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Peshmerga negotiates SDF in Northeastern Syria and refuses to negotiate Syrian government

Editing: Ayham Nasif |
TranslationEditor: Farah Nassif |
Translation: Muhammad Ghaith

Local and field updates:

On Thursday, a delegation of the Syrian Peshmerga Forces of the Kurdish National Council affiliated with the Syrian National Coalition entered Northeastern Syria to negotiate the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

Minyar Bonjack Agha, a media official of the Peshmerga, reported that the delegation entered the area along with the International Coalition forces to negotiate the SDF about the potentiality of the Peshmerga’s entering SDF-controlled areas. Agha did not specify the location of the meeting.

The Peshmerga said that they refuse to negotiate the Syrian government that killed and displaced millions of civilians. The Peshmerga added that they are a part of the Kurdish National Council, which is affiliated with the Syrian National Coalition.

The French Presidency called members of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), which is the SDF political wing for a meeting with officials in France.

A well-informed source reported the SDC joint heads Ilham Ahmad and Riyadh Darar are among the members, who will travel to France, and they will discuss with French officials different issues, including the Turkish threats to launch a military operation in the area east of the Euphrates river, the United States forces’ withdrawal from Syria, and the potentiality of increasing the French forces in Northeastern Syria.

The International Coalition sent the SDF a military aid convoy made upon of 150 trucks carrying military and logistic equipment. The convoy arrived in Northeastern Syria as the US announced the withdrawal of its forces from the area.

On Friday, tribes held a meeting in the city of Azaz in Aleppo, Northern Syria, to discuss the future of the SDF- controlled areas in Northern and Northeastern Syria. The tribes also addressed the role of the tribes in managing the areas. Meeting aims to establish a unified entity that included all the tribes of the area as well as tribes in Turkey.

The Educational Office of the local council in the city of Jarabulus in Aleppo opened the first center to treat children with special needs. The center receives 12 children with physical and mental disabilities. The staff of the center includes four employees that are well prepared to deal with the children. The center can receive 18 children.  

Two bombs explosions injured civilians near the local council of the village of Afes in Idlib, Northern Syria. The injured of the civilians ranged between minor and medium.

The Makani center of the Shafaq Humanitarian Organization and the Umaya Sports Club organized a sports festival for people with special needs in the city of Idlib. The festival included the sports of ring ball for the blind, table tennis, football, and volleyball for the amputees.

Unknown bombers planted a bomb near the al-Na’im roundabout in the city of al-Raqqa, Northeastern Syria, injuring a civilian. Following the explosion, the internal security forces of the al-Raqqa Civil Council raised the alert.

The Initial Response Team (IRT) removed 22 new bodies from a mass grave and beneath the rubble of buildings in al-Raqqa. The IRT buried the unidentified bodies in the Tal- al-Bay’ an (Al-Shuhadaa).

Unknown shooters killed a Syrian government forces’ volunteer assistant in the village of Walgha in Western al-Suwayda, Southern Syria. The shooters dragged the assistant from his house claiming they needed his help in repairing their broken down car. Residents found the body of the assistant near a gas station in the village.

Markets have run out of gas for a half and month in markets of the Quneitra governorate, Southern Syria. The prices of gas increased to 10,000 Syrian pounds per cylinder if available, due to the Syrian government’s lack of liquefied gas for domestic usage.

Political and international updates:

On Thursday, Secretary of Defense James Mattis said in his resignation  letter to Trump""My view of the world tends to traditional alliances, to counter the malignations and to contradict the views of the president," Because you have the right to a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position."

On Thursday, Trump called other states to fight the Islamic State (IS) on behalf of the US after his decision to withdraw the US forces from Syria.

Trump tweeted saying that his decision to withdraw forces from Syria was not sudden. Trump added that Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government are the local enemy of the IS. Trump noted saying, ”Time has come for the US forces to return homeland, let the others fight instead of us, referring to Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government.

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed to enhance cooperation between Turkey and Iran, during a meeting in Ankara.

In a press conference at the end of the meeting, Erdogan said that there were different steps and procedures that Iran and Turkey could take to end the battles in the area and achieve peace.

Rouhani said that all sides must respect the unity of the Syrian territories, adding that Iran and Turkey continue to cooperate within the framework of the Astana Talks.

The United Nations (UN) Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said that there was still much work to do before the formation of the Syrian Constitutional Committee.

Mistura added in his last brief before the UN Security Council that Iran, Turkey, and Russia proposed suggested names for the list of the civil society. Mistura said that after reviewing the requirements of neutralism and balance, the UN Secretariat is unable to approve the entire 50 nominees for the constitutional committee.