Maenza meets SDF’s Abdi, calls on US to stop Turkish attacks on NE Syria

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Former chair of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Nadine Maenza stated on Friday meeting with Commander in Chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazloum Abdi, and called on the US to stop Turkey from conducting attacks in northeastern Syria.

Maenza called, on the social media platform X (previously Twitter),to support the SDF and the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) “to build long-term peace and stability.”

She added that the SDF and AANES were successful in filling “the governance and security voids that otherwise would have been filled by Islamists and Iranian militias. This is how to build long-term peace and stability and keep ISIS from rising again. This also stops #Iran’s land bridge to Israel and Lebanon.”

“THIS is how to stop a ‘forever war’,” she stated.

Maenza also called on the US “to stop Turkey as they threaten another phase of attacks after the 200+ airstrikes that recently targeted electrical & water plants, hospitals, schools and other civilian infrastructure leaving 2 million without electricity and water. According to the Geneva Convention, these are war crimes.”

From Oct.5 to Oct. 9, Turkey attacked 104 sites in northern and northeastern Syria, including vital infrastructure such as power, gas, and water stations and educational facilities, with more than 580 air and ground strikes, according to a statement by the AANES.

The SDF, with support from the US-led Global Coalition, fought against the Islamic State (ISIS) not only to defeat it but also to secure a future for the people in northeastern Syria, according to Maenza.

By Stella Youssef