Syria Situation Report: August 25 – September 1, 2016

Chris Kozak | ISW

U.S. CENTCOM Spokesperson Col. John Thomas stated that Turkey and the Syrian Kurdish YPG reached a “loose agreement” to end clashes near Jarabulus in Northern Aleppo Province on August 30. Turkey rejected the existence of any ceasefire and called upon the U.S. to ensure the withdrawal of the YPG from Manbij in Eastern Aleppo Province. Meanwhile, opposition groups advanced within six miles of Hama City after launching a major offensive against pro-regime forces in Northern Hama Province.

August 26: Jaysh al-Islam Calls for Consolidation in Eastern Ghouta: Salafi-Jihadist group Jaysh al-Islam issued a statement expressing conditional support for the formation of a Unified Military Operations Room in the Eastern Ghouta Suburbs of Damascus as proposed by rival Islamist group Faylaq a-Rahman. The statement called for Faylaq a-Rahman to transfer heavy weapons to fronts held
by Jaysh al-Islam and intensify its own operations against the regime in order to relieve pressure on the besieged opposition-held pocket following a series of gains by pro-regime forces in recent weeks.

August 25 – 27: Opposition Forces Evacuate Darayya in Western Ghouta:  Opposition forces evacuated the opposition-held town of Darayya following the conclusion of a surrender deal on August 25. The deal granted safe passage to
Idlib Province for roughly 700 opposition fighters and their families, while up to 4,000 civilians were resettled in shelters near Damascus.

Darayya had been besieged by pro-regime forces since 2012. The regime sent a delegation to the neighboring opposition-held town of Moadamiyeh on August
31 and presented a three-day ultimatum for a deal to evacuate opposition fighters from the town. READ MORE AND DOWNLOAD PDF

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