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Syria

Divisions Plague Kurdish Opposition Groups in Syria

By RÛDAW 8/5/2013
A woman member of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) takes position inside a ruined house in Aleppo amid clashes with Syrian regime forces. Photo: AFP
A woman member of the Kurdish Peoples Protection Units (YPG) takes position inside a ruined house in Aleppo amid clashes with Syrian regime forces. Photo: AFP

 

By Bradost Azizi

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – For the second time in less than two weeks the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) gathered in Erbil to seek a way out of a political deadlock over uniting Syria’s divided Kurdish groups under a single banner.

Ibrahim Biro, the leader of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria told Rudaw that the KNC is now trying to bring the different forces under one umbrella.

“We will later talk to the People’s Council in Syria in order to form a united force and find a name for it,” said Biro.

The People’s Council in Syria is under the influence and largely controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) that opposes all other opposition groups.

Ali Muslim, a Kurdish revolutionary leader who commands three armed battalions said that his group has preconditions for joining a united Kurdish force.

“The posts should be assigned equally in the new force,” he said. “No particular group should have dominance and the fighters should receive orders from a military council only.”

Other groups show stronger reservations about joining a united Kurdish force.

Bewar Mustafa, the commander of the Salahaddini Ayubbi battalion who defected from the Syrian army and joined hands with Arab rebels groups in Aleppo, said that their ideological differences with the People’s Defense Units (YPG) makes it unlikely that his forces would ever join any Kurdish army.

“We will not join any Kurdish project that has the YPG in it,” Mustafa said.

The YPG, the armed wing of the PYD, is the most dominant force in Syria’s Kurdish areas. In the past several months the YPG has clashed with Arab rebel groups and members of the Free Syrian Army (FSA).

In their latest gathering in Erbil, smaller Kurdish parties complained that the bigger groups have formed a bloc, which hampers the work of the national council.

“Four major parties are members of the council, but in the meantime see themselves and act as an alternative to the council,” said Salih Gido, head of the Democratic Leftist party in Syria.

But Oso, whose Freedom Party is considered a dominant party, said that his and three other parties have agreed to assimilate their forces and create one united party.

“After the meeting in Erbil, each party will debate the idea of the merger and we will soon announce the new party,” he said.

Kurdistan Region President Massoud Barzani, a major mediator among Syria’s Kurdish parties, met with KNC representatives last week and encouraged them to put differences aside in favor of a united force,” said Mustafa Oso, head of the Kurdish Freedom Party.

“Barzani told us to form a national Kurdish force in Syria that belongs to no particular political group,” said Oso.

Barzani also advised us to honor the Erbil Agreement that was signed by all Kurdish parties in Syria in July 2012, Oso added.

The Erbil Agreement stipulates the formation of a united force in Syria that would restore order and provide security for the country’s Kurdish areas in the absence of Syrian regime forces that have largely withdrawn to other parts of the country.

 

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Rojava | 8/5/2013
The PYD is the Syrian branch of the PKK. And PKK is now under Turkeys control. Directly after Turkey began talks with Öcalan, the PYD made a argeement with the Free Syrian army and began to Fight against the Syrian regime. Before Öcalans talk with Turkey, the PYD said that they will sided with nobody, but now they do. Other Kurdish parties should united and build a Free Kurdish Army to free west Kurdistan especially Qamisli.
Ihsan | 8/5/2013
PYD takes a stand against all Kurdish parties in Syria and Iraq's Kurdistan. And there is still people who think that PYD fights for independence of Kurds/Kurdistan. It is not true.
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Dewran Kurdistan | 9/5/2013
"Bewar Mustafa, the commander of the Salahaddini Ayubbi battalion who defected from the Syrian army and joined hands with Arab rebels groups in Aleppo, said that their ideological differences with the People’s Defense Units (YPG) makes it unlikely that his forces would ever join any Kurdish army. “We will not join any Kurdish project that has the YPG in it,” Mustafa said." - And who would want fanatic Islamist Kurds among their ranks? It should be the opposite, they should not join any Kurdish project which is KURDISH. @Rojava Where do all these people come from? Not even Turks themselves say PKK is under Turkish control, these are some VERY degrading comments from Kurds. PYD also made an agreement with the FSA in Sere Kaniye. PYD also fought regime forces prior to this agreement, and they are actually currently fighting FSA in Til Temir. But you people cannot think and grasp the reality from your PKK hatred. FSA is not even one united body. Salih Muslim clearly said, that they would continue to fight any Salafist organizations within FSA. It is clear that Assad will lose, Kurds in Rojava has to secure their rights within a future Syria (SNC). And the peace talks only makes it easier for Rojavayis, since SNC is under influence of Turkey. When Turkey gives Northern Kurds more rights, so will SNC. Do you guys forget how we hold 60% procent of "Syria's" oil, every Arab is ready to kill us for this oil. You have the username ”Rojava”, yet you wouldn’t dare to think of the future of Rojavayis. They will face one of the most critical and dangerous times after Assad is finished. And having SNC not even recognizing our rights, does not make things easier. They still do not side anyone. They quite recently fought against regime forces in Aleppo, and now they're fighting FSA battalion 313 and Arab tribes in Til Temir. You guys are pathetic with these comments.
Mesud Bakuri | 9/5/2013
Like it or not. The PYD is the only Kurdish faction in Western Kurdistan that can make a difference. Even though you MUST critisize the PYD sometimes,the alternatives are even worse! Look at the Saladin Ayubbi brigade:Traitors!Look at PDKS:Wanted to join the FSA without something in return and didn't want to set up an own Kurdish army
Kurdistan | 9/5/2013
Will the PYD be able to establish autonomy in west Kurdistan? I dont think. The regime give the PYD the control of west Kurdistan, as an act against Turkey and the syrian opposition. But what will happen after the syrian regime fall? Then the syrian opposition will start to attack the PYD. And dont forget, West Kurdistan have no mountains and is just a small strip with a small population. A united Free Kurdish Army with the support of the KRG would be better for Kurds. The KRG have more international support as the PKK, and the PKK have also a hated ideology in the region and the west and is nowhere recognized.
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