Source Reveals Washington's "New Strategy" in Syria to BasNews

BasNews 24/11/2018 - 20:40 Published in Reports

ERBIL - A Kurdish source from the Syrian western city of Qamishlo has revealed Washington's "new strategy" in the northeastern part of the country.

"The United States of America, after the elimination of an oppressive organization [Islamic State] in the east of the country, will make new political arrangements in its areas of influence through the formation of a new political system that will include all the opposition political forces," the informed source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told BasNews on Friday.

Washington demands a new political system from the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

According to the source, the US has asked the PYD to communicate with the Kurdish National Council Opposition and the Arab and Syrian opposition forces to form a new political system in the northeastern of Syria, pointing out that it also asked the PYD to disengage from the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and change its policies towards the other political opposition groups.

He explained that the aim of the strategy is to satisfy Turkey on one hand, and build a strong system in the area on the other.

The source further said that the role of the PYD will weaken after the elimination of the Islamic State (IS) group in the region, while some new political forces will emerge and they will be accepted both regionally and internationally, noting that the formation of a new government will represent all segments and components, and clarifying that Washington's interest lies in building a new political system to stabilize the area of its ​​influence in eastern and northern Syria as the US and its western allies will remain in the country for a longer period of time.

New arrangements and the role of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)

"PYD has recently held meetings with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), led by its president Masoud Barzani, to be a sponsor of new arrangements with the Kurdish National Council opposition," he said.

Abdul Karim Mohammed, a politburo member of the Democratic Party of Kurdistan-Syria, said earlier in a statement to BasNews that a delegation from the Movement of Democratic Society had visited Kurdistan Region's Erbil capital and promised the release of all political prisoners and the reopening of the offices of Kurdish parties, while making preparations for starting a new phase of dialogues with the Kurdish National Council in Syria.

Turkey's military incursion of eastern Euphrates is out of the question.

"The deployment of the Turkish troops to the areas in eastern Euphrates is not for the Kurds or any other sides, but Ankara's own interests requires that," the source revealed. "After the elimination of the IS group in the region, the US will remove the cadres of the PKK and it will start constructing new local forces with the consent of Turkey but not now, because Washington has already allocated a budget for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for the year of 2019."

Meanwhile, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said earlier on Friday that the implementation of the roadmap in the east of the Euphrates River will witness the removal of units belonging to the Syrian Kurdish forces.