The United States has never pledged to the Syrian Kurds that it will help them create an autonomous Kurdish state in Syria, US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said on Friday.

“We live up to our obligations, and our obligation, our agreement, our understanding with the Kurds was this, that we would work together to fight in Syria to defeat ISIS,” Esper said. “But nowhere, at no point in time did we tell the Kurds, we will assist you in establishing an autonomous Kurdish state in Syria nor would we fight against the longstanding ally Turkey on your behalf.”

On 6 November, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced they had resumed cooperation with the US-led international coalition in Syria, which is operating in the country without the approval of the Syrian government or the UN Security Council.

The United States decided to withdraw its troops from northeastern Syria in October, after which Turkey began a military offensive against Kurdish forces in the region. Soon thereafter, the United States agreed to a ceasefire with Turkey.

At the end of November, US Special Representative for Syria Engagement James Jeffrey announced that the US military was going to continue supporting the SDF in keeping the oil resources in Syria out of the reach of Daesh.

 

Source: Sputnik

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Tony B.
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It was not the U.S. which made that promise to the Kurds, it was the Israelis, long before the war began in Syria.
Of course, the Israelis never intended to actually support that promise as all that land is to be part of “greater Israhell.”

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correct, but the US and Western Europe strongly hinted at the possibility for their Kurdish proxies to gradually install facilities to establish state institution for local governance, plans were in place for a massive upgrade in foreign contingents to permanently deploy there for that purpose. The quasi-state project was dropped after Trump’s latest hasty, clumsy and ill-conceived withdrawal that only clings on what he personally likes, which is oil, and we all now the shortsightedness and impracticability of that. Now don’t get me wrong, I rejoice at the greater failure, which was the number one threat to Syrian territorial integrity… Read more »

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Nestor Arapa

Simplemente los Kurdos fueron usados por el imperio.

Gryz
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When treacherous patron betray treacherous non-state actors. Still I empathize with all the sincere average Kurdish nationalists simply willing to integrate and get cultural and legal recognition within a federalized Syrian nation-state,that now see their honnest, pragmatic, humble and clear-cut wishes get torn apart and rendered unapplicable due to a mix of fast-changing developments on the ground,Donald first in line,but also Er-Dog and Putin’s “deal with all with zero principles” approach. Now Assad also has ample leeway to push for maximalist demands…hard times to be a Kurd…