Kurdish militias defend themselves on the Syrian border

Kurdish militias defend themselves on the Syrian border

Kurdish-led fighters in Syria tried to recover the strategic border city of Ras-e-O from Turkish-led forces on Tuesday, while Kurdish and Syrian government troops tried to repel Turkey's incursions into northern Syria.

The Syrian government broadcaster said that the Kurdish retaliation occurred when Syrian government troops deployed to the northern city of Manbij. The broadcast showed Manbij residents celebrating the arrival of government troops.

Heavy machine gunshots were heard from the south-west and south-west of Ras al-Ain and from the Turkish border town of Selenpınr, less than a mile from the fighting. Turkish artillery attacked the eastern suburb of Syria's settlement in the middle of the morning, raising smoke clouds over the lowlands and pistachio forests.

By Tuesday, at least 160,000 people were forced to leave their homes by fighting in Ras al-Ain and other regions in northern Syria, according to UN estimates. Kurdish officials put the figure at 270,000.

The fight highlighted the fluctuating nature of Turkish incursions, which began after President Trump ordered the withdrawal of US troops from the Turkish-Syrian border last Wednesday for Turkish troops and their Syrian Arab representatives. - Opened the door to enter the controlled area. Northern Syria.

The White House decision led to worldwide condemnation and betrayal by Kurdish fighters and the situation quickly turned into bloodshed. Experts in the region warned that the withdrawal of US troops would embrace Russia, Iran and the Islamic State.

Abandoned by the Americans, and rapidly losing out to the Turkish military, Kurdish officials sought protection from the Syrian government and its largest support, Russia.

Ever since Kurdish officials have requested assistance from President Bashar al-Assad's government, thousands of Syrian army troops have flooded into northern Syria for the first time since the government lost control several years ago.

But the Syrian government army remains far from the border area near Ras al-Ain, where Kurdish soldiers fight alone. Instead, government forces have deployed to other strategic positions, such as the western city of Manbij, to help ease pressure on Kurdish fighters on the front line.

Last-minute coalitions have a huge cost for Kurdish officials, who are effectively sacrificing self-government.

The Syrian Kurdish militia established a system of self-governance in northern Syria in 2012, when the chaos of the Syrian civil war gave them the opportunity to create a strip of autonomous territory free from the influence of the central government.

After partnering with an international military coalition led by the United States, the fighters expanded their territory to expel the Islamic State from the region.

After Kurdish-led fighters captured ISIS territory, he assumed responsibility for his government and eventually controlled nearly a quarter of Syria's land. They are also witnesses to thousands of ISIS fighters and their families, hundreds of whom left a detention camp in Ras al-Ain after being bombarded in the vicinity by a Turkish-led army.

Kurdish control over land in Syria resents Turkey because the militia is a branch of a guerrilla group that has revolted against the Turkish state for decades. Turkey has long pressured the United States to abandon its alliance with Kurdish fighters so that Turkish forces could enter Syria and force the Kurds to leave the area near the border.

Washington on Friday rejected Turkey's requests for several years, maintaining a genuine peace presence at the border near Ras al-Ain, the city at the center of the fighting. But this changed last week when Trump made a sudden decision to withdraw troops, first from that particular region and then from all over northern Syria.