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Kurdish-Iranian Fighter Killed in Turkish Strike on Eastern Syria

Kurdish-Iranian Fighter Killed in Turkish Strike on Eastern Syria

Thursday, 11 August, 2022 - 05:00
A Turkey-backed Syrian fighter is pictured at a military position on the outskirts of the town of Kuljibrin, in Syria's northern Aleppo governorate, on August 8, 2022. (AFP)

Turkish forced killed a senior commander of the anti-Iran Kurdistan Free Life Party in a drone strike in Syria’s northeaster Qamishli province.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights identified the commander as an Iranian, who died of his wounds four day after the strike.

The attack targeted his vehicle in the industrial zone in Qamishli city.

The rights monitor confirmed that the commander was the intended target. He was followed from Syria's Amuda all the way to Qamishli where the strike was carried out.

Reports said Turkish and Iranian intelligence coordinated the attack.

Four other people were killed in the operation including three civilians that included two children. Another member of the Kurdistan Free Life Party was also killed in the strike.

The Kurdish autonomous administration in northeastern Syria confirmed the killing of the Kurdish-Iranian commander, identified as Youssef Mahmoud Rabbani.

It revealed that the attack had taken place on August 7.

It said Rabbani was in the area to hold meetings with people to bridge divides between them.

The Kurdistan Free Life Party was formed in 2004 as an extension of the Turkish Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Its members fight alongside the PKK and Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria that control large parts of the country’s northeast since 2013.

The autonomous authority rarely declares the death of non-Syrian military members of the YPG or Syrian Democratic Forces.

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