On January 25, Syrian tribes held a major meeting in the government-held town of Ithriyah in Aleppo, where they discussed foreign threats and stressed their support for the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).
The Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported that thousands of tribal leaders and public figures from all over Syria, including the areas controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), had attended the meeting. Tribal leaders from nearby Lebanon and Iraq were also present.
In the meeting’s foundational statement, the leaders stressed that the Syrian people are determined to defend themselves, their lands and their sovereignty by all means against any form of aggression, including the American and Turkish occupation of the Syrian territories.
The tribal leaders also emphasized that the Syria is untied and independent and said that the sons of the northeastern region are committed to their homeland, state, army and leadership.
“The flag of the country is the flag of the Syrian Arab Republic, which symbolizes its sovereignty and sanctity,” the statement concluded.
The meeting, which was reportedly organized by pro-government businessmen and the Syrian intelligence, is a part of the Damascus government’s efforts to pressure the SDF. The Kurdish dominated group appears to be submitting to this pressure as it has not prevented tribal leaders from attending the meeting as it did before.
A day earlier, Kurdish commander Sipan Hemo said that Damascus is taking positive steps and revealed that a new round of talks will begin soon. These talks will likely shape the future of northeastern Syria following the upcoming withdrawal of U.S. forces.