The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), that are a core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, have arrested a number of members of Liwaa Suqour al-Raqqa, one of the few Arab factions within the SDF, according to pro-opposition media outlets.
The YPG has reportedly arrested 15 Liwaa Suqour al-Raqqa members, including the group’s field commander Fayyad al-Ghanim, and seized their weapons.
The incident allegedly took place in Al-Ghanim neighborhood in Raqqah city on Saturday evening.
Thereported reason of the tensions between the YPG and Liwaa Suqour al-Raqqa is alleged coordination of Fayyad al-Ghanim with the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
If reports are confirmed, this will once again show that Kurdish militias remain the only real military power within the SDF and contribute all possible efforts to consolidate political and military influence in the SDF-held areas.
UPDATE: Fresh reports have appeared claiming Ibrahim al-Banawi (from Liwa Jund al-Haramain) and Fayyad al-Ghanim have defected to the SAA.
انشقاق “إﺑﺮﺍﻫﻴﻢ ﺍﻟﺒﻨﺎﻭﻱ“ ﻗﺎﺋﺪ لواء ﺟﻨﺪ ﺍﻟﺤﺮﻣﻴﻦ (مجلس منبج العسكري) ﻭ”ﻓﻴﺎﺽ ﺍﻟﻐﺎﻧﻢ” قائد كتيبة الغانم (لواء صقور الرقة) من قسد الى حضن النمر pic.twitter.com/MxkWxwmdUc
— Hassan Ridha (@sayed_ridha) 28 August 2017