The Turkish military launched a drone attack on the road to Hermi Shekho village in Qamishlo on 4 August, targeting members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) who were on their way home for their monthly vacation. The attack killed four fighters, including Commander Aram Muhammad Ibrahim, who had previously lost a limb fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), and wounded two others, as reported by ANHA on Friday.
The SDF, known for their years-long struggle against ISIS, issued a statement condemning the attack, which occurred on the ninth anniversary of the ISIS massacre of Yazidis in Sinjar (Şengal). “The Turkish occupation once again targeted our commanders and fighters who fought the terrorist organisation throughout the past years of struggle,” the SDF said.
Alongside Commander Aram, other killed fighters included Diyar Jumaa Khalil, Ahmed Fadel Samo, and Barzan Mustafa Sheikhmous, all of whom “struggled for many years to protect the region and its people,” and “played an effective role in all battles against terrorism.”
The Media Centre of the SDF has announced it will publish detailed information about the attack later.
The attack on Qamishlo is not an isolated incident, but instead part of a pattern of Turkish aggression against the SDF and other groups in the region. The incident has drawn attention to Turkey’s aggressive military policies in the region, particularly against those who have been at the forefront of the fight against ISIS.