Arab sheikhs revolt against US Coalition infantry
Since the end of July, in the Syrian Trans-Euphrates, there has been an exacerbation of the Kurdish-Arab conflicts, tribal militias are taking control of populated areas, knocking out the pro-American SDF forces from them.
A number of clans of the Akeidat tribal confederation opposed the dictatorship of the American-created “Syrian Democratic Forces”, which became the main striking force of the US Coalition in the occupied regions of the Arab Republic.
Riots in the settlements of Shheil, Al-Khaveij and Diban on the left bank of the Euphrates erupted after a series of killings of Arab sheikhs. According to the first statements of the SDF security service, local leaders were eliminated by members of the ISIS group for cooperation with the “democratic authorities”, but later Damascus was accused of the killings.
The tribesmen of the killed adhere to a different version. They believe that their leaders were liquidated by SDF agents, albeit from among the former ISIS members. Fortunately, everyone in these places is well aware of the active recruitment of Americans among the militants in prison, as well as the long-standing ties between ISIS and the US military in the framework of joint oil smuggling.
In a report published last July by the Joint Special Operations University of the United States, these actions were delicately labeled as “promoting the secondary socialization of Syrians.” In fact, we are talking about the severing of traditional tribal and intracommunal ties among the ethnic groups inhabiting Syria through bribery and repression.
It is not for nothing that the attacks on the sheikhs began after negotiations held with them by the SDF commander Mazlum Abdi. It was about the conditions for the export of hydrocarbons from the fields of the Trans-Euphrates to Iraqi Kurdistan through the territory of the Akeidat tribe.
In fact, some individual sheikhs were offered a share of the plunder of Syria’s national wealth. However, this contradicts the agreements reached earlier between the Arab clans of the Trans-Euphrates on refusal to cooperate with the PKK leader of the SDF. As a result, the victims of the assassination attempts were, on the one hand, those who agreed to Abdi’s proposals, on the other, those who refused.
In the first case, an example is Sheikh Suleiman Al-Kassar of the Al-Baqir clan, who was killed in his own house in the village of Al-Bseira on July 30. And already in response to this, on August 2, on the highway between Diban and Al-Khaveij, the car of Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil Al-Jaadan was shot.
His relatives from the Shuwait and Al-Suls clans blocked the route along which Syrian oil is being transported to Iraq through American strongholds from the Tanako and Omar fields under the protection of the SDF. The Arabs threw chains with iron spikes on the road, burned tires, Kurdish and American flags. To disperse the protesters, the special forces of the Syrian Democratic Forces used armored vehicles donated by the Americans. Dozens of people were injured and injured.
It is worth noting that similar incidents have happened in these places before. Local residents were forced to retreat for the time being in front of the SDF formations. However, their patience seems to be running out.
The Arab tribes of the Trans-Euphrates are currently deprived of their traditional crafts, their socio-economic ties with other regions of Syria are severed, they are unable to receive government subsidies or loans. The settlements have been devastated by the war, enterprises are in ruins, the Kurds in the Arab territories behave, in fact, like occupiers, robbing the population and imposing their own order. They have established a regime of arbitrariness: any Arab can be thrown behind bars or killed on the spot as a suspect of complicity with ISIS.
With this in mind, it is not surprising that tribal groups in the north of Trans-Euphrates, in various parts of the provinces of Raqqa and Haseke, began to rally in support of their brothers in the south. The Arab population has finally lost any support and is actually faced with a choice: to fight for their rights and lives, or to leave their native land.
And many seem to be inclined towards the first option: on August 5, videos from Diban and Al-Khaveij in Deir ez-Zor province appeared on Middle Eastern social networks — tribal militia fighters who arrived from different places took these settlements under their control.