Bolivian fighter joins anti-ISIS Raqqa operation, calls on volunteers to join ‘Rojava revolution’

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Kemal Bolivya, a Bolivian volunteer with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). Photo: YPG|MO

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Kemal Bolivya, a Bolivian volunteer with the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), on Friday called on all ‘revolutionaries’ to join the Rojava revolution.

“I joined the YPG, to struggle and to build this revolution. I think all the revolutionaries of the world should learn about the Rojava revolution,” he said.

“But first we need to defend this revolution and because of that we are in Tabqa. And later we will go to Raqq and we hope this struggle will end well. Because of that I have come to Rojava,” he said.

The YPG is a leading faction within the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that are in battle with ISIS in northern Syria.

The foreign volunteer called on “all Spanish speaking revolutionaries to join the Rojava revolution, so they learn about it and so we can spread the revolution,” he added.

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on 6 November launched an operation to isolate the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS in Syria. After isolating Raqqa, the U.S.-backed SDF forces will march into Raqqa to defeat the Islamic State.

Hundreds of foreign volunteers from the world have flocked to the SDF to fight ISIS.

Rojhat Rojava, a 23-year-old British YPG fighter, is one of the hundreds of foreign volunteers that have joined the SDF-led Euphrates Wrath campaign to fight ISIS in the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa. He told ARA News that US is providing a great support for the SDF.

“The American support is really high at the moment and they are helping us to liberate areas towards Raqqa with artillery support and airstrikes,” he said.

Jesper Söder, a Swedish SDF member, told ARA News: “We are advancing in to Tabqa area everyday. But there is really hard resistance from Daesh [ISIS].”

“So, we thought that the operation for the city would start in April, but Daesh have put up a hard fight. I think we should have beaten them in Tabqa already, but they have good positions to defend themselves and even from aircrafts,” Söder said, adding: “A lot of human shields are being used by Daesh [ISIS].”

“Several suicide cars and bombers are daily used by Daesh [ISIS] from Tabqa and surrounding fronts to Raqqa,” he told ARA News.

It’s expected that the SDF forces will reach the city of Raqqa within a month or two.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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