The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) today announced in a brief note that they are “absolutely committed to the cease-fire.”
The alliance, formed by groups Assyrians (SFM HSNB), Arabs (Al Sanadid, the Jaysh Thuwar …) and Kurdish (YPG, YPJ) have pledged to stop the fighting on Saturday, February 27, according to the agreement between the United States and Russia.
The ceasefire is not applicable to the successful campaign by the SDF (mainly Kurds) against ISIS in NE Syria with US air support . Also fighting with Al Nusra (Al Quaeda affiliated) would be allowed to continue, with Russian air support.
But Turkey would still be hostile, Al Nusra are Turkey’s main protegee north of Aleppo and are battling SDF forces from the Afrin Kurdish enclave, with Turkish artillery support. This means Turkey would have an ‘excuse’ to continue shelling Kurdish areas.
On the whole, however, the proposed ceasefire would be good for the SDF front, they could still resist their main enemies, ISIS and Al Nusra, the other militias and the Syrian Army would become potential allies, and their unique progressive experiment in anti-state municipal anarchism could continue.
The SDF have also announced victory in the mainly Kurdish suburb of Bani Zayd in Aleppo city, where they were heavily attacked by Al Nusra for 6 days. If they can hold it the success further tightens the noose on the Al Nusra dominated part of Aleppo city. See report translated in English below.
YPG victory in Bani Zayd suburb of Aleppo
The Yekîneyên Parastinê Gel (People’s Defense Units, YPG) have advanced this evening in the city of Aleppo, their local youth conquering the housing complex Bani Zayd where they expelled Jabhat Al-Nusrat (Al-Qaeda in Syria) and its allies Nouriddeen Harakat Al-Zink, Jabhat Al-Shamiyah and factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
The militia has acted in coordination with the Revolutionary Army, or Jaysh Al-Thuwwar in the framework of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The battle for the complex, a strategic position in the Syrian city has continued for six days.
The YPG began to advance on 16 February but Islamist opposition forces recovered part of the district where they managed to advance into the Ashrafiyah district using tanks and heavy artillery.
In the district of Sheikh Maqsoud the YPG have destroyed a tank of the opposition and killed eleven members of groups that receive support from Turkey.
original of support announcement in Catalan
SDF s’afegeix a l’alto el foc de dissabte
original of Bani Zaid news report in catalan.
Victòria de les YPG al complex d’habitatges de Bani Zayd (ciutat d’Alep, Síria)
a dimecres, de febrer 24, 2016
Les Yekîneyên Parastinê Gel (Unitats de Defensa Popular, YPG) han avançat aquesta nit a la ciutat d’Alep conquerint el complex d’habitatges per a joves de Bani Zayd on han expulsat a Jabhat Al-Nusra (Al-Qaeda a Síria), i els seus aliats d’Harakat Nouriddeen Al-Zinki, Jabhat Al-Shamiyah i faccions del Free Syrian Army (FSA).La milícia ha actuat coordinada amb l’Exèrcit dels Revolucionaris o Jaysh Al-Thuwwar en el marc de les Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). La batalla pel complex, una posició estratègica dins de la ciutat siriana s’ha allargat sis dies. Les YPG van començar a avançar el 16 de febrer i les forces islamistes de l’oposició van recuperar part del districte d’Ashrafiyah on van aconseguir avançar utilitzant tancs i artilleria pesada. Al districte de Sheikh Maqsoud les YPG han destruït un tanc de l’oposició i han matat onze membres de grups que reben el suport de Turquia.