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America's support for SDF not long-term: US Syria envoy

Washington does not have 'permanent relations' with sub-state entities, says James Jeffrey

18.12.2018
America's support for SDF not long-term: US Syria envoy U.S. Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey

By Ahmet Salih Alacaci

ANKARA 

U.S. Special Envoy for Syria James Jeffrey said Monday that Washington’s support for armed groups in northern Syria was temporary.

The U.S.’s relationship with the SDF -- a group spearheaded by the YPG/PKK terrorist group – is "tactical" and "transactional", Jeffrey said in a speech at the Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank

"We don’t have permanent relations with sub-state entities," he said, adding the U.S. supported the SDF with the specific goal of fighting against Daesh.

The U.S. has been working alongside the YPG/PKK in Syria in an effort to eliminate Daesh from the region.

Ankara views the YPG as the Syrian extension of the PKK, a designated terrorist group in Turkey, the EU and the U.S.

In its more than 30-year terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK has been responsible for the deaths of some 40,000 people, including women and children. 

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