Tribal elders, sheikhs: we back our forces

Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen tribal elders and leaders from northern Syria have rejected Turkish threats to the region, asserting that they will be in line with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against any threat to the region.

In the meantime, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is still threatening to launch aggression against areas in northern and eastern Syria, the people of this region, regardless of race, creed and belonging, reaffirm their rejection of any new Turkish intervention in Syrian affairs.

Tribal elders, sheikhs and notables in the north and east of Syria were among the most expressive of this position during meetings, media statements, and discussion forums, the latest of which was held in the city of Girê Spi.

On the 1st of September, the village of Tanhoza of the city of Girê Spi / Tal Abyad witnessed the meeting of the Euphrates tribes, which was attended by about 1500 Arab, Kurdish and Turkmen notables and Sheikhs of the tribes in the regions of the Euphrates region (Girê Spi and Kobani), Manbij, Raqqa, Tabqa, Deir Ezzor and al-Jazira.

The participants discussed the Turkish threats and ways to address them, and issued a final statement in which they expressed their rejection of the threats which are in the interest of reviving ISIS and eliminating attempts to find a peaceful solution to the Syrian crisis.

On the sidelines of the forum, Hawar News Agency met with a number of tribal sheikhs and dignitaries who attended the forum, including Sheikh Nayef Abed Al-Dhaif, the sheikh of Al-Jaber clan from the Arab component, who said: "We flocked here to announce our support for the Syrian Democratic Forces that liberated the Syrian north from the remnants of terrorism.

He continued, "We are ready as tribes and tribesmen to offer our most precious to liberate our country from the clutches of terrorism and stand in the face of Erdogan’s threats by all means."

"We are brothers of all sects and constituents. We are united by the motherland," said Khalil Muslim, an elder of the Kurdish Albisarian tribe.

Khalil Muslim said that as elders and notables of the clans will be soldiers in the face of the Turkish occupation and will not accept the Turkish presence in all its forms.

Akram Dada, who is well-known to the Turkmen clans in Manbij, did not disagree. "We, as a Turkmen component in northern and eastern Syria, reject in any way the Turkish intervention in one word," he said.

He explained that they have their rights and security and security in the region, and concluded by saying, "In the event of any aggression and Turkish intervention in Syrian territory, we will be in a row as a people alongside our forces to repel any aggression on our land."



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