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Kurdish official calls on US to stop Turkish offensive

By AFP 23/12/2018
Aldar Khalil, co-president of the ruling coalition in Rojava (TEV-DEM). Photo: AFP
Aldar Khalil, co-president of the ruling coalition in Rojava (TEV-DEM). Photo: AFP
QAMISHLI, Syria - A senior Kurdish official on Saturday urged the United States to stop Turkey launching an offensive against Kurdish areas in northern Syria, after Washington announced the withdrawal of American troops.

Washington has for years supported the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State group in Syria, as part of an international anti-jihadist coalition.

But in a shock announcement on Wednesday, US President Donald Trump ordered the withdrawal of around 2,000 soldiers from Syria.

Aldar Khalil, who played a key role in establishing Syria's semi-autonomous Kurdish region in 2013, said the US and its partners "must honour their commitments" while operating in the country.

"And even if they leave, they can at least work towards an international resolution," he told AFP.

"It's their duty to prevent any attack and to put an end to Turkish threats."

Turkey accuses the YPG of being an offshoot of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long insurgency against Ankara.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to drive both the YPG and IS from Syria, but delayed a planned offensive following Trump's announcement.

The US decision to withdraw prompted top political leaders from the Syrian Kurdish forces to travel to Paris on Friday with the aim of drumming up support from the French government.

Endorsing the diplomatic push, Khalil called on France to "play a positive role at the United Nations and the Security Council, in order to (table) a resolution preventing a Turkish offensive."

But he admitted the diplomatic efforts have "still not borne fruit".

The Kurdish community accounts for 15 percent of Syria's population and controls around 30 percent of the country, as a federal region declared in 2016.

The same year Turkey conducted an operation against IS, which also aimed to block the YPG from joining up the territory it held in northern Syria, and staged an offensive against the militia in its northwestern enclave of Afrin in January this year.


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Erhan | 23/12/2018
Riha | 23/12/2018
How pathetic that they keep begging the Americans, French and whatever Western country. These guys live in an alternate reality, a fantasy world. Did they really think the US would break their relationship with the extremely strategic located Turkey for some non-state actors? Mindboggling.
Trinty | 23/12/2018
well trump seems to have had real affection for the kurds but from all what we know he is like juri from the movie "no way out" he got his orders and executed them with a smile like he thought oh shit i hope nobody catches me its too obvious now. in fact us supremacy has always been due to their support for facist regimes that destroyed firstly americas friends secondyl their enemies and then were crushed by america like puppies. the us could wipe its ass with the hole middle east within minutes. but this is some sort of deluded game. unfortunatly kurds are hole different breed in many senses and refuse to see the world how it is. they tend to fight each other and listen to enemies never helping each other at least not profesionally. on the other side the us policy ever since is made up by funded russian billionars abroad and also in senate and so on. while the russian policy was made by made up russian billionares like yelzin. now probably saudi arabia is wide open to every threat possible because they will not allow it to defend itself.
MAGA | 23/12/2018
Trump will make America great again not other countries. America first!
Mehmet | 24/12/2018
Dear ERHAN, do you know who is COWARD? it is ERDOGAN, if he a man; not a Chicken S**t, he should have attackd Rojava with US present, not now he is picking a fight against Freedem Fighter with very little militay capabilities but the Bravest ever known to human. Turkey is a Terroist country fighting and terrorising civelians, unlike YPG, they are only fighting military targets and Terrorist like Turkish Regieme, think again you NUM NUT,,,,,
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