ERBIL — A security source confirmed that the Syrian Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) are expected to send forces to the Syrian al-Tanf area near the Iraqi border, in a bid to stop the advance of the Iranian-backed militia forces to the area.
The deployment of the YPG forces in al-Tanf is at the request of the US-led Global Coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS).
A source close to YPG, who wished to remain anonymous, told BasNews that the YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) would soon head towards al-Tanf to drive back the Syrian armed groups backed by Iran from the area.
Russian defence ministry reported on Thursday that the US strikes targeted the Syrian army and its affiliated militia groups advancing towards al-Tanf area near Iraq’s border.
SDF will not allow [Syrian] regime and its loyal militia to seize control of the border area with Iraq and Jordan, the source said.
"We have no relations with Iran, and the policy of Iran is no different from that of the Syrian regime," said Saleh Muslim, co-chair of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), the political wing of the YPG.
He stated that "Iran is hostile to the Kurds to obtain their basic rights, and therefore it fears that the Kurds will get their rights in Syria."
The Syrian armed factions supported by the International Coalition forces are competing with the Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias loyal to Syrian the regime to recapture the territories under the control of IS organization in the Badia triangle, which is considered a link between Baghdad, Jordan and Damascus.
The source stressed that SDF will move to any area chosen for them by the Global Coalition in Syria, whether in Daraa or in the province of Idlib.