On December 24, Siyabend Welat, a commander of the Northern Syria Defense Forces (NSDF), revealed in an interview with the Kurdish news outlet ANF, that the US-led coalition and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are now forming a new military force in the SDF-held area. The force will be named the Northern Syrian Army (NSA).
The NSA will be mainly formed from the NSDF that was established back in 2014 with a support from the US-led coalition to protect the Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria. Other groups like the YPG, the YPJ and many SDF units will also join the NSA. The force will have 100,000 fighters, according to Welat.
Unlike the NSDF, the NSA will also cover Arab areas including Manbij, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and Tabqa and will be tasked with protecting what Walet called the “border” of Rojava.
“The NSA is currently being established, and it will be tasked with protecting the border … It won’t be limited to Rojava, we are now launching efforts in other regions of Northern Syria. Manbij, Raqqa and Tabqa will be included,” Welat told ANF.
The NSDF commander also warned that the new force will repel any Turkish or “Syrian” attack on its areas and confirmed that the US-led coalition is providing weapons and technical training for the NSDF and the NSA.
“Turkey or Syria or any other neighboring state can’t enter our homeland as they wish like before,” Walet said.
The NSA is yet another example of how the US is trying to establish a de-facto semi-independent state in the SDF-held areas in eastern and northern Syria in an attempt to divide the country.