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Ashura 2019


Syria Ready to Welcome Kurds Back under Its Protection

Syria Ready to Welcome Kurds Back under Its Protection
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By Staff, Agencies

Damascus is ready to welcome Syria's Kurds back into the fold after Washington left them to face Turkish military threats alone, a senior official said in comments published Tuesday.

"We will defend all Syrian territory, and we will not accept any occupation of Syrian land," Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal Mekdad told al-Watan newspaper.

The official said Kurdish groups have been "tossed aside" by Washington, after US President Donald Trump on Monday gave Turkey a green light to press ahead with its planned military operation. 

While the scale of the withdrawal is currently unclear, this still puts Kurds into a dangerous position, left without a major ally in the face of potential Turkish aggression.

This has apparently prompted Damascus to tacitly offer the Syrian Kurds a lifeline.

In the early years of the Syrian crisis, the Kurds were able to gain a strong grip over Syria's northeast, establishing their own institutions and holding back the Wahhabi Daesh [Arabic acronym for "ISIS" / "ISIL"] offensive in 2014.

Damascus has repeatedly slammed the Turkish and American presence within its borders, seeing it as a violation of its sovereignty.