Kurdish fighters controlling the region would surrender the border towns of Manbij and Kobane to Damascus in a deal brokered by Russia, several officials said on Sunday night.
Syrian state media said units from Bashar al-Assad’s army were moving north to “confront Turkish aggression on Syrian territory”. Unconfirmed reports said the deal between the Kurds and the regime would be extended to apply to the entirety of north-east Syria.
“Before everything, it seems that the fate of the Kurdish people [is to be abandoned]. We did everything that we could, we called upon the international community … but it did not result in a solution.
The deal is likely to be a bitter end to five years of semi-autonomy for Kurdish groups in north-east Syria, and has been forced by Turkey’s attack on the area. The Turkish offensive started on Wednesday after Donald Trump’s announcement that US forces would withdraw from the region.
Source: The Guardian.