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East Euphrates: Fighting Among Washington Allies

East Euphrates: Fighting Among Washington Allies

Sunday, 6 May, 2018 - 11:15
People gather around a truck carrying food aid given by UN's World Food Programme in Raqqa, Syria April 26, 2018. REUTERS/Aboud Hamam

A clash that occurred in Deir Ezzor in the past two days held several indicators on possible ethnic, tribal and political complications in the coming period among Washington allies in the east of Euphrates, especially with the US administration discussing procedures to fill the gap after withdrawing its forces once ISIS is eradicated.

The fighting between the Syrian Democratic Forces, composed mainly of People's Protection Units, and the Syrian Elite Forces, affiliated with Syria's Tomorrow Movement, was brought to an end by Brett H. McGurk, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

In details, an armed unit from SDF advanced towards Abu Hamam two days ago and asked Abu Emad, the leader of the elite forces that contributed to the battles against ISIS and the liberation of Raqqa, to hand over weapons During the verbal altercation between the fighters and Abu Imad, the wife of the latter intervened and "insulted the members of the visiting group, which led to an exchange of fire and the wounding of two Kurdish men and the wife of Abu Imad."

The Arab Council in Euphrates and Al-Jazeera

The Arab Council in Euphrates and Al-Jazeera issued a statement on Friday saying that the Syrian Democratic Forces conducted a violent attack that was defied by Syrian Elite Forces on the 4th of May. The statement held the SDF responsible for this dangerous act that waves with a possible Kurdish-Arab riot. The Arab Council in Euphrates and Al-Jazeera is a political bloc composed of the three eastern provinces in Deir Ezzor, Raqqa and Hasakah. The council includes a majority of sheikhs and tribes of the region as well as prominent figures from cities and municipalities.

A member of the council stated that the main reason behind the dispute was the Kurdish units that control the decision-making and reject the presence of any Arab faction in the region because that would threaten them. In contrast, a Kurdish leader said that the SDF is composed of Arab fighters, denying the Kurdish quest to dominate and suggest an agenda of federalism.

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