The Shuhada al-Qaryatayn Brigade announced in an official statement on July 24 that it has cut off its relationship with the US-led coalition due to “pressure from the US-led coalition to stop the fighting against the Syrian Arab Army (SAA)” in the desert including the countrysides of Suweida, Damascus and Homs. The Shuhada al-Qaryatayn Brigade stressed in the statement that it will continue to fight the SAA on all fronts.
According to a commander of the Shuhada al-Qaryatayn Brigade, the US-led coalition warned the group not to attack the SAA after they had attacked one of the SAA positions in the Ghorab mountain area in the Damascus desert.
This warning allegedly was the main reason for the rejection of the US support and the decision to break away from the US-led coalition. Opposition media sources confirmed that the US-led coalition totally refuses to attack the SAA.
The Shuhada al-Qaryatayn Brigade is one of the largest groups supported by the US-led coalition, which is based in the At Tanf base.
It’s believed that more groups may separate from the US-led coalition in the future. The main aim of these groups is to combat the SAA instead of ISIS. Furthermore, a number of these groups had a strong relationship with the Al-Nusra Front, and a number of their fighters were former ISIS fighters in Deir Ezzor.