nsnbc : Deir Ez-Zor Military Council linked to the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, complained about bombing of group’s positions by Russian air forces and simultaneous attacks by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), stressing that repetition could lead to direct confrontation.
Russian and Syrian regime jets reportedly bombed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Deir ez-Zor Military Council positions to the east of the Euphrates River yesterday morning, wounding 6 fighters. The first response to the attacks came from the Syrian Kurdish People’s protection Units (YPG).
YPG General Commander Sipan Hemo spoke to reporters and claimed he attacks were “made to create breathing room for ISIS gangs who have been hit hard by the SDF fighters and have been defeated”. Hemo continued: “As general commands of the YPG and the SDF we have made countless declarations calling for support in the fight against ISIS. We have achieved many gains to this end, and the whole world witnessed it.”
Hemo said at a time when YPG and SDF forces have defeated ISIS in many areas, some forces are trying to prevent the Operation Cizire Storm to delay the defeat of ISIS gangs. Hemo called on Russia to clarify their stance: “We are fighting against ISIS.
Russia and the Syrian regime are bombing our positions. We want Russia to explain why they are bombing our positions. Are Russia and the regime partners with ISIS and are they helping them? Whatever the case, our forces will rescue the east of the Euphrates and the villages of Deir ez-Zor from ISIS gangs. This is a duty on our shoulders. The whole world should know this. We have told all the international forces, the International Coalition and the Russian administration that we are going to liberate these areas.”
YPG General Commander Sîpan Hemo said their forces are ready to retaliate and attacks on their forces constitutes support for ISIS gangs. Hemo concluded his speech with: “Through your agency, we are stressing that we will liberate these areas, and we will rescue the people from ISIS tyranny and oppression. We will retaliate all forces attacking our forces and hindering our advance. Attacks against our forces constitute support for ISIS and they are done to prolong ISIS’ life.”
Deir Ez-Zor is a complex battlefield in which Russia and the USA attempt to limit unwanted -arguably – friendly fire accidents and actions caused by overly zealous and ambitious field commanders on all sides to a minimum. It is no easy task; Especially considering that Syria’s resource-rich Deir Ez-Zor province rapidly develops into a standoff region where Syria, Iraqi, Syrian Kurdish, Iraqi Kurdish, Iranian, Turkish, Russian and U.S.-American (among others) troops and proxies are facing each other to determine post-war spheres of interest.
The Pentagon said Russia bombed a position east of the Euphrates river where it knew SDF fighters and coalition advisers were stationed. The jets did not injure coalition forces, it said. There was no immediate comment from Moscow or Damascus. Washington and Moscow support separate offensives in the Syrian conflict, with both advancing against Islamic State militants in the eastern region that borders Iraq.
“Our forces east of the Euphrates were hit with an attack from the Russian aircraft and Syrian regime forces, targeting our units in the industrial zone,” the SDF said in a statement. The SDF accused Damascus of trying to obstruct its fighters. Such attacks “waste energies that should be used against terrorism … and open the door to side conflicts,” it said.
F/AK – nsnbc 17.09.2017