Liwa al-Tahrir, an Arab group within the Kurdish YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that it is leaving the coalition because of the groups authoritarian policies and approach. They called for the remodelling of the coalition within 24 hours in a statement made yesterday. The remodelling never occurred.
Liwaa al-Tahrir leader stated that the “Syrian Democratic Forces is supposed to be for all Syrians, but it seems YPG is against this”.
“We fought with YPG 3 years. Now they want to end us,” he continued.
Shortly after this announcement, clashes between Liwa al-Tahrir and the YPG ensued in Tell Abyad.
Although the YPG have encircled checkpoints near Qunaitra village, Liwa Ahrar Raqqa group responded by claiming to have expelled YPG from 5 villages around Ayn Issa, those being al-Qadriyah, al-Hamdanat, Kardushan, al-Duraybiyah & Abo Tabat.
50 militants from Liwa al-Tahrir have reportedly arrived in Jarablus after defecting from SDF. This is a significant number as its believed there are only between 100-200 members of Liwa al-Tahrir.
It remains to be seen how other Arab groups within the SDF framework will respond to this fracturing.