ROJAVA — While visiting the Syrian Kurdistan [commonly known as Rojava] earlier this week, the US Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS) has expressed his country’s support for the Syrian Kurdish Peshmerga forces to return to Rojava and join other forces in the war against IS.
BasNews has learned that Brett McGurk told the Democratic Union Party (PYD) officials that Washington has approved the return of Syrian Kurdish Peshmerga in order to enhance the anti-IS efforts through Rojava frontlines.
Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDPS) Politburo Member Nouri Brimo confirmed the reports to BasNews and explained that the US is not willing to deploy ground troops into combat missions in Syrian Kurdistan, “but they will rather attempt to develop a new military plan via Peshmerga forces”.
Over 5,000 Syrian Kurdish Peshmerga have been trained by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and armed by the US, waiting to join other forces in Rojava and defend their areas against IS.
Brimo also revealed that the process has so far been delayed because US officials want to make sure that the Syrian and Russian warplanes won’t attack the Syrian Peshmerga forces upon their return.
On Saturday, January 30th, US, British and French envoys visited Rojava to discuss the latest security developments in the area with the Syrian Kurdish officials.