Source: Al Manar TV / The Dawn News / March 9, 2018
Trucks and vehicles loaded with combatants of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), mostly made up of Kurds, arrived in Afrin from Deir Ezzor last Friday in order to engage in combat against the Turkish military and their allies, the Free Syrian Army (FSA).
TV news outlets broadcasted images of the jubilous welcome that the population of Afrin gave to the SDF. Residents of the area hope these reinforcements help stop the Turkish offensive in the enclave.
The US, the main sponsor of the SDF, doesn’t seem very happy about the Kurds’ decision of abandoning the province of Deir Ezzor in order to head to Afrin. The spokeswoman of the US State Department, Heather Nauert, said during a press conference that “we’ve seen the situation in Afrin lead some forces to abandon their activity with coalition allies… and go to Afrin to take on that matter… That is a matter of concern to us”.
On January 20, the Turkish army launched an offensive against Kurdish forces in Afrin, in areas of northern Syria controlled by the Kurdish Units of Protection of the People (YPG), which Turkey considers a terrorist organization.
The exit of this forces from the Western shore of the Euphrates in Deir Ezzor will weaken the US plans to keep that area free from Syrian control.