Syrian regime underestimated Kurdish forces, but Qamishlo clashes proved YPG power on ground: PYD official

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Sihanouk Dibo, presidential adviser of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), speaking to ARA News

ARA News

QAMISHLI – Sihanouk Dibo, presidential adviser of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) said that the “strong response” by the Kurdish forces to the Syrian regime’s trespasses in the northeastern city of Qamishli [Qamishlo] was “a real jolt for the regime”. 

Qamishl, which has witnessed frequent clashes between the regime’s army and the Kurdish forces in the past, is deemed as capital of the Syrian Kurdistan [also knowns as Rojava], according to the majority of Syrian Kurds. 

ARA News interviewed Dibo, PYD’s presidential adviser, to talk about the recent deadly clashes that erupted between pro-regime forces and the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Qamishli. 

“What happened between April 20 and 23 in the city of Qamishlo was a real shock for the Baathist regime; today we are an undeniable force on ground in Syria,” Dibo said.

The PYD and YPG have been excluded from the UN-sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva, while the rival Kurdish National Council (KNC) has attended within the delegation of the Syrian National Coalition (SNC). 

“Geneva peace talks could not accomplish its objectives without the participation of the Syrian Kurds represented by the PYD-linked Auto-Administration and the YPG forces,” Dibo argued.

In response to the Kurdish National Council’s (KNC) comments which considered Qamishli’s clashes as being ‘fabricated’ by the regime and its alleged ally PYD, Dibo said: “The KNC’s official statements were definitely hostile towards the revolution of Rojava [Syria’s Kurdish region].” 

“KNC always criticizes the Auto-Administration’s gains which has played a key role in developing and protecting the three cantons of al-Jazeera [Hasakah], Kobane and Afrin [in Aleppo],” he added.

The PYD presidential adviser pointed out: “Many Kurdish parties hold hostile attitudes towards our political and military gains on ground.” 

According to the KNC leadership, the PYD and allied ruling parties in ‘Rojava’ have been coordinating with the Syrian regime military since the outbreak of the crisis in 2011, especially after the regime and PYD reached a truce subsequent to Qamishli clashes which was a complementary for the alleged hidden coordination between the two sides during the ongoing war in Syria.

On April 20, clashes erupted between the Kurdish security police of Asayish [backed by YPG] and the Syrian regime forces near the security square in the city of Qamishli, northeastern Syria. At least 23 Kurds were killed in the clashes, including civilians, while the regime lost over 30 fighters. The indiscriminate shelling by the pro-regime forces caused destruction of residential building in the city. Meanwhile, the Kurdish forces seized control of key positions for the regime, including the Alaya central prison and the security square. Despite the recent ceasefire agreement, the Kurds insisted to keep the seized positions in Qamishli. 

Interview by: Ahmad Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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