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    No to Turkish role in Raqqa operation, Syrian Kurdish-led SDF forces say

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    Post by Rocky Thu 03 Nov 2016, 6:41 am

    No to Turkish role in Raqqa operation, Syrian Kurdish-led SDF forces say
    Posted on November 3, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Kurdistan
    No to Turkish role in Raqqa operation, Syrian Kurdish-led SDF forces say Kurdish-SDF-sighters-southern-rural-area-of-Manbij-Aleppo-Syria-May-31-2016-Reuters
    Kurdish SDF sighters, southern rural area of Manbij, Aleppo. Syria. Photo: Reuters

    BEIRUT,— The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance of Kurdish and Arab armed groups said on Thursday it would reject Turkish involvement in the operation to drive Islamic State from its Syrian capital of Raqqa.
    “The Syrian Democratic Forces are the only force that will take part in the operation to liberate Raqqa and we informed the (international U.S.-led) coalition forces that we reject any Turkish role in the Raqqa liberation operation,” SDF spokesman Talal Silo told Reuters.
    The alliance has a total of about 30,000 Kurdish fighters and about 5,000 Arab fighters.

    Kurdish YPG to join the Raqqa operation under the umbrella of SDF, Salih Muslim says
    Salih Muslim, co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) told BBC that the Kurdish YPG was to join the Raqqa operation under the umbrella of the SDF.
    Muslim said “The democratic administration institutions there made statements, they said they were ready. YPG is in this, and they will be joining,” said Muslim and stated the importance of Raqqa for the YPG as such: “Raqqa is right under our noses. The attacks on Northern Syria always come from Raqqa. It is close to both Cizîr and Kobanê. For us to defend ourselves, IS needs to be out of Raqqa. Raqqa is very important to us for security reasons.”
    ‘If Turkey comes, they will come to support Islamic State’
    The PYD leader stated that he didn’t believe Turkey would be part of the Raqqa operation and said: “Turkey shouldn’t be close to these regions. AKP’s domestic and foreign policies will disrupt all of the Middle East and this will harm Turkey. The whole world knows that Turkey is the country that supports IS and makes them attack.”
    Muslim added the following to his words: “If Turkey comes to Raqqa, they will come to support IS, not to fight against them. Their wish to enter Mosul is so they can support IS there.”
    No to Turkish role in Raqqa operation, Syrian Kurdish-led SDF forces say Salih-muslim-photo-ekurd-diha
    Salih Muslim, co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD). Photo: DIHA

    ‘There may be a conflict with SDF’
    When asked about the Turkish President Erdoğan’s comments of “We will turn to Manbij after we take Al Bab”, Muslim stated that the groups Turkey supported have been in conflict with local forces allied with the SDF and warned that a conflict with SDF may arise if Turkey advances toward Manbij.
    PYD Co-chair said the YPG will act within the SDF in the Raqqa operation and the armed forces will retreat to their own territory after the city has been taken back from IS.
    Washington regards the Kurdish YPG as key ally against Islamic State and the most effective fighting force against IS in Syria and has provided them with air support as well as the military advisers. The Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State.
    “There are examples of this in Manbij and Sheddade. Local administrations, local groups deal with security,” said Muslim and underlined that the local administration that will emerge after Raqqa is taken from IS will decide whether they will join the Northern Syria Federation or not.
    Muslim defined Turkey’s presence in Syria as an “invasion” and said: “Turkey’s tanks and artilleries are in Syria. This is literally an invasion. This is why all countries are against this. It’s not just the Kurds, all Syrians are opposed to this.”
    US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s comment last week that they “have started preparations on the isolation of Raqqa” was the first official statement that the coordinated operations to end IS by US-backed forces in Syria and Iraq may launch soon.
    When asked about who the operation will be carried out with, Defense Secretary Carter said: “The local forces we have determined and empowered, who are qualified and motivated, will carry out this operation. The ultimate defeat of IS can’t be achieved with a force from outside of Syria, only Syrians we have empowered can do this.”
    US Department of Defense Spokesperson Peter Cook announced that the operation will commence in a matter of weeks.
    In a statement on October 26, US supreme commander in Iraq Lieutenant General Stephen Townsend said, “YPG will be part of the force to isolate Raqqa.” Townsend said: “The only actor that has the power to take part in the short term timeline in Syria is the Syrian Democratic Forces, and the YPG is an important part of that.”
    Meanwhile, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım and Defense Minister Fikri Işık made statements last week that Turkey should be in Raqqa and not the YPG. In a statement on October 31, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş said the Raqqa operation should commence after the Euphrates Shield operation was completed.
    On August 24, Turkey has launched an incursion into northern Syria, in an area some 100 km (60 miles) east of Afrin to stop the US-backed 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 and preventing them creating a de facto Kurdish mini-state along Turkey’s frontier. Turkish military operations are focused on Syrian Kurdish forces and not Islamic State, observers say.
    Syrian Kurds have established three autonomous zones, or Cantons of Jazeera, Kobani and Afrin and a Kurdish government across Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria) in 2013. On March 17, 2016 Syria’s Kurds declared a federal region in Syrian Kurdistan.

    http://ekurd.net/no-turkish-syria-raqqa-2016-11-03

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