On May 1, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) annouced the resumption of their anti-ISIS operation in Syria.
“We hereby declare these remaining ISIS areas will be liberated and ISIS terrorists will be purged from our land. We have rearranged our ranks according to the requirements of the battle and announce to the public that our forces with the participation of the international coalition forces have begun the final phase of the Jazeera storm campaign. Over the coming weeks, our heroic forces will liberate these areas, secure the Iraq-Syria border, and end the presence of ISIS in eastern Syria once and for all. We welcome the support of the Iraqi forces across the border and our partners in the international alliance.
These operations will be conducted with a view to the longer term objective of building a new and democratic Syria, free of terrorists, with its territorial integrity intact, and the participation of all Syrian components including the Arabs, Kurds, Syriac Christians, Turkmen heroes of the SDF – in the political process as outlined in UNSCR 2254,” the statement reads.
According to some experts, the resumed anti-ISIS operation in eastern Syria is an attempt by the US to explain to the American audience why the US military has to stay in the war-torn country.
The administration of US President Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to withdraw US troops from Syria. However, so far, these promises have been far away from the reality. In turn, Syria is slowly turning into a new Afghanistan for the US.