YPG Spokesman Xelil: We Are the Defense Force of the Kurdish People

Azaz and Jarablus (part of Turkey’s desired ‘safe zone’) considered by YPG as part of Rojava.

Personal Website of Mutlu Civiroglu

Redur Xelil, spokesperson of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), denied that the group is the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and is in fact fighting for all of the Kurds in Syria.

“We are the defense force of the Kurdish people,” he told Rudaw in an interview.”Everyone can easily find a place in the YPG regardless of their party affiliation or views,” he added.

Xelil said that the YPG had stood up to radical Islamic forces and liberated 23 towns and villages from their clutches.

Rudaw: What is the latest on your war with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and Jabhat al-Nusrah?

Redur Xelil: We started operation “Tribute to the Martyrs of Revolution” and the second phase of this operation ended the night of November 8. We liberated 23 towns and villages from armed radical groups north of Til Temir-Serekaniye (Ras al-Ayn)…

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