The United States may push Kurdish formations in Syria To cooperate with Damascus, an issue that was raised on the agenda of the administration’s discussions in Washington, with the participation of… Türkiye Which views America's main allies in the war against ISIS as a threat to its national security.
In his report published by the Russian newspaper “Nezavisimaya”, Igor Subbotin said that mere talk about rapprochement between the Autonomous Administration and Damascus may indicate a willingness to… Pentagon To withdraw American forces from Syria.
According to what sources in Washington reported to the Al-Monitor news website, the administration of President Joe Biden is discussing changing policy towards Syria.
According to these sources, the issue of the need for rapprochement between Damascus and what is called was raised Syrian Democratic Forces (the Kurdish-dominated alliance through which Washington controls the north), and an interdepartmental policy committee was proposed to be created to consult on the medium- and long-term fate of the SDF.
One of Al-Monitor’s sources confirmed that there are currently discussions at the level of experts and advisors, explaining that “if major policy changes are recommended, any decision may take months, if not years.”
American officials indicated that calculations are being made in the hope of Biden's re-election, however, if Trump returns to the Oval Office, the approach towards northeastern Syria will change, where American forces will be deployed.
The writer stated that the idea of cooperation between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the presidential palace in Damascus was previously proposed, as the Kurdish forces had to agree to limited interaction with the regime of President Bashar al-Assad throughout the existence of their military-political project.
This was especially clear in 2019 when the Syrian Democratic Forces handed over some of its areas to the regime’s army during the confrontation of the Turkish attack.
In 2014, the Barack Obama administration established a partnership with Kurdish forces to destroy the regional core of ISIS in Syrian territory. Commenting on this, Washington stated that this was temporary and tactical cooperation.
Observers believe that the ongoing controversy over reducing the distance between Damascus and the Syrian Democratic Forces indicates that the United States will, at some point, evacuate its forces from Syria according to the Afghan scenario.
In the spring of 2023, the Americans conducted simulation exercises to understand what the withdrawal of their forces from Syria would look like.
In this regard, the Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Mazloum Abdi, said that he does not inform the Biden administration of the plans.
He added, “This is not applicable given our relations with the Assad regime, which refuses to consider any meaningful dialogue with us for the sake of the democratic future of the entire country, including the Kurds, and the situation of the Syrian army, which is unable to protect its lands from ISIS, and the same applies to our lands.”
Abdi confirmed that ISIS already controls parts of the governorate Deer Al Zour West of the Euphrates is in areas under government control, and maintains its presence along the main highway leading to Damascus.
The silence of the American partner
Abdi pointed to the fact that Washington did not take a reaction to the recent intensification of cross-border bombing initiated by Turkey despite the fact that vital infrastructure in the autonomous administration territory was attacked, according to the State Security Service, which indicates a convergence between the positions of the United States and Turkey, according to Kurdish leaders.
He added, “The silence of our American partner at a time when Turkish drones are attacking us leads us to the conclusion that the Turks are acting with the implicit approval of the United States.”
The Russian newspaper reported that discussions regarding the American presence are unfolding at a time when the American military unit is under heavy fire from pro-Iranian forces in Syria and Iraq in response to the Biden administration’s willingness to support Israel in its operation in Gaza.
According to what sources in the Kurdish North Press Agency reported, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard began training the National Defense Forces linked to Damascus to expand its circle of influence in northeastern Syria.
The Kurdish agency claimed that the Corps officers began training about 80 people from Deir ez-Zor governorate to organize sabotage acts against the Kurdish forces, and the Iranian trainers plan to complete the training within a month. The agency reported that they had been provided with Syrian army With Iranian weapons.