Friday 17 April 2015

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2015 Jan 26ANF: YPG: Three villages and a hill liberated

YPG Press Center announced in a written statement that the Kobanê resistance against the occupation attempt of ISIS gangs continued on the 214th day.

Three villages and a hill have been liberated in an operation south of Kobanê.

YPG Press Center announced in a written statement that the Kobanê resistance against the occupation attempt of ISIS gangs continued on the 214th day.

The statement said that the villages of Bîrhemlî, Gewande and Dafiya and Martyr Haci hill have been cleansed of ISIS gangs and liberated as a result of an operation south of Kobanê last night. Read more

Thursday 16 April 2015

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2015 April 16ANF: Pain and happiness side by side in Kobanê

While the cleansing operations of the YPG/YPJ forces against the ISIS gangs continue in Kobanê canton, in the city itself life is returning to normal amongst the rubble.

The historic resistance of the YPG/YPJ forces in Kobanê broke the hold that ISIS had exerted over the peoples of the Middle East through fear. Now the system of democratic autonomy in Rojava is being discussed as a model for the Middle East.

Kurdish women, who played a leading role in the resistance, are now in the vanguard of efforts to remove the rubble and begin reconstruction.

On the one hand there are funerals for fighters killed in the struggle, while on the other people celebrate blows struck against ISIS by dancing around fires. After years of the Ba’ath dictatorship when Arabic was compulsory, the speaking of Arabic is now frowned upon.

Following the call for mobilisation made by Kurdish People’s Leader Abdullah Öcalan young people came to Kobanê to join the resistance from all four parts of Kurdistan. Hence, it is now possible to hear 4 different dialects of Kurdish being spoken, while Moslems, Yazidi and Alevis fight side by side in the ranks of the YPG/YPJ.

After hundreds of years of Arab domination Kurdish forces have now reached the river Euphrates and the control of the area is now in the hands of Kurdish women.

We are sharing the photographs of the clean-up in Kobanê, of children hiding under the coffin of their father and of people celebrating the defeat of ISIS gangs.

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Wednesday 15 April 2015

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2013 May 7 PYD-leader-Salih-Muslim-MohammedThe Democratic Union Party’s Response to UK Government Report 2015

In March 2015, the UK Government published a report in response to the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee (titled: UK Government Policy on the Kurdistan Region of Iraq). In this report, the Government outlined its policies towards Iraqi Kurdistan and Syrian Kurds. The report (paragraph 15) unfairly criticised our party, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), despite our latest discussion with UK Special Representative for Syria, Mr Gareth Bayley and the clarification we have already provided. Although we in the PYD welcome the UK Government’s engagement with Kurdish affairs, this paper seeks to clarify our stance regarding the issues raised by the report. The report’s text is in bold and the PYD’s response is in plain text.

1.      The UK has consistently made it clear that it will be very difficult to provide any support for the PYD while they maintain links to the Assad regime and refuse to co-operate fully with the moderate Syrian opposition.

We can assure the UK Government that we have neither direct nor indirect links to the Baathist regime in Syria. Since March 2004, the PYD has been fighting the Assad regime following the Qamishli uprising. More recently, the PYD, People’s Protection Units (YPG), and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) have clashed with Assad’s forces and their local clienteles in Aleppo city and Al Hasakah Province.

The PYD and other Kurdish forces have always sought full co-operation with moderate Syrian opposition groups. However, the so-called “moderate Syrian opposition” is exclusionary and has ignored the demands and rights of minorities including the Kurds. Nonetheless, the PYD and the YPG have worked with moderate factions of the Free Syrian Army (FSA), such as the Euphrates Volcano and Raqa’s Rebels, fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists in Kobani.

The PYD welcomes any efforts aimed at opening a more direct dialogue with moderate Syrian opposition groups.

2.      We are also concerned that the PYD maintains some links with the PKK, which is a proscribed organisation in the UK.

