According to Kurdish officials, Syrian Kurds will be ready to take part in the fight for the city of Raqqa if the US-led coalition recognizes a federal project of Syrian Kurds in Rojava, as well as directly supplies weapons to the People’s Protection Units (YPG).
If the US-led coalition recognizes a federal project of Syrian Kurds in Rojava and directly arms the People’s Protection Units (YPG), they would take part in the impending battle for Raqqa City, the Ara news agency reported, citing Kurdish officials.
A fresh offensive in order to liberate the city of Raqqa, the capital of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria, is planned by the US-led coalition. A recession in relations between the US and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), consisting mostly of Kurds, hampers this plan. Washington’s support for Turkey’s intervention is the main reason of the recession.
On Wednesday, a senior Kurdish official and member of the Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM), Hanifa Hussein, said that Kurds are ready to take part in the proposed anti-IS operation.
“But first we need to make sure that our federal project would be accepted by Washington and coalition members, the YPG forces would receive arms directly, and the Kurds would be officially invited to the Geneva peace talks,” Hussein said.
Now, the US administration is thinking about arming of the Kurdish-led SDF, despite Turkey’s ardent opposition, in order to garner Kurdish support. Turkey is currently trying to prevent support for Kurds from abroad. On Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he has reservations about the US plans.
According to Hussein, the US-led coalition “has supported Arab tribes in Deir ez-Zor with millions-of-dollars-worth arms, and in the end, it all ended up in the hands of the IS.” Apparently, he referenced to the Pentagon-backed New Syrian Army (NSA), which lost the battle for al-Bukamal in late June this year.
“The YPG is the only force that has liberated major Syrian areas from ISIS, and sacrificed over 4000 of its fighters in this fight,” he added.