Iraqi Kurdistan: We support Syria Kurds against “terrorists”


Iraqi Kurdistan's presidency emphasized its support to Syria's Kurds against ISIL attacks. File photo

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – Spokesperson of the Iraqi Kurdistan’s presidency, Omid Sabah, expressed on Sunday his government’s (KRG) support to the people of Syria’s Kurdish areas against “terrorists’ threats”.

Sabah’s statement followed the threats of al-Qaeda splinter group of the Islamic State (previously as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “ISIL”) and other armed “extremists” against the people and land of Western Kurdistan (Kurdish majority areas in Syria).

It also followed the statement of Murat Karayilan, the acting leader of Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in this regard.

Sabah said: “Iraqi Kurdistan’s standpoint regarding the terrorist attacks against our peers in Syria has been clear from the very beginning.”

“We have always asserted our protection to the interests of Kurdistan’s people and lands against enemies and coveters,”  Sabah added.

Sabah emphasized the President of Iraqi Kurdistan’s, Massoud Barzani, efforts to unify the different political parties in Western Kurdistan since the start of the Syrian crisis and his support to the rights of Kurds there.

“We reaffirm again the unity of all Kurds in Western Kurdistan (Syria’s Kurds) as a guarantee for strength and victory,” Sabah concluded.

Talking to ARA News, political activist Shemdin Nabi said: “Iraqi Kurdistan’s support to Syria’s Kurds is not strange, especially from the person of President Massoud Barzani.”

“Hewler (Erbil) covenants 1 and 2 (to unify Syrian Kurdish political forces) as well as the recent agreement of December 23, 2013, proved this support,”  Nabi said.

Nabi pointed out the importance of referring back to Hewler agreement to avoid the happenings of Kobane and defeat ‘ISIL’ by forming a joint military force “under any name”.

“Sabah’s statement is not new. We all hope to unify the Kurdish political say in Syrian Kurdistan,” Nabi told ARA News.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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