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Syrian Elite Forces (SEF)

A new group called the Syrian Elite Forces has appeared in northern Syria in the fight against Daesh terror group, Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman John Dorrian announced in a press briefing on 08 December 2016. Dorrian explained the SEF has teamed up with the Syrian Defense Forces (SDF) in their efforts to combat Daesh in Raqqa. "A new fighting force known as the Syrian Elite Forces (SEF) which is 90 percent Syrian Arabs has been organized in northern Syria," Dorrian stated. "Its accurate to say they have joined the SDF effort to isolate Raqqa," Dorrian added. Raqqa has been the Syrian-based headquarters of Daesh since 2014. Dorrian was unable to provide information about the size of the SEF contingent.

The Media Office of the "Tayar al-Ghad" published a videotape 19 April 2016 of a group of fighters carrying the revolution flag announceing they had taken control over several villages in the areas between Al-Hasakah, and Deir al-Zour naming themselves as the "Elite Forces" (Kwat al-Nokhba).

The video shows a military spokesman announcing the formation which follows the party of "Ahmed Jerba of Sorya al-Ghad - Syrian Tomorrow" which stresses the cohesion of Arab-Kurdish fabric, and the unity of the Syrian territory and belief in democracy and pluralism. This configuration is not a number added to the thousands of revolutionary gatherings, it is a revolutionary rally within the political project embodied in the Sorya al-Ghad stream.

The spokesman said that the goal of the Elite Forces is to retake the national decision after the revolutionary factions were distracted because of wrong bets and external interventions. The former coalition chairman Ahmed al-Jarba announced about two months ago in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the formation of his new party in a meeting attended by the Russian ambassador and other ambassadors.

Zaman al-Wasl reported in mid-April 2016 that Jarba shipped vehicles and equipment from Iraqi Kurdistan to Shaitat fighters in northeast Syria. Jarbas party, which was formed in a mid-March 2016 conference in Cairo, counts on the support of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

A recently-formed fighting force loyal to Ahmad Jarba, the former head of the opposition Syria National Coalition, battled ISIS in the desert north of Deir Ezzor. The Syrian Elite Forceswhich promotes itself as the military wing of Jarbas Syrias Tomorrow (Al-Ghad al-Souri) partytouted 26 May 2016 that it repelled an ISIS surprise attack on the village of Malihat al-Tharu, located west of Shaddadi, a former ISIS-stronghold seized by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in March 2016.

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