SDF suspends anti-ISIS mission following Turkish strikes

QAMISHLI, Syria (North Press) – Late on Wednesday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced suspending its mission against the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) due to the latest Turkish escalation in the SDF-held areas.

Ferhad Shami, head of the SDF Media Center, quoted the forces’ Commander in Chief Mazloum Abdi as saying, “Due to our forces’ preoccupation with addressing the Turkish occupation, they cannot continue their mission of pursuing ISIS cells. Currently, we’re forced to be preoccupied with confronting Turkish aggression.”

Since Saturday night, intense and wide spread aerial operation is being carried out by the Turkish forces against north and northeast Syria which has claimed tens of lives and destroyed facilities and infrastructure along the whole border strip from  Aleppo northern countryside in the northwest up to Derik (al-Malikiyah) in the northeast. The attacks also included the notorious Hawl Camp which is home to tens of thousands of ISIS families.

Reporting by Adnan Hamo