January 24, 2018 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos
QAMISHLI, Syria – Earlier today, FRN reported that despite being smashed by Turkish-led forces in the Syrian northwest canton of Afrin and by ISIS in the eastern province of Deir Ezzor, forces associated with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have decided now is the right time to kidnapped three Syrian Army soldiers and one officer in the northeast city of Qamishli. Details can be read here.
However, since publication, it has become known that it was in fact two Syrian Army officers, and not one that was kidnapped by Kurdish forces.
The officers were revealed to be Captain of Qamishli Airport, Ahmed Suleiman, and Lieutenant Wassim Mahal.
The YPG have demanded safe passage for their forces to reach the Afrin canton where intense battles between Turkish-led forces and YPG are waging. The only possible way the YPG can reinforce the Afrin front from the rest of the territories they control is by traveling through Syrian government territory.
Although the YPG can move fighters to Afrin, it is unable to do so with heavy weaponry. The YPG hope that they can exchange the captured Syrian military personnel in exchange for being able to move heavy weaponry to Afrin.
The Syrian government is afraid that if heavy weaponry is being moved through its territory, the Turkish air force will strike these convoys on Syrian government-held territory, and potentially causing a crisis between the Syrian and Turkish military’s.