SDF suspends operations with US-led coalition to protest Turkish attacks
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) suspended their operations with the US-led coalition forces in Syria to protest continued drone strikes by Turkey, Rudaw reported, citing Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR).
Local sources said the SDF stopped joint operations 6 days ago to "protest Turkey's drone attacks targeting SDF leaders”, Rudaw said.
The same day, the US-led coalition released a statement saying that its representatives met with local Kurdish leaders “to discuss community members’ concerns about recent military activity in northeast Syria.”
In the last six days, Turkish drone strikes in northeast Syria killed eight SDF fighters and three civilians, including two children.
“We denounce the killing of civilians by any and all armed groups,” the statement quoted Major General John Brennan, the commander of the joint force.
Last month, SDF’s commander Mazloum Abdi said their forces could not fight on two fronts at once.
"One of the Turkish administration's objectives is to disrupt the fight that we have been waging against ISIS in coordination with the International Coalition. And if they do launch a military operation, they might achieve their objective," he said.