Syrian Kurds say US seeking deal with Turkey

Turkey has threatened a military offensive to drive the Kurdish forces from the area.

29 January 2019 | 17:24

Source: Associated Press

  • Source: Associated Press
  • Last update: 29 January 2019 | 17:24

Shirin (L) and Kazîwar (R), members of the Kurdish female Women's Protection Units rest some 40 kms away from Raqa on November 9, 2016. (AFP Photo/ Delil Souleiman)

BEIRUT: The United States is seeking to broker an agreement between her group and Turkey over how to manage northeastern Syria once American troops withdraw, a senior Syrian Kurdish official said. 

Ilham Ahmed was in Washington on Tuesday to lobby for a negotiated U.S. troop withdrawal that would secure her forces’ continued presence.

Turkey has threatened a military offensive to drive the Kurdish forces from the area. Ankara considers the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, or YPG, which forms the core of a U.S.-backed force fighting Islamic State militants, to be a terrorist group.

Ahmed, the co-chair of the Syrian Democratic Council, told The Associated Press the U.S. has focused on “calming” Turkey to find a compromise that would allow her forces to remain.

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