Two Turkish-backed fighters, tired of infighting, surrender to Syrian Democratic Forces

TEL TAMR, Syria – Two members of the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army (SNA) surrendered themselves to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Wednesday, said an SDF public statement detailing the backgrounds of the two SNA fighters and their affiliations.

The SNA is a coalition of militias, several of them with extremist ideologies, formed and funded by Turkey.

In their statement, the SDF Media Center said that the two men surrendered to the SDF, “as a result of clashes and conflicts between factions.” The men had grown exhausted from the constant infighting between the factions of SNA, often over looted goods or territorial control.

One of the men, Aras Muhammad Isa Haj Ali from Darbasiyah, was involved with the SNA factions that invaded Tel Abyad and Rish Ayno (Ras al-Ayn) alongside Turkish forces in October 2019.

The other man, Mohammed Khair Mohammed Daboul from Aleppo, participated in the occupation of Afrin and Rish Ayno. He was a member of a number of extremist factions including Liwa al-Tawhid, Jabhat al-Shamiyah, Jabhat al-Nusra, Al-Sham Corps, and Ahrar al-Sham.