MESOP US Pentagon praises PKK/PYD (SDF) : Syrian Democratic Forces gained new insights in foreign fighter flows

June 23, 2016 – ARA News – QAMISHLO – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have gained new insights in foreign fighter flows, which could help stemming ISIS threat, a Pentagon spokesman said.

“One important development is the SDF forces have cleared territory. They have also gained new insight into ISIL’s operations in the area, including the flow of foreign fighters.  We believe that this will be helpful as we work to stem the foreign fighter flow and the risk that ISIL poses outside of Syria and Iraq,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a statement, using another acronym for ISIS.

US officials say that the current Manbij operation launched on 31 May will prevent ISIS fighters from traveling to the West from Syria and pose threats there. Moreover, it will prevent foreign fighters from traveling to Syria from Turkey.“And in Syria, the [SDF] forces fighting to take back Manbij city are tightening the noose around this critical crossroad between Raqqa and the Turkish border,” Cook added.