Syrian Democratic Forces leader: We are ready to cooperate with Arab armies

The Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces Mazloum Abdi. (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Updated 26 April 2018
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Syrian Democratic Forces leader: We are ready to cooperate with Arab armies

  • Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF): We have no problem if Arab forces join the alliance and we will cooperate with them.
  • President Trump previously proposed the withdrawal of US troops from Syria, but a final decision has not been made.

LONDON: Mazloum Abdi, the Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and head of a force of 60,000 troops, recently held a lengthy meeting with Brett McGurk, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter Daesh, Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
Originally from the town of Ain Al-Arab (Kobani) in northern Syria, Abdi said the meeting discussed US President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw US troops from Syria and the SDF’s willingness to cooperate with Arab countries that might send troops to fight within the Coalition, in case the US withdraws from it.
“Officially, there is no decision to withdraw US troops from Syria, but President Trump proposed the matter to members of his government for discussion. We have information that the administration is discussing his proposal and the possibility of withdrawing troops or not,” Abdi told Asharq Al-Awsat. 

Talking about the possibility of deploying other forces in case of US withdrawal, Abdi replied: “There is nothing official to date, but countries have shown initial approval for sending their forces to Syria as part of the international Coalition.”
He continued by saying: “We are working with the Coalition to expel terrorism from Syria. We have no problem if Arab forces join the alliance and we will cooperate with them.”

Abdi also revealed that the Manbij Military Council (MMC) met with Turkish and American officials at Incirlik Air Base and requested that the People's Protection Units (YPG) participate in the battle to free Manbij, and that Turkish officials agreed to this.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is comprised of 60,000 troops, 30,000 of which are guards stationed on the border with Turkey, the Iraqi border where Daesh still has a presence, and along the south of the Euphrates which is controlled by the Assad regime.  

 


Israel indefinitely postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

Updated 18 min 22 sec ago
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Israel indefinitely postpones demolition of Bedouin West Bank village

  • Israel had been making the preparations to expel the residents and demolish the village
  • The fate of Khan Al-Ahmar has drawn international concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it

JERUSALEM: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has frozen plans to demolish a strategically located Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank that has drawn the world’s attention, his office said Sunday.
“The intention is to give a chance to the negotiations and the offers we received from different bodies, including in recent days,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said about Khan Al-Ahmar.
Israeli authorities say the small village, located east of Jerusalem along a road leading to the Dead Sea, was built illegally, and had given resident until the beginning of October to evict themselves and demolish the structures.
The fate of Khan Al-Ahmar has drawn international concern, with European countries calling on Israel not to move ahead with plans to demolish it.
On Wednesday, the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor warned that Israel’s planned “evacuation by force” of the village could constitute a war crime.
The residents have refused to leave on their own, and Israel had been making the preparations to expel the residents and demolish the village.
The decision to evict the village followed years of legal battles and after negotiation attempts to agree on an alternative site for relocation failed.