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Syria Opposition Rejects US-Backed Border Force

Syria Opposition Rejects US-Backed Border Force

Wednesday, 17 January, 2018 - 18:30
Kurdish People’s Protection Units fighters. (AFP)

The National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces rejected on Wednesday Washington’s efforts to form a border force on Syria’s border.

The Coalition condemned the move, adding that it opposes Kurdish presence in the areas that have been liberated from the ISIS terrorist group.

The US-led coalition announced on Sunday that it is working on forming a force of 30,000 members in eastern Syria. Ankara, Damascus and Tehran have rejected the move.

The Syrian Coalition added: “It is unacceptable to place lands liberated from ISIS under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) or any other organizations that have agendas that contradict the goals of the Syrian revolution and are instead linked to the regime and occupation forces.”

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) acted as the backbone of the SDF. Backed by the US the YPG achieved major victories against ISIS, the last of which was expelling the group from Raqqa.

The Syrian opposition criticizes Kurdish fighters for their “neutral” stance since the eruption of the Syrian conflict in 2011 and their failure to confront regime forces.

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