Analyses

Arab clans and Syrian crisis

It is necessary in a time for the peoples of the region to unite and cooperate to face the internal and external plans aimed at creating an internal strife in which the people of the region fight to serve parties that do not want the people of the region to live in security and peace because this affects their interests and weakens their presence, as “divide and conquer” has become the slogan of those parties involved in the Syrian crisis for their permanency.

The Autonomous Administration areas are considered one of the areas that enjoys security and peace after defeating the terrorist organization (ISIS), which is financed by the Turkish occupation state and some regional countries. ISIS, that worked to rob, loot, burn and enslave the women of the region, and when the plans of the Turkish occupation state failed, turned to the Arab clans in the region to create sedition, which has been exploited by some Arab tribal sheikhs who fled and settled in Turkey, some of whom were affiliated with ISIS and became princes in the organization, while clan members distributed, displaced and divided in their loyalties among the Syrian regime, the so-called opposition, and Turkish state.

Turkey held several meetings under various names, the last of these Syrian clans took place in the bordering region of Azaz, followed by another meeting in Sejo town, which were attended by some clan figures in addition to the head of the so-called Syrian Opposition Coalition, which ended with announcing the formation of the Supreme Council of Syrian Tribes and Clans, and the Council of Notables, during which the tribes and clans expressed their support for the expected Turkish military operation against the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) east of the Euphrates and blessed the Turkish occupation of Gire Spi (Tel Abyad) and Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain). In addition, the Syrian regime exploited some clans that are still loyal to it and held meetings with such as the one held in the city of Deir ez-Zor under the name Events of Customary Forum of Clans and Tribes in late March 2021 with the aim of causing internal fighting in the areas of the Autonomous Administration, such as the incidents of Tayy neighborhood in the city of Qamishli, where the Internal Security Forces (Asayish) managed to clean the neighborhood from the militia of National Defense Forces (NDF). Also, the failure of these leaders and personalities associated with the foreign agenda to gather the sons of their tribes around them and incite them against the Autonomous Administration, led to their loss of credibility among Syrians in general and their clans in particular.

Recognizing the important role the clans play in the current Syrian scene and to confront the plans being made against the people of the region, the Arab clans in northeast Syria held the Forum of Arab Clans and Tribes in al-Meshlab region in the city of Raqqa. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the forum was attended by a large number of notables and sheiks of Arab tribes in Raqqa and various regions of northeast Syria, in addition to delegations representing the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES), the SDF and the Asayish in Raqqa. During the forum, the attendees called on all the people of Syria to stand together, to reject differences and put them aside, and to stop infighting in order not to please some external forces, which increases the depth of the crisis in Syria and open the door for Turkey to occupy more Syrian lands and displace their people.

In this context, the Turkish occupation state, the Syrian regime and its supporters represented by Russia and Iran, will not hesitate to win the support of the clans to increase their influence in the region, exploit them and activate them in the media when needed so that they will be able to benefit from any event that may take place in the Autonomous Administration areas to involve their sleeper cells in any protests that took place to spread racial discrimination and ignite crisis among the people of the region.