Syrian Kurds hoping for lifeline from Biden administration • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Syrian Kurds hoping for lifeline from Biden administration

Damascus, Ankara and Moscow turn up the heat on US-backed group; UN Syria envoy says, "We can’t continue like this."

 UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen leaves a press conference following the conclusion of a drafting commission session of the Syrian Constitutional Committee on Jan. 29, 2021, at UN Offices in Geneva.  Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images.

The predominantly Kurdish US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have skirmished in recent weeks with Syrian government troops, putting the SDF on defense, politically and militarily.

For the Kurds, the decision for limited military coordination with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces in October 2019 was a desperate hedge after Turkey, including Turkish-backed Syrian armed groups, launched Operation Peace Spring and seized over 1,800 square miles of mostly Kurdish-administered towns.

The SDF is made up primarily of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), the gendarmerie of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), which is the leading political party in Kurdish-administered regions in Syria. Turkey considers the PYD/YPG a terrorist group linked to the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and therefore on a par with the Islamic State and al-Qaeda.

Source: Syrian Kurds hoping for lifeline from Biden administration – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

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