New Kurdish difficulties in Syria
Recently, against the backdrop of the intensified underground struggle of the Arab population against the Kurdish administration and the armed groups controlled by it, the mass desertion of fighters from their ranks, the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces has faced the acute problem of a shortage of personnel.
It is not surprising. Ordinary Kurds are less willing to risk their lives, realizing US interests in the region. So, most often cases of desertion are observed among the Kurdish units that guard the oil fields of Syria captured by the Americans. The next in the “anti-rating” in terms of the number of those who left the service are the Kurdish units carrying out patrol activities and escorting convoys with stolen US oil.
These units are becoming the main targets for attacks by members of the underground organization “People’s Resistance to the East of Syria”. To date, 612 fighters of Kurdish paramilitary units and members of the pro-American local administration have become victims of the sabotage struggle of Arab partisans. Moreover, all attempts to combat the underground, both from the Kurds and from the United States, have no significant success.
On top of that, the Kurds are brewing a threat of betrayal by their patrons, the Americans. For a long time, rumors have been circulating about US forces training at bases in the Syrian provinces of Hasek and Deir ez-Zor of armed groups consisting of Arabs.
The Kurds themselves are planned to be removed from all leading posts, and the Kurdish military units disbanded. True or not, time will tell, but at the moment, the training of 800 Arab soldiers for the needs of the United States in the region is being completed at the US base “Khimo” in the province of Haseka, and a new set of recruits is being prepared. In connection with the current situation, the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces came to the decision to take a number of measures aimed at restoring the combat effectiveness of their units.
So, from now on, deserters who are caught will not be sent to places of detention, but returned to special military units, where they will be subject to increased control by the Asayish Kurdish security service. In addition, a decision was made to reduce the training period for young recruits for Kurdish armed units.
For example, in the camp named “Martyr Akida” in the province of Deir ez-Zor, the training of new fighters for the Syrian Democratic Forces was completed. The duration of their training was 45 days. Previously, from 90 to 120 days were allocated for the training of fighters, depending on the military specialty received. Kurdish military leaders decided to sacrifice the quality of training for newcomers, for the sake of speedy replenishment of significantly thinned troops.
Whether the measures taken by the leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces will yield any positive results is still unknown. Despite the fact that there is no real threat from ISIS in eastern Syria, Kurdish armed groups in the foreseeable future may encounter the gaining strength of Arab armed groups, which, according to the U.S., should become a replacement for the Kurds in the region. And here it will be seen what will turn out to be more important: the quality of trained fighters or still their quantity. Time will tell.