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Kurdish Commander: Jihadi Groups in Syria Have Hijacked FSA

By MUTLU CIVIROGLU 11/8/2013
The Jabhat al-Akrad unit on the day of its declaration. Photo: Algad TV.
The Jabhat al-Akrad unit on the day of its declaration. Photo: Algad TV.

 

The Free Syrian Army (FSA), the main armed opposition to the Damascus regime, does not allow ethnic divisions within its ranks, and its Jabhat al-Akrad – or Kurdish Front – is just another unit fighting for the common goal of toppling the Damascus dictatorship, its commander said.

In an interview with Rudaw, Haji Ahmed Kurdi, head of the Kurdish unit that is part of the FSA, said that the Syrian opposition wants to remain free from ethnic divisions.

“Kurds in Syria live in various Arab cities, towns, and villages. We wanted Kurds to have a common organization in these regions with other ethnicities. Therefore, we established Jabhat al Akrad,” he said.

Ahmed explained that the FSA does not form its battalions based on ethnic identity, and that they are all fighting for the same goal of toppling the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

But he added that, while the Kurds in the FSA have been fighting for the same common cause, they still wanted their identity on display to highlight Kurdish participation in the Syrian revolution.

“Our purpose to choose that name was not for ethnic reasons; it was rather to highlight our own stand in the revolution,” he said.

“That is why we formed Jabhat al Akrad. The support for us can be seen in the field as we are growing steadily, and organize ourselves in all Syrian cities,” he claimed.

Kurdish opposition forces have so far formally stayed out of Syrian civil war, which is in its third year.  But there are many Kurdish fighters among the various FSA units.

According to Ahmed, the Kurdish Front has 7,000 fighters. It was his unit that made the famous capture of Abu Musab, head of the extremist Islamic Jabhat al-Nusra, which is allied with the FSA, but is loyal to Al-Qaeda.

Ahmed complained that radical Islamist groups, like Jabhat al-Nusra and many like it sending jihadist recruits to Syria from the Middle East and beyond -- are taking over the Syrian civil war and trying to exercise Al-Qaeda’s agenda.

“They operate under a variety of different names, but are all loyal to Al-Qaeda,” Ahmed said, complaining they had virtually taken control of the FSA.

“These extremist groups were able to suppress most FSA formations, and marginalized their power. They have seized most of the institutions left from the Assad regime,” he said.

The Syrian war has recently grown even more complex, with clashes between Islamist recruits and Kurdish groups in the country’s Kurdish regions.

Ahmed said that the Islamist groups now controlling the FSA wanted to bring the Kurds also under their thumb. “We rejected it; that is why they are attacking us.”

Ahmed said that the threat of Islamist groups gaining control of Syria is increasing by the day.

He urged the international community, especially the United States and Turkey, to exert greater pressure on the Islamic groups and lend a hand to the FSA.

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Kurdishpower | 11/8/2013
Turkey is the evil power behind the destruction of Kurdish nation! Turkish destruction of Armenian, Greeks, Yezidi and Muslim Kurds is an example that there is no hope that Turks will stop the occupation of the biggest Kurdistan. either kemalism or neo-ottomanism they both nazified Turkish culture.
Darin | 11/8/2013
The terrorists islamists jihadists and the FSA arab nationalists have one thing in common and it is: to kill as many kurds as they can and destroy their aspirations, in their dictionary kurds have no rights in their land Kurdistan and they want to continue ruling kurds and occupy Kurdistan according to the evil The Sykes–Picot Agreement between Great Britain and France in 1916 which divided Kurdistan in four parts.
ADAM | 12/8/2013
THE ONLY WAY FOR US KURDS TO WIN THIS DIRTY WAR BY THOSE BLOOD SUCKER JIHADIST IS TO STAY CALM AND UNITED FOR THEM IF WE DEMAND OUR AN ANCASTORS LAND IS WE ARE AGAINST ISLAM AS WE WOULD BE SEEN AS ISLAM DIVIDER BUT DOES NOT MATTER IF ARAB HAVE TENTY TWO DIVIDED COUNTRIES. IF THOSE WORTHLESS SATAN JIHADISTS ARE REALLY GOOD JIHADIST THEY WOULD HEAD TO BURMA IN A HOPE TO SAVE SOME MUSLIMS BUT I RECKONE THEY ARE BANCH OF BRIAN WASHED THUGS WHO HAVE NEVER BEEN EDUCATED TO LIVE IN 21TH CENTURUY . AND THEY ARE PSYCHOPATH CREATURES WHO LOVE TO SLIT THE THROAT OS INNOCENT PEOPLE . THOSE PEOPLE SHOULD BE ELIMINATED FROM PLANET EARTH
Lawrence | 13/8/2013
It is predicted--Muslim will fight Muslim. It is unfortunate for the common people living in places like Syria, but fortunate for the World. Capitalism will blow up. Then maybe a spiritual humanism will emerge in the World--When these huge evil forces are neutralized.
Rebaz Tahir Benjamin
Rebaz Tahir Benjamin | 15/8/2013
I declare a Fatwa, against all "jihadists" who go to Kurdistan to "fight for Islam", they are all kuffars and it's totally legitimate for any Muslim or non Muslim Kurd to kill them without any form of mercy. Protection of our women and children is nr one priority.
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