On October 15, the newly formed Qeyam Movement released its first official statement. In the statement, the movement said that its aim is to fight the “the imperialist separatist project” represented by the Kurdish YPG force and the Kurdish Democratic Party (PYD).
The both groups alongside with YPJ – a female version of YPG – are a core of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
The Qeyam Movement didn’t say that it is part of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). However, the group said that it will work for a united Syria for all Syrians, from all sects and races.
Qeyam Movement conducted 3 hit and run operations against the SDF between October 11 and 14. The movement claimed that 5 fighters of the SDF were killed in those three operations.
The Movement can be considered a radical reaction for some bad polices of the Kurdish-dominated SDF against Arabs. More similar anti-SDF armed groups will likely see the light in the future.
On the same day when the Qeyam Movement released its statement, the Asayish force – security forces loyal to the PYD – took over 2 banks in al-Hasakah city from the Syrian government, according to Syrian oppositions sources.
The opposition sources said that armed Asyish fighters stormed the government owned Commercial and Industrial Banks in al-Hasakah city and forced all civilians and employees to leave it without a warning or an explanation.
Such acts by the SDF will only intensify the Arabian-Kurdish tension in the SDF-held areas. Considering the SDF’s current bad relations with the Syrian government, Turkey and the Syrian opposition, this will set a ground for further tensions in Syria after ISIS is defeated.