Kurdish forces support Syrian rebels in Aleppo, call for unity

Kurdish female fighters of the YPJ during a military parade in Afrin, northern Aleppo. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Qamishli, Syria – The General Command of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the city of Afrin of Aleppo province in northern Syria, announced Tuesday its willingness to cooperate with the military faction of the Rebels Army, an extended umbrella for a number of the Free Syrian Army’s (FSA) factions. 

The General Command said in a statement, of which ARA News received a copy, “in this difficult and sensitive phase which Syria endures, we believe that the establishment of the new body of the Rebels Army is a positive step that reflects the transitional phase towards a pluralistic democratic Syria.”

“As such, we welcome the formation of the Rebels Army which includes the opposition forces in Syria,” the statement read.

The YPG’s leadership pointed out that the Kurdish forces in Afrin Canton (declared by the PYD-linked Auto-Administration), represented by the YPG, “support the rebels”.

“Our cooperation together can ensure the unification of efforts of the Syrian revolutionary forces.”

“The YPG’s leadership in Afrin province expressed its willingness to coordinate with the leadership of the Rebels Army and to support them to accomplish together the interests of the Syrian people,” the statement added.

Major rebel factions established on Monday the so-called “Rebels Army” as an umbrella to include all rebel groups. Among the prominent members of the new formation are: Homs Rebels Assembly, Shams ash-Shamal brigades, Special Tasks Brigade, al-Akrad Front, Regiment 777, Infantry Brigade 99 and Sultan Selim Brigade.


Reporting by: Dilshad Ahmed 

Source: ARA News

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