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ISIS revival: Turkish military incursion in Syria is giving jihadists a chance to regroup, says Kurdish-led SDF group

  • Kurdish-led forces said a Turkish attack in northern Syria revived Islamic State 
  • The death toll rose to 74 Syrian Kurdish-led fighters and 30 civilians on Saturday 
  • Syrian Kurdish-led administration said 200,000 people have been displaced 
  • Dominic Raab said the assault ‘weakens the fight against so-called Islamic State’

Turkey’s invasion of northern Syria has ‘revived’ Islamic State, according to the Kurdish-led SDF group which has called on allied states to close off air space to Turkish war planes.

In a televised statement, senior SDF official Redur Xelil said the Syrian Democratic Forces were continuing to cooperate with the US-led coalition against Islamic State even as it must now also confront the Turkish attack on northern Syria.

‘The Turkish invasion is no longer threatening the revival of Daesh [Islamic State], rather it has revived it and activated its cells in Qamishli and Hasaka and all the other areas,’ Xelil said, noting car bomb attacks in each of the two cities.

‘We are still cooperating until now with the international coalition to fight Daesh. We are now fighting on two fronts: one front against the Turkish invasion and a front against Daesh,’ he said.