Syrian Govt, Kurds Discuss Plans for Post-US Operations

Kurdish commander says deal with government is 'inevitable'

Negotiations between the Syrian government and the Kurdish YPG are ongoing, with a focus on how they will secure the autonomous Rojava region after the US completes their announced pullout.

With Turkey vowing to invade the region and wipe out the YPG, the Syrian Army has already positioned some fighters around the outskirts of Manbij. The expectation seems to be that this will end with a deal finalizing Rojava’s autonomous status and Syria’s obligations to help defend it.

YPG commanders are saying they expect this as well, saying that they’ve always considered Rojava to be part of Syria and have always believed that making a deal with the Assad government was inevitable.

This was something the US tended to ignore, as they preferred to position the Kurds, and the YPG-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, as “rebels.” In reality, they have always been clear that their end-game was negotiating permanent autonomy, and not outright independence.

Author: Jason Ditz

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