Assad Forces Clash With Kurds in Northeast Syria

DEDC5673-A728-41D9-B773-5B475F95C8BE_w640_s{VOA NEWS/QAMISHLI, SYRIA} WASHINGTON—Syrian government officials arrived Friday in Qamishli to try to negotiate a speedy cease-fire between Kurdish fighters and mainly Arab pro-Assad militiamen after the heaviest fighting in more than two years broke out Thursday.

Syrian Kurdish forces and government troops have lived in uneasy détente in the northeastern city of Qamishli, which Syrian Kurds consider their capital. Kurds have enjoyed considerable self-rule, with the Syrian government immersed in a civil war raging elsewhere in the nation.

At various times, though, the regime and the Kurds have assisted each other on the battlefield — mainly against the Islamic State terror group. But this February, the Kurds took advantage of a Russian-backed Assad regime offensive and grabbed villages north of Aleppo from U.S.-favored rebels. READ MORE

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.