New Turkey-led regional coalition formed to fight Kurds in Syria: activists

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Kurdish female fighters of the YPj on the left of this photo, and an ISIS militant is seen on the right. Photo: Jinda Ibrahim/ARA News

ARA News 

AMUDE – Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has condemned Western media reports that Ankara’s military operations target Kurds and not ISIS, suggesting they just target terrorists. But Kurdish civilians in Syria disagree.

“Thos claims are baseless; Turkey’s main objective is to hit the Kurds in Syria and prevent them from obtaining their legitimate rights,” Kurdish activist Abdulqadir Darwish told ARA News. “It’s not a matter of which Kurdish party is in control of Rojava [Syria’s Kurdish region]. Turkey has reached an agreement with Iran and others to hit the Kurds.”

“The US support for our forces is merely to serve their own interests in the region. We’ve been fighting ISIS for years, but we shouldn’t expect anything in return, not even regaining our legitimate rights as a nation of 40 million people,” Darwish said. 

“Today the Kurds find themselves in fight with ISIS, Turkey, Assad regime and Iran,” said Sharwan Amudi, a Kurdish citizen in Hasakah province.

“We are all aware that after Turkey invaded Jarablus city, ISIS militants just removed their beards and joined other Turkish-backed rebel groups who claim to be members of the so-called Free Syrian Army,” he said.

“The Turks would make an agreement with the devil just to destroy the Kurds and to stay in power in this region,” he added. 

Mohammed Kheir Najar, a citizen from Amude city, told ARA News that Turkey considers all Kurdish parties as enemies. “For Turkey, there is no difference between the PKK, PYD, or KDP,” he said.

“Turkey’s main goal from intervening in Syria is to prevent the Kurdish advance against radical groups. They are trying to destroy the Rojava democratic project,” Najar said.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Source: ARA News

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