Once again, we assure the UK Government that the PYD is an independent Kurdish political party in Syria with its own local leadership. The PYD maintains strong and equal relationships with all Kurdish political parties in the region, including the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). We have repeatedly clarified to the UK Government that the PYD does not hold any organisational links with the PKK. The latest co-operation between the PYD and the KDP in Kobaniand Shengal has proved that the PYD can work with other Kurdish political parties.

3.      The PYD also needs to demonstrate a greater commitment to pluralism, human rights and respect for other political forces within Kurdish controlled areas.

The report ignores the fact that there is an established democratic, pluralistic and self-governing region in Syria’s Kurdistan (Rojava), which fairly represents all local communities, such as Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians and Armenians and has many socio-political achievements fully compatible with Western democratic systems. The report also ignores the role played by the YPG and YPJ in protecting ethnic and religious minorities, such as the Yazidis, Assyrians, and other Christian groups both in Iraq (Shengal, Mosul) and in Rojava. In addition, the report does not mention the heroic resistance of the YPG and the YPJ and their military co-operation with thePeshmerga and the US-led international coalition forces in fighting and ultimately defeating ISIL in Kobani.

4.      We do not support the PYD’s unilateral announcement in November 2013 of forming a temporary administration in the Kurdish areas of Syria. This move was not conducted in consultation with the wider Syrian population or the international community. It will be for all Syrians to decide the exact nature of the political settlement in Syria as part of a transition process, including whether an autonomous region will be created for the Kurds in Syria. “

We are concerned that this characterisation of Rojava initiative bears no relation to the actual situation on the ground. The self-administration was not declared unilaterally by the PYD, but by all diverse ethno-religious communities, including forty socio-political organisations in Rojava, as signatories of the “social contract.” Furthermore, Syria is currently a war zone with no clear possibility of any immediate resolution in sight. In such a dangerous context fraught with tremendous uncertainties, the Kurds cannot be expected to give upRojava in the expectation that some supposed future transition process will secure the democratic aspirations of the Kurdish people. Given these uncertainties, the PYD insists that the Kurds and all the diverse communities in the liberated cantons should be permitted to hold onto Rojava self-administration at least until guarantees of representation of their demands in a future transition agreement is a genuine possibility. In fact, we would propose the devolved democratic model that has been established in Rojava as a viable model of popular democracy that should be adopted in a future free and democratic Syria. 

Finally, we would be very grateful if Her Majesty’s Government would send an independent fact-finding and advisory mission to the three Kurdish cantons in Rojava to report on those matters.

Saleh Muslim

Co-chairman of the PYD

15/04/2015

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Tuesday 14 April 2015

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2015 April 3 YamoukANF: Rojava General Coordination condemns Diyadin attack

The General Coordination of Rojava Cantons has issued a statement condemning the attack of the Turkish army in Diyadin district of A?r? province in Bakurê (North) Kurdistan.

The General Coordination of the Executive Assemblies of Cizîr, Kobanê and Efrîn Cantons strongly condemned the Diyadin attack that claimed the lives of a guerrilla and a member of the HDP on 11 April.

The statement of the Coordination recalled that former co-chair of HDP Diyadin branch Cezmi Budak was killed and many others were wounded after the Turkish troops opened fire on defenseless civilians while they were planting saplings.

“We, the General Coordination of Rojava Cantons strongly condemn the attack of the Turkish regime on Kurdish civilians and politicians who held nothing other than saplings in their hands”, said the statement, commemorating Cezmi Budak as a martyr of democracy and freedom.

Vowing to remain loyal to Budak’s memory and to his struggle for democratic administration and free Kurdistan, the General Coordination of Rojava Cantons offered condolences to the Budak family and to the people of Kurdistan, also wishing a quick recovery to those wounded in the attack.

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Monday 13 April 2015

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2015 April 13ANF: Kobanê victory splits ISIS

Following the defeat suffered by the ISIS gangs in Kobanê, the organisation feared throughout the Middle East has now split into several parts.

The YPG/YPJ forces are continuing their ‘cleansing operations’ in Kobanê canton. Following the defeat of the ISIS gangs in the city even sources within ISIS admit that the organisation is disintegrating.

