Syrian Kurdish party backs longer U.S. role in Syria


BEIRUT (Reuters) – The main Syrian Kurdish political party, the PYD, said on Wednesday the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State should continue to operate in Syria while is no political solution to the Syrian crisis.

PYD’s co-president, Shahoz Hasan, in a written message to Reuters, was responding to comments by U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Monday that described a longer-term role for U.S. troops long after Islamic State militants lose control of all the territory they hold.

“Without achieving a political solution to the Syrian crisis, and with the continuation of the Turkish and Iranian intervention in Syria, and with the continued presence of al Qaeda groups in Syria, the continued operation of the coalition is better,” Hasan said.

Reporting by Tom Perry; Editing by Robin Pomeroy

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