The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has announced that Arab tribes in Raqqa countryside have shown support for their operations against ISIS.
ARA News reported that more than 2,500 Arabs have joined the SDF at an individual basis, not on tribal.
Abdullah Muhammad, an Arab tribal leader in Raqqa, told ARA News: “We want to thank the Syrian Democratic Forces for their bravery in combatting ISIS in our hometown. We also thank the US-led coalition for its support. This blessed campaign is in favour of Raqqa’s people.”
“The Arab tribes of Raqqa fully support this campaign, which is aimed at liberating our hometown from ISIS terrorists,” Muhammad said.
“We are also ready to establish a civilian administration to run the city as soon as ISIS is defeated and expelled from Raqqa. We are preparing to administratively run the city and provide the people with all the necessary services,” he added.
Muhammad al-Raqqawi, another Arab tribal leader from Raqqa, told ARA News: “The people of Raqqa are now stranded inside the city. We call on the other tribal groups inside Raqqa to support the Syrian Democratic Forces in this campaign in order to liberate the city from ISIS and guarantee people’s safety.”
“Today we’re accompanying the SDF forces to stress that these are liberating forces not occupying ones,” al-Raqqawi said.