Pro-Syrian government forces to enter Syria's Afrin 'within hours'

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Turkey began drawing its military to the Syrian border from the late June, 2017.

Turkish military and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) on Monday liberated three more villages from the control of terrorists in northwestern Syria's Afrin region.

The U.S. has been arming, training, and supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces in Syria, and the strongest element of that group is the YPG, a Kurdish group with ties to Kurds in Turkey, including the PKK.

The deal highlights the complex situation in northern Syria, driven by rivalries and alliances between Kurdish forces, the Syrian regime, rebel groups, Turkey, the United States and Russian Federation.

"We can cooperate with any side that lends us a helping hand in light of the barbaric crimes and the global silence", Jia Kurd said Sunday, according to Reuters.

If the deal has really been struck, Turkish troops could find themselves confronting not only Kurdish fighters in Afrin, but the Syrian army too, says BBC World Service Middle East editor Alan Johnston.

However, he added that the alleged agreement - which he said did not include any political arrangements - could fall through.

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"When it comes to the political and administrative matters in the region, it will be agreed upon with Damascus in the later stages through direct negotiations and discussions", he said.

"We don't know to what extent these understandings will last because there are sides that are not satisfied and want to make [it] fail", he said.

The Syrian government has allowed some YPG militants to reach Afrin through its territory, representatives of both sides have told Reuters in recent weeks. Their sphere of influence expanded as they seized territory from Islamic State with USA help, though Washington opposes their political ambitions as does the Syrian government.

Meanwhile, YPG commander Sipan Hemo argued that the Syrian army should take most of the responsibility for the defense of Afrin against what he described as a Turkish invasion, calling on Damascus to "immediately send in reinforcements to the border region with Turkey".

Turkish military perpetrated a suspected gas attack that injured six people in Syria's Afrin region, claimed Syrian Kurdish forces and monitoring group.

Russia, the main supporter of the al-Assad regime, cooperates with Turkey in diplomatic efforts to find a solution to the ongoing war in Syria.

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