Syria’s Main Kurdish Militia Sends-Out Call for All Able-Bodied Men To Fight Jihadists

NGO: Syria’s main Kurdish militia calls to arms against jihadists

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Isa Huso, a prominent Syrian Kurdish politician, was assassinated early on Tuesday outside his home near the Turkish border. (Photo courtesy: Ozgur Gundem website)
AFP, Beirut

Syria’s main Kurdish militia on Tuesday issued a call to arms to all Kurds to fight jihadists after the assassination of a Kurdish leader, a watchdog said.

“The Committees for the Protection of the Kurdish People (YPG) called on all those fit to carry weapons to join their ranks, to protect areas under their control from attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) fighters, Al-Nusra Front and other battalions,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Kurdish call comes hours after Isa Huso, a member of the Supreme Kurdish Council diplomacy committee, was assassinated as he left his house in the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli, a pro-Kurdish news agency said.

The Supreme Kurdish Council is a platform bringing together Kurdish groups in Syria.

The call to arms comes weeks into fighting between Kurds and jihadists in several areas of northern Syria.