Mason Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region in northern Iraq, has said that he does want to see Syria’s Kurdish-controlled areas descend into civil war amongst rival Kurdish factions.
The comments were made during the 2017 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Since 2012, the Zerevani forces affiliated to Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) have trained thousands of Syrian Kurdish Peshmergas to fight ISIS. However, due to disagreements between Barzani-backed Kurdish National Council (KNC) and the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Rojava’s Peshmerga have not been able to return to Syria, according to Ara News.
“We don’t want to see a Kurdish-Kurdish fighting in Rojava, that is why we have not sent back the Rojava Peshmerga,” Barzani said. “We are not optimistic about the future of Kurdistan Rojava in Syria.”
“Peshmerga of Rojava can be the bridge to lessen regional tensions and force multiplier in anti-ISIS campaign,” Masrour Barzani, the head of the Kurdistan Region’s Security Council, said last month in Washington when arguing why they should be fighting in Syria.
However, Pentagon officials say that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have the most effective fighters in northern Syria, and that trying to assemble, train and equip an alternative force could be difficult and at best would take months, the Ara News report continued.