Senior officials of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Damascus government are holding talks on the future of northeastern Syria amid the U.S. decision to withdraw its forces from the war torn country, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on December 20.
According to the UK-based monitoring group, the SDF officials are discussing the possibility of handing over the strategic oil and gas fields on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River to the Damascus government.
In exchange for this step, the Damascus government and its allies could deploy forces in the SDF-held part of the Syrian-Turkish border in order to prevent Turkey from launching any attack into northeastern Syria.
The surprise decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria has left the SDF defenseless in face of a possible Turkish advance Turkey, whose defense minister threatened to bury Kurdish fighters in their tranches.
The SDF warned in an earlier statement that the U.S. decision will have “dangerous consciences” on international security and will “disappointing the hopes of the peoples of the region for security and stability.” From its side, Damascus has not commented on the matter so far.
Local observers had predicted that the U.S. step will push the SDF into an agreement with Damascus and Moscow in order to fend off any attack by Turkey and secure northeastern Syria.