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Syrian Kurds react to US border force plan in Syria

Anadolu Agency MIDDLE EAST
Published January 17,2018

Syria's Kurdish National Council on Wednesday said the U.S. plan to form a PYD/PKK-led border security force in Syria could trigger dispute between Kurds and Arabs.

On Sunday, U.S.-led coalition spokesman Ryan Dillon announced plans to establish a 30,000-strong border security force in Syria with the SDF/PKK -- a U.S.-backed group drawn up largely of PYD/PKK terrorist elements.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Ibrahim Biro, leading member of the council, said that the U.S. plan would make the Kurds invaders. "The plan can trigger another conflict between the Kurds and the Arabs there.

There is no Kurdish population around the Euphrates River, Biro noted, adding the U.S. supported PYD/PKK in order to keep it away from Russia and Iran.

Biro said they told U.S that the PYD was an offshoot of the PKK, but the U.S started to make propaganda that PYD was different from the PKK.

"What is happening now is completely opposite to the U.S. claims. The latest developments will not serve the Kurdish areas in Syria," he added.

The PYD/PKK is the Syrian offshoot of the PKK terrorist group, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the U.S. and the EU.

Since the mid-1980s, the PKK has waged a wide-ranging terror campaign against the Turkish state, in which an estimated 40,000 people have been killed including more than 1,200 since July 2015 alone, when it resumed its armed campaign against the Turkish state following a fragile cease-fire.