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Syria

SDF: We are not PKK

By Rudaw 10/1/2017
Syrian Democratic Forces. Photo: SDF/Facebook
Syrian Democratic Forces. Photo: SDF/Facebook
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of northern Syria have issued a statement distancing themselves from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and affirming they are a Syrian force, tied to the Syrian land.

“We are a Kurdish, Arabic, Turkmen and Assyrian force from Syria under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces. We affirm that we are not part of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) as claimed by some regional countries,” reads the statement released by the SDF on social media on Tuesday.

The SDF is a coalition of forces in northern Syria dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) but also including brigades of local forces representing the diverse ethnicities living in the region. 

Ankara alleges that the YPG is an offshoot of the PKK, a named terrorist organization in Turkey, Europe, and the US. Turkish leaders use the YPG, PKK, and PYD – the dominant Kurdish political party in northern Syria – interchangeably, including when referring to forces that are fighting under the SDF banner.

The SDF is receiving US-led coalition air support, training, and advice in the war against ISIS. The Syrian Arab Coalition within the SDF is also receiving arms. The US’ support for the SDF is a constant sore point in relations between Washington and Ankara. 

The SDF is currently battling the extremist group in Raqqa Province with the ultimate aim of liberating the city of Raqqa. 
 
“We are an integral part of the Syrian land and people and have so far dedicated sacrifices and spilled blood… to liberate our people from the terrorist organization ISIS. We declare we will continue to fight to defeat the barbaric ISIS and protect all the Syrian people. We will also continue to work with the global coalition against terrorism to eliminate this common threat to protect the civilized world and human values,” the SDF’s statement declared. 

The SDF would like to build relations with neighbouring countries, including Turkey, the statement concludes. 

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Dick Gregory | 10/1/2017
Lol.
Mohamedzzz | 10/1/2017
Finally Turkey is achieving it's goal to disorient and devide the Kurds, ....“We are a Kurdish, Arabic, Turkmen and Assyrian force from Syria under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces SDF''.... Is SDF ready to give autonomy or independence to Kurds?, if not it is another bull shit made by Turkey.
FAUthman | 11/1/2017
Excellent statement by the SDF!!
GERBERT D'AURILLAC | 11/1/2017
Kurds should never be deterred from their goal of independence. They have ,at the same time , to avoid confrontation with Turkey.The KRG is applying these two principles correctly, while the PKK and PYD are doing exactly the contrary.
Flaminco | 11/1/2017
No this is a garbage statment from "SDF", for one they're giving tiny minoraties who have had nothing to do with the fighting equall credit for the sacrifice KURDS have given in the fight against ISIS, 99% of the fighting and dying in 'SDF' have been by Kurds and that's a fact. Tomorrow these Arabs/Turkmen/Assyrians can claim equal share of everything because they can point to these unbelievable stupid statments and say "we fought ISIS as much as Kurds". Kurdish leadership are amongst the most useless and stupid on the planet, while the Alwites Sunnis and all other groups will get their pure states we will end up as the "Bosnia" of Syria and Iraq with every minoraty (and even parts of some majority populations) shoved down our throats and our territory fragmented.

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