The news story below is one of many reports of statements made by the SDF spokesman Talal Ali Silo. The SDF are based in the North Eastern part of Syria, cut off from the PYD, currently fighting alongside the Syrian regime against the opposition in Aleppo. Some analysts have previously claimed that the two Syrian Kurdish groups are separate geographically and militarily, making unproblematic for countries like the US and other Western countries to support the Syrian Armed Opposition and the Syrian Democratic Forces. However, the solidarity between YPG in Aleppo and Hasakeh is clear, and in spite of the contradiction in US policy concerning Syria. This contradiction is illustrated by the article below, in which an SDF spokesman (US-backed and militarily supported comprising mostly of YPG) is answering to threats made by a Syrian Opposition commander in Aleppo (part of an alliance of groups who are being directly supported by the US).
SDF spokesman issues rebuttal to Syrian Armed Opposition Commander: “‘Afrin will be your graves!” – 11 of August 2016
Gaziantep (Qasioun news agency) – The Kurdish news network “Kurdstreet” reported statements made by “Talal Silo”, the official spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), in reply to the statements of “Fath Halab” [Conquest of Aleppo] operations room commander.
Major “Yaser Abdul Rahim”, the commander of the operations room, part of the Syrian opposition, said in statements exclusive to Qasioun that the opposition “won’t leave the Castello road in the hands of regime forces and the People’s Protection Units (YPG)”, at the end of which he promised to “avenge the blood of the fallen opposition members who were killed while fleeing by the YPG, part of the Syrian Democratic Forces”.
The SDF spokesman Mr Silo said that these threats “are nothing new, and shows the level of cooperation between the Syrian opposition and foreign governments”, according to Kurdstreet reports.
Silo then turned to those who are supporting the opposition, saying “their movement seeks to spread discord within society” underlining that his forces are capable of answering the threats with force “‘Afrin will be your graves, if you are considering attacking it”.
In his statements, Silo also disputed the BBC reports that British special forces are present on Syrian territory to fight the Islamic state group, saying “there are no British forces present in the country”, emphasising that “there is limited support of military experts and advisors, as for the participation of some people from European countries and the US”, he added “is purely personally motivated, and not state sanctioned”.
The president of the European Center for Kurdish Studies, Eva Savelsburg warned of the the abuses the PYD are committing on civilians in the areas under their control in Syria.
Savelsburg, researcher and president of the centre based in Germany that has conducted research on Syrian Kurds for 17 years, said that the war in Syria cannot serve as a justification for the human rights abuses that the PYD is committing, especially the oppression and execution of the population, journalists and Kurdish politicians. Savelsburg added that the centre has launched a campaign called “No to child soldiers in the PYD” in order to deter the PYD from enlisting children pushing them into battle with the Islamic State group.
The German researcher said that the abuses that the PYD are committing are similar to those the regime of Bashar al-Asad have also committed in Syria. She compared the regime that the PYD has set up to that of the Syrian ruling party. Savelsburg added that the PYD rose up in a revolution against al-Asad at the beginning of 2011, during which the regime killed thousands of those who took part in the protests, made millions homeless outside of the country.
This is happening at a time during which the Syrian Democratic Forces, whose core is made up of the YPG (an arm of the PYD), announced that is close to securing complete control over Manbij in the Aleppo countyside, from the Islamic State Group.