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 Kurdish city of Dêrik in Syrian Kurdistan liberated from Assad regime

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Kurdish city of Dêrik in Syrian Kurdistan liberated from Assad regime  22.7.2012  
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Syrian Kurds Disappointed by Jalal Talabani's Letter of Condolence to Assad

July 22, 2012

QAMISHLI, Syrian Kurdistan,— The fourth Kurdish city in Syrian Kurdistan (Northeast Syria) taken by Kurds in the last three days, ANF news agency reported.

Kurdish people in West Kurdistan seized power in the city of Dêrik in northeast Syria, 10 kilometers from the Turkish border.

People in the Kurdish region took the control of all government institutions in the city as of Saturday morning.

Dêrik has been the third city taken by Kurds in the last three days. People’s Defense Unions (YPG) took the Kurdish city of Kobanê on 19 July and the city of Afrin on the 20th.

Kurds have taken control of several Kurdish cities among them Kobanê, Amude and Efrin.

Qamishli (Qamişlo), the largest Kurdish city in Syria is still under control of Syrian forces. Hawlati said that since early Friday evening war has broken out in the mainly Kurdish city of Qamişlo.

Kurdish leaders say it is the matter of hours before Qamishli city is liberated from the Syrian security forces.

Kurdish People’s Defense Unions (YPG) said that the Kurdish citizens and the YPG units assaulted the government agencies in Afrin and Cidêris of Aleppo province and controlled them.

Meanwhile the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) warned about any Turkey or the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan- al-Muslimin) Party rebels’ intervention in Kurdish cities in Syrian Kurdistan region (western Kurdistan) and said it would confront any possible intervening actions.

“Syria Free Army and Muslim Brotherhood rebels attempted to infiltrate into the Kurdish city of Kobanê but our forces stopped them from entering the city,” Chatir Press website quoted PYD representative Hussein Kocher, as Saying.

Member of the political bureau of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party PYD Mahmoud Mohammed said the Syrian Kurdish National Council and the western people will form a committee on Sunday to run the Kurdish Region in the country for a post-liberation Syria.

Kurdish residents expressed a clear disappointment at Iraqi President Jalal Talabani’s condolences he had sent to Syrian President Bashar Assad on the death of his brother-in-law Asef Shawkat in a bomb attack on July 18. Rudaw website reported. Talabani, a Kurd, is secretary general of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan [PUK]—Kurdistan Region’s second largest party—and Iraq’s president since 2005.

One poster by Kurdish protesters read on Saturday: “We promise you Talabani, that soon you will send condolences to Bashar Assad’s death.”

“We promise you Talabani that we will soon free Syria,” read another banner.

In an official letter sent from the Iraqi president’s office and published on PUK’s Arabic website on July 18, Talabani said he was “deeply sad” about Shawkat’s death and that he would share the sadness and loss faced by Assad’s family.

“I ask God to allow him [Asef Shawkat] to rest in peace in heaven and may God bring peace and security to Syria,” read Talabani’s letter.

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