Ankara insists on its aggressive policy despite continued efforts by Kurdish-led forces in northern Syria to bring stability to the region, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander-in-Chief Mazloum Abdi said on Sunday.
Abdi’s comments came in reaction to Turkey’s retaliatory airstrikes on vital infrastructure in northern Syria following significant military losses to Kurdish guerrillas in Iraqi Kurdistan.
The SDF commander expressed his dismay, accusing the Turkish government of pursuing a ‘policy of starvation and occupation’. Abdi highlighted the repeated targeting of vital infrastructure and civilian livelihoods, describing these actions as potential war crimes.
Democratic Autonomous Administration alleges genocidal actions
The Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAANES) also issued a statement accusing Turkey of a series of genocidal actions.
“This targeting is a complementary measure to what Turkey started years ago against our regions with the aim of striking stability and creating chaos, not to mention the extent of Turkey’s clear support for the remnants of terrorism and its provision of moral support through these attacks for these groups to organise themselves and gather their collapsed forces, especially the terrorist organisation ISIS,” the statement read.
The administration stressed that these attacks are part of a broader strategy by Turkey to destabilise the region, create chaos and advance what the administration calls its occupation objectives.
The Democratic Autonomous Administration called for international intervention to stop what it called unjustified attacks and to investigate the alleged war crimes.