Bashar al-Assad’s soldiers have entered Afrin in support of the Kurdish resistance against the Turkish “Operation Olive Branch.” Rumors of an agreement between the Kurdish YPG/YPJ defense units and the government in Damascus were already circulating on Sunday, with Reuters quoting a Rojava official, Badran Jia Kurd. Monday morning, Mahmoud Nouri, spokesman for the YPG, said the soldiers’ arrival to the district was imminent.
After an initial silence, there came the confirmation from the Syrian state-run TV station, SANA: the deployment of pro-government forces to the border would not require a few days, as Mahmoud Nouri had suggested, but just “a few hours.”
“The popular forces will arrive in Afrin in the coming hours to support the resistance of their people in facing down the aggression that the forces of the Turkish regime have launched in the region,” the TV announcement said. “[The agreement] comes in the context of giving support to the residents and defending the territorial unity and sovereignty of Syria.”