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CENTCOM Commander, Kurdish Leader Discuss Military Operation against ISIS

CENTCOM Commander, Kurdish Leader Discuss Military Operation against ISIS

Sunday, 12 July, 2020 - 06:45
Commander of the US Central Command (CENTCOM) General Kenneth McKenzie (AFP)
Qamishli - Kamal Sheikho

The Commander of the US Army Central Forces (CENTCOM), General Kenneth Mckenzie, discussed with the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Mazloum Abdi, the launch of a new military operation against ISIS cells in northeastern Syria.

Abdi announced that he explored with Mckenzie common issues, namely fighting ISIS, the growing threat of terrorism and establishing peace in the region.

The Kurdish leader welcomed the ongoing US support to combat terrorism and establish stability.

Earlier this week, Abdi met with commander of the Russian forces in Syria, Major General Alexander Chaiko. They discussed increasing coordination between them as well as the deployment of Russian forces east of the Euphrates River and the recent Turkish escalation and threat against northeastern Syria.

In June, the SDF detained 110 ISIS terrorists during the first phase of its “deterring terrorism” campaign near the Iraqi border.

Abdi also met with a delegation of Raqqa elders and tribal leaders. They discussed the increased ISIS activities after the Turkish attacks on the countrysides of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad.

Kurdish forces will soon carry out a security campaign along the Euphrates River in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzour to pursue ISIS terrorists, end their threat and restore stability in the region, revealed Abdi.

Meanwhile, vice president of the Autonomous Administration for North and East of Syria Badran Jia Kurd pointed out that exceptional economic situations have affected the services provided to citizens.

The top official called on the international coalition, the US and humanitarian organizations to provide the necessary support to overcome the economic crisis created by the Caesar Act.

He stressed that the administration is working to address the negative consequences of the Act by supporting service sectors, adding that it is also combating the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and fighting global terrorism on various levels.

The Kurdish official accused the Turkish government of cutting Hasakeh’s drinking water supply and seizing the waters of the Euphrates River in a flagrant violation of all international standards and charters. He warned that this led to a significant drop in the water level of the dams, which affected electricity, drinking water and irrigation supply.

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