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PYD/YPG/SDF: Obama's Envoy McGurk and British, French delegation met with Kurdish officials in Kobane yesterday.

PYD/YPG/SDF: Obama's Envoy McGurk and British, French delegation met with Kurdish officials in Kobane yesterday.

Trying to assuage the kurds which were excluded from Geneva III by crazy Turks and fat Saudi Wahhabi pigs.

A delegation including senior US
diplomat Brett McGurk met members of a Kurd-Arab alliance fighting the 
Islamic State jihadist group inside Syria, Kurdish sources said Sunday.

The weekend 
visit to the war-torn country -- confirmed by a US official -- appeared 
to be the first by a senior US government figure inside Syrian 
territory.McGurk, who is US 
President Barack Obama's envoy to an international coalition fighting IS
in Syria and Iraq, was accompanied by French and British officials.One 
Kurdish source close to the meeting said a "high-level military 
delegation from the international coalition (against IS)," met Saturday 
with senior members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance.The source said the talks in the Kurdish town of Kobane covered "military plans" for the fight against IS.

meetings will have an impact on many developments that will be seen in 
the area," he added, without providing further details.The talks were confirmed by a second Kurdish source on the ground and reported in Kurdish media.

A US official said that McGurk visited Syria at the weekend to take 
stock of the campaign against IS extremists, but gave few other details."This visit and the discussions 
he had are in keeping with the special envoy's efforts to continue 
looking for ways to increase coalition pressure on ISIL," said the 
official, using an alternative acronym for the jihadists.The SDF is an alliance of Syrian Kurds and Arabs who are fighting IS with support from the US-led coalition.

is composed mostly of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), a 
powerful militia that has proved Syria's most effective force against 
IS, along with smaller units of Syrian Arab Muslim and Christian 
fighters.The meetings come after the YPG's
political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), was excluded from new
peace talks in Geneva being organised by the UN.Despite 
cooperation between the US-led coalition and the YPG in the fight 
against IS, the Kurdish militia and its political branch face fierce 
opposition from neighbouring Turkey.Ankara considers the PYD and 
YPG to be affiliates of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), 
which has waged an armed insurgency in Turkey, while Syria's opposition 
accuses them of being too close to the regime in Damascus.But
the coalition has worked closely with the YPG since it launched air 
strikes in Syria in September 2014, expanding a campaign that began in 
Iraq a month earlier.And that support has continued since the 
formation of the SDF last October, with US-led air support helping the 
alliance seize a key dam from IS last month.US-based Kurdish 
affairs analyst Mutlu Civiroglu said McGurk's visit appeared intended to
assuage the Kurds after their exclusion from the Geneva talks."The
goal is to ease Kurdish anger and give them reassurances that they are 
not being ignored and that they have a part in this process," he said.Kurdish
sources earlier said that US Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken
had called PYD chair Saleh Muslim to discuss Washington's view on the 
Kurdish issue and the peace talks.

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