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NLF supports Turkish military operation east of Euphrates River; US pressures YPG to allow Peshmerga into area east of Euphrates

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Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Nouha Salti

Local and field news:

On Sunday, the National Liberation Front (NLF) announced supporting the Turkish military operation against the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the area east of the Euphrates River.

Members of the Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party called for talks between the Kurdish National Council and the Democratic Union Party to resolve disagreements to stand up against Turkey.   

In Aleppo, the Turkish-backed National Army of the Free Syrian Army captured a booby-trapped car near the city of Jarabulus, and arrested the attackers; no further information was reported.

People from the city of Azaz protested against the Energy and Electricity Company for their expensive power service and subscription fee, as well as delays in delivering energy to their homes.

The Anadan Hospital suffers from a lack of medical staff and medicine. Abdullah Abdul Basit, the manager of the Charity Hospital in the city, said that the hospital lacks an emergency doctor for night shifts and pediatrician.

In Idlib, a Syrian government missile shelling on the perimeter of the al-Mahjoura base, east of Idlib, injured four Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members.

The local council of the village of Tell Touqan, southeast of Idlib, said that it is intended to reopen the Abu al-Duhur crossing between the FSA-controlled areas and the Syrian government forces-controlled areas from next Tuesday to the end of December 2018.  

On Monday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advanced in the town of al-Susah, 126 kilometers southeast of Deir al-Zor, Eastern Syria, after battles with the Islamic State (IS). The battles coincided with an aerial raid by the US-led International Coalition against the IS on IS locations in the village of al-Baghouz al-Foqani.

An anonymous SDF commander reported that the IS took advantage of poor weather conditions and attempted to infiltrate the al-Qalaa neighborhood in the city of Hajin from the village of Abu al-Khater.

In Deir al-Zor, the Syrian government forces delivered the body of Monzer al-Ghawas to his parents. The body of al-Ghawas showed torture evidence. Two months earlier, the Syrian government forces detained al-Ghawas from the city of Sabikhan, accusing him of dealing with the FSA and of trading petrol and weapons.

In al-Raqqa, a source from the Asayish security forces of the Autonomous Administration reported that the people of the town of al-Akirshi informed the Asayish that they found a body of a 25-year-old young man who was shot in his chest and right shoulder. The killed man’s body also showed torture marks.  

On Monday, a faction from the Rijal al-Karamah Movement in the al-Suwayda governorate, Southern Syria, accused the Syrian government of planning for assassinations in al-Suwayda. The faction promised to retaliate to any operation carried out by the Syrian government security services. This statement came after the Syrian government called the local factions in al-Suwayda to hand over their weapons.

International and political news:

The United States is putting pressure on the YPG to allow Syrian Peshmerga into the east of the Euphrates area in order to participate in blocking any Turkish attack in the area.

On Monday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that he received “positive replies” from his US counterpart Donald Trump about the military operation, which Turkey intends to launch against the YPG east of the Euphrates.

Erdogan added they would enter Syria from areas they chose on the 500-kilometer border in order not to put US soldiers in danger. Erdogan said that they would start the operation according to their plans.

Political analysts said that the visit of the Soudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to Damascus aims to start indirect communication routes between Arab and foreign countries with the Syrian government. The analysts said that the reason behind this visit is not clear yet.

Bassam al-Quwatli, a political analyst, reported that it is an early procedure to talk about the aim of the visit and it is also hard to expect its results.