US Congratulates Kurdish Warriors

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There is talk the Kurds descend from the Hittites that had a bond with King David who fell in love with Bathsheba. Meher Baba descends from the people’s that formed the religion of the Kurds. So called Hippies had a cosmic bond with Baba who was a Paris from who the Magi come. The Kurds have won a battle over evil that beheaded Americans. The US should help the Kurds have a homeland.

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BOSTON, United States – The United States pledged to continue military and humanitarian assistance to the Kurdish city of Kobane in Syria, after Kurdish forces defeated the Islamic State (known as ISIS or ISIL) following a four-month siege.

“We congratulate its (Kobane’s) brave defenders,” US State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said in a briefing to reporters, referring to the Kurdish forces that have been fighting there.

“We’ll continue to support them as we look to the coming weeks ahead.  This is an important step in the first phase of a long-term campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, because of the strategic value ISIL places on Kobani,” she said.  “As there are humanitarian needs, whether it’s in Kobane and other places, I expect that we will contribute — continue to be major contributors,” she added.

Washington assisted Kurdish Peshmerga forces from the Kurdistan Region and the People’s Protection Units (YPG) in Syria with weapons and ammunitions. It also has continued an air campaign that helped the Kurds eject ISIS out of the town after four months of fighting.

The renewed US commitment came as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan slammed the bombardment of the town by the international coalition and criticized Kurds for celebrating their victory over ISIS.

“Now, they (Kurds) are dancing. What happened? ISIS was ousted from there. Okay. But who will repair the places that were bombarded? Who will repair those demolished places? No one thinks of the future. Will the 200,000 who left be able to return?” Erdogan was quoted as saying by the Today’s Zaman daily.

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He also repeated his earlier complaints about the West ignoring the Syrian city of Aleppo.

“When it is about Kobane, the whole world stands up and cooperates. Those who fled Kobane came to us — 200,000 people. We tell them about Aleppo, nobody listens; 1.2 million people live there. There is economy, history and culture (there). Why aren’t you interested?” he asked rhetorically.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon said the airstrikes had been effective against ISIS in Kobane, stressing that a “reliable partner” on the ground is key to defeating ISIS.

“I don’t think there was a single tipping point. I think the airstrikes helped a lot. It helped when we had — and we talked about this — had a reliable partner on the ground in there who could help us fine tune those strikes. That was certainly an important moment, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. “What Kobane shows is that you do have to have reliable partners on the ground,” he added.

Kirby predicted that the airstrikes against ISIS would continue: “We will continue to strike these guys when and where they present themselves.”

Millions of Kurds across the Middle East have been celebrating the liberation of Koabne by dancing and singing in major Kurdish cities and towns.

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victory of the Kurds at Kobani—assisted by hundreds of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition—has been hailed in Western capitals as evidence of the limits of jihadist military power and a way to hamper any expansion.

For Syria’s Kurds, Kobani has emerged as a beacon of Kurdish strength and is now referred to by many as the Kurds’ Stalingrad. The Syrian Kurdish PYD political party, an offshoot of a group listed as a terror organization by the U.S. and Turkey, has developed ties with Washington, spotting airstrikes for American fighter jets and gaining a seat in the coalition’s joint operations center.

Kobani’s proximity to the Turkish border allowed images of the fighting to be broadcast across the world. The sight of largely secular Kurdish recruits and all-female brigades taking the fight to Islamic State helped solidify the Kurds’ position as a Washington ally in the ground campaign to defeat the insurgents.

“The siege of Kobani has become a rallying cry for the Kurdish movement and resulted in more fervent calls for pan-Kurdish unity,” said Aaron Stein, associate fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, a London-based think tank. “But the lasting impact may be political: Now the PYD is being hailed by high U.S. officials and calling in airstrikes directly to U.S. personnel…something unfathomable before Kobani,” he said.

Beyond the spoils of war, Kurdish fighters and returning refugees are contemplating how they will rebuild this ravaged outpost, which is still largely surrounded by insurgent groups.

Many who have returned have been shocked by what they have found: destroyed homes with evidence of the jihadists who slept there during the battle. “The body of a jihadist was lying on my doorstep, shot dead….He must have been the last one trying to escape,” said Mohammed Bozan Ali, a 35-year-old from Kobani who returned to the refugee camp in Turkey after concluding it was impossible to bring his family home.

“It’s hard to talk about any reconstruction at this stage. It will take a long time before people can safely move in, and we need help from the international community,” said Idres Nassan, a senior Kobani official, who is still operating from an office in Turkey.

On Wednesday, Kurdish militia fighters were trawling through the town in a bid to clear the remaining bodies of dead Islamic State fighters and defuse unexploded bombs buried in the rubble. “They had bombs even inside teapots,” said one resident.

Another refugee said he had found medical pills and dozens of copies of the Quran in an apartment on the city outskirts that appeared to have been used as a base.

For now, tens of thousands of Kurdish refugees are waiting on the Turkish side of the border, where officials have just completed construction of the country’s largest refugee camp, with a capacity of 35,000. Some Kobani residents say they will return if they are allowed to do so by Kurdish officials, even if their homes are just a crushed pile of concrete.

“As soon as we get the sign, we will just go back and erect a tent near our house. We can’t stay in somebody else’s land much longer,” said Semse Muhammed, a 60-year-old who has lived in a tent in the Turkish border town of Suruç for five months.

“This battle has meant so much to us that we Kurds started naming our babies Peshmerga, Obama and Rojava,” she said, referring to the name Kurds use for the Kurdish self-governing enclaves in Syria.

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