Islamist leader to ARA News: We didn’t kidnap Kurdish students north Syria



ARA News

Amude, Syria − The leader of the Islamist Jabhat al-Nusra group in Sere Kaniye/Ras al-Ain, Abu Omar Alsury, denied in an exclusive interview with ARA News on Friday any links of the group to the incident of kidnapping a number of Kurdish students in the town of Til Tamir, northeastern Syria.

Alsury “condemned” the incident, describing it as a “coward behavior”, insisting that their fight is not against the Kurds, but against the Syrian regime and the armed forces “that work for Iran and the Syrian regime” −in a reference to the Popular Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD).

“The YPG provoked our fighters and caused the recent clashes, and did not abide by the truce that was signed between us earlier,” Alsury told ARA News. “They besieged our headquarter and attacked our forces  unexpectedly. We were familiar with the YPG military preparations since a while, but didn’t expected them to carry out such a campaign against us.”

The Islamist leader insisted that the battles of his group with the Kurdish forces didn’t reach an end yet.

“Our operations are continuing , and the official chief of Jabhat al-Nusra in the eatsern region, Abu Maria, is completely against the Kurdish forces of the YPG, as they have apparent links with the opposition body of the National Coordinating Committee which is known for its loyalty to the Syrian regime.” Alsury added.

According to Alsury, Jabhat al-Nusra’s (al-Nusra Front) leadership does not oppose the legitimate rights of any component of the Syrian society, including the Kurds.

“We are with the legitimate rights of all components of the region, and our main goal is to topple the Assad regime,” he said, adding: “We are not against any ethnic or religious group and we condemn any attack on the peaceful and unarmed citizens. However, the PYD and its armed wing are working for the benefit of the regime, and they are tarnishing the image of the Kurds and their just cause.”

According to sources, a bus belonging to the Malik transportation company full of university students was passing on Wednesday near the town of ​​Tel Temir, in Hasakah province, before being kidnapped at around seven o’clock in the evening and the students were abducted on their way back from Homs after finishing their end-term exams at Al-Baath University. No party declared its responsibility for the kidnapping.

In a telephone call with the Xaber24 news network−a news website reporting on behalf of the PYD− in Sere Kaniye, the source told ARA News that 16 Kurdish students were kidnapped by Alhaq battalion, a group linked to Jabhat al-Nusra. “Those students were taken to an anonymous destination,” the source said.

Meanwhile, fierce fighting between the Kurdish Popular Protection Units (YPG) and Islamist armed groups continue in several Kurdish areas northeastern Syria, including villages of Asfar Najar, Siwedikeh and Girke-Lageh, media activists reported on Saturday.

On Tuesday, clashes broke out between the YPG and Islamic groups who are believed to be affiliated with the “State of Sham and Iraq” extremist organization and Jabhat al-Nusra in the Kurdish city of Sere Kaniya/Ras al-Ain. The YPG forces attacked headquarters of the armed battalions of the Islamist fighters.The clashes resulted in a withdrawal by the Islamist fighters from the city.


Report by: Idris Huta

Source: ARA News


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