Kurds announce deal with Damascus on Syria troop deployment near Turkish border

The Kurdish administration in northern Syria announced a deal with the Damascus government on a Syrian troop deployment near the border with Turkey to confront Ankara’s offensive.

“In order to prevent and confront this aggression, an agreement has been reached with the Syrian government… so that the Syrian army can deploy along the Syrian-Turkish border to assist the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” the Kurdish administration said in a statement on its Facebook page.

In their statement the Kurds said that the agreement struck with the Damascus government “paves the way to liberate the rest of the Syrian cities occupied by the Turkish army such as Afrin”, a majority Kurdish enclave in the northwest.

Syrian Kurds ‘agree to allow Assad troops into Kobane’

General Ismet Sheikh Hasan, an official in Kurdish-controlled Kobane, told the Russian news agency RT that Syrian Kurds have reached an agreement with Russia to allow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s troops into Kobane.

Hassan, the minister of defense of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria, also known as Rojava, said Russian and Syrian government troops could enter Kobane and Manbij by Sunday night to help secure the cities from a Turkish-led offensive in northern Syria.

“We agreed with the Russians and the [Assad] regime to enter Kobane tonight,” Hassan told RT.

Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters are seen on military vehicles in the town of Tal Abyad
Turkish media reported that Syrian opposition forces took control of the border town of Tal Abyad on Sunday [Khalil Ashawi [Reuters]

“We did everything we could,” he said. “We have called upon the West [and] the Arab League but no one is coming to help, so we have no one other than ourselves to defend [Kobane].

“We agreed with the regime and the Russians to come to Kobane,” he added.

Neither the SDF nor Russia have confirmed such an agreement exists.

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