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Syrian-Kurdish SDF successfully absorbing non-Kurdish groups, says US

By Rudaw 9/3/2016
Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). AFP File Photo.
Fighters from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). AFP File Photo.
The United States acknowledged that the Kurdish-majority Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) it has been supporting against Islamic State (ISIS) are becoming much more diverse and are successfully absorbing various groups and volunteers from non-Kurdish backgrounds. 

"Operations around Shadadi have been a good example of how the SDF continues to operate effectively while absorbing these new, diverse volunteers into the organization," said White House spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday according to Anadolu news. 

While many of the fighters who make up the ranks of the SDF are from the Syrian Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) other fighters from Arab, Assyrian and Turkmen backgrounds have also joined the ranks of the SDF, united by their common opposition to ISIS. 

Non-Kurds, in Earnest's estimation, make-up around 40% of the SDF. Many of these fighters are "smaller forces coming to volunteer and joining the Syrian Democratic Forces." 

Having a group which isn't exclusively Kurdish is important when it comes to routing ISIS from Arab-majority areas, such as the province of Raqqa. 

The SDF achieved another victory against ISIS late last month when it liberated the town of Shadadi (previously home to an ISIS market for abducted Yazidi sex-slaves) and in doing so consolidated its control over all of Syria's northeastern province of Hasakah. 

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Muraz Adzhoev | 9/3/2016
What a political entity (party or organization) is SDF considered as an armed wing of? What will happen with so called SDF after ISIS and an-Nusra are defeated? Syria is deadly failed. Western Kurdistan will be reintegrated with Southern Kurdistan in accordance with the will of the self-determined people of independent Kurdish regions. Do the US authorities have answers and some appropriate plan "B" for Syria and Iraq independent from Kurdistan or for Kurdistan independent from Syria and Iraq?
mohib khan | 9/3/2016
So all the people in Syria are hitting ISIS that is great love the news
Brzoo Kurdi
Brzoo Kurdi | 9/3/2016
Beautiful prose for Erdogan to hear ,hahahahaha.
Bohuslav Vorel
Bohuslav Vorel | 9/3/2016
Only this way would be successful in building democratic and secular Syria. For the future of Syria there is necessary SDF will join all factions and groups desiring democratic country and do not trust Assad. Final negotiation will have to be with the Alavites, with or without Assad.
Biji Kurdistan | 9/3/2016
Many people mock the canton system, but in Rojava they're proving it actually works. The reason non-Kurds are joining the SDF instead of the Jihadist opposition groups or the Authoritarian Assad regime, is because the SDF promotes religious and cultural freedom, by allowing Syria's multiple ethnic and religious groups the ability to represent themselves politically under an inclusive gender balanced constitution created under a confederalist ideology, that was brought to Rojava from the recent teachings of Abdullah Ocalan. read this page for more information on Rojava: http://www.tangledwilderness.org/a-mountain-river-has-many-bends/

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