News ID: 262744
Published: 0543 GMT December 09, 2019

Kurdish-led SDF militants move children of Daesh terrorists to own camp in northern Syria: Report

Kurdish-led SDF militants move children of Daesh terrorists to own camp in northern Syria: Report

Militants from the Kurdish-led and so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have reportedly transferred dozens of children born to Daesh Takfiri terrorists from a refugee camp in Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah to their own training camp.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic service of Russia’s Sputnik news agency on Monday that SDF militants, in cooperation with American forces, had moved more than 100 children, between 12 and 14 years of age from, al-Hol refugee camp, which lies on the southern outskirts of the northern Syrian town of al-Hawl and close to the Syria-Iraq border, to their camp in the village of Tal Aswad, Presstv Reported.

The sources added that SDF militants plan to transfer more orphaned children of Daesh militants, who are of different nationalities, as well as kids born to militants from other terror groups from the camp to the village.They then expressed serious concerns that the Kurdish-led militants would likely give training in the use of weapons to the children, and recruit them to fight in their ranks.

SDF militants have reportedly kidnapped more than 200 children, not older than ten years old, from al-Hol camp and took them to an unknown location since last September.

On September 15, Syria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, in identical letters sent to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres and then rotating President of the UN Security Council Vasily Nebenzya, announced that SDF militants continue their terrorist and criminal measures against Syrians in the provinces of Hasakah, Dayr al-Zawr, Raqqah and Aleppo.

The letters stated that the militants are backed by the United States and the US-led coalition purportedly fighting Daesh, noting they provided them with military, logistic, financial and political support.

“That goes in line with schemes being carried out by some states subservient to the United States and being concocted by the authorities of the Zionist regime (of Israel) in utter disregard of Security Council resolutions, which underline the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and unity of its people,” the letters read.

The US has long been providing the SDF with arms and militant training, calling them a key partner in the purported fight against Daesh. Many observers, however, see the support in the context of Washington's plans to carve out a foothold in the Arab country.

On October 9, Turkish military forces and Ankara-backed militants launched a long-threatened cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria in a declared attempt to push militants from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) – the backbone of the SDF – away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has been seeking an autonomous Kurdish region in Turkey since 1984.

On October 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan signed a memorandum of understanding that asserted YPG militants had to withdraw from the Turkish-controlled "safe zone" in northeastern Syria within 150 hours, after which Ankara and Moscow would run joint patrols around the area.

The announcement was made hours before a US-brokered five-day truce between Turkish and Kurdish-led forces was due to expire.

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