Syrian Rebels Back Turkey, Adding National Implications for Offensive

Kurdish officials offer talks with Syrian government and Russia

While the Kurdish YPG control a substantial amount of northeastern Syria, the upcoming Turkish invasion of that region has been presented as a regional concern. Yet this could rapidly become a national concern in war-torn Syria, with everyone looking to take a side.

With little territory of their own left, Syrian rebels are all-in on the Turkish invasion, seeing that as a chance to make a comeback by cutting deep into Kurdish-held territory. The Kurdish YPG has never been very close with the rebels, and a big reason for that is Turkey’s backing of the rebellion.

On the other side of the equation, the YPG is openly talking about trying to find someone to “fill the void” of the US in fighting Turkey, and are considering talks with the Syrian government, and potentially Russia.

Though the US has long spoken for the YPG and presented them as not pro government. The YPG has long envisioned its endgame as a deal on autonomy in a federalized Syria. This has always been Russia’s position as well, meaning this could be more of a fit than the US expected.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of