Syria Kurds fighting for the SDF toSyria Kurds fighting for the SDF to

     Syria is no
stranger to conflict. The Syrian Civil War, a multi sided conflict between the
government of President Bashar al-Assad, with its allies, and various opposing
forces, has persisted approximately six years. The U.S. has recently begun plans to
create an allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Kurdish-led, militia border
security force.OM1  The U.S. intended to use the back bone of this coalition borderOM2  force, known as the Kurdish People’s Protection Unit (YPG), in its fight
against the Islamic State (IS). However, Turkey OM3 views this strategy as counter productive and detrimental to not only
their national security but to U.S./ Turkey relations. President Erdogan of
Turkey considers the Kurds fighting for the SDF to be a terrorist organization and
has since condemned the SDF, YPG, and U.S. commingling. The YPG is understood
to be an active extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), known
for fighting for Kurdish autonomy in Turkey for thirty years. “Turkey’s
president vowed to “suffocate” efforts to begin training members of
the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and create what he called a “terror armyOM4 “. The coalitions goal is to create a force of approximately 30,000
fighters over several years of which the Kurdish forces and Arab SDF will each
make up half. The BordeOM5 r Security Force (BSF) will be tasked with patrolling large sections of
Syria’s northern border with Turkey and the eastern border with Iraq. The U.S.
led coalition hopes that creating a strong border OM6 force will help restrict Islamic State movement and deter the
transportation of illegal substancesOM7 .

the SDF a “Kurdish-led, militia border etc.?” If so, separate the title and
definition with a colon or “a.” Otherwise, it seems like a list of two
different things.

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