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Rantburg Exclusive: Powerful Arab Al Shammar Tribe Arrives in Afrin
Al Shammar tribe are in Afrin
«We came to support our brothers in Afrin to defend our land and to emphasize the national cohesion among all the components of the N Syria.
We have come from the far east of Syria to show to the world the coexistence among the peoples of the region»

— Claudia (@ClaudiaAlMinah) February 7, 2018
The Shammar is a historically powerful and prestigious tribal group, though their number and influence in Syria has dwindled since the independence of Syria. After the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War and the almost complete retreat of the Syrian Army from the al-Hasakah Governorate in mid 2012, Humaydi Daham al-Hadi soon aligned himself with the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and in 2013 set up the Army of Dignity (Jaysh al-Karama), which later transformed into the al-Sanadid Forces. The alliance with the Kurds and the formation of the Army of Dignity were Humaydi's response to the growing power of Jihadi groups like ISIL in the region. By aiding the PYD's YPG and YPJ in capturing much of the al-Hasakah Governorate, and especially securing the local oil fields, the militia managed to grow in size and power.
Posted by:Ulaigum Ebbineng7056

#4  Gotta wonder if this is Uncle not showing his hand, while tacitly giving the Kurds tactical intel, and not throttling their money, food, ammo and equipment resupply. But also holding back on the airstrikes against Turkish forces.
Posted by: Zhang Fei   2018-02-08 16:20  

#3  ..we will know soon when the lost old American equipment is replaced by more Russian models.
Posted by: Procopius2k   2018-02-08 08:35  

#2  Turkey will not have such an easy time of it. Quagmire time.
Posted by: Dale   2018-02-08 08:08  

#1  Slapping down the Ottomans. Defending tribal-family lands always proves to be steel backbone motivators. And these are not the unarmed Christian Armenians

Afrin Geo-map.
Posted by: Woodrow   2018-02-08 03:24