The National Coalition for Revolutionary Forces and the Syrian opposition on Wednesday condemned Washington’s attempt to form a border security force in Syria, voicing its rejection of Kurdish fighters’ control of areas where the Islamic state was expelled.
The US-led coalition announced Sunday that it was working on a 30,000-strong border force in eastern Syria after fighting against the Islamic state collapsed, a move that called for the denunciation of Ankara, Damascus and Tehran.
The coalition said in a statement condemning “the American plan to form a border force in northeastern Syria,” declaring “rejected any pretexts or allegations seeking to market such projects.”
He stressed “the importance of the efforts made to combat terrorism and to counter the organization that advocates terrorism.”
He stressed that “it is not acceptable to put the land freed from terrorism under the authority of the organization (the Kurdish Democratic Union Party) or other organizations with agendas that contradict the objectives of the Syrian revolution and linked to the regime and the occupation forces.”
The Kurdish People’s Protection Corps, the backbone of Syria’s democratic forces, with American support has achieved a series of notable victories against the organization of the Islamic state, most recently the expulsion of its former stronghold of al-Raqqa, its former stronghold in Syria.
The Syrian opposition has accused Kurdish guerrillas of standing on “neutrality” since the outbreak of the conflict in Syria in 2011 and not responding to the forces of the Syrian regime.
The Kurds’ influence has increased as the conflict widens in 2012 as regime power declines in predominantly Kurdish areas. After the regime gradually withdrew from these areas, the Kurds declared temporary self-administration and a federal system in three areas in the north of the country.
According to the international coalition, half of the security force will be part of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the other half will be recruited along the border of areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces, to include parts of the Euphrates River Valley and the international border in the east and north areas Edited “.
Ankara said on Sunday that Washington’s move “gives legitimacy to a terrorist organization,” referring to the Kurdish militants they classify as “terrorists.” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed on Tuesday to destroy “terrorist caches” in northern Syria.
Damascus said on Monday that “Syria considers every Syrian citizen to participate in these militias under the auspices of the American traitor to the people and the homeland and will deal with him on this basis.”
Its ally Tehran on Tuesday promised the move “a flagrant interference of the United States in the internal affairs of other countries.”
The growing role of the Kurds is worrying Ankara, which fears Kurdish self-rule on its borders, and Damascus, which has long asserted its intention to regain control of the country’s entire territory.