Restructuring Northern and Eastern Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) organizes the defense system on the basis of military councils throughout North and East Syria.

Speaking at the meeting of the General Assembly of the Autonomous Administration of North and Eastern Syria, the General Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Mazlûm Ebdî said that the SDF are being reorganized for the approval of the North and East Syrian Self-Defense Law in parliament.

Commander Abdi said: "Within the framework of the new structure of the SDF, out of the current 70,000 fighters, 30,000 will be deployed to border protection, 5,000 will be forming the special forces, while the remaining fighters will be deployed in the SDF brigades."

According to ANHA, the SDF have been busy with their reorganization in northern and eastern Syrian cities and districts since the beginning of May in order to achieve intellectual, political and military restructuring according to the needs of the current process.

The process of forming a military council began according to the conditions and characteristics of each region. These district councils enjoy their defense from the SDF, YPG and YPJ forces.

Hesen Qamishlo, SDF commander, said there was a basis for restructuring following the experience gained in the fight against ISIS.

Qamishlo said that the deficiencies of the past period will be eliminated and reiterated the SDF commitment in ensuring the security of the region.

12 Councils declared

So far, a total of 12 councils have been declared in northern and eastern Syria: Kobane, Girê Spî, Tebqa, Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Shaddadi, Hesekê, Til Birak, Til Temir, Serêkaniyê, Amûdê and Qamishlo. The general commander of each council is elected by members of the council, while each council has its own flag.

Every Council to have representatives in the SDF

Hesen Qamishlo said that the military council systems were created according to the original conditions and characteristics of the northern and eastern Syrian regions and added: “Every region is now preparing for declaration of the council. The SDF will determine the military officers and representatives to join the General Military Assembly and General Command."

The SDF have been victorious against ISIS and liberated the areas within the Jazira and Euphrates regions, then Tebqa, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor.

On 23 March 2019, the SDF announced that they had defeated ISIS and liberated the regions of Northern and Eastern Syria.