Russia to set up military base in YPG-controlled Afrin canton, northern Syria

Redur Xelil, YPG spokesperson.

Russia will set up a military base in the Afrin Canton of the de-facto autonomous administration in northern Syria (Rojava) after having brokered a deal with the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Agreed on Sunday, the deal will mean the presence of Russian troops in the north-western canton as well as the training of Kurdish fighters against terrorism, YPG spokesperson Redur Xelil, told Reuters.

Xelil added that troops and armoured vehicles had already arrived in Afrin’s Cindirese area.

“Following the success of our forces against terror(ist) groups, many forces want to help us and make deals with us,” a YPG statement on the development, said.

Afrin is bordered on the north and east by Turkish and Turkey-backed Islamist Free Syrian Army (FSA) factions and an assortment of jihadist groups to the southeast.

The de-facto autonomous administration in northern Syria (Rojava) including Afrin Canton (located northwest of Aleppo) in yellow. Turkey-led Euphrates Shield in dark green, Islamic fundamentalist opposition groups in light green, Syrian Arab Army and allies (including Russia) in red, and Islamic State in black.