Syria — In a blatantly ominous move—solidifying the notion that the U.S. military machine supports and sustains the proliferation of ISIS—U.S.-backed rebels openly stated they will prevent the Syrian army from crossing the Euphrates River to recover eastern Syria from ISIS militants.
The oil-rich province of Deir al-Zor is Islamic State’s last major foothold in Syria and Iraq. It is bisected by the Euphrates River. The threats by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to attack the Syrian army for attempting to cross the river is in de facto defense of ISIS.
As Reuters reports, military council commander Ahmed Abu Khawla warned government forces and their militia allies against firing across the river as his fighters close in — something he said had happened in recent days.
“Now we have 3 km between us and the eastern riverbank, once our forces reach the area, any shot fired into that area we will consider an attack on the military council,” he said.
“We have notified the regime and Russia that we are coming to the Euphrates riverbank, and they can see our forces advancing,” he said. “We do not allow the regime or its militias to cross to the eastern riverbank.”
As we’ve seen this year, when the Assad regime is allowed to go after ISIS, they are successful. When the US is not destroying their military bases or shooting down its jets, the Syrian army has proven that they are quite capable of taking back their country from the clutch of terrorists.
Because the US can’t complete their mission of destabilizing Syria without ISIS, the announcement by the SDF to protect the terrorist-held region should come as no surprise.
However, that point may be moot because according to Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova, the Syrian Army has already crossed.
“The suburbs of this provincial center (Deir al-Zor) have been liberated. Advance units have successfully crossed the Euphrates and are holding positions on its eastern bank,” she said.
SDF’s Abu Khawla answered Russia’s claim by immediately denouncing it as “mere propaganda,” adding that “no one has crossed.”
Bouthaina Shaaban, an aide to Assad, said they are ready to fight the SDF to free the rest of their country.
“Whether it’s the Syrian Democratic Forces, or Daesh (Islamic State) or any illegitimate foreign force in the country … we will fight and work against them so our land is freed completely from any aggressor,” she said in an interview with Hezbollah’s Al Manar TV.
“I‘m not saying this will happen tomorrow … but this is the strategic intent,” she said.
As TFTP has consistently reported, it is no secret that much of the opposition forces in Syria, like the SDF, are aligned with ISIS. In fact, there was actually proposed in legislation by Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard in the House and Senator Rand Paul in the Senate to stop arming the US-backed rebels—because they are terrorists.
“For years, our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to these armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, all in their effort and fight to overthrow the Syrian government,” Gabbard said earlier this year.
As the Free Thought Project reported back in April, the US knew Al-Qaeda leader al-Zawahiri called on Muslims in Turkey and the Middle East to aid the rebels in the Free Syrian Army. From this day forward, the lines between who Al-Qaeda or the ‘rebels’ actually were — became heavily blurred. But, according to the email, the state department did not care as they knew Al-Qaeda was on their side.