Syrian Kurds strongly condemn Orlando shooting, promise revenge by hitting ISIS


Kurdish forces of the People's Protection Units (YPG) in a training camp near Syria's Sere Kaniye. Photo: ARA News

ARA News 

KOBANE – Syrian Kurdish leaders condemned the Orlando shooting that killed at least 50 civilians and injured 53 more on June 11, and promised to defeat ISIS in Syria.

“We offer our condolence to the American people,” said Ibrahim Kurdo, the foreign affairs head of Kobane. “We feel the same suffering. What happened in Belgium and in France, happened in Kobane,” the Kurdish official told ARA News.

“We are all against this ideology that threatens the whole world and has no border,” he said.

“We are the ones who believe in brotherhood, and that’s why the world should support us in the fight against terrorism. We are resisting this terror group and fight those terrorists at their strongholds,” he added.

On 31 May, the Manbij Military Council backed by the Syrian Democratic Forces launched on offensive to capture Manbij city with the goal to close the 98-km pocket at the Syrian-Turkish border that has been for long used by ISIS as a transit point for its jihadis to conduct attacks in the West.  

“Manbij is where we believe the Paris attackers, the Brussels attackers, they all kind of pulse through this area — from Raqqa up to Manbij, and then out to the capitals where they had organized their attacks. So we have to work with forces on the ground to close out this area,” Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS, Brett McGurk, said on Friday. 

If successful, ISIS will lose its control of the Syrian-Turkish borde, and will not be able anymore to plan attacks on Western targets from inside Syria. However, the danger of lone wolf attacks remains.

“We condemn these criminal actions,” the foreign commission of the Jazira administration in northeastern Syria said in a public statement. “We are in the same trench in countering these terrorist groups in the battlefield, and our military forces in coordination with the international coalition achieved many victories.” 

“We will cooperate with democratic powers to eliminate this disease that destroy the free world and international peace,” it said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg 

Source: ARA News 

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