SYRIA KURDS CALLED TO FIGHT MILITANTS
Wed Jul 31, 2013 3:33
TEHRAN (FNA)- A main Syrian Kurdish group issued a call to battle
extremist militants in the country after an eminent Kurdish politician
was killed in a car bomb attack.
“We call on the Kurdish people… to step forward… Anyone fit to
bear arms should join the ranks of the Committees for the Protection
of the Kurdish People (YPG) and to face the assaults of these armed
groups,” said a recently released YPG statement, Al-Alam reported.
According to a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the
politician identified as Isa Huso was assassinated outside his house
in the Syrian town of Al-Qamishli on Tuesday.
The statement also slammed the foreign-sponsored opposition groups
in the country, the so-called Syrian National Coalition and the
terrorist Free Syrian Army (FSA), saying “Despite our repeated calls
…..to date, these parties have failed to take a clear position,”
the statement said.
This comes while Kurdish fighters, who are opposed to foreign
interference in Syria, have been battling foreign-backed militants
in the North in recent months.
On July 21, Kurdish fighters took control of a key checkpoint
controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants and seized light weapons,
ammunition, a vehicle mounted with a heavy machine gun, and a mortar
On July 17, Kurdish fighters also took control of the town of Ras
al-Ain in the border province of Hasakah.
The unrest in Syria started in March 2011, when pro-reform protests
turned into a massive insurgency following intervention of western
and regional states.
Many Syrians who sided with the opposition at start of the protests
have now turned to side with the government and the army to defend
their country against foreign-backed extremists.
According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been
killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.