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Syrian Democratic Forces Arrest 63 “Terrorists” In Raqqa

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Syrian Democratic Forces Arrest 63 “Terrorists” In Raqqa

Illustrative image, SDF’s security forces

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) arrested 63 “terrorists” during a large-scale combing operation in the war-torn city of Raqqa on February 7.

“These terrorist cells are directly responsible of spreading fear, chaos and rumors among the residents of the city,” the US-backed group said in an official statement released by its press center.

The group’s statement didn’t mention ISIS or accuse these supposed terrorists of any real crimes. Therefore, many activists concluded that the operation targeted supporters of the Damascus government or the Turkish-backed opposition.

The upcoming withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria has encouraged many locals, especially in Raqqa, to voice their opposition to the SDF. Some areas even witnessed protests and clashes with the Kurdish-dominated group.

The SDF’s poor management and strict stand against Arab population in northeastern Syria will likely lead to further tensions between the group and the local population once all U.S. forces leave the country.

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  • RichardD

    The US withdrawal, if it happens, needs to include the restoration of Syrian government administration over the NE. And Idlib needs to include clearing the remaining terrorists and restoring Syrian government administration there also. The Turks will withdraw once the US does and the Syrian government takes over and neutralizes the terrorist threat to Turkey.

  • Sinbad2

    You can see these guys are Americun* troops by the uniforms.

  • KhazarHunter

    Terrorists arrest other terrorists.

  • Nowruz

    They will be flown out to Afghanistan or Iraq in the coming weeks…

    The SDF is an insult to the Kurdish people. Their hopes for Kurdish autonomy will not happen under the SDF or any form of US support.