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Security Source: Secret PYD-US General Meeting Threatening Raqqa, Hasaka Security; aiming to maintain ISIL control

25 May 2016 15:45



Kurdish security forces disclosed that a recent secret meeting between new Commander of the US forces in the Middle East General Joseph Votel and Head of the Syrian Democratic People’s Party (PYD) threatens security of Hasaka province and is aimed at expanding the areas under ISIL’s control.

“The Americans under the cover of PYD are trying to expand the area under their control in the Northern part of Raqqa province that has been occupied by the ISIL since four years ago,” the Arabic-language al-Waqt quoted an unnamed Kurdish security source as saying on Wednesday.

The meeting also indicates the new efforts by the US to create a buffer zone in Northern Syria.

“The truth is that Washington is trying to control Raqqa province under the guise of fighting the ISIL and in accordance with a secret security agreement that was signed between the US and PYD,” the Kurdish source added.

On Tuesday, a senior Syrian military expert said Washington is trying to save the Takfiri terrorists in Raqqa province by delaying the Kurdish forces’ military operations against the terrorist groups there.

“The main reason for the US’ insistence on finding a political solution to the Syrian crisis is to shun coordination with Russia to combat the terrorist groups,” Syrian Army’s Retired Colonel Elias Ebrahim told FNA.

He reiterated that the US has deceived Syrian Kurdish fighters by rendering ineffective assistance to them. “This has taken place with the aim of delaying the Kurdish fighters’ attacks on Raqqa while the Kurdish fighters are behind the Raqqa gates.”

This comes as other sources say the Kurdish fighters’ impending attack on Raqqa has been put on hold because the US is coordinating with the ISIL to leave Raqqa without any bloodshed in a bid to save the terrorist group for future fight against President Assad’s government.

Kurdish sources in Northeastern Syria said earlier today that ISIL’s movements and evacuation of its forces and military hardware from Raqqa and their deployment to Deir Ezzur and the oil-rich regions of Syria have increased the possibility of collusion between the terrorists and Western meddlers in Syria war.

“The ISIL has been transferring a large number of its forces and their heavy military equipment to the energy-rich regions in the Eastern Syria, mainly in Deir Ezzur and Eastern Homs, to save its revenues from smuggling of oil and gas,” the sources said, adding, “The ISIL had previously made such decisions, including retreating from al-Houl and al-Shadadi in Hasaka where the terrorist group left the battlefields without any resistance against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).”

“The ISIL decision to leave capital of the self-proclaimed Caliphate for the SDF fighters and their American backers without resistance is in line with the US policy in Syria which opposes the Syrian government forces’ rule and control over the country’s energy-rich regions in Deir Ezzur and Homs,” the sources added.

“The ISIL has thus far transferred 12 Hummer vehicles from Raqqa to Albu Kamal in Deir Ezzur and has deployed several US-made Abrams artilleries to the village of al-Hosseiniyeh Northwestern of Deir Ezzur,” they added.

Informed sources within the SDF ranks announced on Saturday that the SDF fighters are preparing to launch a large-scale operation to end the ISIL terrorists’ rule over the Northeastern province of Raqqa.

“The Syrian Democratic Forces that are mainly comprised of Kurdish fighters are ready to storm the ISIL terrorists’ positions in the capital of self-proclaimed Caliphate,” the sources said.

“In the meantime, the US warplanes dropped leaflets over the city of Raqqa on Thursday and demanded civilians to leave the city as soon as possible,” they added.

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