Coalition Spokesperson Ryan Dillon told reporters last week that the majority of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are Arabic and some of them now go to Afrin to help their Kurdish brothers.
“So what you have is the as the SDF as in the whole of an organization about 57,000 strong are majority Arab, and the matter of fact the percentage of those who were fighting in the Euphrates river valley is about 80% Arab, 20% Kurdish,” he said.
“I will say that the majority of the SDF are Kurdish-led and so you do have local commanders that have left and have gone to Afrin. There have also been I understand reports that there are Arab fighters in the SDF who have also gone to Afrin,” he added
“You helped me liberate where the areas where I am from and now in your time of need, I am going to also help you,” the Arab fighters said.
“So there is I understand it to be not just the Kurdish elements of the SDF, but some others as well,” he concluded.
Last week, the SDF deployed 1,700 fighters from the ISIS front to Afrin.
Gabriel Kino, the spokesperson of the SDF told The Region the international community needs to take serious steps against Turkey to stop the invasion.
“Not just condemning it. There needs to be measures and steps taken to stop this attack,” he said.
“There are still a number of ISIS militants in the pockets of the Deir ar Zour area, and the attack on the SDF in Afrin, give birth to Daash [ISIS] to raise its attacks against our forces in Deir ar Zour also,” he stated.