WASHINGTON IS ANGRY: KURDS TRY TO ARRANGE WITH DAMASCUS

In late July, the leaders of the SDF reported on the achievement of important agreements with the Syrian government to put an end to the conflict and post-war reconstruction of the country. This news has caused a legitimate concern among American political scientists and experts.
The special discontent of Washington is caused by the statement of the co-chairman of the SDF council Riyad Darar that it is time “to solve own problems by their own”. Speaking directly – without looking back to Washington. And this is despite the fact that the United States at the moment remains a key partner for the Kurds of Syria. Nevertheless, the latest statements of Donald Trump about the desire to withdraw from Syria have caused obvious dissatisfaction in the ranks of the Kurds and pushed them to take decisive action to establish friendly relations with the Syrian government.
In the conditions when Bashar Assad has already made it clear that he plans to return the entire territory of the country under the control of the government, the only way for the SDF remains the peace treaty with Damascus. That is why the Kurds that made up the majority in ranks of the SDF have already agreed with the Syrian authorities on the establishment of joint committees in various areas “with a view to solving the accumulated problems”.
At the moment, SDF units supported by the Air Force coalition led by the United States control 27% of the Syrian territory. After the successes achieved by the Syrian army in the liberation of the Deraa province, the SDS leadership stated that “the Kurds do not have separatist aspirations and they are not going to use weapons against the Syrian army.” Moreover, the Kurds are willing to transfer control over Rakka to the authorities. As for the SDF, then, according to Riyad Darar, they can join the Syrian army.
It is obvious that the readiness of the Syrian Kurds to compromise increases as the United States changes the format of its relations with Turkey from the point of view of surrendering Afrin, Manbij and the withdrawal of its forces to the region east of the Euphrates. Now the Kurds are making maximum concessions to Damascus for the sake of preserving themselves as an independent political and military force. They have only two requirements – the preservation of the Kurds as a separate segment in future Syrian negotiations and the transfer of their troops to the Syrian armed forces. Thus, they solve the problem of some guarantee of their troops security against possible attacks by the Turkish forces.
Kurds no longer relate their future exclusively to Washington. The SDS deal with the Syrian government allows Damascus not only to avoid a military campaign against the Kurds, but also sharply reduces the level of US influence on the development of the situation in the country. Simultaneously, such a scenario strengthens the influence of Assad in post-war Syria. Moreover, if the United States withdraws from Syria earlier than expected, this will allow Damascus to impose its own conditions for the SDF without any clear negotiation process.

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