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Kurds have earned the right to be respected: YPG commander

By Rudaw 12/1/2019
A fighter from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) participates in a demonstration in Qamishli on December 28, 2018 against threats from Turkey to carry out a fresh offensive following the US decision to withdraw their troops. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
A fighter from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) participates in a demonstration in Qamishli on December 28, 2018 against threats from Turkey to carry out a fresh offensive following the US decision to withdraw their troops. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – A Kurdish military commander who fought ISIS alongside the coalition says the United States is ignoring the value of comradeship as they leave Syria early, exposing the People’s Protection Units (YPG) to a Turkish assault. 

The YPG have been fighting terror groups since 2012, forming alliances with Arab, Syriac, and other neighbours, and building a society that could offer safe haven to persecuted groups including Christians and Yezidis, wrote senior YPG commander Polat Can in a column for The Defense Post on Friday. 

They have lost 8,000 of their fighters in that conflict, he said. 

To abandon your allies who are still fighting the war is not “ethical nor logical,” he said, adding that the coalition has a duty to not turn their back on their fellow soldiers. 

Similarly, he argued, the international community has a duty to the Kurds and the people of northern Syria who fought terror to make the world a safer place.

Kurds, who were persecuted for decades under the Baathist regime of Bashar al-Assad and his father before him, have earned the right to be treated with respect, he said. 

“Today, after all the suffering and tragedies of our people and the other peoples in the region, after we fought a brutal war for seven years, and after losing thousands of martyrs, wounded and displaced, we have earned the right to our freedom, and to be respected by international organizations, great countries and world powers,” wrote Can.

“It is the responsibility of the world to repay the Kurdish people and the rest of the peoples of the region.”

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UK | 12/1/2019
the whole world is conscious of the sacrifices made by the KUrds to protect the world from ISIS , even the terrorist state of Turkey is aware of this .....we are all with you ...
Honoring the Kurdish nation | 12/1/2019
Polat is right, the Kurds must be honored and their sacrifices on the battlefield be recognized. The Kurdish nation deserves to be respected and its rights protected. The Kurds have been used and abused by the coalition and then pushed by the USA to die under the treacherous Turkish assault poised to kill every Kurd and destroy everything Kurdish. Those who deny the Kurds their freedom don't deserve to have their own freedom.
Hama | 12/1/2019
This is pathetic. The worlds responsibility to "repay the Kurdish people"? What planet do they live on? Begging for help from populists and communists that they know don't care? PKK should not beg for help when this is a problem they created and still COULD solve on their own, if only they'd be willing to compromise their delusional socialist ideology and chose Kurds first for once. They created this problem through 8 years of disastrous policies: Increasing hostilities against only neighbor Turkey as a landlocked region at a time when they're trying to gain independence from Syria, INSISTING on hanging useless pictures of Ocalan everywhere and other PKK symbols, refusing to share power with other Kurdish parties, not helping and even attacking Syrian opposition when they should've fought alongside to defeat Assad when he was weak. And even now YPG, PYD, abc or KKK or whatever they call themselves, still have a chance if only they'd be willing to drop their totalitarian socialist ideology. But this is wishful thinking. PKK have a long history of choosing ideology over people and country.
Tzzzzz | 12/1/2019
Of course kurds have the right to be free but don't forget you are begging to those who destroyed kurdistan in the first 100 years ago it was england and france who devided us they will never help us for our own good they are there to make shure that we never rise
Outsider | 13/1/2019
I understand Mr Polat Can (BTW his name indicates that he is a Turkish Kurd, hence he was/is part of PKK)... but what about the 100,000s (including large numbers of Kurds) who were displaced by the YPG... The YPG did not fight to protect the West... It fought for survival... YPG = PKK...
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