BEIRUT, LEBANON (4:35 P.M.) – Following repeated failures by Coalition-backed Kurdish forces to defeat ISIS on the eastern shore of the Euphrates River in Deir Ezzor province over the last several weeks, media linked to the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) has formally blamed the Assad government, claiming collusion between it and the terrorist group.
According to social media channels linked to the Kurdish YPG, the Syrian government and the Islamic State terrorist group, operating under a temporary truce, have joined forces to ‘block’ the advances of the Syrian Democratic Forces (within which the YPG is a major component).
Pro-YPG media has even gone as far to say that ‘regime troops’ and ISIS militants attacked Coalition-led forces at the villages of Shel and Cinen on the east Euphrates shore.
As reported earlier, the Syrian Democratic Democratic Forces suffered a major defeat in recent days after a large offensive by some of its best units failed to break through ISIS defenses in the Shaitat tribal region.
Local sources from the Shaitat tribal region confirmed that pro-Coalition fighters had been defeated almost one week after opposition and pro-YPG media claimed they had captured the area from ISIS.
This comes after Syrian pro-government forces have succeeded in clearing the entire western Euphrates shore from ISIS.
There is another point of upset for the YPG too.
The leadership of the Syrian Democratic Forces swore before YPG-linked press to capture Deir Ezzor city from ISIS.
Much media hype, propelled by pro-Kurdish social media, went into the Deir Ezzor liberation campaign and a unique flag with the city’s iconic Almuallq Bridge on it was waved before cameras as the new banner of Coalition-backed alliance group.
In the event Syrian army-led forces liberated the city of Deir Ezzor from ISIS and even crossed the Euphrates, securing both sides of the Almuallq Bridge.
Following this, the Almuallq Bridge flag of the Syrian Democratic Forces quickly disappeared from sight.
Whilst there can be no doubt that Coalition-led Kurdish and Arab militias will eventually succeed in clearing the eastern shore of the Euphrates from Islamic State terrorists, the repeated failures of the YPG in particular (who has claimed time and time again over the years to be the most effective force on the ground against ISIS) to accomplish the job to date, coupled with uncomfortably high losses has provoked it to seek a scapegoat – in this case, the Syrian government.