Syrian rebels to assist Kurds in fight against ISIS

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Kurdish fighters of the YPG. File photo

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Aleppo, Syria – After the joint Kurdish forces (the People’s Protection Units “YPG” and the Peshmerga) gained controll of the Shuyoukh district (west of Kobane), some Syrian rebel groups showed willingness to assist the joint forces in liberating other Syrian areas from militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS). 

Speaking to ARA News, Abu Malek al-Babi, commander of Liwaa al-Tawhid (linked to the Free Syrian Army “FSA”) said: “We were waiting for the Kurdish forces to advance in order to fight by their side against IS terrorists.”

“We will soon activate our members in the IS-held city of Manbij. We have in Manbij more than 500 fighters, who will fight alongside the Kurdish joint forces against IS terrorists,” he added.

The rebel commander also stressed that when the Kurdish forces get closer to the vicinity of the IS-held city of Jarablus, they will send reinforcements to support the Kurds in fighting against the radical group there.

Activist Tamer Ali, based in Jarablus, told ARA News that after the IS bombed part of the city’s main bridge that connected the district of Shuyoukh with Jarablus, “a state of panic spread among civilians, who were looking for a way to flee.” 

The source pointed out that the radical group had transferred prisoners who were held in the area “to an unknown place”.

Over the last month, the IS group has transferred its tactical units into residential buildings in the cities of Manbij and Jarablus. 

 

Reporting by: Beri Mohammed

Source: ARA News

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