The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported on Thursday that the SDF political and military commanders in Eastern Euphrates held a long meeting recently to study freedom of 3,200 ISIL members and their family members with Arab, Asian, western, US and Latin American nationalities.
It added that the Kurds have made a serious decision to retreat from the fight against the ISIL terrorists and transfer all their forces to the combat fronts against Turkey at Northern borders.
A number of military experts believe that this decision was made in reaction to the US betrayal of the SDF and withdrawal of American forces from Syria following an agreement with Turkey.
US President Donald Trump claimed on Wednesday that he will withdraw the American forces from Syria after what he called victory against the ISIL and inflicting heavy defeat on the terrorist group.
Despite the US claims, the ISIL still occupies some regions in Eastern Euphrates, including the towns of al-Souseh, al-Sha’afeh and al-Baqouz as well as the villages of al-Shajleh, al-Safafiyeh, al-Budran, Albu Khater, Abu Hassan and al-Morashedeh in Eastern Deir Ezzur.
Last week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared that the operations in Northern Syria are imminent and they would continue until the last of the terrorists cleared, adding that Trump had given a positive response to Ankara’s operation East of the Euphrates.
Turkey would launch a military operation East of the Euphrates River “any moment now”, Erdogan stated at the mass opening ceremony at Mevlana Square in central Konya province on Monday, Middle East News reported.
Erdogan said the army completed preparations for the planned operation, adding that Turkey will do “what is necessary” regarding terror corridors East of the Euphrates River.
“We talked to [US President Donald] Trump. These terrorists have to leave areas East of the Euphrates. If they do not leave, we will dispatch them. Because they are disturbing us,” he stressed.
Erdogan announced that Trump gave a positive response to Turkey’s operation.
A Turkish daily reported on Tuesday that the US forces had pulled back from observation posts at Syria-Turkey border and handed over them to the Washington-backed Kurdish militias on the brink of Turkish Forces’ operation on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
Yeni Safak paper reported that the US forces, deployed in Tal Abyadh region in Northern Raqqa near the border with Turkey, have hand over their observation posts to the Kurdish gunmen after Ankara declared an imminent assault on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River against the Kurds.
The paper further said that the Turkish army is planning to target the observation posts at the first phase of its major operation against the Kurds in Northern Syria.