He said: "In Syria, we regard these forces as unlawful military formations which operate outside of the legal environment. They are the same as terrorist units like al-Nusra Front (rebranded as Hayat Tahrir al Sham) and Daesh. The Syrian Democratic Forces do not coordinate their activities with the Syrian Army, hence we regard them as terrorists."
"According to the plot of the US, these forces should assist in the implementation of their plan on the setup of the so-called safe of buffer territories, which should cut Syria off from its neighbors," he elaborated.
However, he said that he hopes that with the help of Russia and Iran, the Syrian Army will be able to block these efforts.
The SDF had been coordinating their assault on the Syrian city of Raqqa with both the US and Daesh, he said.
The SDF comprises mostly of the Kurdish YPG militia that unanimously declared the “federalization” of what they call “Rojava”, or so-called Western Kurdistan, back in March 2016. Their leaders also announced that they’ll try to annex the majority-Arab city of Raqqa if they manage to liberate it.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Arab Army and the land force branch of the Syrian Armed Forces are fighting to keep the existing territory of the country intact. Once the war on the Syrian soil is over, a nationwide referendum will be held to decide on country’s new constitution and administrative future.
Technically, the Kurds, backed by the US and allies, and Damascus, backed by Russia and Iran, aren’t at war with one another. On several occasions, the official Syrian government forces and the Kurdish fighters cooperated. However, the two sides' hold contradictory visions for the country's future, which could become an issue.
Whoever liberates Raqqa will be in a stronger position to determine post-war political events in northeastern Syria nd this is why the SDF and the Syrian Arab Army are racing towards Daesh’s self-styled “capital.”
Meanwhile, the Ron Paul Institute asked:
• What gives the Trump Administration the right to set up military bases on foreign soil without the permission of that government?
• Why are we violating the sovereignty of Syria and attacking its military as they are fighting Daesh?
• Why does Washington claim that its primary mission in Syria is to defeat Daesh while taking military actions that benefit Daesh?
The Pentagon issued a statement saying that its presence in Syria is necessary because the Syrian government is not strong enough to defeat Daesh on its own. But the “de-escalation zones” agreed upon by the Syrians, Russians, Iranians, and Turks have led to a reduction in fighting and a possible end to the six-year war.
Even if it is true that the Syrian military is weakened, its weakness is due to six years of US-sponsored ‘rebels’ who are fighting to overthrow it!
It is about preventing the Syrians and Iraqis from working together to fight Daesh, but it is mostly about Iran.
If the Syrians and Iraqis could join up to fight Daesh with the help of Iranian-allied Shia militia (PMU), the US believes that it will strengthen Iran’s hand in the region and upon President Trump’s return from a trip to Saudi Arabia, he swore that he would not allow that to happen.
When it gets to the point where US actions are actually helping Daesh, whether intended or not, perhaps it’s time to stop.
It is past time for the US to abandon its dangerous and counterproductive Syria policy and just bring the troops home.
Elsewhere, the Syrian army and allied militias broke through to the Syrian-Iraqi border in southern Syria to the east of the US-declared kill zone for pro-government forces declared around the al-Tanf base.
By setting themselves to the east of Americans and their ‘rebels’, the Syrians have cut them off and prevented them from taking over any more of southern Syria.
The new Syrian army base on the Iraqi border is just 20 kilometers from the second US-rebel base in southern Syria which was set up earlier this month.
As the Americans on three separate occasions "defensively" bombed Syrian forces, they are now forced to quietly live with a fully-fledged Syrian army base just 20 kilometers from their Zaqaf garrison and to make matters worse for their pride, the Syrian base received a high profile guest: none other than General Soleimani of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps:
He is probably among the top three most hated people in the Pentagon as he commands Iran's Quds Force, a division of the Revolutionary Guards responsible for operations abroad.
He is also the architect of the Iranian military intervention in Syria and the godfather of Syria's NDF (National Defense Force) and Iraq's PMU (Popular Mobilization Units) militias. He also helped convince the Russians to enter Syria militarily themselves.
This was also the second time in two weeks that he made an appearance on the Syrian-Iraqi border as he could be seen in northern Iraq, visiting the PMU militias two weeks ago shortly after they cut through Daesh to break through to the Syrian border in that sector.
The Pentagon saw the battle for control of the Syrian-Iraqi border as a race between the US and Iran.
Iran has won hands down and the medicine is too bitter to swallow!