The US-backed Syrian “Democratic” Forces (SDF) detained a local tribesman for public calls to reconcile with the Damascus government and put an end to foreign occupation during the SDF-sponsored “Reconciliation Conference” in the SDF-held town of Ithriya in the province of Raqqah on January 25.
The Kurdish-dominated group staged the meeting using loyal Arab SDF members in an attempt to strengthen its influence across the Arab-populated areas, which had been seized from ISIS. However, it appeared that the “reconciliation” has some special meaning in their worldview when SDF members attacked a group of Arabi political activists calling for reconciliation with Damascus.
#SDF #Raqqa's Arab fighters rounding up tribesmen who attended #Katerji sponsored #Ithriya conference & openly called for reconciliation with #Damascus, return of government/#SAA to the province & end to foreign occupation. pic.twitter.com/7jy3VVnArU
— Riam Dalati (@Dalatrm) January 26, 2019
This video shows the statement and the detention:
On January 27, the SDF media center released a poorly written statement on the incident. The SDF accused the detained person, identified as Jasm Muhammad Al-Asm, of provoking SDF members.
DIRECT QUOTE: “His behavior provoked many militants of SDF who are from the area and who sacrificed with everything to liberated their area, what provoked more is that the So-called (Jasm Muhammad Al-Jasm) behaved individually without baking to the area’s tribes, this led him to be in suspicious and his behavior was explained that it aims to create disputation and destabilization.”
The US-backed group added that it had investigated the details of the incident and employed disciplinary measures toward its members involved in the attack. No further details were released.
It was not the first time when the US-backed “democrats” employed force to crack down on the opposition within the SDF-held, first of all Arab-populated, areas. In general, these incidents are not covered by mainstream media outlets. This is why the general English-speaking audience believes that the SDF has a larger support across northeastern Syria than it really has.