Kurdish guerrilla leader: ‘we will save Kobani’

Peace and Freedom


Patrick Cockburn ventures deep into the Kandil mountains for a rare audience with the Kurdish guerrilla leader – and hears his defiant message to the Islamists…

Cemil Bayik, leader of the PKK umbrella group, in Iraq in 1991
By Patrick Cockburn
The Independent

Kobani cannot now be captured by the fighters of Isis but a million people in another Kurdish enclave in Syria are facing a mounting threat of being massacred or forced to flee by advancing jihadis, according to the Kurdish guerrilla leader overseeing the defence of Syrian Kurds.

In an exclusive interview with The Independent in his headquarters in the Kandil mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan, Cemil Bayik, the top field commander of the PKK, the Kurdish guerrilla organisation in Turkey, and also of its Syrian affiliate, says: “Kobani will not fall. We are advancing on the eastern and southern fronts.”

He said that the Syrian Kurdish…

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