Syrian Kurds: We Will ‘Cut ISIS’s Air Supply’ After Major Victory

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The Syrian Democratic Forces are going to close Syria’s border with Turkey and kick the Islamic State (IS) terrorists out of the main Syrian towns, which have been used by the militants to ferry fighters and supplies into the country.

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The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) want to kick the Islamic State (IS) terrorists out of the main Syrian towns, which have been used by the militants to ferry fighters and supplies into the country, and to completely close Syria’s border with Turkey, the Izvestiya newspaper reported, citing a representative of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Russia, Abd Salam Muhammad Ali.

“The SDF’s primary goal involves sealing the border. We will make every effort to cut ISIS’s ‘air supply’ by preventing them from smuggling fighters and weapons from Turkey. When we succeed in pushing the terrorists out of al-Bab – and this should not take much time – the SDF will be able to advance further west to the city of Afrin,” Abd Salam Muhammad Ali said.

Al-Bab and Afrin are situated in the Aleppo province along the 60-mile corridor that the Turkish government has promised to close long ago. The full control over the city of al-Bab was taken by ISIS in November 2013, while Kurds have continued to control Afrin during the Syrian conflict.

The SDF said that their next target is al-Bab two days after they liberated Manbij, another strategically important border city in the Aleppo province, from the IS. About 12,000 fighters were involved in the operation that was started in late May.

Al-Bab has been viewed as a gateway to Aleppo that is currently divided into parts, controlled by the radical groups, including al-Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham, and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA). Abd Salam Muhammad Ali noted that Kurdish fighters are not going to clash with the SAA that cut all supply routes to the rebel-held areas in the city of Aleppo last month.

According to senior research fellow at the Center for Arab and Islamic Studies at the Institute of Oriental Studies, Boris Dolgov, the main purpose of the SDF’s offensive in northern Syria is expanding the de facto autonomous region of Rojava.

“The Kurds are openly saying that they intend to create an autonomous region,” Dolgov said. “At the same time, the Syrian leadership criticized the Kurds for their plans, saying that all similar issues must be resolved according to the constitution.”

However, he also does not exclude the possibility of reaching a consensus on the Kurdish region in Syria between the Kurds and Damascus. Abd Salam Muhammad Ali has indirectly mentioned this issue, saying that “SDF victories in northern Syria will help the Kurds gain additional leverage during the talks on the country’s political future.”

In March 2016, the Kurds announced that a federal system of government in Rojava, a region that comprises three self-governing areas: province al-Hasakah, a part of al-Raqqa and Aleppo, has been established by them.

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  • chris chuba

    This is great news and is confirming earlier reports that the SDF (Kurds) are pursuing their own goals which also correspond to a strategically important task rather than a political gift for the Obama Administration.

    Hey, whats with this obsession with showing women fighters? I’m certain that the Kurds must have a few male fighters but I almost always see women fighters in captions with stories about the Kurds. At this point, it is now a tradition.

  • Jens Holm

    Well cutting ISIS in 2 and taking their main line is strategig.

    20% of YPG are women, and they are – as a country – working very hard for equal rights . They are proud. Compare to Your own. Our are hardly 10%.

    And it is also made because arab fighter often are very afraid seeing woman not being som low life for sale obeying. Seems to be a nightmare for the first borne penis right.

    If You take other news, they promote women educate and a few says ago making her own factory for military clothe or military nice dressing.

    I have seen so many pictures and clips from there, that I first look at their armery.

    • Aquartertoseven

      For good reason; women generally can’t meet the physical requirements to be soldiers.

      Going for Al Bab, with ISIS to the north, south and west, is a terrible idea, truly terrible. ISIS are supported by Turkey, cutting them in half is hardly going to stop their supplies!

  • opereta

    Only fools pay attention to the Kurd’s Women in the clips !! The real issue is the change in strategy by US and by default, Israel and Saudi Arabia, to get rid of Al Assad !! ISIS fighters are too many to just be discarded like trash !! Kurds are not that many to challenge a united (behind Al Assad) Syria !! Finaly, Erdogan is the Joker Card, now talking about Turkey-Syria frienship !! Big mistake the failed Coup d’Etat, by the fools in the CIA and the US State Dpt. For their own good, the Kurds should lower their tone of voice and not get that much festive, with this shit !!