FSA rebels to join fight against ISIS in Kobane


Rebels of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) to join battles of Kobane. File photo

ARA News 

Istanbul, Turkey – On Friday, the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that his government had agreed to facilitate the entrance of 1300 rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) into the embattled Kurdish city of Kobane.

Kobane is surrounded by militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIL), where fierce clashes continue between the radical group and Kurdish fighters of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).

In a press conference in Tallinn, capital of Estonia, Erdogan said that the Kurdish Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD) –political leadership of the YPG– approved allowance of 1300 FSA fighters into Kobane to back the Kurdish forces in the battles against the IS.

The leadership of the FSA has decided to send a force to support Kobane city in the northern countryside of Aleppo at the Syrian-Turkish border.

Aleppo Operations Chamber (an FSA-linked organization) released a statement on Thursday demanding that the international coalition led by the United States of America support the FSA rebels heading to Kobane.

The Chamber emphasized the importance of coordination between all military factions in Kobane and the FSA fighters “to ensure the defeat of the IS radicals, avoiding civilian casualties as well as allowing the return of the displaced people to their homes”.

Among those who signed the FSA statement were Syrian Revolutionary Front, Jaish al-Islam, al-Faylaq Asham, Hazm Movement and Army of al-Mujahideen.


Reporting by: Mohammed Nasser

Source: ARA News

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