Oct. 25, 2019
Despite Setback, Syrian Kurds Have Come Through the Fire – Seth J. Frantzman (Jerusalem Post)
Syrian Kurdish leader Gen. Mazlum Kobani received Washington’s support on Wednesday and was on the phone with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu – two weeks after it seemed his Syrian Democratic Forces were on the ropes against Turkey.
The SDF controls an area in Syria the size of West Virginia.
Turkey’s main concern was to remove the SDF from the border and it has accomplished this.
The Syrian Kurds have lost direct control over many of their towns along the border. But if the SDF’s goal now is to increase its role on the international stage, it has momentarily accomplished that and has a new lease on life.