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Talal Silo
Arabic language: طلال سلو
Birth name Talal Ali Silo (Arabic language: طلال علي سلو‎)
Born 1965 (age 55–56)[1]
Place of birth Al-Rai, Syria[2]

Syria Syrian Arab Republic (1985–2004)
Syrian Turkmen Assembly (2013–15)

Syrian Democratic Forces (2015–17)
Service/branch Syrian Armed Forces (1985–2004)
Rank Syria Army - OF05.svg Colonel
Commands held

Spokesman of the Syrian Democratic Forces (2015–17)

Commander of the Seljuk Brigade (2013–15)

Syrian Civil War

Talal (Ali) Silo (or Telal Silo, Talal Sallou) was the official Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesperson[3] until his surrender[4][5] or defection[6] to Turkey in November 2017. His departure marked the first major defection among the SDF's top ranks.[7]

Silo, a Turkmen,[8] was the SDF spokesperson from 2014 to November 2017, covering major SDF operations and battles against ISIS. He alleged that during the SDF capture of Raqqa from ISIS, thousands of IS fighters - many more than first reported - left the city under a secret U.S.-approved deal. However, U.S. officials described Silo’s comments as “false and contrived”.[9]

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (TFSA) have presented different versions of the reasons behind Silo's departure - reflecting the complexities of Syria's proxy war.[7]

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