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Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters and members of the Kurdish Security Forces (Asayish) sit as they look at government forces surrendering themselves to Kurdish fighters in the city of Qamishli
Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) fighters and members of the Kurdish Security Forces (Asayish) sit as they look at government forces surrendering themselves to Kurdish fighters in the city of Qamishli, Syria April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Kurdish & Syrian Gov have declared a ceasefire in northeastern Syria

Regional Kurdish security forces and pro-Syrian government forces have declared a ceasefire in northeastern Syria, the Kurdish side said, calming a three-day outbreak of violence which killed more than 26 people.

The Kurdish Asayish forces said in a statement that the accord took effect at 3:30 p.m. (1230 GMT) on Friday and a Reuters witness said the truce was holding on Saturday.

The witness and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group tracking the five-year-old war in Syria, said it did not appear that Asayish forces had withdrawn since the start of the truce from any recently-gained territory.

Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) stand near a military vehilce in the southeast of Qamishli city Kurdish fighters from the People's Protection Units (YPG) stand near a military vehilce in the southeast of Qamishli city, Syria, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) stand near a military vehilce in the southeast of Qamishli city Kurdish fighters from the People’s Protection Units (YPG) stand near a military vehilce in the southeast of Qamishli city, Syria, April 22, 2016. REUTERS/Rodi Said

During the fighting, Asayish forces seized control of a number of government-controlled positions in the city of Qamishli, in Hasaka province, as well as its main prison.

A Syrian Kurdish official has said this was the second biggest outbreak of fighting between President Bashar al-Assad’s government and regional Kurdish forces since Syria’s civil war began in 2011.

Qamishli, near the Turkish border, is mostly controlled by Kurdish security forces, though pro-Assad forces still hold a few areas in the city center, and its airport.

Syrian Kurdish forces now dominate wide areas of northern Syria and set up their own government there. Syria has become a patchwork of areas controlled by the government, an array of rebel groups, Islamic State militants, and Kurdish militia.

Mediators have struggled to get Syria’s combatants to honor a Feb. 27 cessation of hostilities deal to enable peace talks to proceed. On Friday, the U.N. special envoy for Syria vowed to take the talks into next week despite a walkout by the main armed opposition with both sides gearing up to escalate the war.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington in Beirut and Rodi Said in Hasaka, Syria; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

 Source Reuters

US discusses with Turkey to moderate Syrian opposition to push IS

Willy-Nilly Partnership - USA VP Biden trip to Turkey with Hidden Agenda

US officials are discussing with the Turkish military and government how the moderate Syrian opposition can push Islamic State farther east in Syria, Washington’s ambassador to Ankara says. “We have had some progress in recent weeks as these groups pushed … read more

Assad says he can form new Syria government with opposition

Assad says he can form new Syria government with opposition

 MOSCOW/BEIRUT (Reuters) – President Bashar al-Assad said it would not be difficult to agree on a new Syrian government including opposition figures, but his opponents responded on Wednesday that no administration would be legitimate while he remained in office. Assad, … read more

Russian air strikes killed at least 39 civilians in Raqa, Syria IS Area

Russian air strikes killed at least 39 civilians in Raqa, Syria IS Area

A wave of Russian air strikes killed at least 39 civilians on Saturday in Raqa, the main stronghold of the Islamic State jihadist group in Syria, a monitoring group said. At least five children and seven women were among the … read more

Another group of Russian warplanes has taken off from Syria

A Russian military jet takes off from the country's air base in Hmeymin, Syria to head back to Russia, part of a partial withdrawal ordered by President Vladimir Putin, in this still image taken from video March 15, 2016.  REUTERS/Russian Ministry of Defence via REUTERS TV

 MOSCOW (Reuters) – Another group of Russian warplanes has taken off from the Hmeimim airbase in Syria, flying back to their permanent bases in Russia, the Russian Defence Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday. The warplanes included an Il-76 … read more

Three explosions killed 45 people in Syrian capital – Damascus

DAMASCUS, SYRIA -  (Photo by Salah Malkawi/ Getty Images)

Three explosions killed 45 people in #Syrian capital – #Damascus   Three explosions killed 45 people Sunday in a suburb near the Syrian capital of Damascus, state media reported. “Terrorists” detonated a car bomb at a bus terminal, followed shortly … read more

Syria Peace Talks would fail without Syrian-Kurds participation

Syria Peace Talks  would fail without Syrian-Kurds participation

The head of the National Coordination Committee for the Forces of Democratic Change (NCC) Hassan Abdel Azim said that the Kurds should not be excluded from the peace talks, considering their efforts in fighting against the extremist groups operating in … read more

U.S. and Allies Make Bin Laden Admirer Zahran Alloush a Negotiator in Syria “Peace Talks”

Jaysh al-Islam ex-leader Zahran Alloush

On January 25th, which was the date when peace talks on Syria were to start, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry insisted that the organization founded by Osama bin Laden admirer, Zahran Alloush, represent the anti-Assad forces in the upcoming Syrian peace … read more

Syria’s opposition will meet to discuss UN-led efforts to convene delayed peace talks

A boy inspects damage from what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the al-Katerji district in Aleppo September 20, 2015. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

#Syria’s opposition will meet on Tuesday to discuss @UN.-led efforts to convene delayed peace talks, an opposition spokesman said, repeating a call for goodwill steps from the government including a halt to bombardments before any talks happen. The United Nations … read more

Islamic State ruling aims to settle who can have sex with female slaves

ISIS Sex Slaves - betinews .com

Islamic State theologians have issued an extremely detailed ruling on when “owners” of women enslaved by the extremist group can have sex with them, in an apparent bid to curb what they called violations in the treatment of captured females. … read more