Since August 27, 2023, areas east of the Euphrates in Deir al-Zour have been witnessing extensive confrontations between the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) on one hand, and tribal fighters and others from the Deir al-Zour Military Council on the other .
The clashes between the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the tribal groups stand as one of the most pressing challenges and threats the SDF has faced since gaining control over the areas east of the Euphrates. This is attributed to their unprecedented scale, continuous escalation, and the potential consequences that could emerge.
This report offers a concise snapshot of the volatile battlefield dynamics in the ongoing clash, delving into both the immediate and underlying factors that have ignited this strife. It also gauges the positions of pivotal local and international players exerting influence over the conflict's trajectory. Informed by current insights, the report ventures to sketch out possible future scenarios that could shape the destiny of this dispute.
This report serves as an invaluable guide for stakeholders, experts, and policymakers, offering deep insights into the intricate web of motivations, triggers, and dynamics that have evolved the conflict from just a skirmish between SDF and Deir al-Zour Military Council into a face-off with the tribes. It further outlines potential scenarios and their likely future impact, offering a comprehensive guide to navigate the complexities of this evolving strife.