Kurds Say They Are Close to Cutting Off ISIS Foreign Fighters’ Entry Route
The Kurds are honing in on a Turkey-Syria border crossing near the Syrian town of Jarabulus, where Kurdish officials say they “have plans to liberate” its residents in coordination with United States air support.
Idris Nassan, the vice-minister for foreign affairs in the Kurdish government in Kobani, told The Independent that “Jarabulus is the last [ISIS] border crossing with Turkey.” The Kurdish YPG (People’s Protection Units) have continued to push back ISIS from the crossing areas, Nassan pointed out.
The coming assault on ISIS will “be in coordination with the US because we are part of the international coalition. They fight in coordination with us,” he added. The Independent notes that this may create a geopolitical dilemma, as the U.S. is dealing with an allied Turkey that does not want the YPG to continue its advance. On Wednesday, Turkish Fighter Jets attacked an “education and logistics” hub used by the leftist Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).
On Tuesday, the Kurds claimed that they have more than 25,000 active soldiers ready to continue the fight against ISIS on the ground, The Washington Post reported. One official even suggested that the Kurds would be willing to fight ISIS in Raqqa, its de facto capital in Syria.
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