While the defeat of ISIS in the Euphrates Valley is yet to be declared, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have already started preparations to bargain with other powers involved in the conflict in the event of US forces withdrawal.
On February 17, the SDF released a statement declaring their public attitude in the current situation. According to this statement:
- After the defeat of ISIS in the Euphrates Valley, the SDF will work on to eliminate cells within its areas in northeastern Syria;
- The Kurdish group described Turkey as occupier, but declared readiness to solve the issues with Ankara via negotiations;
- The SDF said that it’s ready to establishment of a safe area in northeastern Syria under “international supervision”;
- The SDF said that it’s ready for negotiations with Damascus, but the Syrian government should take into account the SDF’s specificity and recognize the “self-declared and effective autonomy in the northeast”;
- The SDF emphasized the role of the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), the female branch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), within the group and vowed to work to “liberate” Afrin;
- The Kurdish also said that it will restruct, train and redeploy its forces to achieve the newly declared goals.
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