"The US does not want the end of the Syrian war until their goals are achieved. Their main tool for the war in Syria, called Daesh, is living out their last days. So now they are switching to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which have to do what Daesh failed to fulfil," Syrian political analyst Muhammed Kheir al-Akkam said.
According to him, "the US wants to extend the war in Syria as long as possible to implement its plans in the region."
He pointed out that "what we see in Raqqa is a fully coordinated move by the US to replace Daesh with the SDF."
"We might ask why the US is not fighting the al-Nusra Front and other similar organizations? The answer is simple: because the US supports them," he said.
He recalled that the SDF carries out ethnic cleansing in Raqqa and discriminates against some Syrian peoples in the occupied territories, which is why the SDF cannot be called "democratic" or "Syrian".
"The Syrian Kurds need to remember that the Americans will betray them as soon as their interests diverge, something that occurred to Masoud Barzani after Iraqi Kurds failed to secede from Baghdad," al-Akkam said.
According to him, "the Syrian Kurds also should bear in mind that their strength depends on Syria's unity."
Al-Akkam added that the seventh round of the Syrian peace talks in Astana in many respects continued the course of the talks' sixth round. At the same time, it is worth noting that there has been a new turn, according to him.
In Astana, the sides, in particular, agreed on exchanging prisoners and the holding of the Syrian National Dialogue Congress in Sochi, where Syria's integrity will be high on the agenda.
"As for the Syrian opposition groups that will not attend the Sochi congress, they are dealing with the interests of those who finance their activities rather than those of the Syrian people," al-Akkam concluded.
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