In an interview with the Kurdish ANF news website, Leader of the US-backed Jaysh al-Thuwar, Haji Ahmed, claimed that the Syrian government, Turkey and Iran cooperate in the province of Aleppo against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
“After these events, strong relations were established with Iran [by Turkey] in the areas of al-Shahba,- means Aleppo- which led to a greater cooperation between the Assad regime and Turkey and the opening of communication between them”. He said adding that “A common intelligence network has been built and this network is working against us, and we don’t rule out that this cooperation will turn into a higher level in the future. “
Hajji Ahmed claimed that 70% Al-Shahba area population were displaced and that most of the people of the area were convicted and their houses and properties were confiscated or killed through “secret operations”. He also pointed out that these practices were carried out by the Al-Nusra Front, Ahrar al-Sham, Sultan Murad Regiment and Sultan Salim especially in the towns of Azaz and Jarablus.
Haji Ahmed accused Turkey of trying to impose military control over the region.
“In all the constructions carried out by Turkey, the pictures of Mustafa Kama Ataturk are hung on and written in Turkish. The policy of Turkification is being practiced in those areas, yet Turkey is still suffering from difficulties in order to impose its policies in both the cities of Azaz and Al-Bab.”
Haji Ahmed also claimed that the Turkish presence in Syria serves Iran and the Syrian government, accusing the three countries of what he described as “settling” the Arabs and Turkestan in Aleppo, by transferring them from Hama, Damascus and Homs.
“The Shahba areas for these countries have become a useful area and they are using it to carry out their plans which will – in the long run – provide Iran with a great deal of support and gains,” hea added.
It is worth mentioning that, in general, Kurds live only in Afrin area in the northern countryside of Aleppo, and they make up only a small proportion of the population of Aleppo. The indigenous inhabitants of the towns of Azzaz, Jarablus and Bab al-Arab are Arabs. Meanwhile, pro-Turkish militant groups and the SAA have clashed many times in the northern Aleppo countryside .