Syrian Kurds urge U.S.-led coalition to intensify anti-IS strikes in Kobane

Syrian Kurds gather after escaping Kobane and crossing the border between Syria and Turkey. File photo

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria Salih Muslim, the leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), demanded that the U.S.-led coalition’s forces continue striking the strongholds of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in the Kurdish city of Kobane, northern Syria.

According to Muslim, the international coalition “has saved the lives of  many civilians” in its war against IS.

Muslim said in an official statement published online that the IS-led attacks against Kobane started on September 15, and are still taking place, as the extremist group uses “sophisticated lethal weapons” which IS gained from the Iraqi army in Mosul (north of Iraq) and from the warehouse of the Syrian Army in Raqqa province (northeast of Syria) as well as from Tabqa military airport in the countryside of Raqqa.

“The extremists’ attacks against Kobane, similar to the crimes committed in Shingal (north of Iraq), have the similar aim of massacre against the Syrian Kurds,” Muslim said.

“However, our people in Kobane as well as the Popular Protection Units (YPG) -linked to the PYD- were able to defend the city despite of the lack of munitions and supplies,” the PYD leader added.

Muslim asserted that the Kurdish people will win against IS. “The victory will come sooner or later since our people are determined to build a democracy along with other components of the Syrian society.”

He also thanked the international coalition led by the U.S. for supporting the Kurds in their misery and for helping the YPG forces to resist the IS radical group.

“Such operations reinforce the relationship between Kurds and states that defend democracy and peace,” Muslim concluded.


Reporting by: Dilshad Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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