January 24, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
AFRIN, Syria – After initially refusing the Syrian Army to take up positions in Afrin, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have now announced that government forces can operate within the canton.
A YPG official just made the announcement according to Al-Mayadeen News.
“We welcome the Syrian Army to enter the whole Afrin region, as there is an agreement between us and the Syrian government to solve all the issues between us,” the YPG official said.
“We took up arms to defend ourselves – the Syrian government was never an enemy to us, we just want to be part of the political solution in Syria and our weapons will be handed over to Syrian government once a political settlement is in place,” he explained.
“The YPG were never part of the US coalition and we did not get any support from them. Our weapons and support are all from the Syrian government,” he emphasized.
The change of opinion has come as the YPG are feeling immense pressure in the northwest canton as they battle the Turkish military and their Syrian proxies, as well as ISIS in eastern Syria.
The Kurdish official had the audacity to state that Syria is not their enemy, and never has been, despite kidnapping five Syrian personnel yesterday to extort the Syrian government. Full details of this incident cane be read here.
Before the Turkish invasion of Afrin officially began on Saturday, Russia pleaded with Kurdish authorities to allow the Syrian Army and Syrian government officials into the canton to take up some positions, but was refused.
With Afrin now turned into a blood bath, it remains to be seen whether the Syrian government will take up their offer considering Kurdish authorities are holding Syrian soldiers at ransom.