Under pressure of ISIS attacks, Syrian Kurdish parties unified


ARA News 

Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan – On Wednesday, the Kurdish National Council in Syria (KNC) and the Democratic Society Movement TEV-DEM (the two main Kurdish political entities in Syria’s Kurdish areas) reached an agreement to unify efforts in the war against militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) and other anti-Kurds forces in Syria.

The SNC and TEV-DEM made the announcement during a press conference in the city of Duhok in Iraqi Kurdistan.

According to the spokesperson of the KNC, the efforts to unify the ranks of Syrian Kurdish forces were made possible under the sponsorship of Iraqi Kurdistan’s President Massoud Barzani.

Both parties agreed on jointly running Syria’s Kurdish region, as well as the formation of unified military force to defend the Kurdish areas against current attacks by the IS extremists, preserving the military institution of the Popular Protection Units (YPG).

Sources in the KNC, and who attended Duhok’s meetings, told ARA News that the agreement includes three major points, which include the establishment of a supreme political reference, a joint administrative body and a joint military force.

Speaking to ARA News in Duhok, the secretary of the Kurdish Democratic Party in Syria (KDP-S), Nasr Eddin Ibrahim, said that agreement was approved by both parties, adding that the next step will be to push forward the efforts in order to implement every article of the agreement.

Also on Wednesday, the Parliament of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq unanimously approved a mandate to send military units from the Peshmerga forces to the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria, to support the Kurdish forces entrenched in the city enduring  fierce battles against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot.


Reporting by: Saman Shekho

Source: ARA News

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