Syrian Qamishli city liberation from
Assad's security forces is a matter of hours:
QAMISHLI, Syrian Kurdistan,— Kurdish
leaders say it is the matter of hours before
Qamishli city is liberated from the Syrian security
Qamishli (Qamişlo) is the biggest Kurdish city
in Syria and the political capital of western
Xemgin Derki, member of the Central Committee of the
Wifaq (Accord) Party says: “Kurdish political
parties were in talks with representatives of the
regime asking them to leave peacefully, and Syrian
regime’s officials have asked for guarantees and
they will empty the area. This was the condition and
the only outcome of the talks, but so far no
response has been given to them from the Kurdish
According to Derki, a Kurdish military force trained
in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in the past several
months, is at Syria’s borders and read to march in
if forces loyal to the regime refuse to withdraw
from Qamishli peacefully.
“We will hear very good news about Qamishli by the
end of this evening.” Derki said.
On Friday night scores of people took to the streets
of Qamishli praising the peshmarga forces of the
Kurdistan Regional Government [KRG]. Meanwhile, it
was reported that around 2000 guerrilla fighters
from the Kurdistan Workers Party [PKK] are deployed
to the Kurdish areas of Syria.
Negotiations with head of Derki city council
Government institutions and public service offices
in Derki city have all surrendered to the Kurds.
Political analysts and observers say, considering
the current situation in the Kurdish areas of Derki
and Qamishli, they could get liberated from the
Syrian Ba’athist regime by the end of this evening.
According to information obtained by Rudaw from
Derki, head of the city council had met with
representative of the local Kurdish groups saying,
“If you can guarantee my life, we will empty the
government departments and public places and will
leave the area.”
However, Xemgin Derki, member of the Central
Committee of the Wifaq [Accord] Party, told Rudaw
that the Kurdish political parties had not yet
officially met with the head of Derki’s city
council, “but some of the area’s elderly may have
been sent to give them a one-day deadline to pack up
take their families and leave the area.”
At the heart of the Remelan oilfields, Derki is home
to Syria’s biggest petroleum industry.
According to unofficial sources, the Syrian
government does not want to lose this oil-rich
region, therefore, the government and the Kurds may
reach an agreement later on to peacefully seize
control of the region.
So far, the Kurdish regions and towns of Efrin,
Kobane, Amude, Derbasia and Sari Kani have all been
liberated and currently run by Kurdish groups.
In the meantime, head of Democratic Union Party [PYD]
Salih Muslim told Rudaw that liberating Qamishli
could be a serious challenge for the Kurdish forces.
“Qamishli has a unique position,” he said. “It is
very difficult to completely clear it [of security
forces] straight away. Nonetheless, we have our
forces there too. The People's Defence Forces are
everywhere in Western Kurdistan to defend itself if
the regime forces attack or bring reinforcements to
the Kurdish areas.”
PYD, the dominant Kurdish force in northeast Syria
was until recently against any interference in
Syrian affairs and its leaders accused Syrian
opposition groups of working for Turkey’s interests
But leaders of the Kurdish National Council [KNC]
and PYD officials met in Erbil, capital of the
Kurdistan Region of Iraq last month, and signed an
agreement whereby they would run liberated Kurdish
cities in Syria through a joint committee.
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