U.S. forces in northeast Syria have recalled hundreds of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters who used to work with them, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) revealed on April 12.
“U.S. forces are largely working to reestablish their influence in the Eastern Euphrates region,” the monitoring group said in the report.
According to the SOHR, hundreds of SDF fighters have already rejoined service in U.S. bases in the governorates of al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor. The fighters are reportedly receiving training from U.S. forces and are involved in logistic operations.
“The U.S. offered those who returned a monthly salary larger than what they previously received,” a source familiar with the matter told the UK-based monitoring group.
Around 500 U.S. service members are currently deployed in northeast Syria, allegedly to “guard” key oil fields from ISIS cells.
The U.S. is indeed working to re-establish its influence in northeast Syria. The U.S.-led coalition’s influence in the region is being challenged by the ever growing presence of Russian forces and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).