AFRIN, Syria – Cars and buses reportedly carrying people from across Syria’s Deir ez-Zor region arrived in Afrin via the Zahra crossing on Thursday.
According to local reports, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters are also arriving in Afrin after having allegedly left the front in the Deir ez-Zor region to join the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighting Turkish troops.
In September 2017, US-backed SDF forces launched an offensive against ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor Governorate with the purpose of recapturing territory east of the Euphrates. On Monday, the US Pentagon announced an “operational pause” due to the Turkish military operations in Afrin.
This puts the US in a precarious position at the YPG lead the SDF, who are directly funded and backed by the US who are also NATO allies with Turkey.
Turkey considers the YPG to be the Syrian branch of the Turkey-based Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), in which not only they, but also the US recognizes as a terrorist organization, demonstrating the hypocrisy in Washington’s Syria policy.