As many as a hundred fighters of Liwa et Tahrir group under the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDG) have refused to fight against Turkish soldiers and surrendered to them at the Turkish border over the SDG's pressure on fighters to attack the Turkish military in northern Syria.
The move of a group of Arab fighters came after the Kurdistan Workers' Party affiliated Democratic Union Party (PKK/PYD) terrorists started to wear SDG uniforms amid the ongoing fight against the Turkish military, which conducted the Euphrates Shield operation, aiming to clear the terrorist elements from northern Syria by supporting Free Syrian Army (FSA) soldiers.
US set up train and equip program for YPG: FSA Commander
A Free Syrian Army Commander says only 54 Syrian opposition members trained while 8,000 PKK/PYD terrorists become professional soldiers in train and equip program. The United States has trained thousands of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)-affiliated People's Protection Units (YPG) terrorists instead of 15,000 Syrian opposition fighters as it pledged under the train and equip program. “The US trained only 54 opposition members while more than 8,000 PKK/PYD members became professional soldiers," said the Free Syrian Army Commander Riad al-Asaad in his speech to Turkish Yeni Şafak daily newspaper. "The train-and-equip program is the deception project of the U.S. The U.S. announced the program as if it was for the moderate opposition, but it preferred to train the PKK terrorists instead," Asaad said. Erdoğan vows to fight 'terror corridor' on border "According to the first list of the fighters to be trained, 5,000 moderate opposition members were supposed to be trained in the first six months and 15,000 in total. However, the U.S. attempted to use the fighters for receiving intelligence and when a fighter rejected to do such a thing, they were ousted from the training list," Asaad said. Asaad also highlighted the importance of the determinism of Turkey against the terrorist groups in northern Syria through the Euphrates Shield operation. "Turkey must never give up fighting. Because, the U.S. and PYD are coordinating in Manbij," he said, adding the killing of two U.S. soldiers isn't declared by the U.S. on purpose.Kerry, Lavrov discuss cooperation in Syria "Aleppo is one the cities in Syria which witnessed the most horrible ravage. Now, Aleppo residents are waiting for the support of the Turkish military as the military supported FSA and residents in Jarabulus," Asaad said. The train-and-equip program started in 2015 by the U.S., which allocated a $500 million fund to train a moderate Syrian group to fight Daesh.US train-and-equip program 'delaying tactic' But the program was suspended in October after it could only graduate around 150 fighters which cost the U.S. about $380 million. Again in May of 2016, Washington said that the opposition members, initially ones in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo and several other hot zones, were to be trained against the Daesh terrorists. However, the program served the terrorists not the opposition.
As Arab fighters refused to wear the same uniform with PKK/PYD terrorists and fight against Turkish soldiers; they fled al-Hasakah province following the tension within the group.
"We are fighting against the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad. We don't and won't fight against Turkey. No one can provoke us against Turkey," they said.
US says no ammunition for SDF has gone to PKK/PYD
The U.S. on Wednesday rejected claims that arms supplies intended for Arab fighters have fallen into the hands of the PKK/YPG. “We carefully monitor where that ammunition goes," Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook told reporters, referring to shipments to the Syrian Arab Coalition, which is part of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). “If people are not abiding by the agreements they have reached with us, then they're not going to get our equipment, and that's something we've made clear from the start and that's something we'll continue to push and demand of our partners on the ground," he added. Ankara considers the PYD and its armed wing, the YPG, to be the Syrian offshoots of the PKK terror group, which has for decade waged war against Turkey. The U.S. similarly designates the PKK, but not the YPG. Washington has provided the SDF with significant military assistance, including special forces advisors and airstrikes, in its anti-Daesh fight. U.S. efforts to address the concerns of its coalition members and its partners are “above and beyond what we've been doing previously, given the sensitivity of this situation and the importance, once again, of keeping everyone focused on what matters most, and that is keeping the pressure on ISIL," Cook said. He reiterated Washington's claims that the SDF has “honored its commitments" to transit east of the Euphrates River, but said “local forces" – a reference to Arab and Turkmen fighters – are still in Manbij for clearing operations. The SDF wrested control of the city, which was a major Daesh transit route, from the terror group after two and a half months of intense fighting.
