Russia strikes deal with Syrian Kurds to set up base-Syrian Kurdish militia

Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) greet each other in the northeastern city of Hasaka, Syria, August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said
Kurdish opponents from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) greet each different in the northeastern city of Hasaka, Syria, August 21, 2016.

REUTERS/Rodi Stated

Russia is putting in a armed forces base in northwestern Syria in settlement with the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia that controls the realm and shall be training YPG combatants as part of the struggle against terrorism, the militia’s spokesman Mentioned on Monday.

YPG spokesman Redur Xelil instructed Reuters the agreement with Russia was once concluded on Sunday, and that Russian troops had already arrived on the position in the northwestern area of Afrin with troop carriers and armored automobiles.

The move will probably anger neighboring Turkey. Ankara views the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Staff’ Celebration (PKK), which is waging an insurgency inside Turkey.

“The Russian presence … is available in settlement between (the YPG) and the Russian forces running in Syria within the framework of cooperation in opposition to terrorism and to help educate our forces on brand new battle and to construct a direct point of contact with Russian forces,” Xelil Mentioned in a written observation.

“It Is The first (agreement) of its sort,” he introduced.

Turkey has launched a go-border offensive alongside a part of the Turkish-Syrian frontier to stop additional good points by way of the YPG, which controls swathes of northeastern Syria and the Afrin pocket of northwestern Syria.

The YPG is also allied to the us within the combat towards Islamic State in Syria, and is enjoying an immense phase within the U.S.-backed offensive towards Islamic State’s urban stronghold of Raqqa, further east.

“The agreement got here into pressure these days,” Xelil Stated, declining to say what number of Russian troops had arrived in Jandaris, the place where the bottom is being based.

Jandaris has previously been shelled with the aid of Turkish forces from throughout the nearby frontier, Xelil brought.

(Writing by means of Tom Perry; Editing by Samia Nakhoul and Gareth Jones)

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