The Kurds, after agreeing with Syria to stop Turkey: "Asad does not respect anything, but does not slaughter us like Erdogan"

JAVIER ESPINOSA Special envoy Frontier Iraq / Syria
Monday,
14
October
2019

18:17

“It is the end of a dream. The regime does not respect any agreement. (…) The Kurdish autonomous of Rojava no longer exists,” says Ahmed Mahmud, a 30-year-old Qamishli Kurd who addresses Erbil
Syrian citizens return to their homes at the border of Ayn al Arus.
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The so-called Kurdish autonomous of Rojava has begun to blur on Monday before the advance of troops supported by Turkey and the one that initiated the loyal arm of Bashar Asad, whose soldiers and tanks have regained control of villages such as Tabqa, Tel Tamer or Ain Issa with the tacit acceptance of the Kurdish guerrillas. The approach of the armed forces of Damascus to the city of Raqqa contains a special symbolism, given that this locality It was the first one that fell to the Syrian revolutionaries in March 2013. His return to the domain of the regime only confirmed the broad political and strategic victory that Asad has scored in this crisis, which may allow him to regain authority over the entire Northeast of the country. The Syrian armored vehicles also approached the villages of Manbij and Kobane, which are also among the objectives of the Turkish uniformed soldiers and the paramilitaries fighting alongside them, which still It implies a remarkable risk that this situation will result in an open confrontation between Ankara and Damascus. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself acknowledges that he is negotiating with Russia – the new physical power of Syria and to some extent throughout the East Next- and said that Mosc has shown “a positive approach to Kobane. It seems that we will not face any problem there. “The demonstrations to celebrate the return of Damascus forces multiply from Sunday night in cities like Qamishli, Hasaka, Raqqa or Tabqa. The videos recorded by the citizens of these villages show agglomerations of hundreds of people who display flags of the country and recover the old cry that prevailed in that nation during decades: “With our soul and our blood we will sacrifice for you, Bashar”. In the border post of Peshabkur, on the border between what is called the Autonomous Government of Rojava and the Iraqi Kurdistn, the nimos were not the same, especially among those who left Syrian territory. “It is the end of a dream. Once again they have betrayed us. The regime does not respect any agreement. Maybe we would not slaughter how the Turks were going to do, but Rojava no longer exists, “said Ahmed Mahmud, a 30-year-old Qamishli Kurd who addresses Erbil. The terms of the pact among those responsible for the Kurdish autonomy and the authorities are unknown, but a political leader of the Syrian territory, Abed Hamad al-Mehbash, has reported to a local media that the treaty does not modify the powers of the autonomous, a hypothesis that contradicts the repressive policy he maintained the regime towards this community in the past. A statement from the Kurdish authorities in the area has added that the return of Syrian troops to the northeast of the country can only be a first step to continue the offensive towards other enclaves under rebel control. supported by Ankara. “This agreement offers an opportunity to free the rest of the territories and cities occupied by the Turkish army as Afrin,” read. Other Kurdish leaders admit that the entire pact has basically focused on facilitating the arrival of Syrian military to the area as quickly as possible, without there being an exact definition of their political terms. “After the Americans left the region and gave the green light for the Turkish attack, we have been forced to look for other options,” Badran Jia Kurd, a senior Kurdish official, told Reuters. Badran acknowledges that only “military” details have been dealt with with Damascus and that the political discussion will be addressed later. “We know that we will have to make a painful commitment, but between that commitment and the genocide of our people we choose life “, declares the military chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces, controlled by the Kurds, Mazloum Abdi, to Foreign Policy. What happened in Syria exceeds the geostrategic importance of that nation, since it is only a reflection of what the The end of an entire era, in which the US supremaca in the region will be supplanted by Russia in alliance with actors like Irn, a reality that the surrounding nations, including Saudi Arabia, that receive today with all the pomp required to Vladimir Putin. “We do not believe that a close relationship with Russia has any negative impact on our relationship with the US,” said Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir.

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