Kobane battles reunified Kurds and Arabs: Rebel leader


Rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Kurdish fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) announcing the establishment of Burkan al-Furant Operations' Chamber in Kobane. File photo

ARA News – Exclusive 

Urfa, Turkey – “We are trying to break down all the barriers that the Syrian regime created between us (Arabs) and Kurds in the city of Kobane by fighting side by side against the extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS),” said Abu Dahash, leader of the Raqqa Rebels Brigade.

Abu Dahash, whose brigade is part of the recently established Burkan al-Furat Operations’ Chamber (which includes Kurdish fighters of the YPG and Syrian rebel factions of the FSA) that fights in Kobane, mentioned that the Free Syrian Army lost many fighters in Kobane, “Which is a message from the FSA to all Syrian minorities that the revolutionary forces are real protectors of the Syrian people, not the regime.”  

“This means that Syrian people are regaining their historical social unity by giving the same sacrifices for each city and town, no matter the demographic situation,” Abu Dahash told ARA News in an exclusive interview.

Regarding the militarization of the Syrian revolution, Abu Dahash said, “I do not think that militarization put our revolution at risk. If the regime was democratic, we could eradicate it peacefully.”

“However, it is a dictatorship that does not care about peaceful resistance, so we need arms to get rid of it,” the rebel leader argued. 

He also pointed out that FSA can regain its commitment to the civic democratic revolution by discipline and organization as well as following the military orders of leaders.

“The FSA should act as an institution that provides services and protection in the liberated areas (Syrian areas out of the regime’s control). It should also leave citizens plans for independent civic administration,” Abu Dahash said.

He also mentioned the several attempts to unify rebel fighters on the ground through joint operation chambers. “However, it is difficult to implement on the ground, as they do not receive any support from the General Staff of the opposition’s Ministry of Defense.”

Concerning the U.S.-led anti-IS international coalition, Abu Dahash said, “We need the coalition’s help in getting rid of the regime. An urgent support to the FSA is needed to change the situation on the ground and remove not only IS but also the one who created IS in Syria, namely the Assad regime.” 

“We uphold being free men. We will not serve any project that divides Syria. We will fight for the unity of this country and give minorities all their civic and democratic rights,” he added.

The leader of the Raqqa Rebels Brigade concluded by demanding the friends of Syria to channel their support via competent professional institutions to the FSA so it receives all it needs “in order to oust IS and the Assad regime.”


Reporting by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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