Nov 9 (6/8): The SNA, Tanf & Whatever the US is Doing

dhappy42

Who controls the white patch south of Palmyra along the border with Jordan and Iraq? Nobody?

I think they are Syrian rebels that aren’t really connected to any of the others, but I don’t look much because nothing’s been happening down there since I’ve been following along. What we call the SNA is just a collection of a ton of different militias who joined together in common cause. [Note: This was mostly if not completely incorrect; it applies to many SNA factions, but not the presence at Tanf about which the question focused. See below.)

What we call the SNA is just a collection of a ton of different militias who joined together in common cause. (For the Wikipedia list of TFSA militia, see the bottom of this post.) They are Syrian rebels that aren’t really connected to any of the others. I don’t know who, if anyone, the rebels in the south are affiliated with.

Because of distance and a lack of power, they have limited use to the common cause of the factions to the north and northwest, so they’re just kinda.

Except that we have some unheralded forces parked there too, I’m going to guess to protect the border crossings to Jordan.

I think Assad is mostly just ignoring them until later.

Narrator: It’s later.

dhappy42

Back in the Iraq war days (and probably long before that) the area where Syria, Jordan and Iraq borders met was smuggler central. Tanf is on the only road between Damascus and Baghdad and therefore the only open overland route between Syria and Iran. (The other road goes through Kurdish territory in Iraq.) The US used to have a base near there.

Reverend

Seriously, though, I hadn’t figured out why there were American forces there. You’ve made things a lot clearer in that regard, now. We don’t have troops at both of the eastern routes; we have troops at all three.

I get it now.

So now, a note on factions:

Wikipedia list of just TFSA militias

National Army

Hawar Kilis Operations Room

Military councils

  • Al-Bab Military Council
  • Mare’ Military Council[24]
  • Qabasin Military Council
  • Akhtarin Military Council
  • Menagh Military Council[81]
  • Tell Rifaat Military Council[82]
  • Deir ez-Zor Unified Military Council[83]
  • Raqqa Military Council[84]

Other Turkish-backed rebel groups in the area

That’s too many.

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