SDF claims progress in talks with Syria's Assad

War / Terrorism 1/5/2019, 8:00 PM
SDF claims progress in talks with Syria's Assad

Redur Khalil, spokesman and a high-ranking officer in the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, stated an agreement with the government in Damascus is "inevitable" as the autonomous region his organization controls is part of the same country. AFP quoted him on Saturday as saying that the troops, led by the People's Protection Units (YPG) and Women's Protection Units (YPJ), wouldn't pull out of Kurdish territories, but that they could integrate in the Syrian Arab Army, loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.

He told the news outlet one day before that there are "positive signs" from the talks, saying they are focusing on the future of the city of Manbij, west of the Euphrates, which Turkey wants to capture. The Syrian military was let in last month amid the threat of invasion after the United States declared it would pull out.

A deal could be extended to include Deir ez-Zor, Khalil revealed. He acknowledged international intermediaries including Russia could help overcome "some differences" with the government in Damascus, namely about a new constitution.

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