The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Promises and temptations | “National Defence” militia joins “Army of Tribes” to fight against SDF in Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor province: The “National Defence” militia, under orders by the leader “Feras Al-Jaham”, reinforced their positions in western Deir Ezzor countryside by adding and merging their members with members of “Army of Tribes” (Jaish Al-Asha’aer) in preparation to launch attacks on positions of SDF.

Moreover, “Al-Jaham” instructed and motivated his members to fight against SDF and promised them support, where he promised them to not demand what they loot during the fighting.

15 days ago, SOHR sources reported that a meeting was held in the house of “Abdullah Shalal Al-Abdullah” a notable of “Al-Busarayah” tribe, attended by “Ibrahim Al-Hafal,” the notable of Al-Akidat tribe, “Nawaf Al-Bashir” the commander of pro-Iranian Al-Baqir Brigade and Abdullah Shalal Al-Abdullah in Al-Kharetah village within areas controlled by regime forces and Iranian-backed militias in western Deir Ezzor countryside.

According to reliable SOHR sources, the notable of “Busarayah” tribe demanded the joinder of the “Tribal Army” led by “Laith Al-Bashir” to the Iranian-backed militias in order to increase the military power, increase numbers to control smuggling routes and to send more cells to SDF-held areas. However, this was met with refusal by the Busraya tribe’s notable “Mahna Al-Fayyad.”