French President Emmanuel Macron hosted representatives from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Friday, underlining France’s support for the group’s ongoing fight against jihadists in Syria, France 24 said.
The Kurdish-ruled SDF has performed an important function in the global coalition towards the Islamic State. It becomes instrumental in clearing the last pocket of territory managed by the organization in March.
The SDF has said its fight against jihadists will retain in northern Syria, but.
“European capitals are all keeping a cautious eye at the IS prisoners held by using the SDF after the defeat of the jihadists, given many are twin nationals,” France 24 said.
The winding down of the struggle towards the Islamic State-led U.S. President Donald Trump announced a withdrawal of U.S. Forces from northern Syria, where they had been deployed along with opponents from the SDF and affiliated organizations.
The planned withdrawal raised fears that the SDF and its allies might be uncovered to assaults from Turkey, which views the group as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK. The PKK has been struggling with Turkish protection forces, given that launching a rise up in 1984.
Combatants dominate the SDF from the Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara views as the PKK’s Syrian wing.
France 24 quoted the French presidency as pronouncing Macron had emphasized the significance of “the security and a de-escalation alongside the Syrian-Turkish border” to Paris.