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SDF Denies Planning Operation Against Syrian Army In Al-Bukamal

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SDF Denies Planning Operation Against Syrian Army In Al-Bukamal

By: sdf-press.com

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are not planning to launch an attack on the city of al-Bukamal, which is held by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), a spokesman for the US-backed group said on April 24 denying reports claiming that such operation is being prepared.

“There’s no preparation or intention of SDF for a new military operation in Syria. We’re focusing on the fight against #ISIS, elimination of sleeper cells and uprooting its ideology in northern Syria and Rojava [Kurdish areas in northeastern Syria] following fall of physical caliphate,” Mustafa Bali wrote on Twitter.

A week ago, a local outlet in Deir Ezzor, known as Euphrates Post, claimed that the SDF and its main backer, the US-led coalition, are preparing to storm al-Bukamal in order to block the last route between Iraq and the government-held part of Syria. The pro-opposition outlet went on to say that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are reinforcing its positions in the strategic city in southern Deir Ezzor preparing to repel the alleged attack.

These claims came as Damascus and Baghdad are preparing to reopen a key border crossing near al-Bukamal, which has been closed since late 2012.

Euphrates Post’s report spread like a wild fire and was soon adopted by major news networks, including the Qatari al-Jazeera TV, which is well-known for its stand against the Damascus government and even the SDF.

Bali’s statement confirms, without any doubts, that the report was a mere propaganda stunt, likely aimed at provoking a crisis between Damascus and the self-administration in northeastern Syria. Despite having many differences, the two parties held extensive negotiations earlier this year. These negotiations may have caused concerns of some regional powers, like Turkey.

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  • alejandro casalegno

    The report was a shit from the beginning……….are russians there, not only iranians and syrians, and even with US air support, cross a river aganist a entrenched army was too risky……

    • Promitheas Apollonious

      and because are russians there this will stop the zioamericans ordering their minions to attack them? On the contrary that is a plus for them starting another proxy war.

    • dutchnational

      In general I would agree with you. At the moment I agree partially.

      Firstly IS is gaining terrain in West of Euphrates region. Once they succeed in taking over Mayadeen or al Bukamal, this might tempt SDF to intervene and to connect with Al Tanf.

      Secondly there are, as yet unconfirmed, tweets of local SDF supporters claiming amphibious material and bridges arrived last week in the region. This was the way the assault on Manbij started april 2016.

      An US supported intervention over the river might be supported by US to destroy the Iranian landbridge to the sea. In itself this does not interest SDF very much, but it would guarantee indefinite support for SDF by the US, in langer numbers too.

      All in all, it will be interesting to see how this will develop.

  • gustavo

    SDF can deny anything they want, facts are facts.