Hundreds of Kurds in Syria Flee after Jihadist Rhreat


Some 600 Kurdish residents of villages in Syria's Raqa province have fled after an ultimatum from the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, an NGO said Thursday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 600 Kurds from the villages of Tal Akhdar, Tal Fandar and the town of Tal Abyad had abandoned their homes after warnings from ISIL.

The NGO said ISIL had also detained dozens of Kurds in the area, releasing them with a warning to leave their village in the northern province, where the jihadist group has a strong presence.

It said more than 500 had entered Turkey, with others fleeing to the nearby town of Ain al-Arab.

ISIL has fought bloody battles against Syria's Kurds, who have otherwise largely stayed out of the Syrian conflict, focusing on building autonomy in majority Kurdish areas.

It considers them infidels and has also sought to take control of oil resources in Kurdish areas.

The jihadists' stronghold is in Raqa's provincial capital of the same name, the only capital to fall from regime hands.

ISIL has been consolidating its hold in the province and its capital since earlier this year when it was forced to withdraw from other parts of rebel-held territory when moderate and Islamist opposition groups turned against it.

The group, which began in neighboring Iraq, is accused by the opposition of carrying out abuses against civilians and rival rebels and imposing its harsh interpretation of Islam by force.

Comments 3
Missing 20 March 2014, 21:07

Southern, you are a hypocrite. The rebels are fighting ISIL while the regime provided ISIL with artillery and air cover in its battles against the Free Syrian Army and other Islamic factions. When the rebels captured Azzaz from ISIL, the first thing the regime did was drop barrels full of explosive on the city. In the battles for Idlib, regime forces provided artillery cover for ISIL. The revolutionaries are fighting the forces of darkness in Syria represented by the criminal regime, ISIL and the apocalyptic Shia militias.

Missing 20 March 2014, 21:33

Those who gave me thumbs down and gave southern thumbs up, could you please elaborate as to why you agree with Southern nonsensical statement and disagree with mine? Or is it that you will support Assad and the Whilayat Al Faqeeh no matter what?

Default-user-icon sempre (Guest) 21 March 2014, 08:10

Fsa welcomed isis and isis were the reason for a lot of their successes, and gave men and commanders that won rebels battles. Now theyre mostly dead but isis keeps flowing into the country. Its their own dang fault isis came.