Arab fighters join Kurdish forces to combat ISIS in Syria


Fighters of the YPG preparing for operations against ISIS militants in Sere Kaniye, northeastern Syria. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Sere Kaniye, Syria – Following his release by the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) for ransom, Jamal al-Haj Ahmed, a former soldier in the regime’s army in Aleppo,  joined the ranks of the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the border city of Sere Kaniye (Ras al-Ain) in the province of Hasakah.

In an interview with ARA news, Ahmed, who is now on the front lines of Sere Kaniye side by side with the Kurdish fighters, said that he is combating the Islamic State “to contribute in achieving the aspirations of Syrian people for freedom”.

“I’m from Aleppo. While I was doing my compulsory service in the ranks of the Syrian regime army, IS militants detained me along with other 16 comrades after besieging us at our military base in the city of al-Bukamal of the province of Deir ez-Zor, in eastern Syria,” he told ARA News.

ISIS killed my family

“They (IS militants) released us after receiving a ransom of one million Syrian pounds for each person,” Ahmad said.

“Once I was freed, I headed to one of my relatives in Sere Kaniye. While my parents were in Aleppo IS terrorists carried out a suicide attack near a bakery where my father and my two brothers with my sister were reported killed.”

Why did I join the Kurdish forces?

“Following the bombing, which killed members of my family, I did not hesitate for a moment to join the ranks of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to fight against the criminals of IS,” Ahmad stated to ARA News.

“I have been in the YPG ranks for eight months now and have been involved in several military operations, including the attack against IS extremists in the village of al-Rawiya (25 km west of Sere Kaniye).”

“I am now a fighter as any other fighter in the ranks of the YPG. I fight for the defense of the Syrian people and their aspirations for freedom and democracy,” he concluded.

Noteworthy, dozens of Arab fighters have joined the ranks of the Kurdish forces of the YPG in northern Syria. This comes amid reports about several foreign fighters who joined the YPG, among them are Americans, British and Swedish.


Reporting by: Haitham Haji

Source: ARA News

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