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Qamishli, Syria – On Monday, organizations close to the Syrian regime launched a campaign of drawing slogans on the walls of the city of Qamishli, in northeastern Syria, showing their solidarity with the embattled Kurdish city of Kobane.
ARA News observed the streets of Qamishli (in Kurdish Qamishlo), where supportive banners and slogans covered dozens of walls downtown, within the framework of a campaign launched by some organizations close to the Syrian regime including the National Unity Movement, expressing solidarity with the people of Kobane and the Kurdish fighters who are defending the city against the radical group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL), an al-Qaeda offshoot.
“We all support Kobane against terrorism.. We condemn Turkey’s cooperation with terrorists of IS.. We salute the YPG fighters’ resistance alongside the people of Kobane against the brutality of IS..” some of the banners read.
Meanwhile, pro-regime media outlets quoted officials saying that the Syrian government has provided military and logistic support to the Kurdish fighters in Kobane “to combat terrorism”.
“Kobane remains a Syrian city, and supporting defenders against the IS radicals is just a step within the framework of our war against terrorism in Syria,” regime officials reportedly said.
Last week, Syrian Information Minister Omran Zoabi told governmental media outlets in Damascus that the Assad regime had provided military and logistic aid to Kobane’s fighters.
“The Syrian government will keep providing the support with all its efforts because this is a life and death issue,” Zoabi said.
However, the leadership of the Popular Protection Units (YPG) –a main Kurdish group fighting IS in Kobane– denied the regime’s announcement, stressing that the only weapons received by the Kurdish forces in Kobane were through the U.S.-led warplanes coming from Iraqi Kurdistan.
“The statement of the regime’s Information Minister Omran Zoabi that the Syrian army provided military and logistic support for our units is completely untrue,” a statement by the YPG leadership said on Thursday.
The Kurdish leadership asserted that the YPG fighters have been fighting IS for weeks “without any assistance whatsoever”.
Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed
Source: ARA News