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Kurdish Fighters Clash with Syrian Forces Killing 18

Syrian military forces

AMMAN, NNC - Armed clashes broke out between US-backed Kurdish fighters and Syrian forces in the center of Qamishli, northeast Syria on Saturday, Sept 8. At least 18 people were reportedly killed in the incident.

Kurdish forces said the fighting came after Syrian military convoys entered the area in the city, which according to the internal security forces of the Kurdish YPG militia was under its control.

"They entered our territory and detained citizens. Patrol members targeted our troops," said the internal security force, known as Asayish, in a statement.

Kurdish forces said seven members and 11 Syrian soldiers were killed in the clash.

Supporting government sources told state-owned media that an army patrol team had been attacked by Kurdish troops on their way to the airport. The media said that several soldiers were killed.

Kurdish YPG fighters, who spearheaded the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), controlled most of the city while pro-government forces controlled the airport and central parts.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad reportedly pretended to not pay attention to YPG's control of Kurdish-populated cities since the 2011 uprising.

SDF has spread its wings, especially outside the Kurdish regions in the north, where the forces are struggling to form an autonomous region since the Syrian conflict broke out.

Their territory has extended to northern and eastern Syria, which is rich in agricultural land, oil and water.

Senior YPG members recently held talks with Syrian officials attemptng to seek political agreement, which will maintain their autonomy in Syria.