Syrian Kurds back U.S.-led coalition in anti-IS war


Kurdish families at the Turkish borders after fleeing IS-held villages in Kobane, northern Syria. Photo: ARA News

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Qamishli, Syria – Many Kurdish political forces expressed their support to the air strikes carried out by the U.S.-led international coalition against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) -al Qaeda offshoot- in Syria.

Syrian Kurdish parties and activists issued statements showing their “full support” to the ongoing international strikes against the strongholds of IS militants, especially in the predominantly Kurdish areas in northern Syria.

Speaking to ARA News, political activist Sherwan Ibrahim commented on the issue saying: “In general, international interference against terrorism was late in Syria, that is why this war became a sectarian one and extremists started targeting the Kurdish people.”

“Many Syrian Arabs were obliged to join the fight in this war, and we should take into account the overall pressure of war conditions, but of course nothing justifies joining terrorist groups even if under the pretext of fighting against the tyrant regime of Assad,” Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim demanded the international coalition target the IS funding and logistic sources as well as infrastructure, and their strongholds in the vicinity of the Kurdish city of Kobane near the Turkish border –which has been besieged by IS militants fighters for nearly six months and was recently attacked by IS group, causing the displacement of more than 200 thousand Kurdish civilians.

Ibrahim also highlighted that the U.S.-led coalition should defend unarmed civilians who suffer from the IS control and shelling in the Kurdish areas, pointing out the role of the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) in fighting IS on the ground.

Speaking to ARA News, leader of the Kurdistan Democratic Party-Syria (KDP-S), Kawa Azizi, said in this regard that the coalition’s air strikes against IS in Syria and Syrian Kurdistan took place when IS attacked Kobane.

“This means that Kurds will not face other massacres and will be an essential part of the new international coalition whether in Iraqi or Syrian Kurdistan,” Azizi said.

Azizi pointed out that the Kurds have new international allies such as U.S., the European Union and the free world. “However, the biggest task for Kurds is to build their internal relationships and not exclude each other,” he said.

According to the leader of the KDP-S, the Kurds have their own free media as well as educated elites in the four parts of Kurdistan (Syria, Iraq, Turkey and Iran) and wise men from the middle class, “so they are able to differentiate between what is forbidden and what is required”.

“It is time to discuss the main lines of Kurdstan’s road map and establish serious cooperation with the West,” Azizi told ARA News.

Azizi believes that Kurds will play the most important role in the new Middle East, “which should lead to the establishment of a Kurdish state or states on the historical land of Kurdistan”.

Shapal Ibrahim, member of the National Organization for the Kurdish Youth (SOZ) talked to ARA News about the recent developments in Syria’s Kurdish region, saying: “The air strikes against IS are the correct decision even if late,” stressing that terrorist forces cannot be defeated without intensive strikes on their strongholds.

“The Syrian regime’s headquarters which support these terrorist forces must be hit too,” Ibrahim said.

“I support the international interference,” said activist Jihad Qamishlo, asserting: “We waited for this from the start of the revolution.”

Qamishlo mentioned that he is for any military operation against the “killers” of the Syrian people and anyone who “displace our people and spread religious and racial disputes”.

“However, I am against any non-Syrian agenda in my country,” Qamishlo argued.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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