Syrian Kurds celebrate second anniversary of Kobane liberation


A Kurdish fighter from the Peshmerga stands on a damaged armored vehicle of ISIS group in Kobane. File photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane – Syrian Kurds on Friday revived the second anniversary of the liberation of Kobane city from ISIS.

The local Self-Administration organised a cultural festival to celebrate the occasion, where thousands of Kurds and Arabs gathered to remember the sacrifices of the local fighters in the face of Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants.

Several musical and folk-dance bands joined the revival of the second anniversary of the liberation of Kobane in northern Syria, where political and military leaders delivered speeches about the Kobane resistance against ISIS and its radical ideology.

The city of Kobane was liberated by the Kurdish forces of the YPG and Peshmerga, with support of the US-led coalition.

The joint forces expelled ISIS from the city after months of heavy fighting against ISIS.

Farouk al-Mashi, the Co-Chair of Manbij Civilian Council who attended the occasion, told ARA News: “The liberation of Kobane was a victory not only for the people of this city but for all Syrians.”

“Kobane has shown a great resistance against terrorism, and it’ll remain a symbol of victory,” said al-Mashi, whose hometown Manbij was liberated by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last August.

Khaled Barkal, Deputy Chief of Kobane Administration, said: “Today we’re celebrating the second anniversary of Kobane liberation from ISIS terrorists. Those brutal barbarian extremists of ISIS had come from different places to storm this city.”

“They had used all capabilities to destroy the peaceful city of Kobane, especially after taking over Mosul and Raqqa. However, this small city has foiled the ISIS agenda. With the brave resistance of its people, Kobane was able to defeat ISIS,” Barkal told ARA News.

Kobane was liberated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in January 2015, after more than four months of military operations against ISIS jihadists. The YPG received air cover and materiel support from the US-led coalition and was reinforced by more than 100 Peshmerga soldiers.

Reporting by: Enwer Omar | Source: ARA News 

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