Kurdish forces are negotiating with the Damascus government in order to protect northeastern Syria from any attack that Turkey may launch after the nearing withdrawal of U.S. forces, Ilham Ahmed, a co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), told Bloomberg on January 26.
“It isn’t comfortable for us but what is the other option?” said Ilham, who is currently visiting Washington. “If we were cornered into choosing between a Turkish militia attacking our areas,” and reaching an accord with President Bashar al-Assad, she said in an interview in Washington, “we would go with the regime.”
Ilham also confirmed that the SDC has provided President Bashar al-Assad and Russia with an 11-point road map reintegrating the region under the Damascus government. According to her, Syria should be “decentralized” but united.
Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw all American troops from Syria, Turkey began its preparations to launch a military operation in the SDC-controlled areas in the northeastern part of country.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his country will establish a safe-zone in northeastern Syria where Arab and Kurds will live together. Furthermore, he claimed that the zone would allow millions of Syrian refugees return to their homeland.
However, Ilham argues that such a Turkish-controlled zone wouldn’t be safe at all for the Kurds, but a “swamp of terrorism.” The Kurdish official also emphasized that Syrian Kurds are willing to fight to defend themselves from any Turkish attack.
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