The FSA commander of the Kurdish Liwa Ahfad Salahaddin Mahmud Khollo has talked to the analyst Ömer Özkizilcik about the background and relations of the group in Syria. The Kurdish group critizes the United States for support of the PKK-affiliated YPG/PYD in Syria, which is one of the reason, that the revolution might fail.
Dear Commander Mahmud „Abu Hamza“ Khollo please introduce yourself and your rebel group.
Liwa Ahfad Salahaddin consist of Syrian Kurds, who are loyal to the Iraqi Peshmerga. Our goals are to achieve equal rights and to make the Kurdish language official in the country. We keep good relations to the Turks. They are the ones, who are supporting the Syrians the most in their revolutionary struggle. We are a Kurdish group with good relations to the Free Syrian Army (FSA). Our group is supposedly the only bigger Kurdish brigade in the Syrian revolution.
What is your relation to other Kurdish groups, fighting in Syria, like the PKK-offshot YPG/PYD?
We are against YPG/PYD. The reason is: We reject any group, that has ties to the Syrian regime, and the YPG/PYD are agents of Bashar al-Assad. I was personally imprisoned for a year and seven month by YPG/PYD. I saw his cruel tactics with my own eyes. I was imprisoned, because I am a Kurd, who supports the revolution. This prison propably belongs to the worst prisons in the world .
What is the Kurdish position on the Turkey-backed Syrian intervention?
The Kurds play a central role in the „Euphrates Shield“ operation. So we want to claim, that we are the only fully Kurdish brigade in the revolution. The „Euphrates Shield“ operation is till today successful. Liva Ahfa Salahaddin represents 57 kurdish villages between Jarablus and Azaz.
Do you get also support from the West as other Kurdish organizations do?
The US-led Anti-IS-Coalition is actually the reason for the failing revolution.
Especially the United States are responsible for this development, as it supports groups like the PKK-affiliated YPG/PYD. The YPG even forces its fellow Kurds to migrate, when they dont support them. The Pentagon used to support us, but it has stopped, because we raised the flag of Kurdistan and not the flag of PKK.
Our role model is the Iraqi Kurdish President Masood Barzani. He is a leader for us. We are affiliated to his Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). He is our strongest political and military ally.