The Swedish man who joined YPG to fight ISIS militants in Kobane


Rahel Qadir. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Kobane, Syria – Rahel Qadir, a Swedish national, joined the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) “to help battle extremists of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Kobane”.

In an exclusive interview with ARA News, Qadir said that the atrocities of the IS militants against civilians motivated him to head to Kobane and join the ranks of the Kurdish forces defending Kobane. 

“I was affected by a video tape showing militants of the Islamic State killing innocent children, which encouraged me to make my decision to come to Kobane and fight this barbaric group,” Qadir said.

Qadir, a 29-year-old Kurdish young man who is a Swedish national, was a soldier in the Swedish army before heading to the embattled city of Kobane in northern Syria to join the YPG.

“IS’ crimes against humanity urged me to come here and participate in this heroic resistance against those terrorists,” Qadir told ARA News

Heading to Kobane without informing parents

“When I told my mom I was going to Suruc (Turkish city in the opposite side of Syria’s Kobane), she felt sad and cried. I did not want to tell her I’m going to fight for Kobane against the IS extremists,” he said.

“I told her I’m going to help Syrian refugees in Suruc,” Qadir added. “I’m already three weeks in Kobane, assisting those great Kurdish fighters against IS group, I hope my mother will be proud of me someday.” 

He also expressed his joy of the arrival of the Peshmerga forces in Kobane.

“We should all fight these enemies of humanity,” Qadir said. 

What matters is the fight against extremists

The young man emphasized the importance of unity against IS group. 

“All social components in the region should support the Kobane resistance and try to put aside all previous rifts, whether sectarian of partisan,” Qadir told ARA News.  

According to Qadir, defending Kobane against IS radicals means defending the civilized world against barbarism. 

“With some light weapon, the YPG was able to prevent IS militants from controlling the city of Kobane, which means that these Kurdish fighters have a high degree of determination to defeat the extremists. And with the Peshmerga joining the fight with heavy weapons, we will definitely win the war,” Qadir said. 


Interviewed by: Redwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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