Rojava Peshmergas only to enter Syria in agreement with PYD: official
Kawe Azizi, a member of the Central Committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S), said that the Rojava Peshmerga forces will only return to Syria in agreement with other parties to prevent Kurdish infighting.
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