Syrian Kurds trained by KRG to preserve areas from extremists

18-05-2013

ARA News

Nechirvan Barzani, the Kurdish Regional Government in Iraq (KRG)’s prime minister, revealed that the Iraqi Kurdistan will provide all the support to the Syrian Kurds in order to stop jihadists from controlling the Kurdish areas north-eastern the country. This support includes providing a high-quality military training.

 The KRG officials have already uncovered that a number of Kurdish defectors from the Syrian military are receiving training by Kurdish army officers in the Region. The main reason, as stated by the KRG, was that those soldiers being trained are meant to fill a potential security vacuum in the Kurdish areas north and north-east Syria. However, those soldiers didn’t enter Kurdish region in Syria yet, waiting for orders from the KRG.

Kurdish worries of a domination by jihadists raised recently after clashes occurred between Islamist groups and Kurdish armed forces of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) –an affiliation of the Kurdish workers party PKK– holding the only active armed group among Syrian Kurds so far.

The KRG’s concerns regarding the activities of the Islamist groups in Syria’s Kurdish areas were expressed by the KRG’s PM, emphasizing that the Kurdistan Government’s priority at the moment is to prevent Islamist armed groups –particularly al-Nusra Front– from becoming dominant in any Kurdish area in Syria.

“The KRG’s priority is for the Syrian Kurdish areas not to turn into a battleground for extremist rebel group Jabhat al-Nisra and other terrorist elements,” Mr Barzani told the Financial Times last week. He also stressed that the training is meant to help the Syrian Kurdish soldiers in defensive operations against any threats, not for any offensive reasons. 

“We have done some training but I want to be clear, this is not to interfere in the internal affairs of Syria,” Mr Barzany said. “We want the Syrian problem to be solved through dialogue.”

According to the KRG’s PM, Erbil didn’t try to push for a Kurdish autonomy in Syria, but demanded the social unity between the Kurdish community and the rest of the components of the Syrian society.

“From what we see, it’s not clear what the United States wants to do in Syria,” Mr Barzani stated. “The Syrian regime has the support of at least 20-25 per cent of the people. The opposition 15, no more than 20, per cent. And the rest, they don’t know what to do.”

A remarkable mistrust was seen between the Kurds and Arab opposition in Syria since the start of the ongoing two-year-old uprising in the country, and the kurdish political parties and currents withdrew from a number of opposition conferences after the refusal the Arab opposition councils to discuss the Kurdish issue in Syria; the fact which raised the worries of the Kurds regarding their rights in the post-Assad Syria, and they said in different occasions that the opposition holds a similar “exclusive” and “marginalizing” mentality towards the Kurdish people.

The KRG tries also to play an essential role in unifying the Kurdish political forces and currents in Syria, to face the challenges and to bear the responsibility of accomplishing the rights of the Kurdish people in Syria. 

Over more than two years of uprising, approximately 140,000 Syrian refugees resorted to the Iraqi Kurdistan, and received sanctuary and the needed humanitarian aid in Domez Camp, near Duhok province, and the number of refugees there is in a constant increase.

 

Source: ARA News-agencies

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