CENTCOM extends condolences to families of SDF fighters targeted by Turkey

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – On Sunday, the Central Command of the US military extended its condolences to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), for Turkish targeting of three female commanders in the city of Qamishli, northeastern Syria, two days ago.

On July 22, a Turkish drone targeted a car with three SDF female fighters, including a commander, on the road in the eastern countryside of Qamishli which claimed the lives of all of them.

“CENTCOM extends our condolences to the families of these 3 SDF fighters, the people in Northeast Syria & our SDF partners,”  the US Central Command said in a tweet.

The General Command of the SDF announced Saturday that the drone attack which targeted a car in the city of Qamishli on Friday, claimed the lives of three SDF fighters.

“Salwa Yusuk (AKA Ciyan Afrin) a Deputy Commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – along with 2 fellow female fighters – was killed in an attack near Qamishli, Syria, on July 22, 2022,” the CENTCOM said.

“Salwa was a critical SDF leader who led forces in combat vs ISIS since the height of the fight to defeat the vile ideology in NE Syria in 2017,” the US Central command tweeted.  

Following Tehran’s summit on July 19, Turkey has been using drones extensively in north and east Syria, targeting civilians and military vehicles, and sometimes vital facilities and empty farmlands.

The attacks come in tandem with repeated threats by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to launch a military operation in northern Syria against the cities of Manbij and Tel Rifaat.

Reporting by Rahaf al-Youssef