On September 20, anti-U.S. leaflets were found in the town of Abu Hamam in the southeastern countryside of Deir Ezzor, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The leaflets, which were distributed in the town by unknown individuals in the early morning, called on the locals to start an uprising against U.S. forces.
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U.S. forces were described in the leaflets as greedy occupiers. They were also accused of killing children, women and elderlies as well as of bombing the region to achieve their goals and satisfy their greed.
“Think and make the right decision … Can they [U.S. forces] provide us the humanitarian aid we need? … They only help who accepts to be their slave … We are masters, sons of masters … Come on … Let’s rise up against the obnoxious Americans and those helping them,” the leaflet reads.
Kurdish sources claimed that the Damascus government and its intelligence were behind the leaflets distribution. However, this has not been verified, yet.
In the last few months, southeastern Deir Ezzor locals clashed with the SDF on a number of occasions. The Kurdish-led group was accused of orchestrating attacks on Arab tribal leaders in the region. Local Arabs may have been behind the leaflets.
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