Al-Shammar leader threatened by ISIL for cooperation with Syria Kurds

Hmedi Dahham al-Hadi, leader of al-Shammar Arab tribe in northern Syria, delivering a speech and a Kurdish-Arab meeting. File photo

ARA News

Girke Lege, Qamishli, Syria The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) “prince of Hasaka”, northeast of Syria, issued a statement on Friday threatening the prominent leader of al-Shammar Arab tribe in Qamishli environs, Hmedi Dahham al-Hadi, after the latter formed al-Karama army to support the Kurdish forces of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) against ISIL group.

According to the statement (published online by ISIL-linked activists), the menace’s reason is al-Karama army’s cooperation with the Kurdish YPG forces in northern Syria.

The statement asserted that ISIL “will fight al-Karama army, established by al-Shumar tribe’s militants, by all the means possible”. It also invited the army to “repent and give themselves up”.

In his statement, the prince said, pointing to YPG, “The Kurdistan Workers Party ‘PKK’ does not rule or recognize God’s Sharia. Its hatred to Muslims was manifested in fighting ISIL”.

Zyad al-Hadi, nephew of al-Shammar tribal leader and a militant in al-Karama army, told ARA News: “We receive these ongoing threats directly and indirectly but they will not demoralize us.”

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) holds several areas in Hasaka province. The group is in a conflict with the YPG since more than one year for control in northeastern Syria.


Reporting by: Mir Yaqoub

Source: ARA News

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