Since the announcement of the establishment of the Syrian Democratic Forces on the tenth of October 2015 and the declaration of its war against ISIS mercenaries, most of the components of the region have joined its ranks, including the Arab tribes.
Among these clans, Al-Akkidat, most of which are located in the eastern countryside of Deir-ez-Zor, where thousands of the tribe’s sons and youth joined the Syrian Democratic Forces in 2015, and participated in several military campaigns against ISIS mercenaries, from the campaign to liberate Manbij city to the liberation of the town of al-Baghouz. East of the Syrian city of Deir-ez-Zor which was the last stronghold of mercenaries.
During the last stage, numerous attempts were made to stir up discord among the components of the region through the practice of private warfare.
These parties tried to take advantage of the assassinations that affected a number of clans' notables and national and social figures, the most prominent of which was what was witnessed in the eastern countryside of the city of Deir-ez-Zor on the first days of Eid al-Adha, when the official spokesman for al-Akkidat clan, Sheikh Mutashar al-Hafel, was assassinated, which caused a state of fear among the children of the region.
Subsequently, the members of the tribe demanded the Internal Security Forces and the Syrian Democratic Forces to reveal the circumstances of the operation and impose security and stability in the region through peaceful demonstrations, which then turned into sabotage and military acts, during which points of the SDF and the ISF were targeted.
Hawar news agency ANHA met with a number of fighters from al-Akkidat clan, including a commander in Deir-ez-Zor Military Council, to talk about the latest developments in the region and the importance of their joining the Syrian Democratic Forces.
We joined to SDF ranks to liberate the area and protection its people from crimes
Abu al-Laith Khasham, the first commander in the city of al-Basira within the forces of the Deir-ez-Zor Military Council, spoke to our agency, saying, “The entry of al-Akkidat tribe within the Syrian Democratic Forces and the Deir-ez-Zor Military Council was aimed at liberating the Deir-ez-Zor region and protecting its people from the crimes that ISIS mercenaries and the Syrian regime committed against the people of the region.
He added: "The people of the tribe and the people of Deir-ez-Zor participated in several wars against ISIS mercenaries, including their participation in the campaign to liberate Manbij and al-Raqqa, up to the last strongholds of ISIS organization in the town of al-Baghouz, east of Deir-ez-Zor. The people of Deir-ez-Zor city from various clans in the region had a positive role." In liberating the region from ISIS mercenaries, by joining the Syrian Democratic Forces.
4,500 fighters from al-Akkidat clan joined SDF ranks
Abu al-Laith continued his speech, saying, "The sons of al-Akkidat tribe take their place within the forces of the Deir-ez-Zor Military Council, which is under the banner of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Their number reaches more than / 4,500 / fighters, and they are spread in each of the cities of al-Basira, Hajin, al-Soar, al-Kasra, Markada, al-Omar field and several other regions. "
It is clear that external parties seek to fuel sedition
On the recent events in Deir-ez-Zor, Abu al-Laith said: “The fighters of Deir-ez-Zor Military Council and the Syrian Democratic Forces in Deir-ez-Zor region know with certainty that there are several external parties trying to destabilize the security and stability of the region, and ignite the fire of sedition between the people of its tribes and the Syrian Democratic Forces in the region.”
"The Syrian regime has a hand in assassinating the sheikhs of the region."
He added, "The Syrian regime had a hand in assassinating the sheikhs of the region and national figures in order to ignite the fire of sedition between the people of the region and the SDF, taking advantage of the series of bombings and assassinations that were carried out by ISIS mercenaries and other parties."
"We joined the SDF because it fights injustice."
Mu'tasim Khasham, one of the fighters within the ranks of Deir-ez-Zor Military Council, and a member of al-Akkidat clan, said: “After suffering from ISIS mercenaries and the Syrian regime forces, we hastened to join the Syrian Democratic Forces which are only forces that fights injustice, and it helps The people of the region and their protection, and our joining of these forces was aimed at liberating the region, supporting our people and removing injustice from them. "
SDF are from the region and are not strangers."
"The Syrian Democratic Forces and the fighters joining their ranks are from the region and are not strangers," said Mu'tasim Khasham, a fighter.
He stressed that they will not allow any force or party hostile to the region to ignite discord between the region’s tribesmen and youth, and they will stand against it by various means.