On Sunday, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) announced in an official statement that was read by its spokesman Nori Mahmoud that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have fully liberated the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside from ISIS.
The YPG also thanked the US-led coalition and the Russian Army for supporting its military operation against ISIS in Deir Ezzor governorate.
“After heroic resistance by the People Protection Units in cooperation with the Arabic clans of the region, and having eliminated the terror of Daesh [ISIS], the countryside of Deir ez-Zor east of the Euphrates has fully been liberated supported by the Russian forces in Syria and the US-led global coalition,” The YPG official statement said.
In the same time, Sîpan Hemo the leader of the YPG met with high ranking officers of the Russian Armed Forces, including the commander of the Russian Hmeimim airbase. During the meeting, Hemo called the US and Russian to be the guarantors of any future “peaceful democratic” political solution in Syria.
“We also call the world powers, especially the United States and the Russian Federation to be guarantors of the peaceful and democratic solutions in the Syrian future and the protection of the liberated areas till our people recover and reach the self-defense level,” Hemo said during the meeting.
The YPG leader also announced that the YPG is ready to establish a joint operation room with its partners (a hint to Russia and US) in order to eliminate ISIS threat completely.
“We declare our readiness to form joint operation rooms with our partners in the war against IS to increase the momentum of this coordination and eliminate this terror completely,” Hemo said.
Kurdish news outlets didn’t report any statement by the Russian officers. However, many sources described the meeting as “positives”.
The recent months have witnessed an increase of tension between the SDF and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). The tension reached a dangerous level when the SDF captured the strategic Omar oil fields in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. Many hostile statements were made by the both sides.
While the Russian-YPG meeting will ease the tension between the YPG and the SAA for sure, it is highly unlikely that it will solve the problems between the sides. It’s not likely that the YPG is not ready to give up on any of its recent gains. Another reason is that the Damascus government view the YPG relationship with the US as a threat to Syria.