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Iraqi Hezbollah Is Ready To Protect Syrian Kurds After U.S. Withdrawal

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Iraqi Hezbollah Is Ready To Protect Syrian Kurds After U.S. Withdrawal

A column of Safir jeeps with Kata’ib Hezbollah flags in Iraq

Kata’ib Hezbollah is ready to protect Syrian Kurds in cooperation with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) after the withdrawal of all U.S. forces from the country, a spokesman of the Iraqi group said during an interview with the al-Mayadeen TV on December 22.

The spokesman added that the U.S. withdrawal was expected and revealed that Kata’ib’ Hezbollah has “continuous and intensive communications” with Kurdish commanders in northeastern Syria.

“We have a full conception of what is going on in northern Syria, including U.S. movements,” Jafar al-Husseini said during the interview.

According to al-Husseini, the U.S. is planning to hand over its role in Syria to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Both countries are already funding the US-led coalition operations against ISIS.

“We’ll be coming out of Syria, like, very soon. Let the other people take care of it now.” U.S. President Donald Trump said last March.

The surprise withdrawal decision has left the U.S. main proxy in the country, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), defenseless in front of Turkey, which is threatening to invade northeastern Syria. Facing such a threat, the Kurdish-dominated group is considering to make a deal with Damascus and its allies.

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