SDF and its Commander-in-Chief, Mazloum Abdi, announced a new program to restructure SDF during a meeting of the General Council for the Autonomous Administration to ratify the Law of Self-Defense in Northern and Eastern Syria in June 22, 2019.
Abdi said then: "We have restructured the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which has a population of approximately 70,000, as follows: 30,000 border guards, 5,000 special forces fighters, and the rest of them are in the military divisions of SDF."
Following the statements of the Commander-in-Chief of SDF, which came after the elimination of the military and geographical presence of ISIS in the north and east of Syria, the forces started the process of restructuring the forces according to the requirements of the stage, and to upgrade their intellectual, political and military level and arrange classes according to advanced work programs since the beginning of May in most cities and districts of northern and eastern Syria. Accordingly, the stage of forming the military councils began according to the specificity and composition of each region, and it is responsible for protecting its regions. It receives the protection of the region from SDF and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ). This was among the decisions of the annual meeting of the Military Council of the Syrian Democratic Forces held in August 24th last August in the city of al-Hasakah.
The leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces Hassan Qamishlo said that the restructuring of the forces came after the experiences of the forces and campaigns against ISIS during the past years, and after reviewing the military formations under the roof of the forces, and to avoid the mistakes that appeared, in addition to strengthening the forces from the intellectual, military, organizational and political aspects; thus each council can protect its regions from all external and internal threats by providing support to the rest of the existing forces to maintain security and stability.
Formation of military councils according to privacy
Hassan Qamishlo also pointed out that the restructuring the Syrian Democratic Forces came in response to the requirements of the current stage, enabling the military system of each region according to its specificity and composition within the military councils, to protect itself on the principle of the right of legitimate defense, and to allow the people of the region themselves to manage their military system under the roof of SDF.
So far, 12 military councils have been formed in the north and east of Syria, such as Kobani, Girê Spi, Tabqa, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor, Shaddadi, Hasaka, Tel Barak, Tel Tamer, Serê Kaniyê, Amuda and Qamishlo Military Councils. Each council has its own general command elected by its members and has its own opinion.
The council chooses its representatives to join the General Command
The commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces, Hassan Qamishlo, stresses that the process of establishing military councils will be followed in all cities and major districts in the north and east regions of Syria. "Currently, each region is preparing to announce its council, and selects its representatives and military officials to join the General Military Council of the Syrian Democratic Forces and the General Command."
In October 15, 2015 in a press conference, the Syrian Democratic Forces were established comprising 13 factions, battalions, units and forces consisting of all Kurds, Arabs, Syriacs, Turkmens, Circassians, Assyrians components of northern and eastern Syria.
One of the most prominent targets of the forces that have waged major campaigns against were ISIS mercenaries in al-Jazeera, Euphrates, Manbij, Raqqa, Tabqa and Deir Ezzor, which culminated in the great victory in March 21, 2019 after the liberation of the last pocket in the town of Baghouz from ISIS. It is the legitimate defense, and the protection of all components and ethnicities of northern and eastern Syria, according to the principles and foundations of the democratic nation without excluding one component at the expense of another component.
The International Coalition Forces supported SDF in all campaigns because of the humanitarian values the forces hold in accordance with the principles and international conventions in the conflicts and the fight against terrorism.