Tuesday, 31 July 2012, 10:07 GMT
Thousands of Syrian Kurds seek refuge in Kurdistan Region
By The Kurdish Globe

Although Assad no longer has control over the majority of the Kurdish areas of Syria,

The high-profile bombing in Damascus that resulted in the assassination of four top security and intelligence officials of Bashar Assad's government shook Syrian forces and in the short period that followed, Kurdish forces succeeded in freeing four Kurdish cities with the assistance of the people.

Although Assad no longer has control over the majority of the Kurdish areas of Syria, the shortage of daily needs and the fear of the return of Assad's army, has been forcing hundreds of Syrian Kurds to flee their homes and seek refuge in the Kurdistan Region.

Head of the Region's refugees committee in the Duhok Province, Mohammed Abdulla, announced that up to now more than nine thousand Syrian Kurds have arrived in the Region.

For a considerable number of these refugees, Kurdistan feels like home and instead of counting the days to return to their homeland, they have spread across the Region's towns and cities looking for long term jobs and start a new life there.

Wansan, a mother of three children, is now a refugee in the Kurdistan Region and claims that she is here to stay.

"Even if the regime falls, I would not return to Syria," said Wansan. "There is no life there."

A number of Kurdish youths, who have fled to Kurdistan, used to be soldiers in the Syrian army and since they did not want to shoot their Kurdish brothers and sisters, they have chosen to leave the army and seek refuge in different parts of Kurdistan.

"If the Syrian officials ordered the soldiers to shoot and kill the people and demonstrators, the soldiers would have been left with no choice other than to do so," said Mohammed, a Syrian Kurdish refugee in Kurdistan who was a soldier in Assad's Army. "And I was not ready to do that. I will stay here till the end of Assad's reign and then I will go back home."

According to a report by Reuters, currently the Syrian soldiers asks the Kurdish youths in the country to join the army, but the Kurds neither see this army as their defenders nor the government as their own. This is mainly due to the repressive policies the regime deployed against the Kurds in the past.

The Reuters, report claims that the majorities of the Kurds do not accept this offer and reluctantly leave their country and seek refuge in the Kurdistan Region, where they see thousands of Syrian Kurds living with their Iraqi brothers.

The Kurdish political leadership monitors the development in Syria very closely and has asked the Kurdish political parties in Syria to set aside their differences and create a united front for the purpose of securing the rights of the Kurdish nation in a new Syria.

Recently a rumor was spread that a number of Peshmerga forces in the Kurdistan Region have been deployed in Syrian Kurdistan to protect the lives of the Kurds there, but the Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Deputy Minister of Peshmerga, Anwari Hajo Osman, refuted this rumor and told the Kurdish Globe that "no Peshmerga force has entered the soil of Western Kurdistan [Syrian Kurdistan]"

Osman also explained that the Eighth Brigade of Peshmarga has been settled on the borders with Western Kurdistan, and has been assigned to protect the Kurdistan Region's borders with Syria.