Russia and Damascus asked the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to support military operations in Greater Idlib, but the Kurdish group refused, Ferhat Abdi Sahin, Commander-in-Chief of the SDF, claimed in a new interview.
“Russia and the regime asked us for help but we refused, we have conditions … the SDF has no job or work in Idlib, its problem is the city of Afrin and it is doing its best there,” Sahin told Yeni Ozgur Politika during the interview that was released on July 20.
The Kurdish commander, who is known by his nom de guerre Mazlum Kobane, also said that the recent Russian and Syrian operations in Greater Idlib had failed, citing the absence of Iranian-backed forces as a reason.
“Without the participation of Iranian forces they will not succeed,” Sahin claimed.
There was no immediate comment from Moscow or Damascus on Sahin’s statements, which are highly questionably considering the deteriorating relations between the SDF and the government.
Last year, the SDF resumed its talks with Damascus following the U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northeastern Syria. However, the Kurdish group changed its positive stand following Trump’s U-turn on the decision.
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