In a statement on World Kobanê Day the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) recalled how the the city of Kobani (Kobanê) has been transformed into a ‘heroic and humanitarian legacy’ since its fight against and liberation from the siege of the Islamic State (ISIS).
The AANES highlighted the significant role played by the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and the People’s Protection Units (YPG), part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, the security forces of the autonomous region, in breaking the backbone of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Kobani in 2015.
The Administration acknowledged the international support that Kobani received during its time of crisis, particularly on the first World Kobanê Day, which was declared on 1 November 2014 to raise global solidarity when the city was still besieged by ISIS. This global outpouring of support is seen as a key moment in the history of the Middle East.
The declaration underlined the importance of people supporting each other in their quest for dignity and freedom, making Kobani’s resistance a symbol for all those who yearn for democracy and freedom.
However, while celebrating the victory over ISIS, the AANES also expressed concern about the ongoing attacks and threats in the Kurdish-led regions of Syria, including Kobani itself. It accused Turkey of jeopardising the gains and victories achieved over extremism.
In a call to action, the Administration urged the international community to continue to support the people of North and East Syria in their ongoing fight against ISIS. They emphasised the need to stand strong in the face of Turkish aggression and to expose Turkey’s alleged support for extremist groups in the region.
The statement concluded with a firm commitment to preserve the legacy of Kobani’s resistance and the determination to achieve the aspirations of the people of North and East Syria, which include preserving the unity of its components, liberating areas under the control of Turkish-backed Syrian factions, and combating fundamentalist groups.