On June 10, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Manbij Military Council (MMC) survived an assassination attempt.
According to the North Press Agency (NPA), the spokesman, Sherfan Darwish, was driving his pickup between Manbij town and Tishreen Dam when it was struck with an improvised explosive device (IED).
“The assassination attempt took place today’s morning when the MMC spokesman was on his way back from an administrative mission accompanied by leaders of the Military Council,” a source in the MMC told NPA.
While some activists accused ISIS cells of this assassination attempt, others suggested that the Turkish intelligence was behind it. This was the second attempt to kill Darwish. Last year, he was shot by gunmen, who were linked to Turkish-backed militants.
Despite being a part of the U.S.-backed SDF coalition, the MMC has working relations with the Syrian Arab Army and Russian forces. Army units were deployed in many positions around Manbij city in the last two years to deter Turkish forces.