In January 16, 2019, a mercenary launched an attack on a patrol of the International Coalition in front of Qasir al-Umra'a restaurant leaving 15 civilian and military victims including four American soldiers. The security forces carried out operations against security cells, including the mercenary Abdul Aziz Mohammed Al-Shaji who revealed important information indicating the planning of the attack from Idlib and the transfer of explosives, which raises many questions about the involvement of the Turkish occupation in the attack.
The mercenary Abdel Aziz Mohammed al-Shaji, born in Girê Spî / Tel-Abyad in 1992, he got to know Daesh through a mercenary named Abu Abdel-Rahman al-Tunisi during Daesh takeover of the city in 2014 and received a training course supervised by mercenary Rashid al-Masri. After that, he was sent to the border gate of Tel Abyad, which is opposite the town of Akçı kela on the other side of the Syrian border, the mercenary Abdul Aziz began working there as a guard for the gate.
High-level coordination between Turkey and Daesh at the border gate
Turkey Since the beginning of the Syrian crisis has been one of the main financers to mercenaries; it opened borders to foreign mercenaries from Western and Arab countries to join Daesh mercenaries and provided all their needs. The mercenary Abdul Aziz was witness to the entry of mercenaries into Syria and the transfer of the Daesh wounded through ambulances to Turkey via border gate.
"During my service at the border gate, I witnessed many of the coordination positions between Turkey and Daesh," said the mercenary Abdul Aziz, who was seen at the crossing during his service as a guard there. "There was a person belonging to Daesh, Abu Harith, who was coordinating with the Turkish army to enter ambulances from the Turkish side into the Syrian territory to transfer the wounded of Daesh to the Turkish cities, Turkey was preventing the exit of any person from Syria to Turkey in normal cases, while for Daesh, the doors were open wide on a daily basis and hundreds were entering through the crossing every day and join Daesh.
During the mercenary Abdul Aziz work as gate guard, the People's Protection Units had begun the campaign of Martyr Robar Qamişlo in May 2015, and the campaign was slowly approaching the town of Girê Spî/ Tel Abyad (liberated in June 15, 2015). After 8 months of work at the crossing, the mercenaries asked him to leave for the city of al-Raqqa after the People's Protection Units tightened the siege on Girê Spî.
After the mercenary Abdul Aziz arrived in the city of al-Raqqa until he worked as an ambulance driver who was transporting the wounded mercenaries from there to the Iraqi city of Mosul.
From al-Mayadin to Manbij through a smuggler
As the Syrian Democratic Forces launched the Wrath of Euphrates campaign to liberate the city of al-Raqqa and tightening the siege at the beginning of 2017, the mercenary Abdul Aziz left al-Raqqa and headed to al-Mayadin city on the other bank of the Euphrates River on the Syrian-Iraqi border, but the forces of the Syrian regime were bombing the city so the mercenary Abdul Aziz fled it and secretly returned to al-Raqqa in July 2017.
The mercenary arrived with his wife to the city of al-Raqqa on a large truck and from there he went by means of the smugglers through the forces of the regime to the city of Manbij and stayed there with his wife and worked in a car trading office.
The mercenary Abdul Aziz sees one of Daesh mercenaries in Manbij
Eight months after Abdul Aziz entered the city of Manbij, he met with a former mercenary who had seen him while he was in the city of al-Raqqa. He said "I had met Abu Nada al-Kurdi in the city of al-Raqqa, he used to drive water tanks to Daesh points.
The mercenary Abdul Aziz said that his meeting with the mercenary Abu Nada al-Kurdi did not last long. "Abu Nada told me that Abu Ali is in the city of Manbij and said he would convey the news of my presence in Manbij when he met him," he said.
Planner of Manbij attack which targeted the International Coalition revealed
The mercenary Abu Ali is one of the leaders of Daesh mercenaries, who comes from the city of Idlib. The mercenary Abu Ali was the leader of the immigration office in the city of al-Raqqa. He is one of the most prominent coordinators for the entry of mercenaries from European countries via Turkey to Syrian territory. His exact location is not known as he moves between the Turkish-occupied areas of Jarablus, al-Bab and Idlib and enters through the Euphrates Shield mercenaries to the city of Manbij.
The mercenary Abdul Aziz says that all he knows about the mercenary Abu Ali is that he is from the city of Idlib and was in constant contact with parties from there and there are no other precise details of his life or where he is located accurately, he is the one who planned for the bombing that targeted the International Coalition in 16 January 2019 and entered the explosives from Idlib and across the areas of the Turkish occupation.
Abdul Aziz meets with Abu Ali and details ...
