Statement to the public opinion

Yesterday, Wednesday, January 15, the Turkish state carried out an air attack against the Shankal protection forces, which resulted in the martyrdom of the leader of the Shankal security forces, Zardasht Shankali and three of his companions.

The leader Zardasht Shankali was one of the first to take up arms in defense of the Shankal region in front of the invasion of the terrorist organization ISIS in August 2013, and he was one of the true heroes for the liberation of Shankal from this black terrorism and one of the most prominent Yezidi Kurdish leaders who did not spare the provision of the precious and the precious to liberate his people from slavery.

Just as the leader Zardasht had actively contributed at the head of a fighting group of Shinkal protection forces to the battle to liberate the city of Raqqa from ISIS and worked to free many of the kidnapped Yezidi women and children.

The assassination of the martyr leader Zardasht and his companions, the Turkish state, is only a continuation of the decrees issued against the Yazidi Kurdish people throughout history, and it became clear that the Turkish state does not differentiate between anyone as long as their identity is Kurdish, so it will be the target of its systematic terrorism.
We in the General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces extend our deepest condolences to the Shinkal Protection Forces and the Yazidi Kurdish people in general, and as we extend our sincere condolences to the family of the martyr Zardasht and the families of his comrades in arms, Hamid, Shirvan, and Yazdin, and we are all confident that the Shinkal protection units will complete the march that Zoroaster and his companions began in defense About Shankal in the face of terrorism in all its forms.

The General Command of SDF
January 16, 2020

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