August 27, 2019

Syrian Kurdish Fighters Begin Pullout From Turkish Border

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: Voice of America

Journalist Sirwan Kajjo

Syrian Kurdish fighters said they have begun withdrawing from areas along the Syria-Turkey border as part of an agreement between the United States and Turkey.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), the main force within the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), announced Tuesday its pullout as the first step toward implementing its part of the agreement to establish a safe zone in northeast Syria.

"In the context of the tripartite understandings [between the U.S., Turkey and SDF] regarding border security with Turkey, we have removed some earth mounds and a group of YPG fighters has already withdrawn, along with their heavy weaponry, to new positions," Zaidan al-Asi, co-chair of the defense office at the Kurdish-led administration in northeast Syria, said in a televised statement.

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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. He is also a Senior Analyst at the Jamestown Found...