President Barzani sends condolences to Syrian Kurdish commander

President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani offered his condolences to the family of the Syrian Kurdish commander Faisal Sadoun (known as Abu Layla) who lost his life in Manbij operation last week.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – On Thursday, President of the Kurdistan Region Masoud Barzani offered his condolences to the family of the Syrian Kurdish commander Faisal Sadoun (known as Abu Layla) who lost his life in Manbij operation last week.

Kurdistan Regional Presidency (KRP) announced that President Barzani called Yousef Abu Aziz, Abu Layla’s brother, offering his condolences to the family of the top commander.

“Barzani expressed his deep sorrow and sympathy with the family of Abu Laila, the commander who was martyred in a battle to liberate the city of Manbij,” KRP statement said.

The statement further noted that President Barzani described the late commander Abu Layla as the ‘Hero of Kobani’ because he sacrificed his life to save and protect the people and land of Kurdistan.

The commander and founder of Northern Sun Battalion (known as Shams al-Shamal in Arabic) affiliated with FSA, Faisal Sadoun was shot on June 3 in the operation launched by the US-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to liberate the northern Syrian town of Manbij, a key IS stronghold northwest of Aleppo.

Abu Layla was then immediately transported by a US military helicopter to a hospital in the city of Sulaimani in Kurdistan Region of Iraq and succumbed to his wounds on Sunday.

The Manbij operation whose name was changed into Martyr Abu Layla operation was launched on May 31.

On Thursday, the SDF announced that they besieged Manbij and that they could shell IS targets inside the city.

[A screenshot of a live map from an online project called Syrian Civil War Map on June 10, 2016 showing the latest advancement of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria.]

[The late Syrian Kurdish commander Faisal Sadoun (Abu Layla) with the flag of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) around Manbij, Aleppo province, Syria, 2016. (Photo: SDF Press Office)]

 

TIMELINE: ABU LAYLA

Faisal Sadoun (Abu Layla) was born in Kobani in 1984.

He grew up in Manbij and worked in an auto repair shop.

He had four daughters: Layla, Rahaf, Sarhildan, and Khuwinda.

His nickname was Abu Layla, ‘Abu’ meaning ‘father of’ and ‘Layla’ is his eldest daughter.

He founded the Kurds Front Brigade in Manbij in 2011 and fought the Syrian government forces in Aleppo and Manbij.

He founded many other brigades to fight against IS, including Ahrar Syria Brigade in 2013, Eastern Front Revolutionaries Brigade and then Northern Sun Battalion in 2014.

He was injured in a combat against IS on November 29,2014 on the Syria-Turkey border crossing of Murshid Pinar in Kobani. Then he was treated in a hospital in Diyarbakir, Kurdistan of Turkey.

In 2015, he returned to Kobani, became a member of Manbij Military Council and an SDF leader.

He participated in the operations that liberated the towns of Sarrin, Al Hawl, Tal Abyad, Al Shaddadi, Ain Issa, Tishrin Dam, and finally Manbij.

(Source: Mustafa Ebdi blog in Arabic)

 

Editing by Ava Homa