DAMASCUS, SYRIA (9:20 P.M.) – The official spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Talal Silo, said on Monday that they do not expect new attacks from the Turkish government against the SDF forces in northern Syria after US forces were deployed alongside the borderline to protect areas liberated from ISIS, ARA News reported on Tuesday.
He suggested that the US-led coalition against ISIS deployed troops on the border between Kurdish-controlled areas and Turkey to prevent further bombings and clashes between the SDF and Turkish forces.
“When our areas were under the control of Daesh [ISIS], we did not hear anything from the Turks, despite the oppression and injustice that our people were subjected to in these areas at the hands of Daesh,” Silo said.
The SDF spokesperson said armored vehicles and Turkish tanks were destroyed by the SDF forces.
“We will not give in to Turkey’s attempts to drag us into conflict because our goal is to fight terrorist organizations with the aim to liberate the areas that they [ISIS] control,” he said.
“The Turks are still dreaming of going back to the days of the Ottoman empire, as if they do not live in the 21st century,” he said.
On April 25 at 02:00 hours, the YPG General Command’s headquarters based in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province was bombed by warplanes belonging to the Turkish government. The YPG Press Center, the command affiliated institutions, the Radio building and other points belonging to the Syrian Kurds were targeted as well.
After the attacks US troops visited the bombed area, and moreover after more clashes between the YPG and the Kurds, US troops patrolled the border between Rojava and Turkey on 28 April to prevent more attacks.
Furthermore on 30 April, Russian troops were deployed near Afrin to inspect the border with Turkey to deter more Turkish attacks.
According to the Kurdish journalist Mohammed Hassan, YPG commander Sipan Hemo said there were discussions ongoing for deployment of Russian forces at two more points in Afrin.
Source: ARA News.