Syrian rebels demand better weapons to fight ISIL

Opposition commander says more sophisticated weapons needed to defeat ISIL in Syrian Kurdish town Kobani

Syrian rebels demand better weapons to fight ISIL

World Bulletin/News Desk

“We need more sophisticated weapons to win the Kobani battle,” says a military commander of Free Syrian Army on Thursday. 

Nizar al-Khateeb, Army Commander of ‘Dawn of Freedom Brigade’, a section of the opposition Free Syrian Army forces, said foreign supply weapons and ammunition came too late to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in the Syrian town just kilometers from the southern Turkish border.

The battle for control of the strategic Kurdish-populated town Kobani between Sunni extremists and armed Kurdish groups has been raging since mid-September when ISIL entered the town.

A group of 200 Free Syrian Army forces passed through Turkey to penetrate war-torn Kobani, to fight against ISIL.

Khateeb rejected the claims of captive British journalist John Cantlie, who appeared as an 'ISIL reporter' in a suspect video, in which he claims ISIL in fact controls the south and east Kobani.  

Khateeb said the FSA controls two-thirds of Kobani, and is gaining ground in the industrial zone to the east of the town.

“We are in coordination with the international coalition and are cooperating with all parties and forces in Kobani for the sake of Syrian people. 400 Free Syrian Army fighters are in Kobani fighting against ISIL,” he added.

Meanwhile, Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters started to enter Kobani on Thursday, according to Kurdish Regional Government Peshmerga Ministry spokesman Osman Risey. 

Khaleed said Peshmerga forces entering Kobani will not tip the balance in the near future. 

“We are working in different regions of Syria like Idlib, Hama and Aleppo, coordinating Kurdish forces from the start of Syrian revolution. We have been fighting against ISIL from the very beginning in Aleppo and the countryside,” he said.

The Free Syrian Army is the main opposition militia in Syria and has been battling President Bashar al-Assad’s regime for three and a half years in a brutal civil war.

Thousands of civilians from Kobani have fled into Turkey since mid-September as their homes came under attack from ISIL militants.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Ekim 2014, 17:40

Muhammed Öylek