US uses Peshmerga fighters in bid to stall Turkey's imminent Syria op
MİDDLE EAST

US uses Peshmerga fighters in bid to stall Turkey's imminent Syria op

A total of 8,000 Syrian Peshmerga fighters are expected to cross into northern Syria after having received training since 2012 at military camps in the Iraqi cities of Erbil and Duhok

News Service Yeni Şafak

As the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF) and Free Syrian Army (FSA) prepare for a military operation east of the Euphrates River to eradicate terror elements of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the U.S. is once again attempting to stall Turkey with fresh tactics.

U.S. special Presidential Envoy for Iraq and Syria Brett McGurk and U.S. Special Representative for Syria James Jeffrey have taken action to deploy Peshmerga fighters to PKK-occupied areas near the Turkish border in an attempt to save its “land forces on the ground.”

There is a deployment of the "Peshmerga across the border that was done with our understanding and the understanding of the SDF,” said McGurk on Monday.

Bedel Bendi, one of the commanders of the Syrian Peshmerga or Roj Peshmerga, an armed group mainly formed by Syrian Kurds trained in the Kurdistan Regional government (KRG), stated that the Peshmerga fighters will enter northern Syria within one or two days.

YPG/PKK terrorist trenches spotted in northern Syria
Yeni Şafak

YPG/PKK terrorist trenches spotted in northern Syria

Ahead of a possible Turkish counter-terrorist operation into Syria, drone footage shows YPG/PKK terrorists digging trenches and tunnels in the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab, near Turkey's border. The footage shows the terrorists in the city -- right across the border from Suruc, in the southeastern Turkish province of Sanliurfa -- dug trenches and tunnels, presumably to hinder Turkish armored vehicles from crossing the border for an operation east of the Euphrates River.

The statement was published on the official website of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) led by Masoud Barzani, former KRG president.

The U.S. has worked with the SDF, a group dominated by the terrorist YPG/PYD/PKK, to fight Daesh, against Turkey's objections that working with one terror group to defeat another makes no sense.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that operation could begin "at any moment", asserting that Turkey would never allow a “terror corridor” to be set up along its border.

US envoys conduct meetings in Turkey, Iraq and Syria

Jeffrey took the first step to get the Peshmerga on board by conducting a meeting closed to the press with the Roj Peshmerga on Dec. 8 in Turkey’s southern province of Gaziantep. Five representatives of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (KNC), which is known for its ties to former KRG President Masoud Barzani, and eight U.S. representatives attended the meeting.

McGurk springs into action

According to the U.S. plan, a total of 8,000 Syrian Peshmerga fighters are expected to cross into northern Syria after having received training since 2012 at military camps in the Iraqi cities of Erbil and Duhok.

“Roj Peshmerga” fighters, as they’re called by the Americans, have been barred from returning to their hometowns for 6 years by the PKK. McGurk sprang into action following a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump.

400 Peshmerga fighters to be initially dispatched to Syria

Following rounds of meetings between PKK/PYD terrorists and commanders trained by Brazani’s Peshmerga were held under U.S. protection. According to Peshmerga sources, it was porposed during the Syria meeting that a force of 8,000 Peshmerga fighters will be dispatched to the Turkey- Syria border.

According to a Yeni Şafak source, the first phase will see 100 Syrian Peshmerga fighters dispatched to northeast Syria, however, their numbers are expected to reach 400 in a few days.

Jeffrey also confirmed that 100 Peshmerga fighters had already crossed the border into neighboring Syria.

+

Cookies are used limited to the purposes in th e Personal Data Protection Law No.6698 and in accordance with the legislation. For detailed information, you can review our cookie policy.