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    U.S. senator McCain warns of ‘tough decisions’ with Syrian Kurds

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    Post by Rocky Thu 23 Mar 2017, 4:36 am

    U.S. senator McCain warns of ‘tough decisions’ with Syrian Kurds

    Posted on March 23, 2017 by Editorial Staff in 1 Top News, Kurdistan

    U.S. Senator John McCain, March 7, 2017. Photo: AP

    WASHINGTON,— The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Syria faces “tough decisions” on how much it should support Kurdish fighters of Syrian Kurdistan in an offensive to reclaim Raqa from the jihadists, a senior US lawmaker warned Wednesday.

    Senator John McCain, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the Trump administration is weighing the thorny issue of giving the Kurds heavy arms and a major role in the upcoming battle, which would infuriate key ally Turkey.

    “The conundrum is that if you don’t use the Kurds, (the battle) takes a lot longer,” McCain told reporters.

    “But if you do, you have an enormous challenge as far as relations with Turkey are concerned, including things like the use of Incirlik,” he added, referring to the Turkish air base used heavily by the coalition to hit IS targets in northern Syria.

    McCain said he met recently with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the two spoke about the Kurdish issue.

    On April 16, Turks must decide whether to approve constitutional changes that would abolish the post of prime minister and could see Erdogan stay in power until 2029.

    According to McCain, Erdogan is less interested in fighting IS than he is ensuring Kurdish forces do not expand their influence over the border region in northern Syria.

    “There’s going to be some tough decisions made here,” McCain said.

    “Erdogan is about to be elected virtual dictator of Turkey, and his … first priority is the Kurds.”

    On August 24, 2016, Turkey, along with the Free Syrian Army, launched “Euphrates Shield”, an incursion into northern Syria, east of Afrin canton to stop the Kurdish YPG forces from extending areas under their control and connecting Syrian Kurdistan’s Kobani and Hasaka in the east with Afrin canton in the west.

    Turkey fears the creation of an autonomous Kurdish region in Syria — similar to the Kurdish region in Iraqi Kurdistan — would spur the separatist ambitions of Turkey’s own Kurds.

    The Syrian Democratic Forces SDF, which are dominated by the powerful YPG Kurdish fighters, is the primary ground force encircling Raqa, which IS views as its capital, and an offensive on the city proper is only a matter of time.

    The Pentagon on Wednesday said it had provided airlift and artillery support for primarily Arab components of the SDF in a battle for Tabqa, a key town near Raqa.

    U.S regards the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party PYD and its powerful military wing YPG of Syrian Kurdistan, as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with arms, air support as well as the military advisers. The Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from IS.

    Syrian Kurdistan’s ruling PYD has established three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin and a Kurdish government across Syrian Kurdistan in 2013. On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds declared a federal region in Syrian Kurdistan. On Dec. 30, 2016 Syrian Kurds approved a blueprint for a system of federal government in Syrian Kurdistan, reaffirming their plans for autonomy in areas they have controlled during the civil war.

    http://ekurd.net/mccain-decisions-syrian-kurds-2017-03-23

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