A US-backed alliance between the Syrian Kurdish YPG and Syrian rebel groups had launched an attack on Saturday night on DAESH positions in the northeastern province of Hasakah after the United States ramped up its support for Syrian rebels with a pledge of nearly $100 million.
The newly formed alliance dubbed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) declared its first operation since it was formed earlier this month in a video posted on line a day before the operation.The video showed several dozens of fighters holding banners and yellow flags carrying the name of the group in Kurdish and Arabic.
The US announcement of the cash aid came a day after the Secretary of State John Kerry announced the US would send 50 special advisors and operation troops to Syria to support the Syrian rebels in fighting DAESH.
A spokesman for the alliance's general command said in the video the campaign would "continue until all occupied areas in Hasakah are freed from DAESH."
YPG, the Syrian wing of the outlawed PKK, which is recognized as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, as well as US, EU and NATO, is frequently staging terror attacks in Turkey, mainly in southeastern cities.
The attack had begun after midnight on Saturday according the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). The attack was backed by the US-led coalition air strikes, the SOHR said.
The attack on DAESH bastions in the southern countryside of Hasakah comes one day after the Secretary of State John Kerry announced US would send special advisors and operation troops to Syria to help the Syrian rebels in fighting DAESH. On Saturday, the United States ramped up its support for Syria's rebels with a pledge of nearly $100 million in fresh aid.
The SDF comprises of all of the Jaysh al-Thuwwar (“Army of Rebels”) - which was part of the US training programme - Al-Sanadid, Al-Jazeera brigades, Burkan al-Firat, and the Assyrian Military Forces had previously joined the YPG in its battles against DAESH either in Kobane, Afrin or in Tal Abyad.
The Syrian Kurdish militias are also not fighting alongside the Syrian rebels against Assad’s regime.
Two weeks ago, the US military cargo planes dropped up to 50 tons of ammunition overnight from certain positions in the northern Syrian province of Hasakah to the SDF in a new strategy to support the Syrian rebels after the US-backed a program of training the Syrian rebels “train and equip” failed and was stopped.
Russia and Iran have been backing the Syrian regime since the beginning of the four-year war in Syria which claimed the lives of more than 250,000 Syrians. Meanwhile, half of the country’s population is displaced internally or in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and in Europe.
US President Barack Obama criticised Russia’s recent military intervention in the war in Syria, saying it is a sign of Moscow’s weakness, all while brushing off criticism that Washington had been caught off guard by the recent offensive.
Seventeen world powers including regional rivals such as Iran and Saudi Arabia had met in the Austrian capital of Vienna to seek a solution for the Syrian crisis, but the meeting ended with an agreement on a political solution for the crisis but they were in disagreement about the future of the Syrian regime leader Bashar al Assad. However a second meeting is scheduled to be held in France to continue talks next week.
The UN estimates the death toll in Syria, since the war started, to be at least 250,000, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights states that the number has now reached 350,000.
An estimated total of 350,000 refugees have sought asylum in European Union countries since the war began in Syria in 2011. Thousands are still fleeing to EU countries which has caused a global refugee crisis, making it necessary for a solution to be found to the Syria crisis.
Thousands of those refugees who were travelling illegally had either drowned or died on the way to a better life. The refugee influx into European countries has been described by The UN High Commissioner for Refugees as the biggest “dilemma” of our generation.