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Pro-Kurdish SDF welcomes a long-term US presence in Syria

By Namo Abdulla 10/9/2018
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WASHINGTON, DC - Bassam Ishak, a Syrian Christian, talked on Friday about a region of war-torn Syria where his fellow worshipers freely practice their religion.

He shows the area on the map to nearly a dozen American evangelicals. The region is mainly Kurdish and it is where the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are in control.

This region would be safer, Bassam said, as a result of the most recent Trump Administration decision that US troops will stay in Syria indefinitely.

James Jeffrey, the recently appointed US special envoy for Syria, announced on Friday that US troops would stay in Syria beyond the defeat of the Islamic State (or ISIS).

“The new policy is we’re no longer pulling out by the end of the year,” said Jeffrey, “That means we are not in a hurry.”

Nearly five months ago, US President Donald Trump stated that US troops would leave Syria quickly. That policy has now been reversed with two new goals set by the Trump Administration for a post-ISIS Syria, according to the Washington Post.

They “include the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces from Syria, and establishment of a stable, nonthreatening government acceptable to all Syrians and the international community.”

This, according to Michael Pregent, a military analyst and senior fellow at Hudson Institute, means a stronger safeguard for SDF’s hard-won gains. Turkey, a NATO ally, sees SDF as terrorists because of its connection to the Kurdistan Workers Party (or PKK).

Pregent says the primary goal for Washington in Syria is now confronting Iran, as the war against ISIS is winding down.

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Lea | 10/9/2018
No comparison between Kurdish controlled Rojava part of Syria and the rest of country, if the US leaves this (rare) stable peaceful part of Syria it will have the fate as Afrin. Afrin used to be a peaceful liberal place where everyone was living in harmony, after Kurds were driven out by Turkish backed jihadists it has been turned into a Sharia law hell hole, literally all none Muslims minorities like Christians Yezidis etc fled with most of the Kurdish population. Woman can't go out alone, men have to have beards, limbs are chopped of for petty "crimes" , kidnappings, looting and constant fear.
Man | 10/9/2018
Kurds might not be perfect but they are by far proven both in Iraq and Syria to be the only liberal moderate progressive force in the region. The region cannot descend more into chaos even if you tried so the argument that a Kurdish state will lead to more conflicts, is with all due respect, hot air. In fact it is proven to be the oposite. The Untied States can guarantee the security of the Kurdish state until they're capable of defending themselves. At this point only the The Untied States can bring all the Kurdish factions together, if they know they have permanent US backing they will all choose to work with the US rather than Iran Turkey etc. It's that lack of option that drives some Kurdish factions to work with these brutal regimes at times, it's not because they want to.
Dutchman | 10/9/2018
Ever since Kobani, the turning point for IS in Syria, the YPG/SDF and the US are co-operating for peace and justice in Syria. This co-opreation started pragmatic, but soon both parties found out that they share many values, like equality of people, so diffirent from IS and Assad. surrounded by many evil powers like Assas, Hezbollah, Iran, Russia, Turkey and the remains of IS a long term stay of US and its any allies is needed to protect the Kurds and other peoples.
US friend of Rojava | 10/9/2018
US and Rojava together, long term. A wonderful prospect. Keep the faith; many more people in the US are learning about the Kurdish people and their struggle. And they have growing support here.
thisisntnews | 11/9/2018
those imposter kurds are terrorist and a treat SDF should leave Syria Immiatily its true that assad might be bad but thsoe terrorist sepaterist are worster. in iraq same It was a mistake to do this to iraq . Kurds are killing daily assyrians and left yazidis to be raped by the caliphates they had created themselves so they can take one part away. Syria belongs to every syrian and so the rest of the region Kurds are only iranian and only belong to iran. SDF=is terrorism should be out ofcourse assad isnt good but he is better than sdf terrorist. actually northern syria is much more christian (SO ASSYRIAN . those are syrians not kurds. Kords are only iranian nothing diffrent. your all imposters for over 2500/7000 years we never had this problems created by imposter iranians you do crimes in the name of iranians . Dirty communist the shah used to kick your asses! good old times a kurd myself kurds=only iranian . SYRIA=belongs to syrians SDF=is evil just like KRG IS Imposters liers
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