Turkish Drone Strike in Syria Kills Female Kurdish Commander who ‘Saved American Lives’

An unmannded Guardian Aircraft conducts a test flight off of the coast of Florida. / Photo by James Tourtellotte

A renowned female commander of the Kurdish opposition forces in Syria, credited by the U.S. military with saving American lives in the battle against ISIS, has been killed by a Turkish drone strike, according to two defense officials.

Salwa Yusuk, a deputy commander of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), was among three female SDF fighters killed in the strike last Friday, the officials said.

Yusuk, also known as Ciyan Afrin and Gian Tolhildan, had gained a reputation for her courage on the battlefield, her organization of women in the military and her astute military planning over the last 10 years.

“There is no doubt she saved American lives on the battlefield,” said a U.S. military official who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

Read more at NBC News

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