Syrian regime arms Arab tribes in Hasakah amid Kurdish concerns

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Pro-regime fighters (R) speak with a rebel fighter in the town of Babbila, a suburb of Damascus, during a cease fire agreement between the group controlling the town and the regime. File photo

ARA News 

Qamishli, Syria – The Syrian authorities are to enforce conscription laws towards young men in Hasakah province, who will be obliged to join the military within the province.

An official source in the Syrian military in Hasakah told ARA News that the new soldiers will not be transferred to other provinces. 

“This may facilitate the recruitment process as the soldiers will be allowed to visit their families regularly in Hasakah,” the sources said, emphasizing the necessity for the youth to join the army “in order to defend their region against the growing power of the Islamic State organization (IS/ISIL)”.  

The sources added that the decision will be implemented in the coming days within Hasakah province, where the province residents will not be transferred to other provinces, pointing out that this decision only includes the delayed young men and those who received the call statement to reserve forces. 

Speaking to ARA News in Qamishli, an employee of the Division of recruitment in the city Qamishli said (under the condition of anonymity) that they were waiting for a formal letter from the Syrian army to start the process in cities and towns of Hasakah province.  

Meanwhile, civil rights activist Jihad Ahmad told ARA News that Iranian officers and members of the Lebanese militia of Hezbollah started a recruitment campaign among tribal Arabs in Hasakah province “to form a military force in order to strengthen the position of the Syrian regime in the region”. 

“This shows the regime’s fears of losing control of the region.” 

These developments raised concerns among the Kurdish majority in the province, who enjoy partial control of areas in Hasakah and and Qamishli in northeastern Syria, through the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Assayish security force.  

“The Syrian regime and its allied militias intend to minimize the Kurdish power in the region,” Ahmad said. “Those new forces will rather fight the Kurds instead of the terrorist groups.” 

According to observers, the militarization of Arab tribes in the Kurdish region may form the basis for a potential Kurdish-Arab civil. 

 

Reporting by: Dilshad Muhammad

Source: ARA News

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