The Arabic-language al-Ahd news website reported that a military column, including 200 US soldiers and 100 FSA fighters have arrived in al-Shadadi region in Southern Hasaka in the last five days.
Al-Ahd further reported that special forces affiliated to the Syrian al-Qad movement headed by Ahmad al-Jarba intend to join the newly-arrived forces in al-Shadadi to participate in Deir Ezzur battle.
Al-Qad’s moves came after the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces refused to cooperate with al-Jarba’s forces.
The total number of al-Qad’s fighters that have retreated towards their camps near the towns of Abu Khashab, Maleha al-Zero and Raj’an between Hasaka and Deir Ezzur provinces amounts to 3,000.
An Arab media outlet reported Earlier this month that the US asked the Free Syrian Army (FSA) units deployed at al-Tanf border-crossing to leave the region for the city of al-Shadadi in Southern Hasaka to establish a front for an imminent operation towards Deir Ezzur.
The Arabic-language al-Watan daily reported that the US military officials intensified talks with the Liwa Maqawir al-Thawra affiliated to the FSA to leave their position in al-Tanf border-crossing in Southern Homs for al-Shadadi in Southern Hasaka to launch an imminent operation towards Deir Ezzur.
Al-Watan further added that the US move came following the Syrian Army advances towards Deir Ezzur from different flanks.
The Arab daily said that the FSA, in return, was trying to persuade the US to start Deir Ezzur battle from Badiyeh (desert), adding that the FSA also called on the US to back them up in a possible battle against the Syrian Army troops and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in their push toward Deir Ezzur.
Al-Watan further quoted Commander of Jeish al-Maqawir al-Thawra Mohanad Talla’a as saying that they demanded the US army to support their plan to form a new army known as the National Army from Jeish al-Maqawir fighter to enter Deir Ezzur and seize the city from ISIL.
Talla’a was quoted as saying by al-Watan that the US did not agree with the formation of the National Army by al-Maqawir which possibly means that the US army was pursuing nothing but evacuating al-Tanf base to hand it over to the Russians.