ISIS targets Arab village for supporting US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces


A SDF member helping civilians evacuate the city centre of Manbij, where heavy fighting has been ongoing between the SDF and ISIS for more than two months. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

Manbij – An Islamic State (ISIS) suicide bomber killed at least 12 civilians and injured over 20 others in the Syrian village of al-Mashi near Manbij city.

Wednesday’s suicide bombing was the first in Manbij since the area was liberated by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in August. 

Those injured in the bombing are being transported to hospitals in the cities of Manbij and Kobane. Patients in critical condition are being medevacked to Qamishli. 

All of the fatalities come from a single family. They are relatives of Sheikh Faruq al-Mashi co-head of the Manbij Civilian Council, and a former Syrian Member of Parliament.

The suicide bombing followed a failed ISIS attack on the SDF-held village of Dandaniyya near Manbij on Monday. 

This is not the first time ISIS has targeted Arabs working with pro-Kurdish SDF. In the town of Tel Abyad in northern Raqqa, ISIS has attacked Arabs working with the SDF-linked local councils. 

On June 29, five Arab civilians were killed in Tal Abyad, in a single attack. On October 13, ISIS assassins killed Ammar al-Darwish, an imam at the Ali Bin Abi Taleb Mosque, who had worked with the local pro-SDF administration.

In June during the campaign to liberate Manbij, ISIS militants –disguised as SDF fighters– massacred 37 Arab civilians in Goundoura village. Their uniforms fooled the villagers who rushed towards the ISIS militants shouting: “Long live the SDF!”