Syrian opposition alliance attacks DAESH in Kobane

Syrian Democratic Forces, alliance of Syrian opposition and Kurdish YPG militia launch operation to attack DAESH in northern town of Kobane

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

SDF fighters walk carrying their weapons in thih file photo June 15, 2015

Updated Dec 25, 2015

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are attacking DAESH territories around the Tishreen Dam area on the east bank of the Euphrates River.

The attacks are accompanied by air strikes carried out on DAESH positions near the dam.

The Britain-based SOHR said that sources reported the death of two DAESH terrorists as the SDF advance and control some positions of the terrorist group in the area.

The SDF has announced the start of the operation to capture the southern countryside of Kobane town in a footage, which the SOHR received a copy of. The SDF called on all the Syrian rebel groups to join the alliance in the operation.

The Syrian Kurdish majority in the border town of Kobane has been a symbol of resistance against by DAESH terrorists. Last year DAESH fought an almost five-month long battle to capture Kobane and was eventually forced to retreat in January of this year by Syrian Kurdish YPG forces, which were backed by US-led air strikes and the anti-Assad Free Syrian Army. However, some villages south of Kobane are under DAESH control.

On October 11, it was announced the establishment of the Syrian Democratic Forces which comprised of the Jaysh al Thuwwar (“Army of Rebels”) -part of the US training programme– Al Sanadid, Al Jazeera brigades, Burkan al Firat and the Assyrian Military Forces alongside the Kurdish YPG militants.

YPG is the Syrian wing of PKK terrorists who are frequently staging terror attacks in Turkey, mainly in southeastern cities.

Late in October, the United States ramped up its support with pledge of nearly $100 million to support SDF to fight DAESH in northern Syria. The alliance had attacked DAESH in the northeastern province of Hasakah in November.

The SOHR reported the announcement of the SDF which said “we are announcing this day the continuation of our military operations within a plan of liberating the whole Syrian lands from the terrorist gangs.”

The announcement cited the names of factions which is participating in the operation including the al Thuwar Army, YPG militiants, the Women’s Protection Units, al Tahrir Brigade, Shams al Shamal Battalions, the Military Syriac Council, al Jazira Brigades and Forat Jarablos Battalions.

Furthermore, another 15 Syrian rebel factions in Idlib and Aleppo declared their readiness to join the fight against DAESH alongside the SDF as it was announced through a footage which the SOHR received a copy of.

“Jaysh al Thuwar, the Division 30, of Shohadaa Rif Idlib Brigade, Ayn Jalout Brigade, the Infantry Brigade 99, al Hamzah Birgade, al Qa’qa’ Brigade, the Special Forces Brigade 455, al Salajeqa Brigade, the Regiment 102, Ahrar al Sham, the Tribe Forces in Aleppo and it countryside, Jabhat al Akrad, YPG, YPJ, which are exist in Aleppo and Idlib”

War in Syria

Russia and Iran have been backing the Syrian regime since the beginning of the five-year war in Syria which claimed the lives of more than 250,000 Syrians. Meanwhile, half of the country’s population has been displaced internally or in the neighbouring countries of Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq and in Europe.

US President Barack Obama criticised Russia’s recent military intervention in the war in Syria, saying it is a sign of Moscow’s weakness, all while brushing off criticism that Washington had been caught off guard by the recent offensive.

The UN estimates the death toll in Syria, since the war started, to be at least 250,000, while the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights states that the numbers have now reached 350,000.

An estimated total of 350,000 refugees have sought asylum in European Union countries since the war began in Syria in 2011. Thousands are still fleeing to EU countries which has caused a global refugee crisis, making it necessary for a solution to be found to the Syria crisis.

Thousands of those refugees who were travelling illegally had either drowned or died on the way to a better life. The refugee influx into European countries has been described by The UN High Commissioner for Refugees as the biggest “dilemma” of our generation.

TRTWorld and agencies