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US-backed Syrian Kurdish leader Mazlum Kobane says Turkey's attempt on life not the first 

Speaking exclusively to Al-Monitor, the commander in chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan would do "anything to reach power again" as Turkey prepares for elections next month.
Mazloum Abdi (Kobani), commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), attends a meeting with other commanders and representatives of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS) group, in the northwestern Syrian city of Hasakah, in the province of the same name, on Aug. 24, 2019.

A top American ally in the fight against the Islamic State (IS) has confirmed that he was targeted for assassination Friday within the vicinity of the international airport in Sulaimaniyah, Iraqi Kurdistan, when a drone exploded nearby, setting off a small fire but causing no damage or casualties. Turkey is widely believed to have carried out the attack, though Turkish Defense Ministry officials have denied any involvement in the affair, according to Agence France-Presse.

Speaking exclusively to Al-Monitor, Mazlum Kobane, commander-in-chief of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said “Yes, the attack took place near a convoy that was taking us to the airport.” Ilham Ahmed, head of the Syrian Democratic Council, a top governing body in Kurdish-controlled northeast Syria, was with him when the drone struck the airport perimeter.

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