info from AL-BAB (Kurdish daily News) – Since Oct 22 Turkey’s Air Forces are blocked from continuing their aerial campaigns in Syria as part of their Euphrates Shield operation, as Syria has activated its S-200 (and possibly S-300) air defense systems against the bombing by Turkish warplanes in Syrian airspace.
The Turkish Air Forces launched their last air-strike in Syria on Oct. 22, on positions of Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces, which are a big part of the SDF, a fast growing democratic, non-ethnic, non religious, anti-sexist grouping which has partial US support.
The SDF has added their support to the ceasefire Saturday
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) today announced in a brief note that they are “absolutely committed to the cease-fire.”
The alliance, formed by groups Assyrians (SFM HSNB), Arabs (Al Sanadid, the Jaysh Thuwar …) and Kurdish (YPG, YPJ) have pledged to stop the fighting on Saturday, February 27, according to the agreement between the United States and Russia.
The ceasefire is not applicable to the successful campaign by the SDF (mainly Kurds) against ISIS in NE Syria with US air support . Also fighting with Al Nusra (Al Quaeda affiliated) would be allowed to continue, with Russian air support.
But Turkey would still be hostile, Al Nusra are Turkey’s main protegee north of Aleppo and are battling SDF forces from the Afrin Kurdish enclave, with Turkish artillery support. This means Turkey would have an ‘excuse’ to continue shelling Kurdish areas.
On the whole, however, the proposed ceasefire would be good for the SDF front, they could still resist their main enemies, ISIS and Al Nusra, the other militias and the Syrian Army would become potential allies, and their unique progressive experiment in anti-state municipal anarchism could continue.
The SDF have also announced victory in the mainly Kurdish suburb of Bani Zayd in Aleppo city, where they were heavily attacked by Al Nusra for 6 days. If they can hold it the success further tightens the noose on the Al Nusra dominated part of Aleppo city. See report translated in English below.
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