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SDF militants shoot dead two young men in Syria’s Raqqah

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The file photo shows US-sponsored militants affiliated with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in an unknown location in Dayr al-Zawr, Syria. (By AFP)

Militants affiliated with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have fatally shot two young men in Syria’s northern province of Raqqah.

Local sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Syria’s official news agency SANA that the militants stormed the village of Tarwaziyah,  which lies near the M4 international highway that links Syria’s east and west and north of the provincial capital Raqqah, on Sunday.

Houses were violently ransacked in the raid.

Elsewhere in the western countryside of Raqqah, the militants rounded up a number of civilians in the town of Jarniyah and took them away to their own camps to undergo military training.

The SDF extremists had raided homes in the villages of Sakar, Watifah and Abu Jalal of Syria’s northeastern province of Hasakah the previous day, abducting a number of young men and taking them to an unknown location.

Security conditions have been deteriorating in the SDF-controlled areas in Hasakah, Dayr al-Zawr and Raqqah provinces.

Local Syrians complain that the SDF’s constant raids have generated a state of frustration and instability, severely affecting their businesses and livelihood.

Residents accuse the US-sponsored militants of stealing crude oil and refusing to spend money on service sectors.

Local councils affiliated with the SDF also stand accused of financial corruption.

Turkish forces, allied militants loot houses in Hasakah

Separately, Turkish military forces and their allied militants raided the villages of Qatouf and Tal Dhiab in the Ra’s al-Ayn district of Hasakah province.

SANA said the forces stormed several houses in the villages.

Ankara has been providing support to militants operating to topple the Damascus government since early 2011.

Last year, Turkey seized control of the border town of Ra's al-Ayn after it launched a cross-border invasion of northeastern Syria with the help of its allied armed groups to push Kurdish militants affiliated with the People’s Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

Ankara views the US-backed YPG as a terrorist organization tied to the homegrown Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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