Political groups to run liberated Kurdish
cities in Syrian Kurdistan through joint committee
Kurdistan flag is raised at the top of governmental
buildings. The Kurdish people seized all government
institutions in the Kurdish city of Kobane in West
Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan) aka northern Syria.
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A new WELCOME sign in Kurdish at the gate of Amude
city in western Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan).
ERBIL,— Following the liberation of
several areas in Syrian Kurdistan (Western
Kurdistan) on Thursday, Kurdish opposition groups
formed a joint administration to run towns and
villages abandoned by the Syrian army.
Nuri Brimo, spokesperson for the Kurdistan
Democratic Party in Syria told Rudaw, “According to
the Erbil agreement both the Kurdish National
Council [KNC] and the council of western Kurdistan
are running Kobane city together, and have formed a
As the Free Syrian Army took its battle against the
regime of Bashar Assad into the capital Damascus on
Wednesday and killed several top officials,
including the defense minister in a bomb attack, the
Syrian army abandoned its posts in several Kurdish
areas north east of the country.
“At the moment only Kobane city has been
liberated and the regime has
withdrawn its security forces from here,” Brimo
said. “The Kobane story is important and it will the
beginning of the liberation of all of western
On the other hand, Ali Shamdin, an official from the
Kurdish Progress Party in Syria said that the
authority of the Assad regime has weakened in
“The Syrian regime has lost control of some areas of
Kurdistan and its authority is weakening,” Shamdin
said. “If the situation continues this way, all
Kurdish areas will be liberated from the Assad
On Thursday residents of Kobane city took over and
raised the Kurdish flag on top of government and
Baath party buildings amidst celebrations.
“Even before the liberation of Kobane we had decided
based on the Erbil agreement to only raise the
Kurdish flag officially,” Brimo said.
Kurdish political groups in Syria were until
recently divided in their approach to the Syrian
revolution. The Kurdish National Council brought
under its wings around ten groups,www.ekurd.net
but the Democratic Union Party [PYD] boycotted the
council until its leaders held talks with KNC
leaders in Erbil in the past few months. The groups
signed an agreement for the administration of
Kurdish areas in post-Assad Syria.
“I hope all Kurdish groups act according to the
Erbil agreement and if any party violates the
agreement, it will be held responsible,” Brimo said.
Members of the PYD—a close affiliate of the
Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK]—are the most
influential in the Kurdish areas of Syria and for
months they have run checkpoints banning the Free
Syrian Army from entering their territories.
On Thursday the PYD stopped soldiers Free Syrian
Army from reaching Kobane city as the news of the
“The Kurdish forces rejected a request by the FSA
and told them that they [Kurds] can control their
own areas,” Hussein Kochar, a PYD official told
But Brimo says to run the Kurdish areas all groups
have to work together.
“PKK alone cannot run western Kurdistan,” he said.
“There is no other way but unity and only that way
can we achieve our goals.”
Kobane city is part of the Halab [Aleppo] province
and located close to the Turkish border. A 2006
census showed the population of Kobane and its
surrounding villages as nearly 400,000 people.
Kobane is a fertile agricultural area.
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