Syrian Democratic Forces won’t allow anyone to impede the anti-ISIS campaign: spokesman

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Spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Talal Silo (C), speaking to a press conference in Hasakah. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Hasakah – Colonel Talal Silo, the official spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said on Thursday that their fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) would continue, undeterred by foreign impediments.

ARA News interviewed Col Silo one day after several SDF headquarters in Aleppo’s northern countryside were exposed to simultaneous attacks by ISIS militants and Turkey-backed rebels.

Local politicians have described an undeclared agreement between Turkey and Russia, which could also impede SDF operations.

Silo said that even if a Turkish-Russian agreement existed it would not change the situation in Northern Syrian – Rojava. Kurdish and Arab SDF troops would continue their campaign against ISIS, in any conceivable context.

“The Syrian Democratic Forces were established to fight terrorism, to fight ISIS,” The Kurdish spokesman told ARA News. “That’s why we’ve gained international support.”

“We have a strategic relation with the United States, [based on] a mutual interest to eliminate the ISIS terrorist group and liberate Syria,” Col Silo continued.

“ISIS terrorism has reached Europe and the USA, and our forces on the ground are fighting on behalf of the free world,” the Kurdish spokesman said. “The previous victories by the SDF against ISIS have proven [that we are] capable of fighting and defeating this terror group.”

Silo also pointed out that the SDF is now party to the Geneva Agreement, meant to end the Syrian conflict. The implication being that Northern Syria – Rojava could no longer be isolated or treated as a Syrian domestic affair.

“The SDF, headed by the People’s Protection Units, has signed the Geneva Agreement to protect civilians and combat terrorism,” the Kurdish spokesman told ARA News. “We are a main non-governmental signatory of the Geneva agreement. Within the SDF’s basic principles we already focused on the points mentioned in this agreement and after signing the Geneva declaration we became a part of the international campaign.”

Colonel Silo argued that the SDF’s inclusion in the accord is an implicit form of recognition. He told ARA News that it reflects “the credibility we’ve gained from our partners.”

Reporting by: Qehreman Miste | Source: ARA News 

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