More than 63 Iraqi Kurds joined al-Qaeda in Syria




ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan− Al-Qaeda affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) issued a statement last week, declaring the death of its fighter Ako Abdul Qadir, an Iraqi Kurd from the city of Helebja. 

Abdul Qadir was fighting in the ranks of ISIL in Syria for months, and was killed last week during clashes with Kurdish forces, northeast Syria.

The security forces of the Assayish in the city of Sulaimaniya in Iraqi Kurdistan issued a statement in Nov. 2013, confirming the participation of dozens of young Iraqi Kurds in the ranks of Islamist groups, fighting in the war-torn Syria. 

More than 63 young men left the Kurdistan Region −most of them are from Sulaimaniya city− and crossed the border into Syria to fight alongside Syria Jihadist groups, including al-Nusra Front and the ISIL, the Kurdistan Assayish revealed. 

According to the Assayish statement, those who joined the Islamists are most probably fighting against their Kurdish peers in Syria.   

“Some of them recently returned to the Kurdistan Region and were pardoned by the Kurdistan authorities, while others were held in custody as they were planning to rejoin al-Qaeda in Syria,” statement of the Kurdistan Assayish read.  

On Dec.22, 2013, the Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front adopted an explosion that targeted al-Kindi Hospital in Aleppo, north Syria. Al-Nusra declared that the operation was carried out by two of its members, who were originally Iraqi Kurds. 

Abu Turab al-Kurdistani and Abu Wahab al-Kurdistani carried out the suicide attack against al-Kindi hospital in Aleppo. 

Prominent Islamic figures in the Iraqi Kurdistan condemned the participation of Iraqi Kurds in the fight in Syria, considering al-Qaeda “an enemy to the real Jihad pointed out by Prophet Mohammed”. 

According to sources, at least 14 Iraqi Kurds were killed in the Syrian conflict after joining al-Qaeda affiliates. 


Reporting by: Silava Ahmad

Source: ARA News


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