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Syria, someone tries to eliminate the SDF leaders in Deir Ezzor

Someone is trying to systematically eliminate the leaders of the SDF in Deir Ezzor. This was reported by the commander in chief of the Arab-Kurdish forces. The last one escaped an attack only a few days ago

Someone is trying to systematically eliminate the leaders of the SDF in Deir Ezzor. This was reported by the commander in chief of the Arab-Kurdish forces, Mazloum Abdi, underlining that some cells have targeted the commanders of the military council in the Syrian province. The latest was Ahmad Abu Khawla, whose vehicle was attacked with a magnetic bomb in the Nashwa area south of Hasaka. Fortunately, the commander was unharmed as the bomb exploded late. Before him, however, other senior commanders were hit. From Lilwa Al-Abdullah, who survived an assassination attempt on 25 September to Khalid Hamadi, who lost his life on 29 October after an armed group opened fire on his car near Sabha.

Eyes on Isis and Turkey. There is also Damascus and Iran, but at the moment they are adopting different strategies and want to stay off the radar

On the matrix of the campaign of targeted killings against the leaders of the SDF in Deir Ezzor, Abdi is not unbalanced. He merely emphasizes (without naming names) that it is the work of those who do not want stability in the Syrian region and aims to boycott anti-terrorism efforts to destroy Isis. Analysts, however, are convinced that there is a precise and well-defined direction by Turkey or IS. Or of the two actors in a more or less known cooperation. Damascus and Iran are also trying to increase influence in the area, but with different methods. Furthermore, Tehran has no interest in drawing too much attention to itself, especially at this time. Ankara, on the other hand, has suddenly increased its military efforts to consolidate its presence in northern Kurdistan, while the former Daesh jihadists want revenge and are trying in every way to ease the pressure of the Arab-Kurdish forces in the quadrant.

A similar campaign had already taken place in the summer in the Syrian province. Back then, however, the targets were the tribal leaders

Moreover, a similar campaign – even if the targets in that case were the tribal leaders (elders-sheikhs) – has already been seen recently in Deir Ezzor. More precisely last summer. The SDF then arrested several Isis terrorists, who confessed to being responsible and acting on behalf of third parties. In particular, they claimed to work together with Iranian, Damascus and Turkish agents to destabilize the area and bring down the credibility of the Arab-Kurdish forces. It is no coincidence that these were accused of targeted killings until they were able to prove their strangeness.

Photo Credits: North Press Agency

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