Opposition Figure Asks Kurds to Join Syrian Army in War on ISIL
“It is beneficial both to the Kurdish popular forces and the Syrian army to cooperate in the fight against the ISIL,” a member of the executive board of Hayat al-Tansiq opposition group Monzer Khoddam was quoted as saying by al-Watan newspaper.
He also stressed strong opposition against foreign plots to disintegrate Syria, and said, “Syria may never be divided and such plans for the disintegration of Syria won’t produce any benefit for Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia either.”
“Undoubtedly, they (the Kurds) don’t accept disintegration and I don’t think that they have separatist tendencies,” Khoddam said.
His remarks came after Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) liberated two villages near Syria’s Northern border town of Kobani from the control of the ISIL terrorist group on Sunday.
The YPG took the control of Arna and Hadid Southwest of the town following fierce clashes with the ISIL terrorists.
Fresh clashes also broke out between the two sides on the Aleppo-Hasakah road following the ISIL attack on the villages.
Kurdish fighters seized Kobani, known in Arabic as Ain al-Arab, on the border with Turkey on January 26. Since then battles have continued to recapture some 350 nearby villages near the town.
On Saturday, YPG also said in statement that its forces recaptured the village of Tel Majdala in the Western countryside of Hasakah in Northeastern Syria following heavy clashes with the ISIL terrorists.
The statement said that the clashes erupted on Friday and lasted until Saturday evening in the villages of Ashra and Majdala.
“The clashes ended with the YPG’s control of the Majdala village,” it said.
The Kurdish fighters also killed 38 ISIL terrorists and seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition, it added.
Syria has been grappling with a deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence fuelled by Takfiri groups has so far claimed the lives of over 210,000 people, according to reports. New figures show that over 76,000 people, including thousands of children, lost their lives in Syria last year.
Over 3.8 million Syrians have left their country since the beginning of the crisis. According to reports, more than seven million Syrians have become internally displaced.