Syrian regime, allied militias join battle for al-Bab to impede Turkish progress

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Aleppo – Backed by Iraqi and Iranian militias, Syrian army forces on Sunday struck the al-Bab city in the northern countryside of Aleppo, targeting major Islamic State (ISIS) headquarters.

This comes amid continued military operations by Turkey and allied rebel groups against the ISIS-held al-Bab city.

“As the Turkish military and Turkey-backed rebels continued their campaign on al-Bab from the northwest, the Syrian regime and allied militias launched an offensive on the southeastern part of the city,” local media activist Muhammad al-Jassim told ARA News.

Al-Jassim, who accompanies the Turkey-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield Brigades in al-Bab, said that the pro-regime troops hit ISIS strongholds in the districts of Tadef and Abu Jaabar in southern al-Bab.

“The regime used the Kweris Airport as a base for its offensive on Sunday. The Syrian Army, supported by Iranian and Iraqi Shia militiamen, were engaged in clashes with ISIS fighters in the southeastern suburb of al-Bab for the first time today,” the source said.

The clashes reportedly continued until Sunday midnight, and it remained unknown whether ISIS lost any positions in southern al-Bab.

On August 24, the Turkish Army and allied rebels in Syria launched the so-called Euphrates Shield Operation. As part of the operation, Turkey’s military and allied Syrian rebels took over the city of Jarablus in August. Currently, Turkish forces and allied rebels are locked in fierce clashes with Islamic State’s militants in al-Bab.

In early January, Russia, a key ally to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, conducted several airstrikes near the city of al-Bab, targeting Islamic State’s tactical units and fighting positions. The Russian air raids destroyed at least five ISIS strongholds in the western and northern suburbs of al-Bab city, killing and wounding dozens of ISIS militants.

The Syrian regime has joined the battle for al-Bab after taking the city of Aleppo from the rebel groups. The regime was alarmed by the Turkish advance towards al-Bab, considering it a direct threat to the recently retaken Aleppo.

Reporting by: Sulaiman Muhammed and Helin Saeed | Source: ARA News

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Displaced civilians return to Hasakah after truce was reached between Kurds, Syrian regime

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HASAKAH – Hundreds of displaced people began to return home in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province on Wednesday, after conflicting sides reached a ceasefire agreement.

The city of Hasakah saw fierce clashes between Kurdish forces and pro-regime troops that lasted for nearly a week. Heavy artillery and air strikes were also used by regime troops on residential areas.

As a result hundreds of civilians fled the violence and clashes to more stable areas in the surrounding cities of Amude, Qamislo [Qamishli] and Dirbesiye that are controlled by Kurds.

However, on Tuesday dozens of stranded civilians who were staying in shelter houses began to return home, as ceasefire has been reached between Kurds and Syrian regime after Russian mediation.

All the civilians we interviewed expressed their happiness for returning home, but so far still afraid of new clashes in the future, as several agreements were signed between Kurdish forces and Syrian regime troops, which were followed by renewed clashes.

Speaking to ARA News, Jawaher (28) who was preparing to return home in Hasakah said that she did not flee until air strikes hit near her house, and she was worried about her children.

“We want to return home, but always there is fear from regime forces. We do not want to see one regime member in the city again,” she said.

“My husband was an Asayish member [Kurdish security police member] and was killed in the last clashes with regime militia,” she added.

Gada Ibrahim (34) who was displaced from the Salihiye neighbourhood in Hasakah, said she is still afraid to return, although officials told them the fight is over.

“We want to go back home and we trust the comrades [YPG and Asayish forces], but the regime cannot be trusted” she added.

Meanwhile, Jijek Suleyman, a member of the Rojava relief organization run by the local self-administration, said the administration took measures for the returnees.

“The Kurdish administration with collaboration of several humanitarian organizations such as ARC, NRD, and Rojava organization have provided aid for the displaced civilians and sheltered them dfurting the Hasakah clashes,” she told ARA News.

The Kurdish security forces of the Asayish also called on the displaced civilians to return to their homes in Hasakah last Tuesday, including civilians from the neighbourhoods of Guweran and Nashawa, which saw the heaviest clashes, and are now under control of the Kurdish-led forces.

People of Hasakah, who have been repeatedly displaced due to the violence that hit their city, had taken shelter in other nearby towns. Some of them were able to stay with relatives while others were obliged to take a shelter in schools and public parks. Those who were able to return expressed their wish to live in peace in their hometown.

Idris Dawood, Director of the Young Civilians Org in Hasakah, told ARA News: “We have organised the return of the displaced people of Hasakah. 29 buses came from Qamishli city and 11 others from Amude, all were full of displaced families. All efforts were voluntary, and we’re glad to be able to help those people return home.” 

Reporting by: Jan Mohammed and Qehreman Miste

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Displaced civilians return to Hasakah after truce was reached between Kurds, Syrian regime

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HASAKAH – Hundreds of displaced people began to return home in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province on Wednesday, after conflicting sides reached a ceasefire agreement.

The city of Hasakah saw fierce clashes between Kurdish forces and pro-regime troops that lasted for nearly a week. Heavy artillery and air strikes were also used by regime troops on residential areas.

As a result hundreds of civilians fled the violence and clashes to more stable areas in the surrounding cities of Amude, Qamislo [Qamishli] and Dirbesiye that are controlled by Kurds.

However, on Tuesday dozens of stranded civilians who were staying in shelter houses began to return home, as ceasefire has been reached between Kurds and Syrian regime after Russian mediation.

All the civilians we interviewed expressed their happiness for returning home, but so far still afraid of new clashes in the future, as several agreements were signed between Kurdish forces and Syrian regime troops, which were followed by renewed clashes.

Speaking to ARA News, Jawaher (28) who was preparing to return home in Hasakah said that she did not flee until air strikes hit near her house, and she was worried about her children.

“We want to return home, but always there is fear from regime forces. We do not want to see one regime member in the city again,” she said.

“My husband was an Asayish member [Kurdish security police member] and was killed in the last clashes with regime militia,” she added.

Gada Ibrahim (34) who was displaced from the Salihiye neighbourhood in Hasakah, said she is still afraid to return, although officials told them the fight is over.

“We want to go back home and we trust the comrades [YPG and Asayish forces], but the regime cannot be trusted” she added.

Meanwhile, Jijek Suleyman, a member of the Rojava relief organization run by the local self-administration, said the administration took measures for the returnees.

“The Kurdish administration with collaboration of several humanitarian organizations such as ARC, NRD, and Rojava organization have provided aid for the displaced civilians and sheltered them dfurting the Hasakah clashes,” she told ARA News.

The Kurdish security forces of the Asayish also called on the displaced civilians to return to their homes in Hasakah last Tuesday, including civilians from the neighbourhoods of Guweran and Nashawa, which saw the heaviest clashes, and are now under control of the Kurdish-led forces.

People of Hasakah, who have been repeatedly displaced due to the violence that hit their city, had taken shelter in other nearby towns. Some of them were able to stay with relatives while others were obliged to take a shelter in schools and public parks. Those who were able to return expressed their wish to live in peace in their hometown.

Idris Dawood, Director of the Young Civilians Org in Hasakah, told ARA News: “We have organised the return of the displaced people of Hasakah. 29 buses came from Qamishli city and 11 others from Amude, all were full of displaced families. All efforts were voluntary, and we’re glad to be able to help those people return home.” 

Reporting by: Jan Mohammed and Qehreman Miste

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