syria.

    • Trustin Judeau

      YPG can be kicked out of Aleppo if Russia decides,but now is not the time.Also they are not enemies of SAA so for now there will be peace.But in the future it will be different story.

      • ‘Sup Bruh!

        They are not what? You do realise that they invaded Hasakah right? And they are cooperating United States. United States that established 6 chop bases and 2x military bases in Northern Syria! Just like Barzani, they will aim to divide the country in 2 as well. Nothing else.

        • Jens Holm

          ha-ha

    • Jens Holm

      Well, I havnt been on this site for several days. You seems to know nothing about the Kurdish status according to Saddam, but still You think, You just some commandos, can change vital things.

      1) Most kurds in Aleppo are Aleppo kurds. They belong to there. Some are even deported to it.
      2)If kurds had been in the uprise, Assads wouldnt be alive today.
      3)YPG are not the only kurds.

  • gfsdyughjgd .

    Turkey must be kick out.It wants the locals to support Turkeys gas and oil pipeline in ALEPO.

  • gfsdyughjgd .

    SYRIAN kURDISH HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE IN SYRIA NOT TURKEY.

  • Escapos

    Does Russia let the YPG join the ceasefire? Or did they sold them out to Turkey for ”the greater good”? Syrian forces have only survived with the help of outside forces (iran – hezbollah etc.) and Russia, but also because the ceasefire/cooperation between them and the Kurds.