After the Arab group made its decision, the PKK/PYD terrorists started to make preparations for besieging a number of Arab villages in northern Syria.
Previously, another subgroup of Ahrar al-Raqqa is known to have left SDG after clash with the PKK terrorists in Tell Abyad which was handed over to PKK/PYD terrorists by Daesh terrorists.
Was Shah Fırat Operation a trick of the US?
While Turkey continues operation Euphrates Shield with successful advances in northern Syria, the Shah Fırat Operation is now being re-evaluated by experts in Ankara. Prior to that operation to relocate the tomb of Süleyman Shah, Turkish and U.S. officials had met seven times to discuss the ongoing situation around the tomb. According to diplomatic sources, Turkish officials had been convinced over the relocation of the tomb after four meetings. In early 2015, Turkey moved the tomb from its original location near the Kara Cossacks Bridge in northern Syria 27 kilometers from the Turkish border to a new site in Syria, about 180 meters from the Turkish border and just north of the Syrian village of Ashme. On the night of February 21, 2015, a convoy of 572 Turkish troops in 39 tanks and 57 armored vehicles entered Syria and evacuated the 38-man Turkish military garrison guarding the Süleyman Shah tomb and the remains of Süleyman Shah. The new location of the site in Syria closer to the Turkish border remains as Turkish territory under the treaty of Lausanne and approximately 40 Turkish soldiers guard the tomb. The Turkish government has stated that the relocation is temporary, and that it does not constitute any change to the status of the tomb. Experts says the relocation of the tomb was a trick of the U.S. authority to clear the area allowing PKK/PYD terror groups for establishing a canton area in Syria along the border with Turkey. In the first three meetings with the U.S. officials, Turkey's bureaucrats from the Prime Ministry and the Foreign Ministry had expressed Ankara's stance against the operation. But the U.S. delegation continued to insist that Ankara proceeds with the operation, by providing information that the Daesh terrorist group was devising an attack on the tomb. In the fourth meeting on November 14, 2014, satellite footage disclosed some Daesh nests around the tomb and Ankara started seeking a solution for the situation. More than 18 months later, now it is clear that the Shah Fırat Operation was a U.S. scheme to evacuate Turkey's presence, allowing PYD/PKK to create a canton in the area. Now, it is understood that the U.S. has stationed Daesh terrorists near the tomb to convince the Turkish authority to carry out the operation. Moreover, at the same time PKK/YPG terrorists had intensified their activities in the area. Even the MLKP terror group, which had not been active in Turkey for several years, had established camps from the Syrian village of Esmah to Karakozak area. Even after all these developments, Ankara was planning to attack Daesh on three different scenarios; to clean the border area in Syria from Daesh terrorists and establish a safe zone, to protect the Jarabulus-Maraa line from a probable move of the PYD/PKK and to relocate Syrian refugees into the safe zone. But the U.S. tricks and the pro-FETÖ commanders inside the Turkish military had sabotaged the plan and forced Turkey to a fourth plan. In the context of all these situations and development, Turkey had agreed to launch the operation; thus, the PKK corridor in northern Syria had been opened with the direct involvement of the U.S. After reviewing the chain of events over Turkey's border, an opinion was voiced from one of the experts. Since the area of the tomb of Süleyman Shah, the grandfather of Osman I, the founder of the Ottoman Empire, is a legal territory of Turkey inside Syria, Ankara should relocate the tomb to the previous place and protect it in any cost, said Prof.Dr. Tufan Gündüz from Hacettepe University Türkiyat Research Institute.
'Front group' to justify PKK/PYD activities
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDG) was a 'front group' to justify the PKK/PYD and the U.S.' support to the terrorists by fabricating different groups such as the Syriac Military Council, Liva et Tahrir, Euphrates Volcano, Shams al-Shamal, Liwa Al-Selcuki, Al Jazeera Brigades and Al-Sanadid Forces.
Around 80 percentage of SDG is known to be composed of PKK/PYD terrorists, while only a small number of fighters are Turkmen and Arabs.
Al-Sanadid Forces, one of the groups composing SDG, is known to be formed by the sub groups which fought for the Assad regime for four years, while Liwa Al-Selcuki doesn't contain any Turkmen fighters despite being introduced as the representative of the Turkmen groups.