Egypt Coordinating Support for Syrian Kurds to Fight Turkey

Kurdish SDF gets considerable military, financial support

Since the US pulled its support from the Kurdish SDF in Syria, there hasn’t been much talk of them getting foreign aid, while Turkish forces continue to square up against them in the Syrian northeast.

Reports now are that Egypt is leading the charge among the Gulf Arab states to start providing “major military assistance” to the SDF, and doing so with an eye toward facilitating their fight with Turkey.

Egypt also gave the SDF a diplomatic office in Cairo, and a TV station. This has resulted in the UAE and Saudi Arabia both getting involved, and providing financial support for the Kurds.

This isn’t all coming out of a blue, of course. Turkey has angered these countries with its heavy support for Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA), while Egypt and the others are backing Gen. Khalifa Hafter. In a way, this influx of arms for the Kurds can be seen as retaliation for Turkey sending aid to the GNA in Tripoli.

Author: Jason Ditz

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