Kurds fighting with Islamists in Syria- report

Kurds from outside Syria were joining "jihadi" groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jamestown Analyst claims

Kurds fighting with Islamists in Syria- report

World Bulletin/News Desk

Kurds from outside Syria were joining armed Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army (FSA), Jamestown Analyst Wladimir van Wilgenburg claims.

According to the article published in pro-PKK website RUDAW, he says "Kurds were being persuaded at Arab-run mosques in the Netherlands to join the “jihad” in Syria, against President Bashar al-Assad’s regime." He continues as follow:

The PKK is clearly against Kurds going for "jihad" in Syria. It prefers Kurds to prize their Kurdish identity above their Islamic one. Still, there are Kurds in Europe and Kurdistan who believe they are Muslims before being Kurds. 

"Groups such as Jahbat al-Nusra, Ghuraba al-Sham and Al-Qaida all have Kurdish members" Wilgenburg says.

According to the article, "there were several debates at Dutch mosques and by Islamic groups in the Netherlands over whether jhad was legal."

Recently, the Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani told the Financial Times newspaper that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is worried about Jahbat al-Nusra.

The PKK and KDP prefer Kurds to fight in the name of Kurdish nationalism and not Islam.

Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2013, 11:51
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