Trump Falafel? A Syrian Kurd names restaurant in Kobane after US President-elect

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Shekhi, a father of six, told ARA News that he named his restaurant after Tump for the US-led coalition's key role in liberating his hometown from ISIS. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane – A Syrian Kurd opened a falafel restaurant in the city of Kobane last week and decided to name it after US President-elect Donald Trump.

Walid Shekhi, the 40-year-old proprietor, opened his “Trump Restaurant” in central Kobane, a city that became a byword for Kurdish resistance after a prorated siege.

Shekhi told ARA News that he named his restaurant after Tump in recognition of the key role played by the US-led coalition in liberating his hometown from the Islamic State (ISIS).

“I believe that the United States under Donald Trump will provide more support to the Kurds to fight and eventually eliminate the Daesh terrorists,” he said, using another acronym for ISIS.

“He is the leader of the United States, the greatest country in the world,” Shekhi told ARA News. “We Kurds love the United States, so we love Donald Trump. That’s why I named my restaurant after him.”

Rula Hassan, a social scientist from Kobane, said: “It may seem ridiculous to associate Mr Trump with falafel and Kobane. But I believe Mr Shekhi is trying to show his support for President Trump with the hope of having him as a new ally to the Kurds.”

Kobane was liberated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in January 2015, after more than four months of military operations against ISIS jihadists. The YPG received air cover and materiel from the US-led coalition and was reinforced by more than 100 Peshmerga soldiers.

According to Idriss Nassan, a self-administration spokesman, the siege destroyed about 70% of the city or otherwise rendered it uninhabitable. In spite of the devastation, the people of Kobane have since returned and undertaken a city-wide reconstruction effort.

Reporting by: Enwer Omar | Source: ARA News

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