U.S. Proxies Face Tribal Uprising In Northern, Eastern Syria


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U.S. Proxies Face Tribal Uprising In Northern, Eastern Syria

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U.S. Proxies Face Tribal Uprising In Northern, Eastern Syria

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Arab tribes in northern and eastern Syria are now waging an armed uprising against the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the United States main proxy in the country.

The uprising began late on August 27 after the SDF arrested Rashid Abu Khawla, the leader of its largest Arab faction, the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC), and launched a security operation within its areas in the governorate in cooperation with the U.S.-led coalition.

Arab tribes in Deir Ezzor led by Sheikh Ibrahim al-Hafel, a prominent leader of the influential Al Uqaydat, quickly rose against the SDF, attacking the groups bases and checkpoints in the eastern and southeastern countryside of the governorate.

Clashes were reported close to the U.S.-led coalition bases at the Conoco gas plant in the eastern Deir Ezzor countryside and al-Omar oil fields in the southern countryside of the governorate. However, the coalition didn’t intervene.

On August 31, the SDF said that Abu Khawala was arrested over his involvement in serious crimes and violations, including communicating with an “anti-revolution” foreign power, drug trafficking, abuse of power and facilitating ISIS operations in Deir Ezzor.

The next day, September 1, clashes spread to the northern Aleppo countryside. Tribal fighters backed by Turkey launched an attack against the SDF-held town of Manbij. The fighters stormed several positions of the Syrian Arab Army to the north of the town. In response, the Russian Aerospace Forces launched several airstrikes against their gatherings and positions.

On September 3, Turkish-backed tribal fighters launched two new attacks against the SDF from the directions of the town of Ras al-Ayn in the northern al-Hasakah countryside and Tell Abyad in the northern Raqqa countryside. Both attacks were quickly repelled.

On the same day, the U.S. embassy in Syria announced that State Department and coalition officials had met with SDF officials and tribal leaders in northern and eastern Syria to try to end the conflict. Still, no agreement was reached.

On September 6, the SDF managed to enter the key town of Diban in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, the stronghold of Sheikh al-Hafel. However, the tribal leader was not arrested and clashes continued near the town and in other parts of the governorate.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the conflict in Deir Ezzor has so far claimed the lives of 90 people, including 57 tribesmen, 24 SDF fighters and nine civilians.

The tribal uprising in Deir Ezzor will not likely come to an end any time soon. SDF influence in the governorate and other Arab areas in northern and eastern Syria is clearly weakening. While Arab tribes in the governorate have not yet taken any stance against the U.S.-led coalition, which maintains two bases on their territory, there were reports of cooperation and communication between them and Syrian government forces who control the western bank of the Euphrates River.

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Edgar Zetar

syria should be the west wall for all middle east arab countries against the western wall created soon fter wwii with israel. israel projection of power weakened all governments surrounding them, syria is very close. some stupid people believes in the christian bible saying israel, and the 666 and the antichrist and bla bla bla, without understand geopolitics and not even understand reality… the believers

jens holm

far out. no other arabs or semiarabs will touch assads.


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