February 23, 2019

Kurdish-backed council welcomes US decision to keep troops in Syria

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

Amjad Othman, official spokesperson and founding member of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) said on Friday that the organization welcomes the US decision to keep troops in Syria, although it has not been formally notified by US officials.

“Until now, we have not received any official confirmation,” Othman told Kurdistan 24. “We only heard about it through the media.”

“But we think this decision is good for the stability and safety of northern Syria,” he continued. “After the December 19 decision by the US president to withdraw from Syria, we were threatened by many sides.”

This decision “will help in the fight against ISIS. It will help maintain stability in the region and protect us against Turkish threats,” Othman added. “Moreover, this means that the US will play an important role in the political solution.”

Read the full article and more in Kurdistan 24.

  • Nicholas Heras

    Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...