Resentment rises among SDF members against the backdrop of the American decision to withdraw its forces from east of Euphrates
The repercussions of the decision of the US presidency to withdraw its forces from the east Euphrates areal still cast a shadow over the area, in light of the Turkish threats of a large-scale military operation in east Euphrates area, reliable sources informed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that a large and widespread resentment prevails among fighters and members of the Syria Democratic Forces, due to the decision of the American forces to withdraw from the east of Euphrates, and at the same time, the US bases and patrols of the US forces are still deployed in Tal Abyad city in the countryside of al-Raqqah on the east bank of Euphrates River, and the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published yesterday that discussions are underway among the leadership of the Syria Democratic Forces, confirmed by sources for the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights that if the Turkish military operation starts (for which preparations are underway in the border between the Tigris and Euphrates and Manbij area), the SDF intent to withdraw all their fighters from the fronts with the “Islamic State” Organization, and move them to the front lines with the Turkish Forces and the factions operating under their commands , after stopping the military operation against the “Islamic State” Organization at the east banks of Euphrates River, which is still composed of the towns of al-Susah, Shafa, and al-Baghuz and the villages of Shajla, Safafiyyah, Bo Badran, Bukhatir, Abu Hasan, and Marashdah.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published on the 19th of December 2018 that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights obtained information from several reliable sources who confirmed that senior US officials informed senior leaders of the Syria Democratic Forces that; the US command intends to withdraw its forces from the entire area of east Euphrates and Manbij, which cause a great shock among SDF command, as this contradicts what is happening on the ground, where the reinforcements reached during the last 48 hours to the east of Euphrates area of fuel, military equipment, logistics, and mechanisms, also military reinforcements arrived to the military bases in Manbij and al-Omar oilfield, and the Kurdish Command considered that the withdrawal of US forces -if happened- as a stab in the back of the Syria Democratic Forces and YPG, who over the past months and years controlled the largest geographical area that used to be under the control of the “Islamic State” organization, which is the east of Euphrates area along with Manbij area, and a betrayal of the blood of thousands of fighters who were killed fighting the “Islamic State” Organization and their opponents.
This decision to withdraw from the east of Euphrates comes in conjunction with an increased state of alert among the Turkish Forces, on the border between the Tigris and Euphrates and near Manbij, as the end of ISIS enclave east of Euphrates River gets closer, after the arrival of large military reinforcements of SDF fighters from the Syrian north, Manbij area, and other areas at the east of Euphrates, also the Syrian Observatory published hours ago that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the rebel and Islamic factions operating under the command of Turkey, which are part of the “Olive Branch” and “Euphrates Shield” Operations, continue their preparations for the military operation Turkey is seeking to carry out east of Euphrates area along the border between the rivers of Tigris and Euphrates, where thousands of fighters are preparing to participate in the operation under the command and orders of the Turks, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights received from reliable and intersected sources, that a state of alertness and military movements is taking places at the border side from the Turkish side and from the east of Euphrates, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: areas of east of Euphrates are witnessing a state of alert by the Syria Democratic Forces and YPG, along with military movements at the Turkish side in the light of the Turkish military threats of carrying out operation that targets east of Euphrates; supported by the opposition rebel and Islamic factions of “Olive Branch” and “Euphrates Shield” Operations, these movements come after a Turkish military mobilization in addition to mobilization by the Syria Democratic Forces on the borderline, in anticipation of any surprise attack.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights published this morning that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitored the Turkish drones in the airspace of the border area with the east of Euphrates, and in the details monitored by the Syrian Observatory: Turkish reconnaissance drones flew over the western sector of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) countryside until Tal Abyad area in al-Raqqah countryside, the sources confirmed for the Syrian Observatory that that the drones flew over the area, and entered the deep in the Syrian areas east of Euphrates, accompanied by a great state of alert among the Syria Democratic Forces, these reconnaissance operations come in conjunction with Turkish the continuous threats since days to launch a military operation in the east of Euphrates area, along the border in the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and the Syrian Observatory published yesterday that the International Coalition forces have entered a shipment of military equipment, logistics, and fuel to its military bases in the Syrian north within the east of Euphrates area, and in the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: about 150 trucks carrying fuel of warplanes of International Coalition, the Hummer vehicles, and vehicles in the International Coalition Forces and military bases, in addition to military and logistic equipment, as part of their strengthening of their presence and continued supply of their forces within these bases
The Syrian Observatory published 2 days ago that Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned that the US forces have intensified their patrols in the area extended along the border strip from Sluk to the area of Tal Abyad, and in the details monitored by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights; the US forces are heavily patrolling troops in the area between Ras Al-Ayn and Sluk, and between Ayn Al-Arab (Kobani) and Tal Abyad, as a part of operations of observing the border and attempts to prevent the Turkish military operation from being launched, while the Syrian Observatory published hours ago, that attempts by the International Coalition are taking place to convince the Syria Democratic Forces to approve the request of the government of the Kurdistan area of Iraq, where the reliable sources confirmed to the Syrian Observatory that it includes the request of entering forces of the Kurdish Peshmerga of the government of the Kurdistan area of Iraq and the Peshmerga of Rojava”, which consists of Syrian Kurd citizens defected of the regime forces and other volunteers, of who received training by the Peshmerga main forces in the Kurdistan area of Iraq, and it includes the deployment of these forces on the border between northeast Syria and the Kurdistan area of Iraq, where this request comes in conjunction with Turkish threats to launch a broad military operation against the Syria Democratic Forces in their controlled areas east of Euphrates River, from the east of Euphrates to the west of Tigris River.
The Syrian Observatory published in the past 48 hours that hundreds of members of the Syria Democratic Forces headed to Tal Abyad area in the northern sector of al-Raqqah countryside, and towards Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), along with heavy equipment of tanks and armored vehicles, under the preparations to repel any ground advancement by Turkish Forces and the Syrian opposition rebel and Islamic factions in the east of Euphrates area, also the Syrian Observatory learned that U.S. Forces are running patrols in the area stretching on the borderline from Sluk to Tal Abyad area on a daily basis, as part of their border watching and attempts to prevent the launch of the military operation.