Sign In / Up

Add contribution as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Comment as a guest

Your email will not be displayed publicly
Benefit of signing in/signing up to personalize comment

Login

Not a member Register   Forgot Password
or connect using
 

Email

 

Rudaw

Syria

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.

Comments

 
Data pager
Previous
12
Page size:
PageSizeComboBox
select
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.
Tags :
Print Email to a friend
Save this story
5925 Views

Be Part of Your Rudaw!

Share your stories, photos and videos with Rudaw, and quite possibly the world.

What You Say

Nikos Koulouris | 12/17/2014 9:47:57 AM
There are so many similarities betwees us the Cretans and Kurdish nation. We send you our prayers and energy!
Reply to users | 12/17/2014 10:03:41 AM
reply to @Yezidi-Man - In every war there will always be a scapegoat. The jews people always remind the world about the Holocaust It was the only way...
Peshmerga launch massive ground assault on ISIS near Shingal
| 15 hours ago | (11)
Kurdistan | 12/17/2014 9:17:07 AM
That is a picture that breaks our neighbors's hearts.
MALCOLM | 12/17/2014 9:46:55 AM
A lovely occasion - good for you all.
On Flag Day, Kurds show solidarity with Peshmerga
| 14 hours ago | (2)
Figment | 12/17/2014 8:45:59 AM
Devastating news. God be with them.
Kurdishwoman | 12/17/2014 9:45:18 AM
Someone at your office have been collaborated with Daesh and told them where to kidnap them otherwise how Daesh knew where they were? Rudaw should...
Two Rudaw journalists captured by Islamic State
| 14 hours ago | (2)
kurt basar | 12/17/2014 12:43:58 AM
@HANS GUDERIAN, I am against all the organized religions which i see all of them as business of the prostitution for to make the money, by installing...
Isis - In Satin I Suicide | 12/17/2014 9:26:06 AM
These peoples faith requires them to be killed so to be martyred, jihadists believe there religion preaches that death through suicide is in what...
ISIS releases pictures of mass execution in Tikrit
| yesterday at 03:39 | (12)

Elsewhere on Rudaw

Kurdish town hopes Americans will return to abandoned air base 12/11/2014 | (21)

Kurdish town hopes Americans will return to abandoned air base

Speculation circulates that Harir will host a new more
Bringing Silicon Valley to Erbil: teaching Kurds to “do world domination” 11/11/2014 | (19)

Bringing Silicon Valley to Erbil: teaching Kurds to “do world domination”

Swedish start-up coach offers advice to more
Despite rising violence, hope remains for Turkey-PKK peace talks, think-tank says 7/11/2014 | (14)

Despite rising violence, hope remains for Turkey-PKK peace talks, think-tank says

Peace talks not yet broken, report shows. more
0.485 seconds