Political rifts prevent more than 4000 Syrian Kurdish fighters from joining war on ISIS

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Rojava’s Peshmerga forces in Barzan town of Iraqi Kurdistan. File photo

ARA News 

QAMISHLI – Leadership of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) said in a statement that the so-called Rojava’s Peshmerga (dissident Kurdish soldiers from the Syrian amy who have been trained in Iraqi Kurdistan) are not allowed to enter the territories run by the Auto-Administration in northern Syria. 

“Our position on this issue was explicit since the beginning. We will not allow those fighters to enter our territory,” the YPG’s General Command said.

“To those who arouse chaos and perplexity regarding this issue, we again emphasize that we will not allow the entry of any person or group under this name (Rojava’s Peshmerga), and violators will be held accountable under the law,” the YPG leadership added. 

In an earlier interview with ARA News, Saleh Muslim, co-president of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD) –which leads the Auto-Administration– said: “We do not recognize any military force under the name of Rojava’s Peshmerga.”

“We only recognize the Ministry of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and officially deal with it,” he added.

Speaking to ARA News, lawyer Farzat Shekho said that the mentality of the YPG’s military and political leadership will continue monopolizing power and will bring the Kurdish people into a misfortune that is greater than all the calamities they experienced.

“The one who talks about legitimacy of any force should rethink his own legitimacy first. No one can remove legitimacy and give it except the Kurdish people in this region,” he added.

In a separate context, the YPG leadership pointed out that the Turkish fears “regarding our presence” on its southern border have no justification.

“Turkey’s ire about its southern border is unjustifiable.”

“Over the past four years of war in Syria, our border with the Turkish state was the safest one and was not subjected to any risks since the establishment of the Auto-Administration,” the statement read.

The “Rojava’s Peshmerga fighters” were involved in the battlefront along with the Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region against the radical group of Islamic State (ISIS) in several areas of the region.

The Rojava’s Peshmerga force consists of more than 4000 Kurdish fighters, who deserted the Assad army with the outbreak of war in Syria. The force has been trained and equipped by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq. Despite several attempts to enter Syria and join the war against ISIS there, the PYD and its allied YPG forces denied them access. 

“Our fighters of Rojava’s Peshmerga are eager to joint the battlefronts against ISIS terrorists in northern Syria, but the PYD insists to monopolize the political and military power in Rojava,” an officer in the Rojava’s Peshmerga told ARA News on the phone on Friday. 

“In such a sensitive and decisive phase of the history of the Kurdish people we need to unite in order to defeat the barbaric group of ISIS and save humanity in the region and the world from the atrocities of this terror group. However, the political disputes are preventing our fighters from entering Rojava,” he said.

“We have been fighting ISIS alongside the Peshmerga in northern Iraq, and we have proudly given dozens of martyrs. But our main duty is to fight in Rojava,” the officer concluded. 

Reporting by: Jan Nasro, Ahmed Shiwesh

Source: ARA News

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