Syria kurds urged to fight militants

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Syria’s main Kurdish committee has called for fight against foreign-backed militants following the killing of an eminent Kurdish politician in a car bomb attack in the Arab country.

“We call on the Kurdish people… to step forward… Anyone fit to bear arms should join the ranks of the Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) and to face the assaults of these armed groups,” said a recently released YPG statement.

According to a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the politician identified as Isa Huso was assassinated outside his house in the Syrian town of Al-Qamishli on Tuesday.

The statement also slammed the foreign-sponsored opposition groups in the country, the so-called Syrian National Coalition and the terrorist Free Syrian Army (FSA), saying “Despite our repeated calls …..to date, these parties have failed to take a clear position,” the YPG statement said.

This comes while Kurdish fighters, who are opposed to foreign interference in Syria, have been battling foreign-backed militants in the north in recent months.

On July 21, Kurdish militants took control of a key checkpoint controlled by al-Qaeda-linked militants and seized light weapons, ammunition, a vehicle mounted with a heavy machine gun, and a mortar launcher.

On July 17, Kurdish fighters also took control of the town of Ras al-Ain in the border province of Hasakah.

Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011.

A very large number of the militants operating inside Syria are reportedly foreign nationals.

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others displaced in the violence.

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