ISIS displaying their own dead as YPG fighters

It is reported that ISIS gangs deployed from the cities of Mosul and Rakka in Serrin, Girê Sipî (Tel Abyad) and on the Aleppo road are continuing to be hit by YPG/YPJ fighters. On the western front in Kobanê gangs have fled to the town of Jarablus and have destroyed the bridges over the Euphrates. To the east of Kobanê, YPG/YPJ fighters have taken control of hills overlooking the Girê Sipi plain, while ISIS has driven around the town dragging bodies of their own men, claiming they are YPG fighters. A local resident said of one dead man: “He is not from the YPG, he is my cousin. I recognise the tattoo.” Gang members are also said to be slipping away and taking refuge in Turkey.

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Sunday 12 April 2015

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2015 April 12ANF: YPG, backed by rebel battalions, takes control over the French cement plant of Lafarj and 3 new villages

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A statement regarding the second Moscow meeting

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pydIn order to follow up the first Moscow Meeting, representatives of the Self Rule Administration and the PYD were invited to join the second consultation meeting in Moscow from April 6 until April the 9th in 2015. The goals of the meeting were two. 1) To reach some sort of agreement between the opposition parties and 2) to negotiate with representatives of the Syrian regime.

The only positive outcome of the meetings was the fact that the opposition parties came forth with a unified statement, laying out their vision for a future Syria. However, during the discussions with the Syrian regime it became clear that their representatives were hesitant and unwilling to reach an agreement, despite the flexibility of the opposition parties. This has led us to doubt the sincerity and seriousness of the Syrian regime. There were five items planned for discussion during the meeting; however, we were not able to agree on a single one, which was a major disappointment. Read more

Saturday 11 April 2015

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2015 April 11ANF: 27 ISIS corpses seized in Til Temir 

ISIS gangs routed by YPG forces in villages around Til Temir abandoned dozens of dead bodies as they fled. A total of 27 corpses were found by the YPG forces.

The ISIS gangs attacked the Xerîta bridge and surrounding areas between Hesekê and Til Temir on the morning of 8 April, and after fierce fighting were repulsed by the YPG, leaving behind many dead.

After the YPG forces had repulsed the ISIS gangs 27 corpses of gang members were found in the villages of Til Ruman, Til Baz, Til Cizîrê, Xerita and Til Necme. YPG forces are continuing searches in these villages for booby traps and mines left behind by the gangs.

In clashes last night in the villages of Til Nasri and Xebi? there were fierce clashes between YPG forces and ISIS gangs in which 2 gang members are reported to have been killed. Read more

Friday 10 April 2015

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2015 April 10ANF: YPG: 36 gang members killed in Kobanê and Cizîrê

YPG Press Centre said that heavy clashes on the western boundaries of the Cizîrê Canton continued since the ISIS attacks on 23 February

36 members of ISIS gangs were killed in the resistance against ISIS attacks in Kobanê and Cizîrê cantons of West Kurdistan, Rojava.

YPG Press Centre said that heavy clashes on the western boundaries of the Cizîrê Canton continued since the ISIS attacks on 23 February.

According to the statement, gang groups that are continuing their attacks on the Xerîta bridge between Hasekê and Til Temir since 8 April intensified their attacks on the area throughout yesterday. The three major attacks launched by the gangs were repelled by YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) who inflicted heavy losses on the gang groups in clashes.

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Thursday 9 April 2015

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Children eat food distributed to them in the besieged al-Yarmouk camp, south of DamascusANF: YPG/YPJ repel concurrent attacks in Cizîrê Canton

YPG Press Office has released a statement about the ongoing clashes in Kobanê and Cizîrê Canton of Rojava.

The statement said that heavy fighting that followed the ISIS attacks on the western boundaries of the Cizîrê Canton on 23 February were continuing ceaselessly. Yesterday morning-YPG said- ISIS gangs launched a major attack between Hasekê and Til Temir with the tank, armored vehicle and heavy weaponry reinforcements they brought in from various locations in Syria. Read more

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