In the Last 24 Hours: Syrian Army-Backed Tribal Forces Preparing to Drive US-Backed Kurdish Militias out of Deir Ezzur

TEHRAN (FNA)- Syria’s tribal forces backed by the Syrian Army have declared their readiness to drive out the US-backed Kurdish militias from areas under their control in Eastern Deir Ezzur, media reports said.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted al-Baqer Division, which is under the auspices of tribal leader Sheikh al-Bokareh Nawaf al-Bashir, as saying that his forces are fully prepared to liberate the areas under the control of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Eastern Syria.

It noted that the al-Baqer commander in a meeting with a Russian officer in Eastern Deir Ezzur has declared that his men are waiting for the Syrian Army Command’s order to launch military operations to take back the SDF-controlled regions.

He also reiterated that the tribes of Eastern Syria do not accept the occupation of Syrian territories by the US or Israel.

In a relevant development in early May, residents of Eastern Deir Ezzur had called on the Syrian government to return to the Eastern parts of the country to expel occupiers from the region as tensions had heightened between the SDF and the civilians.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper reported that residents of different parts of Eastern Deir Ezzur had raised the demand in several contacts with the paper.

It underlined that residents of towns and villages of Deir Ezzur were highly dissatisfied with measures adopted by the occupying US forces and the SDF, including detentions, torture of civilians and seizure of the civilian properties.

The newspaper said that the occupied areas in Hasaka and Deir Ezzur did not enjoy even the minimum living standards, including electricity, adding that a large number of residents of the towns and villages in Eastern Deir Ezzur had been transferred to the Syrian army-controlled areas.

Meantime, residents of tens of towns and villages in Eastern Deir Ezzur had staged rallies in late May against the SDF’s vis-à-vis civilians and their hoarding of fuel and closed the roads, demanding their withdrawal from the region.

US Sends Tens of Trucks Carrying New Military Aids to Kurdish Militias in Eastern Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- The US Army forwarded tens of trucks containing military equipment to the Syrian province of Hasaka despite Washington’s declaration of end of the ISIL in Eastern Euphrates region, the Arabic-language media outlets said.

The US military convoy comprising at least 150 trucks packed with military and logistics support arrived in the city of al-Malekiyeh in Northeastern Hasaka from Iraq via Simalka border crossing, the SANA News Agency quoted local sources as saying.

The sources said that US military convoy has been sent to support the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and reinforce their military positions in areas under their control in Eastern Euphrates.

Meantime, the SDF still continues to attack and arrest the local residents and young people to send them to the military camps for forced recruitment.

In a relevant development earlier in September, the Anadolu news agency quoted local sources in Eastern Syria as saying that hundreds of Kurdish militias have undergone training in some regions of Eastern Euphrates over last several weeks.

The sources also said that the Kurdish militias have been trained by the US troops at military bases in the cities of Raqqa, al-Tabaqa and the town of al-Shadadi in Southern Hasaka on how to make use of different types of weapons.

They pointed to the continuation of the US logistical and military aids to the Kurdish militias on the pretext of combatting the ISIL, and said that around 2,000 US troops are currently stationed at 18 military bases and centers in the occupied regions of Syria.

Turkish defense minister has recently announced that if the US does not fulfill its pledges on creating a safe zone in Northeastern Syria, Ankara will take action to open such a zone by itself.

Turkey Orders Tahrir Al-Sham to Block Civilian Passage Via Idlib Crossing

TEHRAN (FNA)- Idlib Deputy Governor said that Tahrir al-Sham al-Hay’at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) is preventing the Syrian citizens from passing through the humanitarian corridor designated by the Syrian Army in Idlib province upon an order by Ankara and with the goal to exert pressure on the Syrian government.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted Sadoun as saying that for the second consecutive day the terrorist groups are blocking civilian passing through Abu Dhohour humanitarian corridor designated by the Syrian and Russian sides.

The provincial official noted that Tahrir al-Sham’s measure has taken place in line with Ankara’s order and with the goal to exert political pressure during the upcoming Astana summit slated to be held in Ankara soon.

Sadoun noted that the terrorist groups have fired live bullets at the civilians who had moved towards Abu Dhohour crossing and they have also closed the roads to Abu Dhohour passage.

He noted that according to the consultations between the Russian and Turkish sides, civilians were supposed to leave the areas under the control of the terrorists through Abu al-Dhohour passage.

Meantime, a battlefield source said that the terrorist groups launched rocket attacks on the Syrian Army’s military positions in Western Hama and Southern Idlib, and the Syrian Army responded by pounding the terrorists’ military positions in Sahl al-Ghab in Western Hama as well as Southern and Southeastern Idlib by heavy canon fire.

In a relevant development on Friday, a large number of terrorists have fled to Turkey in cooperation with Turkish officials in recent months as gaps have been widening among terrorist groups and Tahrir al-Sham command structure has collapsed.

The Arabic-language al-Watan newspaper quoted local sources in Kharbeh al-Joz Northwest of Jisr al-Shoghour in Western Idlib as saying that over 2,000 militants have fled to Turkey after being helped by Turkish border guards since the Syrian Army kicked off its military operation on May 6.

The local sources also pointed to Turkey’s threats on increasing corridors from Turkey to Europe, and said that most of the Ankara-backed terrorists who have defected their terrorist groups have fled to the European countries via Greece.

Al-Watan also quoted sources close to Tahrir al-Sham as saying that a wave of internal differences and defection can be seen among Tahrir al-Sham commanders as they accuse each other of treason.