Syrian rebel factions join Kurds against ISIS

Kurdish fighters from the YPG and YPJ bidding farewell to a comrade killed during clashes with jihadists in Aleppo countryside. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – On Sunday, two new rebel factions joined the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Burkan al-Furat in Kobane, northern Syria, which has been fighting Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) for more than a year. 

Speaking to ARA News, a military source said that a group of Syrian rebel fighters from Nur ad-Din and Fastaqim Kama Umirt brigades have entered the city of Kobane from Turkey, with the possession of weapons.

“They announced their willingness to join our ranks in the fight against ISIS,” a YPG fighter told ARA News.

The eastern countryside of Kobane saw fierce battles between the joint forces and militants of IS. 

“The eastern fighting front of Kobane is significantly important, as it leads to the IS-held city of Tel Abyad in Raqqa province. We have made great progress at that front and we won’t give up until regaining Tel Abyad from the IS terrorists,” the source said.

He added that liberating Tel Abyad will open the path towards weakening the group in its major headquarters of Raqqa, northeastern Syria. 

Speaking to ARA News in Kobane, official spokesman of the Burkan al-Furat brigade, Shervan Darwish, said: “We welcome any military faction to join us in the fight against ISIS. We must defeat this terrorist group and end the misery of our people.” 


Reporting by: Jan Nasro

Source: ARA News

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