Syrian Kurds halt action against IS due to Turkish attacks

Caucasus (, - The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Kurdish Alliance, operating in the Syrian northeast, announced on Saturday that it was suspending its operations against militants of the Islamic State terrorist group (IS, banned in Russia) . This was reported by Al-Hadath TV channel.

"The SDF has suspended its operations against ISIS due to bombing by the Turkish side," a spokesman for the alliance said.

He added that the SDF formations "are busy repelling Turkish attacks, and if ISIS resumes its sorties, the responsibility for this will lie with the countries that are silent about Turkey's actions."

The representative of the Kurdish alliance at the same time noted that the SDF "does not stop coordinating with the forces of the international anti-terrorist coalition that are in this region."

Some time ago, SDF commander Mazlum Abdi said that "the target of Turkey's attacks on the border area in northeastern Syria are not IS fighters, but SDF formations."

“Turkey is actually preparing for a ground military operation, but we [the SDF] are ready for large-scale [combat] operations and have the right to defend ourselves if such an operation is launched,” he said.

Abdi also pointed out that "Russia and the United States oppose Turkey's military actions," but, according to Abdi, "a firmer international position is needed to prevent Turkish aggression."

On November 20, the Turkish army carried out the “Claw-sword” operation in the border areas of Syria and Iraq with the participation of over 50 aircraft and 20 drones. Air support from the ground was provided by artillery. The strikes were carried out on the objects of the Kurdistan Workers' Party banned in Turkey and its Syrian branch of the People's Self-Defense Forces. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced this week plans to conduct a ground operation in several areas in northern Syria at once: Tell Rifaat, Manbij and Ain al-Arab (Kobani).

Syrian Kurds halt action against IS due to Turkish attacks