DAMASCUS, SYRIA (12:00 A.M.) – After encroaching upon non-Kurdish populated areas of both Raqqa and Deir Ezzor, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have begun recruiting more and more Arab fighters to win over the hearts and minds of local civilians whom often fear being disenfranchised by the Kurdish-led fighting force.

On October 28, a total of 70 commanders graduated from the military academy in Ain Issa, an SDF stronghold in northern Raqqa. Footage of the graduation can be found below:

The SDF’s media department stressed that the majority of newly appointed commanders were of Arab origin, likely due to pressure from the US-led coalition to secularize the militia. Approximately 80% of SDF fighters are estimated to be Kurds, most of whom fight for the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

Although denied by the SDF leadership, some reports suggest that the Kurdish-led militia has forced thousands of civilians into conscription to beef up its manpower.

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Syria Forever
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2017-10-30 12:24

‘a total of 70 commanders graduated from the military academy in Ain Issa, an SDF stronghold in northern Raqqa’ – what was for quite some time ISIS territory, right? What do those creatures think, everybody is dumb alike themselves??
SDF = ISIS = NATO-crime syndicates = parasites!!

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2017-10-31 00:07
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Ain Issa has been liberated in june 2015. So, yes, you do indeed seem to be dumb.

alex Ph.
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2017-10-30 16:49

Clean shaved ISIS “commanders”. Why are they called ‘commanders” anyways???? Are they going to “command” the legions???

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2017-10-30 18:03
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So now we know where the fully trained ISIS tribal terrorists from the oilfields went.
They had a shave and Hey Presto, they are Democratic supporters of the US/Israeli gang.

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2017-10-31 00:12

SDF has been incorparating more and more arabs in their ranks. Both in separate units, but also within YPG and YPJ. There are now even a few all arab YPJ units, out of Manbij, Tabqah and Raqqah.

Officers are elected fighters that follow additional training after their first training and after having experience as fighters, maybe even have led a squad before the officer training courses.

The above is in line with the multi ethnic policies of both the SDF and the PYD and Northern Syria in general.