Kurds mourn Assyrian commander

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Reporting by: Dilshad Ahmed
Assyrian fighters in Tel Temir. Photo: ARA News
Qamishli, Syria – General Command of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement issued on Wednesday that the Assyrian commander of Haras al-Khabur, David Jendo, was assassinated last week and his companion injured in a terrorist attack in northeastern Syria.

“We in the General Command of the YPG, the Assyrian Military Council and Haras al-Khabur forces consider this to be a crime against all the ethnic and religious groups in the region, especially simce the assassination coincided with the anniversary of the Assyrian genocide of Sayfo,” the statement read.

“This crime (Jendo’s Assassination), coincides with the heroic resistance of our forces in the face of terror (Islamic State IS/ISIS), especially in the villages located around the al-Khabur area and the town of Tel Temir, claiming the lives of dozens of heroes,” the YPG leadership added.

The YPG leadership emphasized that this crime will not go unpunished, pointing out that a special committee was formed to investigate the assassination operation in order to uncover the truth and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The leader of the Syriac Union Party, Hanna Malki, told ARA News: “We are highly concerned about the mass displacements taking place in the province of Hasakah. The IS terrorists and al-Qaeda militants are displacing civilians on the basis of ethnic and religious identities.”

The Haras al-Khabur force and the Assyrian Military Council are part of a joint force called for by the Kurdish YPG fighters to combat IS militants in the countryside of the town of Tel Temir in the province of Hasakah.