Kurdish commander: Syrian Democratic Forces prepared to liberate the whole country from radical groups


Kurdish commander Hussein Kocher speaking to ARA News

ARA News

SERE KANIYE – Hussein Kocher, leading member of Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and a prominent commander in the Kurdish-Arab alliance of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), said their forces are determined to “liberate the whole Syrian soil from Deash (ISIS) terrorists”.

“At this sensitive phase, we (Kurds) have put hands in hands with our Arab and Christian brothers and established the Syrian Democratic Forces in order to eliminate the terror group of Deash,” Kocher said in an exclusive interview with ARA News.

Kocher added that all freedom-fighters in Syria should unify in the face of the current challenges, emphasizing that several rebel groups have caused damage to the Syrian social fabric. 

“While these forces were claiming to fight for freedom and democracy in the country, they have apparently caused a lot of damage and distortion to the Syrian uprising,” he said. “They looted, killed, and raped on Syria’s soil.”

The Kurdish commander reiterated on a force founded on the basis of liberating the entire soil of Syria.

“After having announced the SDF, we soon launched a large-sacle military campaign against terrorists (Islamic State group “ISIS”) in Syria’s northeast,” he argued.

“We will also seek to change the worn-out Syrian regime,” Kocher told ARA News.

“Over more than four years, the Kurdish YPG and YPJ forces are locked in fierce battles with ISIS terrorists defending Rojava (Syrian Kurdish region),” he said, pointing out “many honorable non-Kurdish military groups stood by our side.”

“The Arab tribal force of as-Sanadeed, the rebel group of Burkan al-Furat and at-Tahreer group of the Free Syrian army (FSA) are fighting on our side against the barbaric Daesh group.” 

“It is time to liberate the entire soil of Syria from the fascist regime as well,” he insisted.

“Starting the battle for al-Hawl town in Hasakah province was the first step towards the liberation of Syria and its people from the radical and suppressive groups.”

“After the liberation of Hasakah countryside, all social components of the region are invited to join the SDF in a bid to liberate the entire Syrian soil,” Kocher concluded. 

Over the past few days, the Syrian Democratic Forces recaptured some 200 villages and towns in the countryside of Hasakah, including the key town of al-Hawl which has been liberated on Friday with the support of the U.S.-led coalition. After losing al-Hawl, ISIS’s military and economic situation may deteriorate due to the cut of a main supply route between the group’s strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Interview by: Haitham Haji

Source: ARA News

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