Syrian Kurds organize ranks to confront Islamists


Kurdish female fighters of YPJ in Syria's Kobane. Photo: ARA News

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Qamishli, Syria – The Defence and Self-Protection Council of the Auto-Administration in northern Syria called on the Kurdish residents of Qamishli city and its surroundings to join the ranks of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) which is fighting against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the Kobane area.

The Defense and Self-Protection Council (linked to the Democratic Union Party ‘PYD’) emphasized in a statement on Thursday that they will stand with all their potential to protect the city of Kobane, in northern Syria.

“Since September 15, IS mercenaries are carrying out terrorist attacks against Kobane’s eastern, western and southern areas, using heavy weapons seized from the Syrian and Iraqi regimes, in an attempt to break the will of the Kurdish people of Kobane. We chose the path of freedom and democracy in our revolutionary struggle against those terrorists,” the Auto-Administration linked Defence and Self-Protection Counil stressed.

The statement, of which ARA News received a copy, said that the terrorist attacks waged by IS mercenaries on the area of Kobane comes within the framework of the planned policy to undermine the will of the people of Kobane, “who were the pioneers in their freedom, compared with the rest of the cities of Rojava (areas with a Kurdish majority in Syria)”.

The statement pointed out to the resistance of people of Kobane and the YPG fighters alongside with the Women Protection Units (YPJ), describing it as a “great resistance that represents the defence of human values, ​​which the terrorist groups seek obscurantism instead and replace it with the excommunication ideology”.

“We in the Defence and Self-Protection Council salute the great resistance of our people and YPG fighters against IS extremists in Kobane. We stand by their side with all our available capabilities in accordance with the state of alert, and call on all the Syrian Kurdish youth to join their peers in order to maintain the safety of our Kurdish region against IS,” the statement read.

This comes after the IS seized control of 26 villages in the countryside of Kobane, following four successive days of fierce clashes with the Kurdish fighters.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Omar Alloush, a Kurdish member of the Democratic Society Movement (TV-DEM), said that the Turkish government is supporting the Islamic State organization in its war on Kobane.

Allough demanded the Kurds and Turks in Turkey to put pressure on the government of Justice and Development Party to stop its support for IS militants, “because this support will not serve the Turkish interests in the region”.

Alloush also appealed to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and all the Kurds around the world to show solidarity with Kobane in its war against IS militants, referring to the blockade imposed by IS militants on the city for the last five months.

“The YPG forces will not abandon Kobane; we will confront IS aspirations until the last drop of blood,” Alloush told ARA News.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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