The People's Protection Units (PYD) co-chair Salih Muslim stated in an interview with a German media outlet on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, that the main objective of the PYD is to put an end to the Islamic State in Rojava.
"We want to drive IS out of our land and for the Kurds to achieve their rights in the framework of the Syrian constitution," Muslim noted. "We do not want to establish an independent Kurdish state adjacent to Turkey."
The PYD co-chair also accused Ankara of 'Kurd-phobia' and of fearing the Kurds anywhere they might ask for their rights. He further stated that opposite to what rumors claim, Halab and A'zaz are not among Syrian Democratic Forces' (SDF) objective at the moment.
Hundreds of gunmen have been deployed to the A'zaz area by Turkey which Muslim accused of supporting the Nusra Front and IS militants during their confrontations with Syrian Democratic Forces fighters in Raf'at, Mingh, and Mari' areas.
The SDF is currently in control of 20 percent of Syrian territory and is an active boots-on-the-ground member of the international coalition against the Islamic State.
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