October 23, 2019

SDF Commander-in-Chief thanks President Putin for ‘protecting the Kurdish people’

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Kurdistan 24

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

he Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander-in-Chief, Mazlum Abdi, in a video call with Russia’s military leadership, thanked President Vladimir Putin for protecting the Kurdish people after the first Russian patrol was carried out in the city of Kobani.

The SDF head on Wednesday evening spoke to Russian Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, and Russian Army Chief of Staff, Valery Gerasimov, to discuss Tuesday’s Sochi agreement in which President Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan decided on the future of northern Syria.

“I would like to thank President Putin for the efforts to protect our people and halt military operations. Military forces are being deployed to new areas,“ Abdi said in a video that was released by Russia’s state broadcaster Russia Today.

According to an SDF statement, the Kurdish leader also “expressed reservations about some terms of the agreement, which require further discussions and dialogue to align views.”

Read the full story and more in Kurdistan 24.

Authors

  • 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. His work focuses on the analysis of complex confli...