Assad regime said on Wednesday that German special forces were present, alongside French and American military personnel, in northern Syria, an accusation denied by Germany.
SANA news agency,Assad regime state media, reported that dozens of German special forces personnel entered the territory of Syria, joining the French and US forces participating in the operation in the city Manbij in the Aleppo province. German forces
According to the SANA news agency, the source at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Syria strongly condemned the presence of French and German special forces the areas of Ayn al-Arab and Manbij, considering it a flagrant violation of the principles of the UN Charter and “overt unjustified aggression” against the sovereignty and independence of the country. German forces
“Syria considers it explicit and unjustified aggression towards (Syria’s) sovereignty and independence,” state news agency SANA quoted the foreign ministry as saying. German forces
American military forces are already present in northern Syria to aid the US-backed Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) that includes powerful Kurdish militias.
Germany’s defense ministry said repeated claims by the Assad regime that German special forces were in northern Syria were not and had never been true.
“There are no German special forces in Syria. The accusation is false,” a ministry spokesman said.
SDF forces and the western support
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said French special forces were building a base for themselves near Kobani.
France’s defense minister said last week that there were special forces operating in Syria helping the SDF advance towards Manbij.
The Observatory also said German, French and American military advisers, and French and American special forces, were assisting the SDF in its fight against Islamic State but had so far remained in a support role and not fought on front lines.
The SDF forces and the Kurdish militias it includes are accused of using US military support to commit breaches and crimes against the Syrian civilians, and that they use the fake term of fighting ISIS to control wide areas.
The Kurdish militias announced earlier this year a federalism in northern Syria, a step that brings them closer to declaring autonomy in the areas they forced control over.