It looks like Bashar Al Assad has decided to send aid to Afrin in an effort to stem the Turkish tide into what Assad considers Syrian territory.
The aid is coming in the form of allowing Kurdish fighters safe passage in Syrian-held territory in order to get to Afrin to help come to the aid of the fighters resisting the TurkReich.
|Assad quietly aids Syrian Kurds against Turkey|
Syria’s US-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar Al Assad.
Pro-government forces and Kurdish-led forces have fought each other elsewhere in Syria and Damascus opposes the Kurds’ demands for autonomy.
But in Afrin they have a common enemy and a mutual interest in blocking Turkish advances.
Turkey, which regards the Kurdish YPG militia in Afrin as a threat on its southern border, launched an assault on the region last month.
Seeking to shield Afrin, the Kurds asked Damascus to send forces into action to defend the border.
The government shows no sign of doing so, but it is providing indirect help by allowing Kurdish fighters, civilians and politicians to reach Afrin through territory it holds, representatives of both sides told Reuters.
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