World New Kurdish Alliance Complicates Relationship with US
Albanian Daily News
Published February 19, 2018
Syria's long and messy civil war just got more complicated.
Adding to the country's many rival factions, a new alliance appears to have been forged between pro-government forces and Kurdish militias.
Forces loyal to the Syrian government will be deployed to the Kurdish-held region of Afrin "within hours" to help defend a month-long offensive by Turkey, the Syrian official news agency, SANA, said Monday.
The move appears to be the result of an agreement between the Syrian regime and Kurdish forces in Afrin.
The groups are expected to unite against a Turkish offensive launched last month against the People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin. Ankara views the YPG as a terrorist group linked to a Kurdish insurgency inside Turkey.
But further complicating matters, the YPG is also the backbone of the United States-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), who were critical in the war against ISIS in Syria.
If reports of the deal are confirmed, it would mean that allies of the US will be fighting alongside allies of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, which the US opposes.
It was not immediately clear where or what type of forces the Syrian regime is deploying. Kurdish official Badran Jia Kurd said "army troops" would be deployed along the border based on an agreement between Damascus and Syrian Kurdish fighters, Reuters reported Sunday.
YPG officials refused to comment on the purported deal when contacted by CNN.