BEIRUT, LEBANON (8:45 A.M.) – Thousands of people attended a military parade for the Kurdish-led People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Thursday as they celebrated the victory over a so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) in the Al-Hasakah Governorate city of Qamishli.
The YPG military personnel were seen marching with their flags and driving army vehicles with a musical band also performing at this large event.
Below is a short video from the YPG’s military parade in the Al-Hasakah Governorate city of Qamishli on Thursday, March 28th:
The YPG controls a huge part of northeast Syria that borders both Iraq and Turkey, with the latter labeling the Kurdish-led group as a “terrorist entity” with ties to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).
This large parade comes just days after the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced the “total elimination of the so-called caliphate and 100 percent territorial defeat of ISIS” in Syria.
The Islamic State’s downfall initially began on March 2015, when the YPG defeated the Islamic State forces at the key border-city of Kobane (var. ‘Ayn Al-‘Arab).
ISIS had previously besieged the YPG at Kobane in late 2014; however, the latter was able to not halt the terrorist group’s advance, but also, retake almost all of their territory in northeast Syria.