SDF commander warns of 600-km-front in response to any Turkish attack

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) will open a 600-Km long front against Turkey if Ankara decides to launch a war against the SDF in northern Syria, said a senior commander.

The front would be stretched from al-Malikiyah, near the Iraqi border, to Ain al-Arab near the Euphrates River in the vicinity of the Turkish border, Asharq al-Awsat cited General Mazloum Kobani as saying in an interview with the Kurdish newspaper, “Yeni Ozgur Politika,” which is published in the Netherlands.

“Eastern Euphrates and Afrin are not similar. These are two separate areas. It is not possible to repeat here what happened in Afrin. We won’t allow that,” the commander warned.

“We took a strategic decision regarding Afrin, and we did not want to expand the fighting. Instead, we wanted to limit it to that area, which is indeed what happened.”

According to Kobani, the SDF leadership has informed the US-led Coalition about its firm decision to resist any Turkish offensive. He noted that such a war would lead to a second internal war in Syria and would continue until Turkey withdraws.

The United States does not want that, and 73 countries in the international coalition do not want this, he added.

“This is an international issue and that’s why there is great pressure on the Turkish state, while this pressure was not put in Afrin.”

The SDF commander emphasized that upon a possible Turkish offensive, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) will leave the ongoing operations against the Islamic State (IS), and they will line up to defend against Turkey.