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US-backed Forces Announce Plans For “Liberating Deir Ezzor City”, Forming “Civil Council” To Rule It

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US-backed Forces Announce Plans For "Liberating Deir Ezzor City", Forming "Civil Council" To Rule It

A fighter from Deir al-Zor military council which fights under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) holds the council’s flag in the village of Abu Fas, Hasaka province, Syria September 9, 2017. REUTERS/Rodi Said

On Monday, US-backed forces announced plans for “liberating Deir Ezzor city” and forming a “civil council” to rule the city after its expected liberation.

According to pro-Kurdish sources, “a group of tribal sheiks” linked to the Deir Ezzor Military Council (DMC), which is a part of the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), released a statement claiming that the DMC and the SDF are going to liberate Deir Ezzor city “from the clutches of IS mercenaries”.

They also announced a formation of committees that will supervise the formation of the Deir Ezzor Civil Council to rule Deir Ezzor city and its countryside after its liberation.

Unfortunately, the group of sheiks didn’t reveal how US-backed forces are going to liberate Deir Ezzor from ISIS when a major part of the city is already liberated by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies.

Pro-government sources already called the statement a PR move aimed at showing to the international audience the SDF “good will” to establish a “democratic governance” in the area.

If US-backed forces really make an attempt to establish its control over at least a part of Deir Ezzor city under a pretext of combating ISIS, this may lead to an escalation between the SAA and the SDF on the ground.

The Hasakah-based Kurdish media outlet “Hawar News Agency” released a full text of the statement (SOURCE):

The Syrian Democratic Forces and Deir ez Zor [Deir Ezzor] Military Council began ” al–Jazeera Tempest” campaign as a first phase of liberating the city of Deir ez Zor from the clutches of IS mercenaries, which spread the destruction, killing and displacement through Deir ez Zor land. People suffered from the successive regimes which were characterized by depriving the people of the most basic rights, while their city swim on a sea of underground resources, people suffer from thirst while the immortal Euphrates River crosses the city.

Therefore, we initiated a group of clans’ notables to call for the establishment of a preparatory committee to discuss the foundations and principles of the establishment of the Deir ez Zor Civil Council similar to the civil council of different cities liberated from the grip of terrorism which managed the cities efficiently caught the attention and respect of the world.

Our discussions resulted in the crystallization of a common vision resulting from a preparatory committee tasked with following up consultations with clans’ sheikhs, social, political and cultural activities and notables of Deir ez Zor to reach a final form that expresses the aspirations of all our people in Deir ez Zor. This results in the construction of a civil council for Deir ez Zor concerned with the administration of the city as soon as it is released

Therefore, we in the preparatory committee, as well as the notables of the dynastic clans, declare our support for the campaign of “al- Jazeera Tempest ” and the Syrian Democratic Forces and consider it the legitimate holder of our dreams of liberation and the return of displaced people to their homes. We likewise call all the jealous youth from the villages and tribes of Deir ez Zor to the Syrian Democratic Forces and its participation in the honor of fighting terrorism and defeating it from our country.

We also expect all the clans’ notables and sheikhs of the city to take their initiative and to join with all their strength in supporting these forces and their participation in undertaking responsibility. And we hope that our political, cultural and social activities will be of the best help to the liberation campaign of Deir ez Zor, and may God support us with this”.

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