Following the January 16 suicide bombing, which caused casualties among US service members, the Manbij Military Council of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) claimed that it had detained a ‘terrorist’ cell linked to Turkish intelligence services and Turkish-backed militant groups operating in northern Syria.
According to the statement, the cell was preparing multiple ‘explosions’ and ‘similar terrorist acts’ in the Manbij area. By this statement, the SDF de-facto attempted to blame Turkey for the terrorist attack that had killed US personnel.
On January 17, the al-Bab Military Council of the SDF released own statement on this issue by condemning the terrorist attack and blaiming ISIS for it.
These statements show the difference in approaches between Kurdish-controlled and Arab factions within the SDF. While the Kurdish-dominated part of the group (its major part) is attempting to undermine the US-Turkish relations and to prevent the US withdrawal from the country in order to create a Kurdish “state” in the area, the Arab part is ready to accept the reality and to work with the powers involved in the conflict to reach a political solution.
It’s also interesting to note that the al-Bab Military Council is involved in joint patrols with the Russian Military Police in the area west of Manbij. At the same time, the Kurdish-controlled Manbij Military Council (even if it’s formally presented as an “Arab faction”) is acting in the framework of the YPG/PYD approach.
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