SDF commander rejects Turkish allegations over attack in Ankara

The SDF and its commander rejected Turkish allegations over the attack in Ankara.

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Commander Mazlum Abdi denied the recent Turkish allegations about the perpetrators of the action that targeted the Security General Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs near the Parliament in Kızılay, in Ankara on 1 October. The action was carried out on the day when MPs met in parliament for the first time after the summer recess. The sacrificial action was carried out by a team affiliated with the Brigade of the Immortals, according to the People’s Defense Center (HSM) Headquarters Command.

Turkish Foreign Minister Hakan Fidan held a press conference on 4 October, claiming that the attackers came from Syria. Fidan vowed to carry out attacks on the autonomous region of northern and eastern Syria and declared the entire infrastructure and energy supply of the "PKK/YPG in Iraq and Syria" as a legitimate target. "I advise third parties to stay away from PKK/YPG facilities and people," said the Turkish foreign minister.

Making a statement on his social media account, Abdi said: "The perpetrators of the Ankara attack did not pass through our regions as Turkish officials claimed. We are not a party to the civil conflict in Turkey and we do not encourage the escalation of this conflict. Turkey's search for excuses to legitimize its ongoing attacks on our regions and launch a new military offensive increases our deep concern. Targeting the infrastructure and economic resources of the region and its populated cities is a war crime. Therefore, we call on the guarantor parties and the international community to take appropriate positions against these recurring threats and ensure peace and stability in the region."

The SDF Media Center also issued a statement to reject "all the allegations made by Turkish officials about the crossing of the perpetrators of the attack on the Turkish capital, Ankara."

The statement also rejects allegations about "their use of our areas are untrue repeated accusations, and come as a continuation of the cycle of false accusations that Turkey has always pursued during the recent period to divert attention from its internal problems and crises and pave the way for the crimes of ethnic cleansing and genocide against our people."

The statement said: "Our forces reiterate their steadfast commitment to ensuring internal and regional security."