NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — The Media Office of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) of North and East Syria stated via Facebook that they will work towards three goals for the near future.
The SDF defined these goals as, “(1) liberating the occupied areas, (2) eliminating the Islamic State (ISIS), and (3) achieving community development and maintaining security and stability in the liberated areas.”
The statement outlined the “occupied areas” as encompassing Cafrin (Afrin), Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn), and Tel Abyad, which were occupied after successive invasions by Turkey and its Syrian National Army (SNA) proxies.
Last August, the SDF linked the final defeat of ISIS with the support for stabilization projects and rehabilitation of infrastructure in the region. It has said, however, that Turkey’s occupation and persistent aggression undermine stability in the region and harms efforts to ensure a lasting defeat of ISIS.
In a recent letter to Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) extending sanctions on Turkey, President Joe Biden wrote that, “The situation in and in relation to Syria, and in particular the actions by the Government of Turkey to conduct a military offensive into northeast Syria, undermines the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, endangers civilians, and further threatens to undermine the peace, security, and stability in the region, and continues to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”