The Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) has accused the Turkish government of actively working towards the destabilisation of the region.
In a statement on Friday, the administration alleged that Turkey is pursuing its agenda with complete disregard for the stability of its territories and aims to create opportunities for extremism to flourish.
The statement also highlighted Turkey’s efforts to obstruct the region’s fight against terrorism and to provide a decent life for its inhabitants. According to the AANES, since the beginning of the month, Turkey has targeted vital infrastructure and civilians, causing significant disruption to basic services and affecting some five million people.
The statement came after a suspected Turkish drone strike in the north-eastern Syrian town of al-Malikiyah (Dêrîk) on Friday killed a senior Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) commander, Ferhad Dêrik (Şibilî). The slain commander had been working closely with Global Coalition forces in the fight against ISIS. He had previously survived an assassination attempt.
The administration also revealed that Turkish aggression extended to the Al-Namaa Agricultural Company in al-Malikiyah on the same day, resulting in civilian casualties.
The AANES expressed its determination to continue its struggle against attempts to undermine the region’s achievements and violate its legitimate rights. They called on all forces active in Syria, especially the US-led Global Coalition, to break their silence on these aggressions, stressing the importance of maintaining stability in the region and continuing the fight against ISIS and extremism.