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Syria, clashes between pro-Turkey militias explode in Kurdistan

Clashes between pro-Turkey militias explode in Kurdistan. Battle between the jihadists of the Al-Hamza Division in Hasaka for the control of resources and checkpoints

The clashes between the pro-Turkish militias in Syria are intensifying and are now also exploding in Kurdistan. In recent days there has been an increase in tension in Ras Al-Ain (Hasaka) due to fighting between two groups of the Al-Hamza Division and culminating in five injured. It seems the battle arose out of a dispute over who should manage certain resources, buildings and checkpoints, which they both claimed as their own. This is just the latest in a growing series of similar episodes. Recently, members of “Al-Jabha Al-Shamiyyah” fought for a few hours in Tel Abyad (Raqqa). Previously it was the turn of the fighters of the Sultan Murad Division in Al-Ra’i (Aleppo), while previously there had been friction within Jaysh al-Sharqiy in Jinderis and attacks against Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) in Idlib.

Internal fighting is just the latest episode in a growing trend. Syrian groups allied to Ankara, apart from HTS, are increasingly “poor” and nervousness is skyrocketing

The common denominator of the clashes is the skyrocketing nervousness among the pro-Turkish militias in Syria. These are cut off from the increasingly scarce aid sent by Ankara, managed exclusively by HTS which decides how to distribute them. The Qaedist group, however, has recently weakened. Both against the TAF, not having been able to guarantee security on the M4 and avoiding attacks on Turkish bases in the area, and against those of the population, now tired of the constant harassment and limits imposed by the Syrian militia in Idlib. The other local formations, often subjected to HTS with violence, therefore began to react: on the one hand, trying to raise their heads to take advantage of the weakness of the competitor. On the other hand, fighting each other to try to find resources and not lose the few they have at their disposal.

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