Following the fall of the city of Mosul to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), the defence forces of West Kurdistan, the YPG, has issued a statement saying it is ready to defend South Kurdistan against these gangs.
Today, gangs affiliated to ISIS gained control of the city of Mosul after launching fresh attacks on Saturday. This follows ISIS taking over the city of Fallujah and parts of Ramadi in Anbar province in January.
The YPG General Command issued a statement today saying: "As a result of savage, terrorist bomb attacks carried out by ISIS gangs in Khanaqin, Jalawla and Tuz Khurmatu on PUK buildings, dozens of Southern Kurdistan citizens have been martyred and many others wounded in recent days. The massacres carried out in the city of Mosul and the forced displacement of people are also an assault on the entire Kurdish people. These attacks are targeting all the gains of the Kurds."
The YPG pointed out that ISIS gangs have been carrying out attacks on the Kurdish people with the support of dark forces for over a year, adding: "As the YPG we have been resisting against these extremist groups for over 18 months now. We have stressed on many occasions that the aim of these ISIS gangs is to wipe out the Kurdish people. We have gained valuable experience in our resistance against these gangs and our fighters have fought heroically."
'We will fight side by side with the peshmerga'
The YPG said it is ready to defend South Kurdistan against ISIS, adding: "YPG forces share the pain of the people of South Kurdistan and offer their condolences to the families of those who died and a speedy recovery to the injured. We declare here that we will fight side by side with the people of South Kurdistan and the peshmerga forces against these gangs. We announce we are ready to support the South and are prepared to send our military experts to assist."
The YPG statement concluded by issuing an appeal to all the people of Kurdistan to consolidate their unity and resist together without a tendency on party interests.