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Thread/ These are the main points in the agreement between the #SDF and the Syrian government. #Syria
1/ The abolishment of the #SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces), with all the current Kurdish forces and military groups joining the 5th Corps (Assault Legion) under Russian control
2/ A solid guarantee of full Kurdish rights in the new Syrian constitution with autonomy which will be agreed upon by Kurdish leadership & Syrian state.
3/ Joint coordinated effort by Syrian/Kurdish forces to remove Turkish presence in northern #Syria including #Afrin (Idleb doesn't count)
4/ #Manbej & #Kobani were agreed upon for #SAA to enter quickly, whilst #Hasakeh has seen a wide scale deployment of Syrian troops, this will continue in #Qamishly and other joint areas
5/ With Syrian forces now on the border area with #Turkey it's clear that this starts a new phase in the 8-year-long war where some sort of endgame is now taking shape - all border areas and administrational centres will be taken over by the Syrian government
6/ Within one month Kurdish leadership with start to take up some official roles within the current Syrian government to ease the transition period of N. #Syria until an new constitution/government is formed in the future
7/ #Tabqa in #Raqqa was also on the agreement, Syrian forces entered the city and took control of the military airbase earlier today
8/ #Russia had brokered a similar deal a few days ago, yet it was rejected by #Damascus who wanted more concessions from the #SDF.
9/ As per-agreement Syrian forces entered Ein Issa in N. #Raqqa today
10/ The agreement between #SDF and Syrian gov is yet to be fully completed, the finer details will be fleshed out over the next four days.
11/ For now all #ISIS prisoners remain under the control of the #Kurds
12/ The agreement thus far is effectively a military one, based on self-defense and mutual interest with a number of set aims. The governance/land delegation/isis prisoners part will follow later
13/ Syrian forces will deployed on the entirety of the border with #Turkey, this is the first time in 6 years that the Syrian army will have a serious presence in N. East #Syria
14/ Although #Manbej is one of the cities that the Syrian army would take according to the agreement, the situation there is still tense and it is unclear exactly who will control it. #complications
15/ Breaking: reports of imminent Turkish attack on #Manbej
16/ The Syrian army has taken control over the Euphrates Dam in #Raqqa
17/ Brigade 93 headquarters in #Raqqa now under control of Syrian military forces
18/ Syrian military forces inside #tabqa airbase in #Raqqa a short while ago
19/ The Syrian army has entered #Manbej
20/ #Manbej pocket now under Syrian army control with #Russia/#Syria jets patrolling
21/ Syrian army with Kurdish forces now patrolling in #Raqqa city
22/ Russian jets have struck Turkish backed militants around #Manbej this evening
23/ More information has been released regarding the agreement between the Syrian gov and the #SDF. SDF commits to preserving the territorial integrity of #Syria under the Syrian flag & fighting alongside #SAA.
24/ #SDF will allow the Syrian army to take control of the strech of land between Ayn Diwar (east) to #jarablus (west) from 3 parallel axis in #Tabqa #Manbej #Hasakeh, Syrian forces are already deployed in these three areas.
25/ Syrian army will have a significant presence east and north of the #Euphrates, whereas the area between #Talabyad and #RasAlAin is deemed a theatre of military operations.
26/ Syrian military convoy moving through #Raqqa this evening as per-agreement with #SDF
27/ Officially, the Syrian army entered the city of #Manbij, while Russian military police have taken over the former U.S base there.
28/ Ultimately the political situation around #Manbij is complicated, but the map below shows the boundaries of the buffer zone (Yellow Line) as agreed upon by #Russia & #Turkey
29/ This map by @MaximMansour shows us the areas the Syrian army is expected to or already has taken over in Northern #Syria
30/ Incident occured in #Manbej earlier on where the Manbej Military Council & some of the residents fired on Syrian TV filming in the area before Russian military police intervened and calmed the situation down.
31/ #Russia and its forces intervening in small disputes and solving them such as #Manbej today shows how it carved out a super-power status in the country, with no rivals to its hegemony today.
32/ US forces blocked the advance of the Syrian army towards #Kobani today, stopping their columns at the Manbij-Hasakeh Highway.
33/ Quoted in this @CNN piece fact-checking #Trump's claims on the #Kurds and #Syria "The invasion by #Turkey has forced the #SDF to strike a deal with the Syrian government."

34/ Quoted in this piece by @_RichardHall in the @Independent on the #SAA & #SDF agreement.
“While the general lines of the deal entail mutual self-defence and jointly fighting Turkey, long-term it spells the end of complete autonomy for the Kurds"
35/ Erdogan claims turkish soldier killed in shelling by Syrian army around #Manbej
36/ The state of play in N. #Syria via @MaximMansour
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