Abdel Aziz met with Abu Ali after several days of meeting with the mercenary Abu Nada al-Kurdi. Abdel Aziz details his meeting with Abu Ali. "Abu Nada called me and told me to go to a nearby mosque in the city of Manbij. Abu Ali inquired about the living conditions in Manbij and the situation in general, especially the presence of the International Coalition forces and the places where it is based. At the end of the discussion, Abu Ali requested my mobile phone number so that he could communicate with me later. "
A week after the meeting, the mercenary Abu Ali contacted Abdul Aziz and told him that Abu Nada was arrested. He did not know who arrested him. He also told him that he would go to Idlib and communicate with him through Telegram.
Start planning for an attack on the International Coalition forces
After two months of the meeting, the mercenary Abu Ali returned from the city of Idlib to Manbij and met with the mercenary Abdul Aziz and the latter said, "I met with Abu Ali and he was riding a motorcycle ... As we were moving together in Manbij, we spotted one of the International Coalition patrols. Nearby, he was trying to check mobile network in the range of the International Coalition vehicles. However, there was not, he got perplexed because he was thinking about something. He asked me to explore the network in the vicinity of the International Coalition vehicles the next time I see them inside the city and tell him the result."
A month after the first inspection of the network, Abdul Aziz contacted Abu Ali to confirm the entry of an International Coalition convoy to Manbij. Abu Ali asked him to monitor the procession until he arrived and followed him. The mercenary added, "After Abu Ali arrived at the place where I was, he got out of his pocket a small device that was a device to strengthen the mobile phone network and asked me to drive a motorcycle and approach the convoy's vehicles to check the mobile phone network again, but there was no network within the place where the vehicles were located.
Abdul Aziz reveals why Abu Ali insisted on the presence of the network
According to the mercenary Abdul Aziz, the mercenary Abu Ali insisted on searching for the network to carry out a large operation through a fully bombed-car that is put in the way of the International Coalition's vehicles to detonate it remotely, or put explosives on the roadside and detonate when the convoy of International Coalition forces passes. However, the lack of a network prompted mercenary Abu Ali to change his plans and look for another way to launch an attack on the International Coalition forces.
Abu Ali returns to Idlib again, plans the attack
The mercenary says that the mercenary Abu Ali decided to return to the city of Idlib. After arriving in Idlib, he told Abdel Aziz that a man would enter the town of Manbij and he has to help him with accommodation. The person was named Abu Yassin, a resident from Homs. "A few days later, Abu Yassin called and told me to take him to my house. The next day, he asked me to go to the city market to buy some clothes and while we were in the market, Abu Ali called me."
How did the attack on a patrol of the International Coalition happen in Manbij?
In January 16, 2019, mercenaries targeted a patrol of the International Alliance in the city of Manbij in front of the restaurant "Qasir al-Umra'a" on the busy street Sondos. Four members of the International Coalition, two fighters from the Manbij Military Council and 13 civilians were killed in the attack.
"Abu Ali told me in a phone call to go to the vegetable market in the city of Manbij and meet him, I met Abu Ali, who was carrying bags containing vegetables, and he had a black bag in which explosives were present," said the mercenary, Abdul Aziz. "Abu Yasin came out of the car and headed towards the International Coalition forces. Abu Ali drove the car directly from its place and entered the streets of the neighborhood. We heard the sound of massive explosion where armored vehicle of the coalition stood. After the explosion, Abu Ali asked me to destroy the mobile phone that I was communicating with him through, and told me that Abu Yassin blew himself up at the International Coalition forces, and that was the last day I meet Abu Ali."
From where the mercenary Abu Ali got explosives, how did he bring them to Manbij?
The city of Manbij lies directly on al-Sajour road line, and Turkey and its mercenaries occupy the other side of al-Sajour River. The mercenary says that the mercenary Abu Ali who comes from Idlib, planned to attack the International Coalition and came from there to Manbij and entered it secretly through the areas occupied by Turkey and its mercenaries.
The mercenary Abu Ali brought the explosives from the city of Idlib and entered them from the line occupied by Turkey and its mercenaries, which raises many questions about the extent of involvement of the Turkish occupation and mercenaries in the attacks on the International Coalition, especially that the mercenary Abu Ali frequently moves between Idlib and areas of the Turkish occupation and areas liberated by the international coalition forces.
Immediately after the attack, security forces in northern and eastern Syria carried out specific operations against several cells of mercenaries. In January 23, they carried out a qualitative operation against the mercenary Abdul Aziz, who was involved in the attack and arrested him. The mercenary admitted to his involvement in the attack on the International Coalition in Manbij.