The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) formed a new Arab force under the name “Liwa Thuwar Idlib”, the Syrian pro-opposition news outlet Shaam reported on June 1.
According to the report, the new force will be led by former Free Syrian Army (FSA) commander “Iskandar Alaa” and will consist of more than 500 fighters, who had previously served in the US-backed Army of Revolutionaries and Ahrar al-Zawiya.
Shaam claimed that the SDF will soon announce the formation of the new force in order to “liberate the governorate of Idlib”, which is currently under control of the former branch of al-Qaeda, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS).
This is not the first time when the SDF shows its interest in Idlib. On January 13, Saleh Muslim, a former leader of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), revealed during an interview that the SDF is planning to enter Idlib in order to fight “terrorism”.
However, the new force will not be able to approach Idlib as there is not direct connect between the governorate and the SDF-held areas in eastern Syria. Local observers believe that this force is nothing more than a propaganda stunt that’s meant to show the “diversity” within US-backed forces.