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Sunday, June 10

More on 'popular' uprising against U.S. military involvement with Syria

If this continues to ratchet up we can look forward to an al Qaeda faction rebranding themselves Martyrs for Assad. I'm not sure that's a joke. AQ Central always pays close attention to wind direction. 

For earlier reports on the uprising see The revised Syrian Spring: "Assad Leave" is OUT. "America Leave" is IN; June 3, Pundita

More Gunmen Defect from US-Backed SDF in Northeastern Syria
June 9, 2018
FARS

TEHRAN (FNA)- Tens of members of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stopped cooperation with the militia group after growing tension between the SDF and civilians in Raqqa city on Saturday.

Over 30 SDF militias defected from the Washington-backed SDF in Raqqa city after their commander ordered them to storm protesting civilians in the city.

In the meantime, a sum of 300 Arab members of the SDF that had been dispatched to Raqqa from their positions in Northeastern Syria rejected obeying their commanders' orders to crack down on popular uprising in region and withdrew from their new positions in the city.

Local sources said that yet the SDF continued their crackdown on protesters in Raqqa, adding that the SDF has set up over 15 checkpoints in residential areas in the city and its militias have been patrolling regularly across the city.

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More US-Backed Militias Assassinated by Unknown Gunmen in Northeastern, Eastern Syria
June 9, 2018
FARS

TEHRAN (FNA)- Almost fifty gunmen of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have been killed in different assassination operations in a region between the provinces of Hasaka and Deir Ezzur in the last two weeks, well-informed sources reported on Saturday.

The sources said that the US-backed SDF suffered almost fifty casualties in several assassination operations in a region at Deir Ezzur-Hasaka border, adding that the SDF has been forced to cut off al-Kharafi road between the two Eastern provinces after the attacks.

The sources said a sum of 45 SDF members, including two commanders, were killed in several blasts along the al-Kharafi road near the village of Roweished on June 2.

The sources went on to say that the bodies of two SDF gunmen were also found on the road connecting the village of Um Madafeh to al-Malaheh West of al-Shadadi region, adding that the SDF has embarked on arresting and investigating people in al-Arishe, al-Shadadi and Merkadeh region in Southern Hasaka after the assault.

In the meantime, other sources in Northern Hasaka reported that four more SDF militias were killed in a booby-trap explosion in the village of Tal Khanazir.

Last week, the SDF opened fire at civilians that demonstrated against the SDF and called for their expulsion from Raqqa city.

The popular uprising occurred after the Kurdish militias dispatched more troops and equipment to al-Makeft East of al-Romeileh and erected several checkpoints.

The SDF deployed forces in Mashlab, al-Romeileh, Seif al-Dowlaeh, al-Sabahiyeh and al-Dar'eiyeh neighborhoods in Raqqa city to disperse people.

In the meantime, Kurdish security forces arrested 58 renowned figures in Hasaka province after they tried to leave Hasaka for Aleppo city to take part in a conference about occupation by the US army and Turkish troops.

Tensions are rising between civilians and the SDF in the entire territories that are under the Kurdish militias' control. 


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