Abdulsettar El-Cadiri reading the statement launching JMC / Twitter
The general commander of the newly declared Jarablus Military Council (JMC), Abdulsettar El-Cadirî, has been assassinated by Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT) agents according to reports.
Abdulsettar El-Cadirî, who read the statement declaring the launch of the Military Council to liberate Jarablus city in Rojava (Northern Syria), was assassinated 3 hours later at the Sheikhler Front by two MIT agents. Initially heavily injured in the attack, El-Cadirî could not be saved by doctors despite the medical response.
The two MIT agents in question were captured and are being interrogated by the Jarablus Military Council. The JMC have said they will make all the necessary statements in the coming hours.
Jarablus is on the border of Turkey and Rojava (Syria) and is the only area to be occupied by jihadist groups supported by Turkey. In recent statements Turkish officials have said they will launch an operation to take Jarablus from Islamic State by using more 'moderate' forces to fill the gap.
Jarablus, like Manbij, which was taken by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Manbij Military Council (MMC) fighters recently, is a strategically important area for the conjoining of Rojava's three cantons but also as a gateway for jihadists to enter Syria. The killed Jarablus Military Council commander had said they would not allow Turkey to occupy Jarablus in his statement.
Meanwhile the Turkish army has been bombing areas controlled by the SDF and MMC in Manbij today as the first step in what commentators are saying will be a direct intervention into the area. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim recently stated that they would do everything in their power to prevent a "Kurdish entity in the region to protect Syria's sovereignty and unity."
The assassination is likely to further escalate tensions and violence as the Jarablus Military Council, which is a Kurdish-Arab alliance supported by the SDF, will launch an operation to liberate Jarablus from Islamic State.
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