US-Saudi Plot for Independence of Washington-Backed Militants in Eastern Euphrates

TEHRAN (FNA)- A new political formation which is supported by the US and Saudi Arabia was established in Eastern Euphrates to prepare the ground for independence of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the region.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported on Tuesday that recently a political formation named ‘Independent Arab Stream’ declared existence in Deir Ezzur province.

It added that the formation which is supported by the US and sponsored by Saudi Arabia is headed by Mohammed Khalid al-Shaker, the former spokesman of Ahmad al-Jaraba special forces.

The paper referred to the US and Saudi attempts to form political and military structures in Eastern Euphrates which oppose Turkey and recruits Arabs instead of Kurds, noting that formation of the political streams is aimed at legitimizing SDF’s control over Eastern Syria and stopping Turkey’s threats under the pretext that the SDF wants to return the regions to their Arab residents.

Last Tuesday, a prominent Turkish political analyst underlined Ankara’s concerns about Washington’s continued arms shipments to the Kurdish militia, warning of the US plans against Syria’s territorial integrity by setting the stage for Kurdish independence.

The Arabic-language service of Sputnik quoted Turki Mahmoud Othman as saying that the US has supplied the SDF with a large amount of weapons and military equipment.

He added that Ankara was highly concerned about arming Kurds after declaration of full annihilation of the ISIL terrorist group in Eastern Syria, saying that Turkey had many questions on the fate of these weapons which are sufficient for a full-scale army but Washington has provided Ankara with no transparent response.

Othman claimed that the US intended to protect and support the SDF with the help of the European forces as it promises Turkey to create a demilitarized zone in Northern Syria to buy time, and warned that the demilitarized zone is likely a trap for Turkey by Washington.

Othman said that the US would in the next phase try to drive a wedge between those regions where the SDF intends to come in control and the demilitarized zone and then will force Ankara to accept more prerequisites set by Washington to recognize the SDF’s independence as a regime which possesses advanced weapons.

US Sends Tens of Trucks Loaded with Military Equipment to SDF-Controlled Areas

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US dispatched a large number of trucks packed with new military aids to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern and Northeastern Syria, media reports said.

A US military convoy comprising 30 trucks loaded with weapons, military and logistic equipment has arrived in Ain al-Arab Airport in Northeastern Aleppo, pro-militant al-Khabor news website reported.

Al-Khabor, meantime, said that the SDF has discharged four weapons depots in Tal Bidar, Ramilan, al-Shadadi and al-Malekieh in Hasaka province and sent their weapons to arms depots in Ra’as al-Ain in Northern Hasaka, Tal Abyaz in Northern Raqqa and Ain al-Arab in Aleppo as well as al-Amar energy zone in Eastern Deir Ezzur.

It noted that the Kurdish forces’ move comes as part of their plan to confront an imminent military offensive by the Turkish Army and its allied militants in Eastern Euphrates.

The Turkish-language Anatoly news agency also reported that hundreds of trucks carrying US-made military equipment have been sent for the SDF-controlled areas in Deir Ezzur.

It also noted that a large number of weapons and military equipment have been sent to the US-controlled al-Omar oil zone which is now under the US control, adding that a large number of vehicles and drilling machinery have also been sent to SDF-controlled towns.

In a relevant development on Saturday, media reports revealed that Washington has dispatched new military aid to the SDF in Eastern Euphrates after declaring an end in the war on ISIL.

The US-led coalition has sent new military convoys, including tens of trucks carrying military aid and logistical equipment, from Iraqi Kurdistan region to areas occupied by the SDF in Eastern Euphrates.

Over 810 trucks, carrying military and logistic equipment of the US-led coalition have arrived in Eastern Euphrates.

Last month, Washington-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria declared their final victory over the ISIL terrorist group, ending bloody battle against the group that once held territory spanning a third of Syria and Iraq.

The US Defense Department also announced that the Islamic State no longer holds any territory in Syria, according to former White House Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

In December 2018, US President Donald Trump declared the ISIL terrorist group defeated in Syria and announced American troop pullout from the country but gave no timeline. The surprise announcement resulted in the resignation of Secretary of Defense James Mattis, US anti-IS coalition envoy Brett McGurk and Pentagon Chief of staff Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney who disapproved of the American president’s decision.

But, Trump confirmed that 400 US soldiers will remain in the war-torn country indefinitely.

Notably, the US troops have been operating in Syria as part of an international coalition for about five years without the permission of Syrian authorities or the UN Security Council. The United States has, in particular, supported the Kurdish-led militia controlling the territories to the East of the Euphrates and opposing the Syrian government.