Syrian Kurdish politician: Air strikes against Daesh not working

GMT 09:01 2014 Tuesday ,07 October

Arab Today, arab today Syrian Kurdish politician: Air strikes against Daesh not working

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The air strikes in northern Syria have failed to interrupt the advance of Daesh fighters closing in on a key city on the Turkish border, said leader of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim.
"Air strikes alone are really not enough to defeat Daesh in Kobani,” said Muslim.
In an interview with As-Safir newspaper,He added that Kurdish fighters were trying to defend the important strategic redoubt from the advancing militants.
He a pointed out that Kurdish fighters were besieging the city on three sides, and fighter jets cannot hit each and every Daesh fighter on the ground.
He said Daesh had adapted its tactics to military strikes from the air.
"What we really need is ground support. We need heavy weapons and ammunition in order to fend them off and defeat them," he said.
Muslim expressed his doubts about the international “enemy’s” sources of power. He explained that the Daesh weapons are partially derived from the Free Syrian Army (FSA) brigades that joined the group, and partially from the recent fall of the military airport of Tabaqa.
Yet he insisted that the powerful weapons came via a “suspicious” way. First, those weapons obtained by Daesh from the FSA warehouses near the Turkish border crossings were “given to [the group], and were not the result of the attacks, as was said.” Second, the heavier weapons came from Mosul.
He stressed that there is no logic that can explain “how six brigades of the Iraqi army left all of their weapons to Daesh and made no effort to defend themselves.”


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