PICTURED: Two Female Kurdish YPG fighters smile for the camera. Kurdish peoples are known to be more progressive than the societies in which they live, which includes their attitudes towards women’s rights. Photo Credit Kurdish struggle, CC 2.0.
ERBIL, Iraq. Tuesday, October 8th, 2019. According to a statement by the Commander-in-Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazlum Abdi, a previously unthinkable partnership between Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian Kurdish population is an option on the table as the SDF prepares for a massive invasion of Northern Syria by Turkey.
Talking to NBC News on Monday, Abdi noted that it has been “unthinkable” for years to partner with the Assad, but that “this is one of the options that we have on the table”.
The consideration of this possibility is one being sent from both sides. The pro-Assad government Al-Watan newspaper quoted deputy foreign minister Faisal Mekdad in an attempt to reach out to the Kurdish SDF and YPG as asking them to rejoin the government side rather than “plunge into the abyss”.
“The homeland welcomes all its sons and Damascus will solve all Syrian problems in a positive way, away from violence. We advise those who have gone astray to return to the nation, because the nation is their final destiny,” he said, vowing to “defend all Syrian territory”.
This was also the first time since Donald Trump announced America’s withdrawal of forces from Northern Syria to allow the Turkish advance that Damascus has said anything one way or another.
The SDF commander mentioned earlier, Abdi, pointed out that there are 12,000 ISIL suspects, 2,000 of which are foreigners, held in detention centers guarded by the Kurdish forces who are now considering these prisoners a secondary priority in place of defending the homes their families live in.
SDF spokesmen have cautioned Turkey against the attack, and against the U.S. the withdrawal by warning this could lead to a massive resurgence of ISIL in the region if such prisoners escaped.