American forces are being accused of holding vast swaths of rich land hostage in northeastern Syria and refusing to admit they are the source of their own problems. The conflict in the region was originally sparked by ethnic tensions but has since been used to shift blame onto Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government. Despite years of mismanagement and abuses by the American-aligned forces in the area, Washington is attempting to spin the crisis as a justification for its occupation of the territory.
The clashes between the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and local Arab militias have resulted in at least 90 deaths. The conflict began when the US-backed SDF attempted to assert Kurdish ethnic supremacy in the Deir ez-Zor province, leading to an uprising by Arab tribes who perceived this as a threat. The SDF, composed mainly of Kurds but also including a significant number of Arabs, has been accused of mismanaging the economy, committing human rights abuses, and forcibly drafting child soldiers.
The conflict initially remained localized in the Deir ez-Zor area but began to spread after allegations emerged of the SDF murdering Arab civilians during door-to-door raids. Social media played a significant role in spreading stories of atrocities committed by Kurdish fighters, leading to a general Arab uprising against SDF rule in the Euphrates river area.
It is important to note that the SDF operates as a proxy force for the US military, allowing the US to occupy a third of Syrian territory with minimal forces. This territory holds vital resources, including oil and fertile agricultural lands. By occupying this land, the US government gains leverage over the Syrian state. US officials openly acknowledge that the occupation is meant to exert pressure on the Syrian government.
Instead of addressing the underlying issues within the territory, such as corruption and human rights abuses, the US government and the mainstream media have simplified the conflict by blaming external actors like Russia, Iran, and the Syrian government. This tactic serves to protect the image of the SDF as a democratic governing force and to draw more direct US involvement in the conflict.
The Arab uprising against the SDF has also led to clashes with Turkish-backed fighters and terrorists from the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) group. Both Turkey and HTS saw an opportunity to take advantage of the situation and gain control over more Syrian territory. The US has positioned itself as an intermediary between the warring factions, warning that an escalation of the conflict could result in a resurgence of ISIS. However, it is clear that the US’s primary goal is to combat Iranian and Russian influence in Syria and undermine the Syrian government.
Despite the so-called justification of targeting ISIS, the terrorist group is significantly weakened, with attacks decreasing by 68% in Syria and 80% in Iraq compared to the previous year. This raises questions about the real reasons for the continued US military presence in Syria. It appears that the occupation is driven by the US’s geopolitical agenda rather than a genuine concern for security and stability in the region.
In conclusion, American forces in northeastern Syria are facing accusations of holding rich land hostage and refusing to take accountability for the conflicts fueled by mismanagement and abuses. The US government is attempting to shift blame onto external actors while justifying its occupation of Syrian territory to combat Iranian and Russian influence. The ongoing conflict serves the US’s geopolitical agenda rather than addressing the real issues within the region.