SDF: US protection will prevent renewed Turkish attacks on our positions in northern Syria

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A convoy of US forces armoured vehicles drives near the Northern Syrian city of Manbij, on March 5, 2017. © Delil Souleiman/AFP

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The official spokesperson of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Talal Silo, said on Monday that they do not expect new attacks from the Turkish government against the SDF forces in northern Syria after US forces were deployed alongside the borderline to protect areas liberated from ISIS.

He suggested that the US-led coalition against ISIS deployed troops on the border between Rojava and Turkey to prevent further bombings and clashes between the SDF and Turkish forces.

“When our areas were under the control of Daesh [ISIS], we did not hear anything from the Turks, despite the oppression and injustice that our people were subjected to in these areas at the hands of Daesh,” Silo said.

The SDF spokesperson said armored vehicles and Turkish tanks were destroyed by the SDF forces.

“We will not give in to Turkey’s attempts to drag us into conflict because our goal is to fight terrorist organizations with the aim to liberate the areas that they [ISIS] control,” he said.

“The Turks are still dreaming of going back to the days of the Ottoman empire, as if they do not live in the 21st century,” he said.

Furthermore, the SDF spokesperson accused Turkey of inciting the Euphrates Shield rebels to attack the SDF forces.

“Turkey is inciting those forces to attack the areas under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) control in Efrin. There are daily clashes between them and us in Efrin. We daily inflict losses on them,” he said.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said that Turkey could again bomb positions of the Syrian Kurdish forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG) any time it wanted.

“We can come unexpectedly in the night… We are not going to tip off the terror groups and the Turkish Armed Forces could come at any moment,” Erdogan said.

“Better they [YPG] live in fear than we have worries,” the Turkish President said.

On April 25 at 02:00 hours, the YPG General Command based in Qereçox in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province was bombed by warplanes belonging to the Turkish government, and the YPG Press Center, the command affiliated institutions, the Denge Rojava Radio building and other points belonging to the Syrian Kurds were targeted. “In this attack by the Turkish army, 20 of our comrades were killed and 18 of our comrades were wounded,” the YPG said.

After the attacks US troops visited the bombed area. Moreover, after clashes broke out between the YPG and the Turkish Army, US troops patrolled the border between Rojava and Turkey on 28 April to prevent more attacks.

Furthermore on 30 April, Russian troops were deployed near Efrin to inspect the border with Turkey to deter more Turkish attacks.

According to the Kurdish journalist Mohammed Hassan, YPG commander Sipan Hemo said there were discussions ongoing for deployment of Russian forces at two more points in Efrîn.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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