Friday’s Turkish attack on a Qamishli (Qamişlo) security checkpoint aligns with the Islamic State (ISIS) activities, undermining regional anti-terrorism efforts, said the Democratic Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (DAANES).
On the day of the attack, which killed four members of its Internal Security Forces and wounded several, DAANES issued a statement highlighting the Turkish offensive’s timing against the backdrop of a security and humanitarian campaign to manage Al-Hol camp and curb cell operations. This campaign is part of broader anti-terrorism measures involving the Internal Security Forces.
DAANES viewed the attack as a deliberate attempt by Turkish forces to disrupt the security apparatus’s efforts to maintain stability in Al-Hol camp, accusing Turkish intelligence of fostering smuggling and chaos to support ISIS financially and operationally.
DAANES extended its condolences to the victims’ families and wished a speedy recovery for the wounded. The statement also criticised Turkey’s actions as facilitating the resurgence of terrorism by aiding its reorganisation efforts.
Such attacks, according to DAANES, complicate the socio-economic environment and undermine attempts to achieve and maintain stability in the wake of diminished ISIS activities and other disruptive elements.
Furthermore, DAANES held the International Coalition and Russia accountable for the Turkish escalation, arguing that their capacity to limit such actions has not been utilised effectively. These attacks are perceived as undermining the Coalition’s and Russia’s efforts to establish and support regional stability.
Despite these challenges, DAANES reassured that their security forces will persist in their mission to prevent the return of extremism and safeguard the security, stability, and wellbeing of the people in their territories.