We, as the Syrian Democratic Forces, are a peaceful movement focused on defeating ISIS and bringing stability to Syria consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2254. We seek a unified Syria, at peace with its neighbors. We harbor no hostility towards anyone other than ISIS, which, thanks to our heroic fighters, has one foot in the grave.
We are in the midst of operations in eastern Syria to defeat ISIS once and for all. We have lost a number of martyrs even in the last 24 hours in these battles against ISIS. These operations are in the decisive phase and we are prepared to complete them.
The sudden and unjustified threats of offensive operations from Turkey into Afrin, Syria, threatens to breathe new life into ISIS. These threats are wholly unjustified as we are determined to preserve the sovereign borders of Syria, and would not allow any hostile acts to launch against Turkey from Syrian soil, including from Afrin. Allegations that we have launched attacks across the border are false and a pretext for Turkey to bring its military forces and its extremist opposition groups onto Syrian soil. This would be an act of aggression against us, our people, and Syria.
If attacked, we will have no choice but to defend ourselves and our people, but we state in front of the world that we harbor no hostile intent towards Turkey and would only take measures in our own defense in the event of hostile operations against our people.
We call on Turkey to halt its unjustified threats and we call on the international community to ensure that all attention is paid to ISIS, which is not yet defeated, and to forging a lasting political solution in Syria to end the suffering of the Syrian people once and for all.
We, as Syrians, do not seek or need a new front after so many years of conflict and war. It is time, after the defeat of ISIS, to focus on political reconciliation and rebuilding our country.
General Command of The Syrian Democratic Forces | January 20, 2018