January 24, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
AN UPDATE TO THIS STORY CAN BE FOUND HERE.
QAMISHLI, Syria – Despite being smashed by Turkish-led forces in the Syrian northwest canton of Afrin and by ISIS in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, Kurdish forces have decided now is the right time to kidnapped three Syrian Army soldiers and one officer in the northeast city of Qamishli.
Forces associated to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) captured the Syrian Army personnel after attacking a small military convoy that was carrying a group of people from the city who were recruited into the Syrian Army.
This is a common occurrence in Qamishli, a city divided by areas controlled by the YPG and the Syrian Army. Forces associated with the YPG in the past have kidnapped, murdered and beaten pro-government forces, particularly the National Defense Force whose Qamishli branch has a significant portion of Assyrian fighters.
Qamishli is a city established by Assyrians after the Christian Genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire and the new Turkish Republic. Despite being established by Assyrians, they now constitute a minority in the city with Kurds being the majority after settling in the city with the greater colonization of Kurds in Hasakeh province.
This aggression comes as the YPG claims to be isolated in its fight against Turkish-led forces, despite refusing help from the Syrian government.
It also comes as the YPG continues to use child soldiers to fight ISIS. Full details can be found here.