Posted on July 28, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Kurdistan
Brett McGurk, U.S. envoy to the coalition fighting Islamic State. Photo: AFP
WASHINGTON,— U.S. Special Presidential Envoy to the Coalition Brett McGurk released a statement on Wednesday in support of the victims of twin attacks in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishlo, reiterating U.S. support for Syrian Kurds in the war against the Islamic State (IS).
A massive bomb attack claimed by the Islamic State group killed at least 44 people including civilians on Wednesday in the main Kurdish city of Qamishli in Syrian Kurdistan [northern Syria].
McGurk said in a statement posted to his Twitter account, “[We] condemn in strongest terms terrorist attack in Qamishli this morning.”
“[We] pledge ongoing support for Syrian Kurds in their fight against ISIL,” McGurk added referring to IS by another commonly used acronym.
Reports out of Qamishlo said the first blast occurred when an explosives-laden truck detonated close to the local Asayish (security agency) headquarters in the Xerbi neighborhood at 09:25 a.m. local time.
The area targeted houses several ministries of the local autonomous Kurdish administration of Democratic Union Party (PYD).
Syrian state television said the other blast happened when a bomb on a motorbike exploded, according to a Reuters report.
The powerful Kurdish YPG forces have been a key force battling the IS jihadists in north and northeastern Syria and are the main component in the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance currently seeking to oust IS from Manbij.
The YPG is regarded by the Pentagon as the most effective fighting force on the ground in Syria against IS as the Kurdish militia has seized swathes of Syria from Islamic State.