After severing a five-year relationship with the Kurdish forces, the US left the northeast in need of another source of outside support. With Russia and Syria willing to fill that role, US military operators are wary about what kind of information could end up in the hands of enemies. A former US defense official said that while the SDF does not have any formal intelligence to give away, they have a decent amount of knowledge about the operating procedures, individuals, and aircraft response times. While the Kurds proved to be loyal, they are in a dire situation that may allow them to be coerced by Russia. Now, officials are questioning if they should even create partnerships in areas where they don’t have any real strategy in place.