U.S. Central Command to form a 30,000 strong Syrian Democratic Forces border army

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Source: Daily Sabah

The U.S.-led coalition confirmed reports on Saturday that it will establish a 30,000-strong new border security force with the People’s Protection Units (YPG)-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria, a move that has already angered Turkey.

The coalition named the “new” army the Syrian Border Security Force (BSF). About 15,000 of the fighters will be SDF veterans as the fight against Daesh comes to a close. Another 15,000 will be recruited and trained in the near future. Currently, 230 individuals are training in the inaugural class, according to the coalition statement.

The coalition said the ethnic composition of the new border force would be relative to the areas in which they serve: “Efforts are taken to ensure individuals serve in areas close to their homes. More Kurds will serve in the areas in northern Syria. More Arabs will serve in areas along the Euphrates River Valley (ERV) and along the border with Iraq to the south.”

This makes almost certain that the U.S. designated terror group PKK’s Syrian armed YPG militia will be deployed to the Turkish-Syrian border, a move that will further increase tensions in the area as well as with Washington.

U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) Commander Gen. Joseph Votel announced last month that they would establish border forces in Syria, which he said would help prevent the resurgence of Daesh.

On Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon refused to provide details of the training given to the so-called “North Army,” but added that the Pentagon has maintained full accountability and transparency with the Turkish government over the aid granted.

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