Tensions high, Iraqi Kurds want US troops on their border

According to Kurdish officials in Northern Iraq, US patrols on the Iraqi-Syrian border will control several actions, including the independent approval of border smuggling operations, which are valuable to the Kurdish Region and its main ally, Turkey. At the same time, the presence of observers will prevent PKK members from transferring troops and equipment from their bases in northern Iraq to Syrian Kurdistan.

The presence of the United States as an observer makes the PKKE-led YPG/PYD administration in Northern Syria to “cut ties with the PKK,” which is the main purpose of the US request.

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