Do not abandon us now, Kurdish leader tells the West as Isil battle draws to a close 

Do not abandon us now, Kurdish leader tells the West as Isil battle draws to a close 

In December, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, threatened to launch a military operation to “wipe out terror groups east of the Euphrates.”

Ms Ahmed said Mr Trump had been supportive about the idea of a security zone when she met him in January, but that he had not mentioned any details.  Kurdish leaders have rejected a proposal for a Turkish-controlled 30 kilometre “security area” inside Syria. 

Turkey is a key Nato member and regional power, putting the United States and other  coalition members, including Britain, in the uncomfortable position of choosing between two allies. 

Ms Ahmed said the SDF could seek accommodation with Bashar al-Assad’s government and his Russian allies if Western coalition partners fail to guarantee security against potential Turkish attack. 

“One solution could be regional protection forces in the north could become part of a new Syrian army – and note that I said ‘new’ Syrian army. It could not be under the current status quo, but if there is a new structure within the framework of a political solution.

“In the light of sudden announcements of withdrawals, without guarantees, without leaving us any kind of means to do things another way, this could be a solution,” she said. 

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