- Syrian Kurds Vow to Fight ‘to Death’ in Event of New Turkish Op in Syria – SDF
DAMASCUS (Sputnik) – The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and its component, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), have promised to fight “to the death” in the event of a new Turkish operation in northeastern Syria, SDF spokeswoman Jihan Sheikh Ahmed told Sputnik on Friday.
“We will defend the north and the east of Syria to the death,” Ahmed said commenting on the SDF response on a possible operation. The spokeswoman added that the SDF would not like to see a situation similar to what happened earlier this year in Afrin, where Ankara conducted a military operation.
Later in the day, Syria’s main Kurdish parties and other allied groups issued a joint statement on the issue, calling Turkish plans a “declaration of war” and calling on world powers to prevent an assault on the region. “All the forces in the north and east Syria…are asked to agree on strategies to confront this aggression,” the statement read.
The statements followed Thursday’s media reports, saying that the Turkish military was reinforcing troops stationed in the province of Kilis on the Syrian border with armoured vehicles. These reports emerged after a statement made by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday that Ankara would launch a new military operation in Syria within days to free the east of the Euphrates from the US-backed Kurdish militia.