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Syrian War Report – Jan. 21, 2019: Kurdish Political Leadership Reveals 10 Demands To Damascus

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On January 19, the so-called Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS), an entity established by US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces in attempt to legalize their control over a part of Syria, released a 10-points long list of demands to the Damascus government.

Besides formal claims about the need to keep the unity of Syrian land and grant some rights to the minorities, the list includes the demand to accept the DFNS’ Autonomous Administration as a legal part of the Syrian political system, to guarantee the representation of the DFNS in the Syrian Parliament, to use the Syrian Flag alongside with the flag of the DFNS, to allow the DFNS to employ own independent foreign policy, to allow the Kurdish-dominated SDF to keep control of the Syrian border, to allow the DFNS’ security force Asayish to remain the main security force within the SDF-held area and to distribute “the Syrian wealth to the Syrian regions in a fair manner.”

Summing up the claims, the DFNS in fact demanded the Damascus government to legally recognize and a semi-independent Kurdish state and its military force within Syria and to fund this state from the central budget.

If these demands were the official stance of the Kurdish leadership during the recent round of talks with Damascus over the situation in northern Syria, it becomes apparent why no notable progress has been achieved so far.

In the case of Afrin, such stance undermined all efforts of Damascus to find a political solution with Kurdish armed groups and allowed Turkey to kick off a military operation capturing the entire area from Kurdish forces. This scenario could be repeated once again in Manbij.

On January 18, the Afrin Liberation Forces (ALF) released a statement claiming that they had carried out a fresh attack on Turkey-led forces. According to the AFL statement, ALF fighters attacked a “base” near the village of Jinderes on January 17 injuring 5 Ahrar al-Sham members and 2 Turkish service members.

The AFL is a brand created by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) to hide their involvement in attacks on Turkish-backed militant groups and the Turkish military in the region. Previous attacks took place on January 16 and 15 resulting in the deaths of 2 Turkish-backed militants and injures of 6 others.

On January 19, the US-led coalition stressed that its warplanes had eliminated 200 ISIS fighters and commanders in the period from January 7 to January 13. The coalition also confirmed that the SDF had captured al-Kashmah, Sirat Masoud, and al-Shafah from ISIS.

On January 18th and 19th, two bomb blasts targeted the Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham-controlled city of Idlib. The first explosion was a booby-trapped car killing 15 civilians and militants and injuring nine others. The second explosion injured eight people, including four women and children.

On January 19th, the Nedaa Syria news outlet reported that the Turkish-backed Ahrar al-Sham Movement will redeploy hundreds of its fighters in the opposition-held part of the northwestern Hama countryside under a new agreement with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Previously, Turkish-backed militants were defeated and forced to flee the area. It’s possible that a new agreement with Hayat Tahrir al-Sham is that success in the implementation of the de-escalation agreement, which was recently claimed by the Turkish Defense Minister.

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  • stary ujo

    Kurds has demands ? Syrian goverment will decision size of demands , how they underfucking legal goverment of Syria with USA !

  • BlueInGreen

    Why don’t they also ask the Syrian government to give them a reach around while they’re at it…..

    Backstabbing traitors. Screwed over their countrymen and are only surviving because of the our American soldiers and equipment.

    DEMANDS?!?!

    • stary ujo

      If Kurds get some independent Kurds state , from Syrian goverment , Kurds can invites burglars USA a they stay on Kurds land for ever ! Never believe biggest liar all around the world , Trump !

      • Sakaramanga

        over 200k israelis are waiting green light to move to independent kurdistan. (like we had seen news before when barzani tried to liberate northern iraq as kurdistan)

  • Eli

    When Damascus falls so shall the region..and wider.

    • ruca

      What are trying to say?

  • Enkidu

    Hah, they’re basically asking to become a legar tumor within Syria that the US will use to spread it’s cancer. Disgusting, they should just be crushed already

    • Villainess

      Which is exactly what the British Empire created in the Middle East when they installed their Jewish citizens to colonize Palestine and be a constantly festering open sore!

