On Sunday, Abu Amar al-Idlibi the commander of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) group “Northern Democratic Brigade” said in an interview with the Kurdish Ronahi news website that the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and his group are preparing to announce the formation of the Idlib Military Council. The Northern Democratic Brigade is one of the few FSA groups within the SDF.
In the interview, Abu Amar accused the Turkish Army of occupying the Syrian territories. Moreover, he said that the main aim of the ongoing Turkish Army operation west of Afrin city in the northern Aleppo countryside is to besiege the city.
The Northern Democratic Brigade commander also confirmed that the SDF is willing to enter Idlib governorate “even if after 20 years”. Abu Amar said that their main aim will be to fight the Turkish Army, and terrorist inside Idlib.
“The Russian deployment in al-Shahba [Aleppo] is only to de-escalate the tension between us and the Turkish occupation. Russian forces in our areas are nothing more than a separation force, and they are considered and observers of the situation and the ceasefire. We don’t even allow Russia to intervene in the interior matter of our areas. They have limited deployment in few positions,” Abu Ammar said answering a question about the Russian rule in Afrin city.
When Abu Amar was asked about the US reaction to the Turkish Army operation near Afrin city, he described it as a “great disappointment”. Abu Amar said that the US “totally forget about the situation in Afrin”, and accused Russia, Turkey and Iran of besieging the city.
Abu Amar statements echoes the hostile attitude that the SDF leadership developed after the capture of major areas in eastern Syria, including Raqqa city. However, the US will not likely allow the SDF to turn this attitude into real actions.