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Since YPG liberated the Kurdish and Arab towns of Til Kocher and Til Xelef, they have seen an increase in the number of Arab fighters joining their ranks. Being a mostly Kurdish fighting force in Syria, the YPG does not exclude any ethnic or religious groups in the region.

Here are some short videos of ethnic Arabs cheering for the arrival and liberation by YPG in their towns and villages which have until recently been destroyed by the presence of Al Qaeda groups, mostly Al Nusra and ISIS.

In the video below, Arabs are cheering for the arrival of YPG fighters. The older man is quoted saying in Arabic;

''All those Arab with Saudi Arabia help only robbed us, killed us, destroyed our town...what mujahedeen? They are only terrorists! I am Arab, my dad was Arab, you have no idea how happy we are that Kurds are here to help us... I respect them. If they want country, they deserve it...if I can, I will help them''


In the video below, we see Arab kids in Til Kocher ( Al Yarubiya) on the border with Iraq. The area was recently liberated by YPG from ISIS groups.


 

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Arabs in the newly liberated Til Xelef are approaching the YPG fighters with foods and sweets.


New Arab batallion within the ranks of YPG in the city of Serekaniye/ Ras al Ayn.

 

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Syrian Arab Village Welcomes Kurdish Fighters

ALOUK, Syria — In the northeast of Syria, near the border with Turkey, Kurdish fighters of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) captured the Arab village of Alouk, close to the Kurdish-Arab inhabited city of Ras al-Ain (in Kurdish known as Serekaniye) from al-Qaeda-linked groups after on Sept. 14-18. The Arab villagers are thankful for the YPG support. “If there was no YPG, none of us would be here,” said villager Abu Hamza Kamal.

Pro-Kurdish sources suggest that the increased presence of al-Qaeda-linked groups, which tried to impose their views on the local population, led to the breaking down of the agreement between the Kurds and Islamist rebels. “As fellow Muslims, we are not against Arabs. But al-Qaeda wants everybody to be Muslim,” said YPG fighter Egid Qamislo, who joined the YPG one year ago.

After the YPG took over Ras al-Ain, Islamist groups such as Ahrar al-Sham, Jabhat al-Nusra and Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) tried to take back Ras al-Ain and its border gate by trying to capture the Arab village of Alouk, control the strategic road between Derbisiya and Ras al-Ain and cut off the city from other Kurdish cities.

The Islamist fighters entered the village of Alouk, which is 4 kilometers (2½ miles) from Ras al-Ain on Sept. 14. “We all fled, they stole everything. The YPG helped us a lot, they are good people,” said Abu Ghalid, a villager. “They came to us and told us that they had come to free us from the YPG. We told them Alouk is an Arab village and that there is no YPG here,” he continued.

Other villagers say the Islamist armed groups came when everyone was asleep. They fled to the Turkish border, but came back after the YPG removed the armed groups from the village on Sept. 18. “They [YPG] secure our village and help our people,” said Abu Walid.

After the YPG took over, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the people’s council of Ras al-Ain visited the village. Following the visit, local Arabs elected a people’s council with executive powers to rule the village.

The YPG said in a statement that in Ras al-Ain the armed groups attacked the city from “five different sides — Til Halaf, Mushrafa, Chafa, Nadaf and Alouk — in a strategic planned attack to put military pressure on the city and separate it from other Kurdish cities.”

The Arab villages in Ras al-Ain were part of the so-called Arab belt policy of the Syrian government along the Iraqi and Turkish border. A report by the Kurdish nongovernmental organization Kurdwatch stated that a total of 140,000 Kurds from 332 villages in the province of Hassakeh were deported and replaced by Arab families. The policy was agreed upon in 1965 and got underway in 1973.

“The Arabs came from the Arab belt. Whoever is in power, they support them. Because the YPG leaves them alone, they appreciate them. But if they can choose between the YPG and the regime, they would choose the regime. But they appreciate the YPG from liberating it from the Free Syrian Army [FSA],” said Kovan Direj, a local Kurdish journalist.

“Only the FSA causes problems. We wish the situation would return to the past. Why did they come here, why did they want to free us? From what? There is nothing here. We never demonstrate. They came here to free us from the YPG, thinking it was a Kurdish village. They don’t know anything about us. They are being taught the YPG are unbelievers, they think everybody is an unbeliever,” said Abu Hamza.

The YPG has a small office near the road on the outskirts of Alouk. The YPG says they don’t want to hurt the Arab population, although the Arab villagers were brought by the regime. “For us, it’s a philosophy. We Kurds see the Arabs as brothers. The Kurds have always protected the Arabs, but the Arabs didn’t protect us. Now they build their own community. If they want help from us, we will help them.” said Qamislo.

The YPG fighters fiercely deny they want to remove the Arab villagers, Qamislo said. "The regime wanted to change the demography of the area, but we don’t want to change it.”
 

