Statement Regarding US Sanctions on the Al-Amshat and Al-Hamzat Terrorist Militias

We welcome the decisive measures undertaken by the United States against the Al-Hamzat (The Hamza Division) and Al-Amshat (The Suleiman Shah Brigade) terrorist militias and their leadership. We belief that American institutions have the capability to improve methods of holding these groups accountable and tracking them. The recent report of the U.S. Department of the Treasury has again brought to light the grave terrorist practices perpetuated by terrorist organizations closely associated with the Turkish occupation within the Turkish-occupied areas in northern Syria, particularly the occupied Afrin.

We want to draw attention to the fact that these terrorist acts against the indigenous populace are not sporadic incidents but rather systematic and strategic crimes committed under the directives of the Turkish occupying State, so the primary perpetrator of these practices is Turkey itself, which transformed the occupied areas into a safe haven for terrorist and criminal organizations, including ISIS. Turkey has spared no effort in providing these terrorist organizations with the necessary means and support to execute demographic change, enforced displacement, abduction, sexual abuse, and theft of property, attempting to establish an international legal environment to conceal these terrorist acts.

Once again, we urgently call upon all relevant international organizations to robustly address the main factors that underlie the propagation of terrorism within the Turkish-occupied areas by addressing the occupation itself and ensuring the accountability of the perpetrators.

 

SDF Media Center

August 18, 2023

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