Autonomous Administration in northeast Syria marks victory against ISIS in Kobani and Hasakah
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Autonomous Administration of North and East (AANES) congratulated the people of northeast Syria on Wednesday for their victory against the ISIS attack on Hasakah and also commemorated the victory against that terror group in Kobani seven years ago
"Today we congratulate the two victories- that of Kobane and Hasaka's, marking a second major transformation that fell to the ground the ISIS intransigence in Kobane in 2015. The Hasaka resistance foiled a Turkish plot under the flock of ISIS," the AANES said in a statement, reported the ANHA news agency.
"We express our thanks to all the components in northeast Syria for their historical stance and at the same time we affirm the project of co-existence is the sole solution to preserve our identity and entity," the statement added.
On Wednesday, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced that it had recaptured al-Sina'a prison in Hasakah from ISIS militants, who attacked the facility last week, Jan. 20, in an attempt to free thousands of suspected ISIS detainees inside.
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Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) President Masoud Barzani also congratulated the people of northeast Syria on the seventh anniversary of the liberation of Kobani on Wednesday.
In September 2014, the extremist group launched a large-scale attack, besieging the northern Kurdish-majority border city.
The Kurdistan Region Parliament approved a plan to send Peshmerga forces to Kobani through Turkey to help the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) push back the militants.
About 150 Peshmerga fighters participated in repelling the ISIS attacks by providing military support to the YPG with heavy weaponry.
Kurdish forces backed by the US-led coalition liberated Kobani in late January 2015. Since then, the liberation anniversary has been celebrated every year by Kurds in the region.
Nadine Maenza, the Chair of the official US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), tweeted on this year’s anniversary that she stands “with my friends in NE #Syria as they celebrate victory over ISIS at the Hasakah prison. We commend you for your bravery and also mourn for all who were lost.”
On the 7th Anniversary of victory over #ISIS in #Kobani, I stand with my friends in NE #Syria as they celebrate victory over ISIS at the Hasakah prison. We commend you for your bravery and also mourn for all who were lost. #SDF #YAT #YPJ #YPG #HPC #Asayîş https://t.co/f5Lb8srD8m— Nadine Maenza (@nadinemaenza) January 26, 2022
On last year’s anniversary, Kurdistan Region Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said the liberation of Kobani "was a transcendent moment that brought together the Kurdish people against a common enemy."
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