  • alejoeisabel

    Independent foreign policy? Therefore the Kurds can establish relations with all of Syria’s enemies including Israel. The border is a national security priority, and not negotiable, and besides police, all military must be under national direction.

    • Baljeet Singh

      Kurds are traitors

    • Antikapitalista

      The demands are ridiculous as a whole.

      It would be in the best interest of Syria to give some autonomy to the Kurds (which Syria has already done de facto), but not “employment of their own independent foreign policy, that is just some ridiculous nonsense to sabotage a possible agreement.

  • alejoeisabel

    The Kurds are in no position as United States and Israeli vassals to make any demands. Let them make demands on the US/Israelis. Traitors have no rights.

  • jorge

    1.Unity of the Syrian land;

    2 The system in Syria is a democratic republic, and Autonomous Administration is part of this system;

    3 Autonomous Administrations have representatives in parliament in the center of Damascus, through their representatives;

    4 Along with the Syrian flag, there should be flags representing Autonomous Administrations;

    Diplomacy in the areas of Autonomous Administrations does not go contrary to the interests of the Syrian people and constitution;

    6 Syrian Democratic Forces are part of the Syrian army, which is responsible for protecting the Syrian border;

    7-The Internal Security Forces in the areas of Autonomous Administration operate according to the local councils in a manner that does not contradict with the Syrian constitution;

    8-Learning in the mother tongue is the basis of education in the areas of Autonomous Administration, and Arabic is the official language throughout Syria;

    9-In Autonomous Administration areas, education in local languages is taught in faculties of history, culture, languages, literature and the like;

    10-Distributing the Syrian wealth to the Syrian regions in a fair manner.

    Sorry, SF, but you don’t know what you are saying, and the guy or guys that made this report for sure don’t have juridic formation, as the 10 points are written, all depends of what the reformed constitution will say, and nothing there forbids that the autonomous administrations would not be only local ones, and the only point to blow up is the three, what it’s easy, by the formation of electoral areas, for example, a part of the representatives will be elected second a certain number of electoral areas.

    • Julian Clegg

      Thanks for the clarification. It shows that the South Front report is highly distorted and wrong, as I suspected when I read it, notably regarding item 6.

      • jorge

        Something like this: elected local authorities will form local autonomous administrations with local competencies in the therms of the Constitution voted by the Syrian people, they can form regional associations, in the therms of the Constitution, to execute their competencies in common projects. International contacts of the autonomous administrations, associated or not, are aloud in the therms of the constitutional competencies of the autonomous administrations. Judiciary police and judiciary system are a single unity on the Syrian land, etc., etc.

    • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

      its a bad deal, SDF should be disbanded or liquidated

      • jorge

        It’s only 10 points to a negociation, nothing more, better to negociate than to make war, if it will be impossible to negociate, then, okay, war.

        • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

          SDF should be liquidated. they can either leave syrian land or be put under it

        • Red Pilled ThoughtCrimes

          its already war, SDF continue to occupy syrian territory

    • Julian Clegg

      What is your source for your version of the 10 points? The South Front report doesn’t give a source for its version either.

      • jorge

        Isn’t any version of the 10 points, it’s only an example of an counterproposal that those 10 points aloud to do.

  • Nickthegreek

    All this strongly reminds me the terms dectated by the west mercenaries to president Milosevitc…

  • Rodney Loder

    The article makes no mention of the January 16 terrorist attack which targeted US victims on routine restraunt patrol in Manbij, ISIS initially said it was a suicide operation in-house using an explosive vest, Trump stated immediately that he still wanted out.implying a wind down of involvement in the region.

    No one that I’m aware of blamed the YPG not even Turkey the reason being it’s bad form to rubbish IS in Turkey but everyone knows it was a planted IED by YPG.

  • Antikapitalista

    LOL, one cannot speak of keeping Syria united and allowing a part of Syria to employ its own independent foreign policy—at the same time!