Kurdish-backed council says Turkey’s intervention to make Syrian town “grave for Erdogan troops”


Turkish army tanks cross Syria's border, enter Jarabulus town. File photo

ARA News 

AMUDE – The Kurdish-backed Shahba Council said on Thursday that after the Turkish intervention in northern Syria, the town of Jarabulus will become a ‘grave for the criminal occupier Erdogan and his mercenaries.’

The statement is another sign of the increasing tensions between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkey-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield Brigades. 

The SDF set up the council of Shahba region in northern Aleppo, which is now under ISIS control, in a bid to establish institutions in preparation for the post-ISIS phase. 

This comes after the SDF set up councils for the cities of al-Bab and Jarabulus to run border territories in northern Aleppo after liberation.

However, now Turkey threatens to control parts of these areas in northern Syria after capturing Jarabulus on 24 August. The Turkish plan is to prevent the Kurds from connecting the cantons of Kobane to Afrin. 

“After pushing out terrorism from most of northern Syria and liberating Manbij, Turkey show its expansionist intentions to occupy,” the council said in a statement. “This is an attempt of renewing the 500 years of Ottoman occupation of Rojava and the Arab countries in the battle of Marj Dabiq.”

“We the council for the Shabha region condemn this occupation and appeals to all revolutionary and patriotic forces in Syria to repel this blatant occupation and call on the international community to stand against this intervention,” it said.

“We say that Jarabulus and northern Syria will become a grave for the criminal occupier Erdogan and his mercenaries such as ISIS,” the council said.

Fight for Jarabulus 

In the meantime, the SDF-linked Jarabulus Military Council started its preparations to enter the Syrian border city of Jarabulus after the Turkey-backed rebel groups took over the city from ISIS. The area is expected to witness heavy fighting between the different factions in the coming days.

Local fighters of Jarabulus expressed their refusal to any occupation by neighbour countries to their hometown. 

Jarabulus has witnessed sporadic clashes between Turkey-backed Syrian rebels and ISIS on Wednesday morning.

Also, the Turkish army has bombed villages in the vicinity of Jarabulus, killing and wounding dozens of civilians, according to local sources. 

Activists reported that ISIS has delivered Jarabulus city to the Turkey-backed rebels without any resistance.

Speaking to ARA News, Ahmed al-Jadir, a member of the SDF-led Jarabulus Military Council, said: “We, as members of the Syrian Democratic Forces, will not allow some mercenaries to take over our city. We will liberate Jarabulus.” 

“Those Turkey-backed rebels are no different from ISIS. We will free our people from all radical suppressive groups,” he said.

Muhammad Ahmed, an officer in the Jarabulus Military Council, told ARA News that ISIS has not shown any resistance to the Turkish troops and their allies when they entered Jarabulus city from the Turkish side of the border on Wednesday.

“We now consider our city occupied by Turkey and its mercenaries. The city of Jarabulus was exposed to heavy bombardment by the Turkish army, and we have not seen any resistance from ISIS against those troops. We are aware that ISIS militants have entered Turkey today after shaving their beards and dressing like Free Syrian Army,” he said. “We, as a faction of the Syrian Democratic Forces, are waiting for the general command of the SDF to give orders to enter the city. We are ready.” 

Reporting by: Enwer Omar and Jan Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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