One of the notorious field commanders of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in a town in Hasaka province has cut off relation with the militia amid the Turkish troops' threats of a major assault against the Kurds in Northern and Northeastern Syria, a Lebanese media outlet reported on Saturday.
The Lebanese al-Manar TV Channel reported that a senior commander of the SDF gunmen has defected along with his fighters in the small town of al-Darbasiyah in Northern Hasaka amid the Ankara forces' preparation for a large-scale operation on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.
It further said that the SDF has put forces on alert after the commander's defection.
In the meantime, the SDF militias have dug long tunnels in the village of al-Doweirah South of Ra'as al-Ein near Syria's border with Iraq, the TV channel said, adding that the Turkish reconnaissance planes, meantime, are flying over SDF-held regions in the town Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa at the border with Turkey.
Earlier this month, a large number of the SDF forces defected their ranks and started fleeing Northern Syria after Ankara announced that it was preparing for a major military invasion of Northern Syria.
"Tens of SDF fighters have defected and fled in several regions of Raqqa and Hasaka provinces," field sources in Northern Syria reported.
The sources pointed to the defection of a group of SDF forces from al-Hos village in Eastern Raqqa, and said that a new wave of arrests of SDF members occurred in the surrounding areas of the city of Ra'as al-Ein in Northwestern Hasaka after defection of their comrades in Raqqa.
Meantime, a number of SDF members surrendered themselves to the Turkish army in the village of al-Mobarakieh East of the town of Ra'as al-Ein in Northwestern Hasaka, the sources said.
The sources, meantime, unveiled that the defection of the US-backed militants from their ranks created rifts in several border regions with Syria near Ra'as al-Ein in Hasaka, Quntara in Soluk region East of Tal Abyadh in Northern Raqqa.
Meantime, a number of border settlers fled al-Mohata, al-Abreh and al-Kharabat regions in Ra'as al-Ein in Northern Hasaka.