SDC Political Reforms: A Kurdish publication published a report that the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC) has announced forthcoming actions that were the product of a series of talks across northeastern Syria. The recommendations totaled 17 reforms that will impact policy conducted by both SDC and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria. Among the changes agreed to include: fighting smuggling, controlling borders and crossings, and reviewing taxes and customs fees; establishing a strategic economic development plan, facilitating investment, giving priority to local investment, and strengthening cohesion between religious and ethnic groups to ward off internecine conflict
Israel Preps for Proxy Attacks: Israeli military officials have been instructed to prepare for military contingencies in response to possible U.S. military action against Iran. While not connected to President Trump’s recent decision to ask for military options on Iran’s nuclear facilities, Israeli officials told Axios now is “a very sensitive period” before the U.S. presidential inauguration. The Israeli Defense Forces are preparing for a potential attack from Iranian-backed proxies in Syria and Lebanon. In the meantime, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Gilad Erdan recently sent a written request to the President of the UN Security Council demanding a rollback of Iran from Syria.
IRGC Commander Killed: Reuters could not confirm his identity but reported that an airstrike killed a commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. The airstrike was carried out when a weapons shipment from Iraq crossed the border into Syria. In the course of the attack three other people were confirmed killed in the attack according to Iraqi and local militia officials.