Syrian opposition figure withdraws from Kurdish-Arab alliance

Former Syrian opposition leader Haytham Manna gestures as he speaks during a meeting in Moscow on August 14, 2015Veteran opposition figure Haytham Manna told AFP on Tuesday he has withdrawn from the Syrian Democratic Council, a Kurdish-Arab alliance based in northeast Syria that he co-chaired. “I withdrew on March 19 from the presidency of the SDC and made it clear that I will not return until they rescind the March 17 declaration,” he said, referring to an announcement by Kurdish and allied groups of a “federal region” in northern Syria. Manna, an Arab, was co-president of the SDC, an alliance formed in December as the political branch of the Kurdish-Arab fighting force known as the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

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