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Damascus gives YPG to end of year to vacate Aleppo

By Rudaw 22/12/2016
Syrians leaving eastern Aleppo arrive in Khan al-Assal region, which is under rebel control. Photo: Baraa al-Halabi/AFP
Syrians leaving eastern Aleppo arrive in Khan al-Assal region, which is under rebel control. Photo: Baraa al-Halabi/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Kurdish forces will have to hand over control of their enclave of Sheikh Maqsoud in Aleppo to Damascus by the end of the year, said a military analyst who is close to the Syrian president. 

After Syrian victory in eastern Aleppo, the government will take control of the whole city, Ali Maqsud told Rudaw. The Syrian government will prompt the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to hand over their positions in the city to the Syrian army, he said.

Damascus announced Thursday evening that it is now in control of Aleppo after the last civilians and rebel fighters evacuated the eastern neighbourhoods.  

“The general command of the armed forces announces the return of security to Aleppo after its release from terrorism and terrorists, and the departure of those who stayed there,” reads a statement issued by the army’s general command. 

The announcement came shortly after Syrian state TV reported that the final busloads of civilians and rebel fighters had left eastern Aleppo, ending the opposition’s four-year hold in the city. 

“This great achievement will be a strong incentive to resume the national duties and eliminate terrorism as well as restore security and stability to every span of the homeland,” the general command’s statement added.

Sheikh Maqsoud is now the only area of the city not under Damascus’ control. It is a predominantly Kurdish area that is under the control and protection of the YPG. It is also hosting more than 10,000 civilians who fled army advances into eastern Aleppo, the World Food Programme (WFP) reported last week. 

Maqsud said that Damascus held meetings with Kurdish leaders and gave them until the end of December to vacate the city. 

The YPG and the Syrian army have clashed sporadically throughout the six-year civil war but have largely avoided sustained confrontation. 

The Syrian army has been accused of committing war crimes in Aleppo and across the country, including deliberately targeting civilians and using banned weapons. Its victory in Aleppo comes as the UN General Assembly voted to establish a special team to collect and analyze evidence of war crimes in Syria. 

More than 400,000 people have died in the war and half the population of Syria has been displaced. 


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Bohuslav Vorel | 23/12/2016
Attacking Sheikh Maqsoud would be Assad's stupid mistake. But maybe this is the price for Turkey's agreement with replacing their alqaidists from Allepo.
Nav | 23/12/2016
So ethnic cleansing is how Assad repays the Kurds for helping him get rid of the terrorists from Aleppo, not that we're shocked. It's probably for the best anyway, they're now surrounded by pro Assad henchmen, the Kurds of Aleppo should go to Afrin and help defend it from Turkish jihadists who are massing on the border.
Dutchman | 23/12/2016
Don't be naive. Assad wants a fictory against all opposition, fundamentalist or modest, including the Kurds. If he gets the chance, Assad will not only bomb the Kurdish part of Aleppo, but the whole of Rojava. And Putin will help by bombing all hospitals in Rojava, just like he did in East Aleppo. These guys ar pure evil.
neo | 23/12/2016
This will not happend since kurds hold hasakah and there is SAA and NDF faggots. Its thanks to YPG that Assad is still live and doesnt have a stick in his ass, if they changed policy then the shia axis of iran and hzibollah faggots would be whiped out. Funny iran with old weapons, they are like the soviets who used fake weapons to scare the world. 90% of irans economy is from oil and gas, visit the country and see it falling apart. Khomeni will die and the country will sink in a big shithole. I would love to buy my self a pastaran boy for some bacha bazi.
duroi | 23/12/2016
The troika Russia, Turkey and Iran have reached an arrangement over Syria which has changed the dynamics of the war. The known unknowns in their calculations is whether the FSA and al-Nusra go along with their arrangement? FSA now will feel bitter and betrayed helping Turkey in jarablus/al-Bab but al-Nusra dominating Adlib will be pushed to the arms of ISIS by the agreement. What are the options of Kurds?

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