US special forces in Syria with insignia of the Kurdish YPG. Photo: AFP
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KOBANE – Syrian Kurdish officials have rejected statements by the Syrian regime condemning the presence of Western special forces assisting the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria.
The Syrian government considers the presence of foreign Special Forces in northern Syria as a violation of the UN Charter’s principles and an “overt unjustified aggression on the sovereignty and independence of Syria”, the pro-regime SANA news agency said on Wednesday. The Syrian regime says these soldiers should work wthe Syrian ‘legitimate government, whose army and people are fighting terrorism.”
Moreover, the Syrian regime accused the countries that support the SDF forces as ‘the main supporter of terrorism’ and ‘giving legitimacy to some terrorist groups’ by describing them as moderate groups.
“When ISIS entered our region, killed civilians, and destroyed hundreds of villages, the regime did nothing to protect us, we don’t see the regime as a legal authority and we don’t consider their concerns about French or American Special Forces,” said Ibrahim Kurdo, the foreign affairs head of Kobane.
“They have destroyed many provinces in Syria, and made Syrian people homeless, destroyed Syria from Damascus until our region, how can we give the Syrian regime any legitimacy,” Kurdo told ARA News.
“We are allied with the Western coalition forces and continue our campaign against terrorism, and we don’t care about the regime. We are here to serve our people,” he added.
Speaking to ARA News, Kurdish analyst and former senior official in the Rojava administration Idris Nassan said: “The regime still thinks that they control the whole Syrian territories and anyone comes to Syria should ask their permission. But the reality is, there are some components who are protecting their towns and cities against the most dangerous terrorist organisation [ISIS]. So the international community tries to help these forces end terrorism within in Syria to protect their societies within their countries.”
Last year, the Syrian regime also condemned the visit of the former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and former US diplomat Peter Galbraith who met Syrian Kurdish leaders and entered Syria without visas.
The Syrian government is increasingly worried about the Western support to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that are fighting against the Islamic State (ISIS).
The SDF-forces have become one of the most effective forces to combat ISIS, and are backed by the Western coalition’s airstrikes and Special Forces as advisors on the ground. The number of countries backing the SDF with advisors on the ground has recently increased, according to military sources.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg
Source: ARA News