Syrian Democratic Forces General Commander Abdi discusses coordinated efforts by Damascus, Tehran, and Ankara in Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor)

NORTH AND EAST SYRIA — In an interview with Al-Majalla, General Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazloum Abdi stated that there is clear coordination between Damascus and Tehran in an attempt to support some representatives of the tribes in Dayro Zcuro (Deir ez-Zor), Syria, loyal to them.

Abdi said that the SDF engaged in clashes with militants in Dayro Zcuro who came from the areas on the western bank of the Euphrates River, which is controlled by the forces of the Syrian regime Iranian militias. He added that Turkey has also given groups opposing the SDF.

There is a desire among the three parties to exploit the complaints of the tribes in the pursuit of their own agendas, Adbi said. All three powers wish to see the unity of the ethnic components of North and East Syria undermined and the democratic project they have established together destroyed, but they will not succeed, he added.

Despite the continued drone and artillery attacks, the threat of a renewed Turkish ground offensive in North and East Syria has declined for now due to the difficulty of obtaining American or Russian green light, according to Abdi. He expressed the SDF’s readiness for any dialogue that serves the stability of the region and finding a solution to the Syrian crisis.

Abdi also spoke about the SDF, which he described as a professional and national force, and called for them to become part of the Syrian defense system, with their role and work regulated by a special law.

Finally, he defended the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) governance model and the right of residents to draw up their local policies and elect their representatives free from oppression, marginalization, and exclusion.