Abdulsalam Ahmad, a leading member of the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), the main ruling council of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan), told Kurdistan 24 they seek good neighborly relations with Iraq.
“Coordination is needed on political and military levels, in addition to the economic level and many other levels,” he said.
The SDF ousted IS from Raqqa, the group’s de facto capital in Syria, and launched an offensive on Deir al-Zor Province in September and, so far, has seized most areas of the northern Euphrates River from IS.
The US-backed SDF seized the largest oil fields in eastern Syria, including Omar and Tanak oil fields, raising concerns for the Syrian government forces, which are backed by Russia and Iran.
Turkey, on the other hand, is infuriated by Washington’s support for the SDF and their leading component, the YPG, whom they see as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) which has fought Turkey for decades over broader Kurdish rights.
Editing by Karzan Sulaivany
(Additional reporting by Kurdistan 24 correspondent Lava Asaad)
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