May 01, 2017

Kurds in Syria call for no-fly zone to prevent Turkish attacks

Featuring Nicholas Heras

Source: ARA News

Journalist Wladimir Van Wilgenburg

Syrian Kurds, Kurdish activists on the social media and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) have been calling for establishing a no fly zone since 26 April, under the hash tag #NoFlyZone4Rojava, after Turkish air strikes hit a YPG base near Derik last week killing over 20 YPG fighters.

“The first time for declaring ‘no-fly zone’ was in Northern Iraq in 1991. From that time the Kurdish people were safe. Now also here in Rojava, all people ask the world to create a no-fly zone in areas under SDF/YPG control,” Abdulselam Mohamed (40), a teacher at the Rojava university in Qamishli, told ARA News.

“This is because the Kurds are very strong on the ground and haven proven themselves in the fight against Daesh [ISIS],” he said. “For that reason, Daesh is being defeated, and this is not good for Turkey that is the father of terrorism in the Middle East.”

Read the full article at ARA News.


  • Nicholas Heras

    Former Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Nicholas A. Heras is a former Fellow at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), working in the Middle East Security Program. His work focused on the analysis of complex...