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Now, I understood how Turkey felt after being annoyed and suffered with all the YPG/PKK propaganda news :coffee:
Neither can confirm this or not since a very few coverage and lack of news confirmation in the North but YPG now rely on getting military support from Assad's force, Iraq government and Iraq's Kurdish force.
 

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Neither can confirm this or not since a very few coverage and lack of news confirmation in the North but YPG now rely on getting military support from Assad's force, Iraq government and Iraq's Kurdish force.
I dont think Assad would want to arm the same people that is fighting him in Aleppo and Efrin. Would not mak any sense.
 

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I dont think Assad would want to arm the same people that is fighting him in Aleppo and Efrin. Would not mak any sense.
You can't simply compare Kurdish Communist Fronts over the opposition, that's a big difference. The evidence is that YPG had admitted Assad is preferable than the future government because the opposition opposed an autonomy for the Kurds whereas Assad had not confronted the YPG in a conflict, not recently until jihadist stepped in confrontation with the Kurds. No more than that which explains the pretext what YPG want. Same goes to Iraq who prefer Kurds in the North to ensure the jihadist does not take hold because of their judgement on Iraq's Kurd where they did not had any rift before with the Iraq's government so Maliki trusted YPG. Otherwise, if jihadist take hold it will spill over to Iraq. It's obvious that they had help military.
 

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You can't simply compare Kurdish Communist Fronts over the opposition, that's a big difference. The evidence is that YPG had admitted Assad is preferable than the future government because the opposition opposed an autonomy for the Kurds whereas Assad had not confronted the YPG in a conflict, not recently until jihadist stepped in confrontation with the Kurds. No more than that which explains the pretext what YPG want. Same goes to Iraq who prefer Kurds in the North to ensure the jihadist does not take hold because of their judgement on Iraq's Kurd where they did not had any rift before with the Iraq's government so Maliki trusted YPG. Otherwise, if jihadist take hold it will spill over to Iraq. It's obvious that they had help military.
Look up the battles in Aleppo and the battles in Efrin. It is all vs all. YPG vs Assad, YPG vs Al Qaeda, and virsa versa. There is no precontext. What you are saying is the same that most enemies of Kurds have been saying to demonize Kurds. Kurds were fighting Assad long before any FSA or Al Qaeda came into the picture. Look up the protests in Qamishlo 2004.
 

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You can't simply compare Kurdish Communist Fronts over the opposition, that's a big difference. The evidence is that YPG had admitted Assad is preferable than the future government because the opposition opposed an autonomy for the Kurds whereas Assad had not confronted the YPG in a conflict, not recently until jihadist stepped in confrontation with the Kurds. No more than that which explains the pretext what YPG want. Same goes to Iraq who prefer Kurds in the North to ensure the jihadist does not take hold because of their judgement on Iraq's Kurd where they did not had any rift before with the Iraq's government so Maliki trusted YPG. Otherwise, if jihadist take hold it will spill over to Iraq. It's obvious that they had help military.
you said first
YPG now rely on getting military support from Assad's force
that's very very different from "YPG admitted Asad is better than jihadists"
And by the way, i never never read or heard Asad wanted to give a full autonomy to kurds , neither any opposition: if you have REAL sources of what you say, thank you to share it.

Maliki trusted YPG ? well get some knowledge , ask Doritos ;)
we should avoid 5 yo over simplifications here. thx
 

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YPG Spokesman: Al-Qaeda's Strength Exaggerated in World Media

Redur Xelil, spokesperson of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), denied that the group is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and is in fact fighting for all of the Kurds in Syria. “We are the defense force of the Kurdish people,” he told Rudaw in an interview.”Everyone can easily find a place in the YPG regardless of their party affiliation or views,” he added. Xelil said that the YPG had stood up to radical Islamic forces and liberated 23 towns and villages from their clutches. Here is an edited transcript of his interview:

Rudaw: What is the latest on your war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusrah?

Redur Xelil: We started operation “Tribute to the Martyrs of Revolution” and the second phase of this operation ended the night of November 8. We liberated 23 towns and villages from armed radical groups north of Til Temir-Serekaniye (Ras al-Ayn). Some of the important bases of the armed radical groups were completely captured by our forces. Important centers such as Mishrafa, Til Khalaf, Asfar Najjar and Banajir have been completely liberated and are now under YPG control.

Rudaw: Can you tell us why you started this operation and mobilized such large forces?

Redur Xelil: First, I would like to say that these locations are part of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and are Kurdish. This was the most important reason why the YPG started this operation. In addition, Kurdish cities and towns have been under attack from radical armed groups for about three months. We tried to solve the issues with these armed groups peacefully and through dialogue, but their response was attacks. We finally felt it was necessary to stop these attacks. For this purpose, the YPG drew a military plan and acted upon it. Without a doubt, there were some very heavy clashes during this operation. In the end, these armed groups could not stand against YPG’s military force. Some of them managed to escape, but the rest were killed by our forces.

