Syrian rebels ban Kurdish flag in Aleppo

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Kurdish YPG fighters (R) and Syrian rebels. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

URFA ــ Syrian rebel groups have reportedly taken down the Kurdish flag raised by some Kurdish rebel groups in Syria’s northern province of Aleppo, local sources reported on Saturday.

The rebel group of the Islamic Movement of Ahrar al-Sham ordered fighters from the Ahfad Saladin Brigade (a Kurdish rebel group fights under the banner of the Free Syrian Army “FSA”) to take down the Kurdish flag, which had been raised along with “the revolution’s” or “Syria’s independence flag”.

Speaking to ARA News in Aleppo, Rezan Hiddo, member of the Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), which is close to the leadership of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), confirmed that Ahrar al-Sham Movement forced the Kurdish rebel faction of Ahfad Saladin to remove the Kurdish flag.

Hiddo explained that rifts emerged between the Ahrar al-Sham and Ahfad Saladin in the northern countryside of Aleppo due to raising the Kurdish flag next to the FSA banner.

“A commander in the Ahrar al-Sham has ordered the Kurdish brigade to remove their national flag, vowing to cut off support from the brigade as well as launching a military campaign against the latter’s headquarters with a Turkish air cover,” Hiddo added, stressing that the leadership of the Kurdish brigade acquiesced for the command and removed the flag.

The source pointed out that the Kurdish Brigade of Ahfad Saladin may have joined the rebel group of the Levant Corps after the incident.

Since the start of the conflict over five years ago, several Kurdish factions have joined the Syrian rebel groups to fight the regime of Bashar al-Assad. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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