US-backed SDF militants abduct civilians in eastern Syria
Iran Press TV
Sun Oct 6, 2019 07:03PM
Forced recruitment of civilians to fight along with militants has been practiced by Kurdish-led members of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for the past months, and they turn to kidnapping people to that end.
The latest incident of such abductions has taken place in the eastern province of Dayr al-Zawr.
Local sources, requesting not to be named, told Syria's official news agency SANA on Sunday that SDF militants, who enjoy Washington's patronage, stormed houses in the al-Hajim neighborhood of the town of Diban. Several people were abducted.
Separately, the militants kidnapped three women at a roadblock east of the city of Raqqah.
Drinking water was also cut off to local residents in Ras al-Ayn city of the northeastern province of Hasakah. The SDF militants have dug tunnels across the city.
On September 15, Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, in identical letters sent to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the rotating President of the UN Security Council Vasily Nebenzya, announced that SDF militants continue their terrorist and criminal measures against Syrians in Hasakah, Dayr al-Zawr, Raqqah and Aleppo.
The letters stated that the militants are backed by the United States and the US-led coalition purportedly fighting the Daesh Takfiri terrorists who provide them with military, logistic, financial and political support.
"That goes in line with schemes being carried out by some states subservient to the United States and being concocted by the authorities of the Zionist regime (of Israel) in utter disregard of Security Council resolutions, which underline the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and unity of its people,” the letters read.
The Syrian ministry went on to say that not only do SDF militants take part in crimes being perpetrated by the US-led coalition against Syrian people, but they also kidnap, torture, murder and displace civilians.
The US has long been providing the SDF with arms and militant training, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against Daesh. Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's plans to carve out a foothold in the Arab country.
That support has also angered Washington's NATO ally, Turkey, which views militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) – the backbone of the SDF – as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) that has been engaged in a destructive war inside Turkey for decades.
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