Rudaw: Last month your forces seized Tel Kocer from jihadist groups, but there is strong Sunni support for those groups across the Iraq-Syria border. Is there the risk of losing control of the border town again?

Redur Xelil: Right now, the city of Tel Kocer is under our control and it is protected by the YPG. We are taking necessary military measures to repel any attack on the city. There is no doubt that we can defend the city under any condition. The presence of armed groups in that region is very weak now. That is why we don’t think they will attack again or can take Tel Kocer city from the YPG.

Rudaw: The international media talked about your fight with Islamic groups recently, especially after the capture of Tel Kocer. Why do you think this sudden interest?

Redur Xelil: The strength of al-Nusrah and similar al-Qaeda affiliated groups was exaggerated in the world media and everyone started believing it. This was an effective media campaign. But the YPG proved it all wrong. The YPG showed that no matter how strong these groups are, no matter what heavy weaponry they possess, they will be defeated. The YPG fights on its own land and people’s support is the strongest weapon any force can have. Many people did not believe Kurds would be successful against these highly experienced and powerful groups. However, the YPG showed that we could stand against them because there is no legitimacy for their presence in these regions. Their presence was for looting and oppression; it was not in the interest of the peoples living in these areas.

Rudaw: Some media outlets reported that other ethnic and religious minorities in Rojava celebrated your arrival and are supporting you. Are these reports true?

Redur Xelil: No doubt, they are true. People living in these areas were feeling helpless because of the atrocities these groups were committing. These gangs brought along a culture that is in serious conflict with the culture of these regions. Their system was based on torture, intimidation, and looting. People of these regions have been living in peace and harmony and that is why they were extremely disturbed by the arrival of these armed gangs and their attempts to install a savage culture. This reality is the reason why people were happy when the YPG liberated those areas. Many individuals from these non-Kurdish peoples living in these areas joined the YPG and fought against these armed groups.

Rudaw: Some still say that the YPG is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). What do you say about this?

Redur Xelil: Those who do this propaganda try to show the YPG weak and unworthy. According to them, the YPG acts within a narrow political framework. The YPG, without a doubt, has from the very beginning served the interest of every group in the region and protected them. The YPG is not the army of a political party. We are the defense force of the Kurdish people. Everyone can easily find a place in the YPG regardless of their party affiliation or views. The first and the only legitimate force defending Rojava Kurdistan is the YPG.

Rudaw: CNN has broadcast a report showing how easily jihadist militants cross from Turkey into Syria. What do you think about this? Do you think Turkey’s support for jihadist groups continues?

Redur Xelil: We know the role of Turkey since the first day of events started in Syria. We spoke out many times, trying to reach out. We said Turkey helps radical Islamist groups. We said they are being assisted in crossing the border. We captured documents as well. Some of these extremists killed in battles had Turkish passports and Turkish Intelligence (MIT) ID cards. Our announcements were not taken seriously. CNN finally reporting on these groups and how they cross validates what we have been saying. We hope these facts will reach the people everywhere. We hope that Turkey’s negative role in the Syrian revolution will be clearly exposed and everyone will see these facts.

Rudaw: Speaking of Turkey, as you know Turkey is building a wall on the border with Rojava near Nusaybin where the mayor Ayse Gokkan went on hunger strike against it for over a week. What can you tell us about this wall?

Redur Xelil: We consider the action of Ms. Gokkan very honorable, and declare our full support for her. Turkey’s attempt at building a wall on the border towns where Kurds are the majority is not right. This is the 21st century and national borders are eroding and everyone is building relations based on democracy. Turkey building a wall has a negative meaning. I believe the Kurdish people will not allow such a wall to be erected between North Kurdistan (in Turkey) and Rojava Kurdistan. Because erecting this wall is wrong and is a product of chauvinist policies, this attempt will not be accepted.
 

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Some of these extremists killed in battles had Turkish passports and Turkish Intelligence (MIT) ID cards.
Yeah of course Turkey sends its Intelligence Agents to Syrian war. :rofl:
Since when do Intelliegence Agents fight in a war? :crazy:
What next, will Turkey also send a Death Star to Syria?
 
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Yeah of course Turkey sends its Intelligence Agents to Syrian war. :rofl:
Since when do Intelliegence Agents fight in a war? :crazy:
What next, will Turkey also send a Death Star to Syria?
You forgot to mention the Turkish agents also go there with their proper IDs, and passports in hand. Oh you poor Turks, when will yall learn. Kurds being the traitors once again.
 

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Yeah of course Turkey sends its Intelligence Agents to Syrian war. :rofl:
Since when do Intelliegence Agents fight in a war? :crazy:
What next, will Turkey also send a Death Star to Syria?
Where did you see him claiming MIT agents fought? All he says is that they found Turkish Ids and MIT IDs on some of the bodies. Which is not weird, since many of the Al Qaeda groups freely travel in and out of Turkey. So they need some form of ID. And MIT is certainly present in Syria. Just like any other intelligence staff of the region.

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