Posted on August 28, 2019
The “first practical steps” came on the weekend, when the People’s Protection Units (YPG) pulled out some fighters and weaponry from two areas.
The move is part of a deal with Turkey and the US, which has forces there.
Turkey has threatened to launch an assault unless the YPG pulls back from the border and a “safe zone” is set up. It considers the YPG a terrorist group, saying that it is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for three decades.
The YPG played a leading role in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance that was the US military’s main partner on the ground in Syria in the battle against the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).