Coalition to stay in Rojava for complete victory over ISIS: Abdi
Mazloum Abdi (Kobani), commander-in-chief of SDF speaks with AFP during an interview in the countryside outside the northwestern Syrian city of Hasakah, on January 24, 2019. Photo by AFP, File Photo
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SULAIMANI – Commander of Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Abdi said on Tuesday (May 18) that the US-led Coalition forces will remain in northeastern Syria to continue to take the fight to Islamic State (ISIS) militants and empower the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North East Syria (AANES).
Abdi’s statement came after a high-level US delegation traveled to northeast of Syria, known as Rojava, on Sunday and visited the senior Kurdish officials in Raqqa.
“Emphasis was placed that the International Coalition forces would remain in the region to achieve complete victory over [Darsh] ISIS, to support stability and empower the Autonomous Administration,” he said
, using acronyms for militant group.
The delegation headed by Acting Assistant Secretary Joey Hood, attended by Deputy Assistant Secretary and Acting Special Representative for Syria Aimee Cutrona, Deputy Envoy for Syria David Brownstein, and White House National Security Council Director for Iraq and Syria Zehra Bell.
During the official visit, Hood underscored during his country’s commitment to “cooperation and coordination in the Coalition to defeat ISIS, continued stability in northeast Syria, and the delivery of stabilization assistance to liberated areas to ensure the enduring defeat of ISIS,” the Department of State said.
“A constructive meeting with a high-ranking delegation from the US Department of State headed by Assistant Secretary Mr. Joy Hood and from the White House Mrs. Zahra Bell, the Director of the National Security Council for Syria and Iraq,” Abdi added.
Founded in October 2015, the SDF is a Kurdish-led multi-ethnic alliance in north and east Syria, which was the only Coalition-backed effective ground force that helped defeating ISIS territorially in Syria in March 2019 with the US-led Coalition backing.
ISIS militants still pose a threat to stability and security for the retaken areas, especially through smuggling weapons and fighters on the Iraq-Syrian borderlands in Deir Ezzor and in the disputed areas claimed by Erbil and Baghdad in Iraq.
Deir Ezzor is partly ruled by the Syrian regime.
SDF and other Kurdish-led security forces carry out
intermittent anti-ISIS operations in Deir Ezzor, Hasakah and other areas under its jurisdiction.
Also on Monday, the US designated three
individuals and an entity that helped the militant group financially.
“The United States and other members of the Counter ISIS Finance Group remain committed to denying ISIS the revenue it needs to carry out its terrorist and criminal activities, as well as preventing the resurgence of the group,” the State Department said.