The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) hopes that the US military will stary in Syria for decades, spokesman for the SDF, Talal Silo, told Reuters.
Silo said that the SDF believes the US has a “strategic interest” in staying in the country.
“They have a strategy policy for decades to come. There will be military, economic and political agreements in the long term between the leadership of the northern areas (of Syria) … and the U.S. administration,” Reuters quoted Silo as saying.
Spokesman for the US-led coalition Col. Ryan Dillon added that there was “still a lot of fighting to do, even after ISIS has been defeated in Raqqa”.
“Our mission … is to defeat ISIS in designated areas of Iraq and Syria and to set conditions for follow-on operations to increase regional stability,” Dillon said according to Reuters.
Reuters also quoted Eric Pahon, a Pentagon spokesman, that said
“The Department of Defense does not discuss timelines for future operations. However we remain committed to the destruction of ISIS and preventing its return.”
In other words, it becomes clear that the SDF hopes to use the US support to esbatblish at least a semi-independent state in northern Syria and the US fuels this hope.