YPG clashes with regime in Hasakah renew Kurdish tensions with Assad on social media

Published August 19th, 2016 - 04:57 GMT
A YPG parade in Syria (AFP/File)
A YPG parade in Syria (AFP/File)

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) is currently embroiled in a fierce battle with forces loyal to the regime of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Hasakah. And this latest intense fighting has renewed anti-Assad feelings among supporters of the YPG on social media.

Many supporters of the YPG took to Twitter to slam the regime today.

On Facebook too, the YPG’s official press page released a statement criticizing the regime.

The YPG has clashed with regime forces in the past on several occasions. However, they’ve also cooperated with them at times, including recently. In February, the YPG attacked several rebel positions on Castello Road, which helped the regime besiege the city later on. But the fighting in Hasakah and its responses indicate may erase any good faith between the two.

Hasakah is a city in Syria’s northeast. The YPG and their parent Democratic Union Party (PYD) administer much of this region autonomously. The current fighting began on August 16 when regime forces apparently attacked the YPG. Fighting between the two has broken out in Hasakah sporadically since the start of the civil war. The clashes are emblematic of the YPG’s troubled but sometimes symbiotic relationship with many of the actors in Syria’s civil war.

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