Middle East WATCH: Syrian Kurdish US-backed alliance form council to run Raqqa

WATCH: Syrian Kurdish US-backed alliance form council to run Raqqa
Syrian Kurdish and Arab military, political and community leaders open a constituent meeting to announce the formation of a civilian council to govern Raqqa, Ain Issa, Raqqa province, Syria, April 18, 2017. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

AIN ISSA, Syrian Kurdistan (Kurdistan24) - The US-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arabic groups announced on Tuesday the formation of a civilian council to rule the province of Raqqa after liberating the city from the Islamic State (IS).

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Kurdish-Arab political alliance in Syria, held a conference in the town of Ain Issa, north of Raqqa.

The SDC announced the establishment of a civilian council to run the province of Raqqa temporarily until its full liberation from the Islamic State (IS).

Awas Ali, a member of the organizing committee, told Kurdistan24 the council was divided into 14 offices, consisting of committees that act as mini-ministries.

"The committees aim to serve the people of Raqqa Province, and each committee has an office," he said.

"We have the Justice Office, the Service Office, the office of Relief and Development and many other offices," he explained.

According to the organizing committee, the new civilian council will offer services in the liberated areas.

Also, many decisions were made regarding the return of civilians to their towns and villages, and offering help and protection to them after they return home.

Omar Aloush, an SDC member, told Kurdistan24 that decisions and resolutions taken by the new council will be effective immediately.

While the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) advance toward Raqqa, a civilian council is being established to run the city after its liberation.

The council aims at ruling, protecting, and organizing the liberated areas.

The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), which includes Kurds, Arabs and others, was formed in December 2015 at a conference in northeastern Syria. The SDC aims at promoting a secular, democratic vision for Syria.

The SDC adopted an already established military force called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who are fighting against IS.

The SDF, founded in October 2015, unites Arab, Turkmen and Armenian militias, as well as Free Syrian Army (FSA) units.

Although SDF is often presented as an inclusive force, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) is the main element of the coalition and outnumbers all other groups.

PYD and other Syrian Kurdish parties form a political coalition called the Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM) which is operating a system of three "autonomous administrations" of Jazira, Kobani and Afrin in Syria's north, with independent police forces and schools.

The federal system, declared by TEV-DEM on March 17, 2016 and voted by dozens of representatives of the Syrian Kurdish and Arab community leaders, would unite these cantons under a single administrative unit.

The Syrian government rejected the federal system announced by the Kurds and their allies.

 

Editing by Ava Homa

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