‘US asked Rojava Peshmerga to prepare for deployment in Syria’

Rojava Peshmerga forces trained by Turkey and KDP in Kurdistan Regional Government

US officials have officially asked Rojava Peshmerga, currently deployed in the Kurdistan Region in Iraq, to prepare themselves for deployment in the autonomous region (Rojava) in northern Syria, according to Rudaw News Agency.

Shervan Derki, commander of the Rojava Peshmerga affiliated to the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) told Rudaw that the US had given the green light for an entry into Syria but that the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) opposed the move.

“Not just the PKK and YPG, but also bigger forces like Iran and Syria also don’t want the Rojava Peshmerga to cross over into Rojava,” Derki said.

“We are planning to increase our force to 10,000 fighters through training programs during the forthcoming 3 months,” he added.

The KNC is affiliated to the Barzani-led Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and also a part of the Turkey and Gulf-backed Syrian National Council (SNC), the umbrella organisation of the Syrian Opposition.

Officials of Rojava’s autonomous administration have rejected the presence of ‘Roj-Pesh’ forces saying a separate armed group to the region’s Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) could lead to a internal clashes in the area. The KNC has rejected its forces being deployed under the command of the YPG, an offer made by the autonomous administration.

Clashes between Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) affiliated Rojava Peshmerga forces and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) affiliated Shingal Resistance Units (YBS) on Friday resulted in the death of at least five Yazidi fighters and two PKK members.