National Army: "We will win battle in area east of Euphrates following United States forces' withdrawal"

Editing Abd Allah Al Darwesh | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: December 19, 2018, 11:44:16 PM wire INTERNATIONALMILITARYPOLITICS Free Syrian Army

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On Wednesday, the Syrian National Army of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) said that the expected Turkish military operation in Northeastern Syria will defeat the SDF in the area east of the Euphrates river, especially after the US decision to withdraw its forces from the area.

Major Yousef Hamoud, the spokesperson for the National Army, stated that there is no international force that can prevent Turkey and the National Army from entering areas in Northern and Northeastern Syria. Mahmoud added, "We and Turkey will enter the areas east of the Euphrates and win the battle there."

Al-Hamoud emphasized that they are ready to repel the Syrian government forces if the latter decides to enter the area east of the Euphrates river after the US forces' withdrawal.

Al-Hamoud added that  they consider the Syrian government forces, loyalist militias, the SDF, and Islamic State as "hostile sides" and the National Army is ready to fight them.

Al-Hamoud said that despite the US decision to withdraw from the area, the US will keep some of its military bases in Eastern Syria to preserve its military and political achievements.

Al-Hamoud added that the US forces' withdrawal from Syria followed Turkish political, military, and intelligence efforts with the US.

The Syrian Democratic Council stated that the US forces' withdrawal from Syria will put the council into a direct confrontation with Turkey.

Earlier, on Wednesday, a US official revealed that the US forces' withdrawal from Syria followed an agreement between the President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Earlier on Wednesday, the White House stated that the US Army started to call back its forces from Syria to the US. The Wall Street Journal reported officials as saying that Washington considers withdrawing all of its forces from Syria.

The US decided to withdraw its forces from Syria on December 12, 2018, Erdogan stated that Turkey will launch a military operation against the People's Protection Units in the area east of the Euphrates river within days. The US Pentagon deem the Turkish military operation unacceptable.

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Editing Abd Allah Al Darwesh | Translation Muhammad Ghaith | Translation Editing Vera Halvorsen 🕔 Publication Date: December 19, 2018, 11:44:16 PM wire INTERNATIONALMILITARYPOLITICS Free Syrian Army
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