Kurdish official: “Border forces that will be formed by the Coalition will protect Afrin”

تحرير أمنة رياض | ترجمة غلوري جابر | تحرير الترجمة فرح ناصيف 🕔 تم النشر بتاريخ : 16 يناير، 2018 4:18:36 م خبر دوليعسكري وحدات حماية الشعب الكردية

 

Al-Hasakah - SMART

On Tuesday, the head of the executive body of the Federation of Northern Syria, Fawza Yusuf, said that the border security forces, which the International Coalition against the Islamic state intends to form, will protect the city of Afrin north of Aleppo, Northern Syria.

On Sunday, the Coalition said in a statement that it’s working to form a security force of 30,000 fighters to be deployed on the Syrian border with Iraq and Turkey led by the Syrian Democratic Forces, which is sponsored by the United States in Northern and Northeast Syria.

Yusuf told SMART that these forces will not protect only east of the Euphrates River, but will also protect the area of Afrin and what it called the shahbaa regions, referring to the city of Tel Rifaat and the surrounding towns and villages north of Aleppo, which is controlled by SDF. She asserted that the members involved in these forces are of SDF only.

Meanwhile, Turkey announced the imminent launch of a battle against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which leads SDF in the regions of Afrin and Manbij north and east of Aleppo. The People's Protection Units are an armed force of Kurdish fighters of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, defending areas with a large Kurdish population in Northern Syria.

Yusuf added, "These forces were originally there, but they will be trained and prepared better, that is not a new step."

Turkey classifies the Kurdish People's Protection Units on its list of terrorist organizations due to its association with the PKK, which fights Turkey on its territory.

SDF controls a long borderline with Turkey in Northern and Eastern Syria. SDF also has recently gained control of lands east of the Euphrates River to the Iraqi border, where it agreed with Iraq to set up a joint coordination center to protect border security from ISIS.

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