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BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:33 P.M.) A spokesperson from the Kurdish-led “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) declared his organization welcomes the participation of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the coming operations to kick Islamic State (ISIS) forces out of their de-facto captial, Raqqa.

In declarations to the Syrian newspaper Al-Watan, Talal Silo claimed the SDF has always stated that the Syrian people have the right to liberate their areas, and that the Syrian Army is an essential part of the Syrian homeland and people.

The Syrian Army have the right to do what “others” shouldn’t do, he said, rejecting any kind of Turkish involvement in the coming operations.

Silo also claimed that, with US support, the SDF are now between 10 to 15 days ahead of reaching the borders of Raqqa city.

He highlighted that any kind of SAA involvement in the Raqqa operation will be discussed with the main SDF partner, the US-led Coalition.

The Syrian Arab Army – spearheaded by their elite “Tiger Forces” – is currently engaging ISIS in the Maskanah Plains in eastern Aleppo; a potential offensive towards Raqqa by the SAA will advance from the Maskanah and the Itriyah axes.

Silo’s remarks came days after growing coordination and cooperation between Syrian and Kurdish forces, and their backers, the Russia and the US.

Weeks ago, Syrian and Russian forces were deployed in and around the city of Manbij in northern Aleppo, creating a buffer to prevent an impending Turkish offensive agains those areas; humanitarian and trade corridors were also established between Manbij and Aleppo city.

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In addition, reports suggest that Russia is setting up a military base in the Kurdish-controlled Afrin canton in northwestern Aleppo.

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Great news. This will be a golden opportunity for national reconciliation. 🙂

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Stern Daler

Absolute truth. I and my cousins against the foreigners.

p.s. Later – God willing – I and my brothers will have peace with the cousins.

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The US cannot be trusted in any medium or long term agreement to protect the Syrian Kurds from the malice of Turkey.

Only a secular Syrian government will guarantee the survival of the Syrian Kurds in the log term and now its time for both parties that their survival is jointly shared.

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Absolutely true. The SDF see the US as an ephemeral partner for the fight against IS only. They want the short term benefits but see the long term differences.

p.s. The US and Turkey are allies since the 1950ies.
And the SDF/YPG are basically socialist. The US are not.

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SDF and SAA share a common problem besides IS and that is Erdogan.
Even after the demise of IS Turkish troops threaten both.

Plus SDF need all the help they can get against IS. The SAA has the heavy gear that the US does not want to give because of Erdogan’s objections.

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Oh man, Turks are getting red from the anger. Haha

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I would like to know what is going to happen to Raqqa when it is liberated…Are the Kurds going to hand it back to Syria or steal it for themselves?

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how else would you prevent the legitimate army of the country from doing its duty sucker