BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:25 P.M.) – In recent days, a very large group of civilians from the province of Hasakah – mostly native to the cities of Hasakah and Qamishli (both mostly controlled by US-backed forces) – joined the Syrian Army after reconciling with the Syrian government.
The number of people that joined Syrian Army ranks has been put a 1,500 – in another words, enough people to fill the ranks of a Soviet-era army regiment (details here).
According to Al-Masdar News sources, many of reconciling civilians involved in this event were either past draft dodgers or ex-soldiers who had abandoned ranks earlier in the Syrian crisis, only now to willingly return to the Syrian Army.
There is a statement to be said in all of this; and that is that these new recruits, living well within areas under the control of US-backed forces, who had the choice of not reconciling with government, still chose to do so even if it meant returning to service.
The event comes amid growing disillusionment among Syrians living in the country’s northern and northeastern regions with US-backed forces.
In particular, forced recruitment of civilians and heavy taxation (described by a Russian military source as extortion) by US-backed has led to a number of backlash incidents, including uprisings by Euphrates tribal groups and a small insurgency government loyalists.