March 29, 2017

US-led coalition has no intention to create federal Kurdish state in Syria: official

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: ARA News

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

The top U.S. ground commander in Iraq Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend told reporters on Tuesday the US-led coalition had no intention to create a Kurdish federal state in northern Syria.

“It’s not my mission to create a Kurdish federal state, and we’re not liberating Raqqa for any one party,” Lt. Gen. Stephen Townsend said. “And what we see with the Syrian Democratic Forces is although they may be largely Kurdish led, they are over half non-Kurd. Mostly Arabs, some others, some Turkmen and some others.”

“But the Kurds are only about 10 percent of the population of northern Syria. So I don’t really see how there’s actually gonna be anything called a Kurdish federal state in northern Syria. What I think is that the people of northern Syria, all of them, Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, others alike, are determining what their future’s going to be,” he added.

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  • 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...