An Arabic newspaper earlier reported that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has offered to hand over the territories under its control to Damascus in exchange for Kurdish autonomy. A deal between Damascus and Syrian Kurds over Kurdish autonomy in the country’s north is “inevitable”, Redur Khalil, a commander in the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance, told AFP on Saturday: “Reaching a solution between the autonomous administration and the Syrian government is inevitable because our areas are part of Syria. Negotiations are ongoing with the government to reach a final formulation for administering the city of Manbij.” The commander added that if that results in a solution that “protects the rights” of Manbij residents, a similar deal could be reached in SDF-held areas of Deir ez-Zor province. “We still have some differences with the central government, which need negotiations with international support”, he elaborated, adding that Russia could act as a guarantor state.

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