Vice-President of the Syrian Coalition Abdul Hakim Bashar said that the Syrian people have been subjected to a fierce aggression by the Assad regime, ISIS and the PYD.
“The Assad regime has facilitated the rise of ISIS with which it has wide economic relations,” Bashar said. He added that ISIS’s heinous terrorist acts are aimed at tarnishing the image of tolerant Islam and the Syrian revolution in front of world public opinion. They are also aimed at giving the impression that the conflict in Syria is exclusively between ISIS and the Assad regime, he added.
Bashar went on to say that the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) militias were formed under the supervision of Iran to serve the Assad regime by preventing Syrian Kurds from taking part in the Syrian revolution alongside other components of the Syrian people. For this purpose, the PYD militia has practiced all forms of repression against the Kurdish population, such as arrests, kidnappings, and assassinations, Bashar added.
Bashar pointed out that the PYD militias have been fighting on Assad’s behalf in many areas across Syria. He noted that the PYD’s actions are aimed at creating a conflict between Arabs and Kurds by taking the fight to Arab areas in Syria, such as the battle for Minnagh airbase in northern rural Aleppo and the ongoing battle for the town of Manbij. Bashar said that the Arab population of Manbij has been subjected to siege, repression, persecution, forced displacement and murder by the PYD and its affiliated militias.
“It is true that members of the PYD are all Kurds, but the group is controlled by Iran. The group has a Kurdish body but with an Iranian head. Iran manipulates the PYD to serve its own goals. The PYD militias have been fully used to serve the interests of the Assad regime,” Bashar stressed.
Bashar stressed that confronting this triple aggression requires that all the Syrian people including Arabs, Kurds, Turkmen, Assyrians and other groups close ranks and stay alerted to the plots against the Syrian revolution. (Source: Syrian Coalition)