In an interview to “ANHA” media outlet, the Co-Chair of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), a political wing of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Amina Omer confirmed the information on the forthcoming congress aimed at determining the Kurdish-held territories scheduled for May 3 in the city of Ain Issa in Northern Syria.
According to Omer’s statement, “the conference of Syrian clans” will bring together various local tribes to discuss a number of sensitive issues for the Syrian Kurds, including setting up of the autonomous administration in northeastern Syria and unifying efforts to confront the Turkish occupation and other threats by external forces”. The same comments were done by an another high-ranking Kurdish official Hemdan Al-Abid to the news agency “ANF”.
Earlier, the SMM Syria already reported on the Kurdish congress brokered by the U.S. in close cooperation with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia. Our group questioned some political experts and activist with the aim to provide a more comprehensive picture of this event and its possible impact on the status-quo in the region.
In this regard, Turkish expert Hasan Hiz said that the Syrian Kurds regularly organize such conferences, declare autonomy in a hope that it will be accepted by Damascus. However, he stressed that it doesn’t have a regional reality even thought it’s politically understandable.
Hasan Hiz also pointed out that the Gulf countries’ participation in the conference does contain a threat message to Turkey. And he is not only one who think in this way. Human right activist Macer Gifford also acknowledged that the presence of Saudi Arabia is significant to some extent, because the Saudis are very anti-Turkish at the moment.
Erbil-based NBC Journalist Mohamed Shikhibra insisted that the presence of KSA and UAE is actually a fact, referring that they have their own representatives either from their own or Syrian dual nationality mainly from Bedo tribes.
Indeed, many experts assume that the potential conflict in the Northeast of Syria between Turkey on the one side and the KSA and UAE on the other is to become a bitter reality. There is a distinct possibility that the Gulf’s monarchies are aiming to ensure access to the oil and gas rich Syria’s Northeast controlled by the Kurds. In addition, Riyad and Abu Dhabi can also take advantage of the Kurdish dossier to try to reduce the growing influence of Ankara in the region.
Given the fact that the risk of repeating “Afrin scenario” in Manbij and Tal Rifaat causes concerns among the Kurdish population, it became obvious that the leaders of the Kurdish movement will resort to the use of all kinds of measures and leverage to prevent the further advance by the Turkish forces.
In this context, it should be noted that the US firm stance was one of the effective means to push back Turkey that the Kurds have been long relied on. Despite of the announced withdrawal of the American forces, Washington still holds the upper hand on the Kurdish-held areas, forcing Ankara to avoid the long-awaited offensive against what it described “terrorists”.
Thus, it’s highly unlikely that the US will give the green light for the Turkey’s plan in northern Syria. Moreover, it seems that it was the US that took a significant part in the creating of a new project of the Kurdish autonomy – to the dismay of its key regional partner and NATO’s ally Turkey – that has a potential to seriously affect Ankara’s positions in Syria.