SDF fighter’s reunion with dad breaks hearts on Twitter
It was a truly tear-jerking moment. An Arab fighter with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reportedly saw his father for the first time in two years since Daesh (ISIS) took over their native Manbij-outside of Aleppo.
In the video posted by Syria Today on June 10, the fighter drops to his knees before hugging his father, kissing him on both cheeks. It was subsequently retweeted over 100 times, appeared on the r/syriancivilwar Reddit and was a sign of goodness in the country’s devastating civil war, currently going on five years.
This weekend Arab fighters in the SDF surrounded Manbij-a Daesh stronghold-with the help of the U.S.-led anti-Daesh coalition. The city’s population reportedly welcomed the SDF’s advance, having grown tired of Daesh’s harsh rule. It’s one of the latest in a series of SDF advances vis-a-vis Daesh.
The SDF was established in 2015 with the goal of defeating Daesh in Syria. 60% of its fighters come from the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish nationalist group. However, it has several battalions of Arab and minority fighters as well, and has received considerable support for the U.S. and its allies.