US anti-ISIS envoy visits SDF forces north Syria


ARA News 

AMUDE – US anti-ISIS envoy Brett McGurk visited the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) this weekend. This was the second time for McGurk to visit the SDF in northern Syria. 

Local sources reported the visit and suggested that McGurk visited both Kobane and al-Hasakah. Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) confirmed that the US envoy has met with officials from the Rojava Self-Administration and the SDF leadership. 

According to ARA News sources, McGurk visited coalition forces and SDF officials, and the meeting was planned before Turkey launched the Jarablus operation.

Speaking to ARA News, Ceng Sagnic, a researcher with the Tel Aviv-based Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, said the meeting was expected.

“There is at least one high level visit as the Mosul operation is approaching, and it requires constant coordination,” he said.

“If yes, then definitely to balance Kurdish interests with that of the Turks in northern Syria. The US-led coalition cannot risk to lose Kurds or Turks as their allies at this point,” Sagnic said. 

This is the second time the top US official visits Syria to discuss the fight against the Islamic State group (ISIS). Last January, McGurk has reportedly visited Kurdish officials in northern Syria.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News


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