On 3 July, the NES/SDF authorities removed several YPG flags and portraits of Abdullah Ocalan from towns and towns under their control in northern Syria. Media close to the government reported that this was the result of a preliminary agreement between the NES/SDF and the Syrian government, in which it promised to include the Kurdish language in the Syrian national programme, to consider military service in the YPG as analogous to the service of the Syrian army (for the purposes of veteran status and military pensions), as well as the creation of a permanent post for a Kurdish official within the Syrian Ministry. Several Kurdish officials denied in Kurdistan 24 that such negotiations had taken place and declared that the removal of flags and portraits was part of an „administrative decision to organize and regulate advertising on the side of the road“ and had nothing to do with politics.  The agreement follows a U.S.-brokered ceasefire that expired Tuesday, underscoring the dramatic changes in Syria since U.S. President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops two weeks ago, ahead of Turkey`s cross-border offensive against the Kurds. The finer details of the agreement have yet to be worked out, but a certain degree of Kurdish autonomy is expected to be maintained within the post-conflict political agreement. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that the basic demands of the Kurds for broad autonomy within a decentralized federal state in Syria and the preservation of the SDF as an independent military force are unlikely to be met. But the Kurds will feel a sense of success if their agreement with Syria prevents a wider Turkish invasion and the expulsion of the Kurdish population. On 4 April, pro-government NDF forces fired on an Asaian police vehicle, killing an officer in Asayish.  On 21 April, further clashes broke out in the Al-Qamishli district between the pro-government national defence power and the paramilitary forces of Asayish, near Rojava, which led to a Russian intervention to end hostilities. The Syrian Communist Party welcomed the agreement  I think for the United States, it was very a marriage of complacents. I mean, after meeting Mazlum, I went to interview American soldiers who knew him and worked with them.
And most of those who were there said, oh, yes, we know exactly who those boys were. And so I think the U.S. government knew about it at the time of the K.K.P., but it`s not a band that has much resonance in the United States. They never attacked American interests. They have never been active or significantly active in the United States. That is why I think that for American politicians who were also in a state of emergency and were trying to understand what we were doing against the Islamic State, that was the best way to do that. And that`s it. I mean, it worked. But there has never been an agreement on what happens after the disappearance of the Islamic State, what is happening in this region, which is in control. It was a question that hung over American politics: Is it ok, what`s next? ARRAF: In fact, we could see them on the side of the road, on the outskirts of this town called Amuda, which is a few kilometers from the Turkish border, but outside of what is widely regarded as the agreement for Turkish-Russian patrols.