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2015 Feb 27ANF: Til Hemîs town in Cizîrê Canton liberated 

The town of Til Hemîs in Cizîrê Canton of West Kurdistan, Rojava, has been cleansed of ISIS groups and fully liberated on the seventh day of the operation by YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units).

Til Hemîs area was being used by the ISIS groups as their headquarters in the Canton of Cizîrê.

The joint operation to liberate the region had been launched on 21 February night and participated by YPG/YPJ, units affiliated to the Syriac Military Council, Sutoro forces and Cêsh al-Senadid (Army of the Brave) which is the military force of Arab tribes in the region. Read more

REPORT ON URGENT AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS IN KOBANÊ

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2015 Feb 27 KobaneREPORT ON URGENT AND ESSENTIAL NEEDS IN KOBANÊ [full report here: EN Kobane Report] February, 2015

A CALL FROM THE ADMINISTRATION OF KOBANÊ CANTON

To International Aid Bodies to Rebuild and Normalise Life in the Canton of Kobanê
After months of fighting, our brave YPG and YPJ units have successfully driven out all ISIS terrorists from our democratic canton of Kobanê. We are grateful for all the international support that we have received to achieve this victory in battle. However, as of yet, we have received no official humanitarian aid from any government or international organization. Out of the 525,000 civilians from the Kobanê canton, only 25,000 currently reside within Kobanê. Of the remaining civilians, 200,000 are currently trapped inside Turkey and the rest have dispersed to different countries. They are all anxiously waiting to return to their homes. In order to facilitate the smooth transition of refugees back to their rightful homes, there are a number of obstacles that must be overcome. Read more

Thursday 26 February 2015

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Jen Psaki, Spokesperson: Daily Press Briefing, Washington, DC – February 26, 2015

We’ve been clear that there’s no better recruiting tool for ISIL than the brutality of the Assad regime. As we have long said, Bashar al-Assad lost legitimacy long ago and will never be an effective counterterrorism partner.

While the Assad regime continues to massacre the Syrian people, I would also like to highlight, by stark contrast, the moderate opposition’s work this week in Paris, where two major parties, the Syrian Opposition Coalition and the National Coordination Body, met and recorded agreement on a draft roadmap for a political solution that would ultimately stop the bloodshed. The effort reflects the moderate opposition’s ongoing work for a democratic, pluralistic, united Syria that fully respects the state of law and the rights of every citizen through a negotiated process consistent with the principles of the Geneva communique. Read more

Wednesday 25 February 2015

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2015 Feb 25ANF: ISIS base taken on South Kurdistan border

YPG/YPJ operations are continuing against ISIS gangs to the south of the village of Tal Hamis. A broad area has been liberated and fighters say the operation will continue until all the lands of Kurdistan are liberated from the occupiers.

The operation to get rid of the terrorist threat to the Cizîrê (Jazireh) Canton of Rojava began on 22 February to the south of Qamishlo. Several villages to the south of Tal Hamis have been liberated. YPG and YPJ fighters spoke to the ANF about the operation.

YPG fighter Aso Kela?in said the village of Xessan was strategically important as it was on the border with South Kurdistan. He added that they had seized ammunition and weapons from the gangs after liberating the village. Read more

Tuesday 24 February 2015

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2015 Feb 25 KobaniANF: Operation in south Qamishlo continues 

YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Centre said in a written statement that the operation launched in south Qamishlo in order for the elimination of the terrorist threat in the Cizire Canton of Rojava continued on the third day.

The statement said that YPG forces were making a quick advance from many directions and have liberated many strategic points and villages from ISIS terrorists.

Mishêrfa, Small and Large Hedewiye villages and a big farm, as well as the strategic Tiwêl crossroads to the north of Til Hamis were liberated from the gangs as a result of heavy clashes. Read more

HRW: Syria: New Spate of Barrel Bomb Attacks

February 25, 2015 by  
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Human Rights WatchGovernment Defying UN Resolution FEBRUARY 24, 2015:

(New York) – The Syrian government has carried out hundreds of new indiscriminate attacks over the past year with air-delivered munitions, including improvised weapons such as barrel bombs. The attacks have had a devastating impact on civilians, killing or injuring thousands of people.

Human Rights Watch documented the attacks in Aleppo governorate in northern Syria and in Daraa governorate in the south based on witness statements, satellite imagery analysis, and video and photographic evidence. Although the United Nations Security Council condemned the attacks in a resolution adopted a year ago, it has not responded directly to the new wave of attacks.

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ANF: Ströbele: PKK ban is full of inconsistencies and must be lifted

February 25, 2015 by  
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pkkIn spite of the effective struggle being waged by the PKK against ISIS in the Middle East, the insistence of the German government in maintaining the ban on the PKK led the Left Party to put down a motion calling for the ban to be lifted in December last year. The Federal Parliament will debate the motion in a special session on 26 February.

The Left Party (Die Linke), which with more than 70 seats in parliament is the main opposition party, will explain in parliament why the ban should be lifted.

German Green Party politician Hans-Christian Ströbele told ANF that he will support the Left Party’s proposal that the ban on the PKK be lifted in Thursday’s debate in the Federal Parliament. Ströbele stressed that the PKK ban is full of inconsistencies, as banning the Kurds who succeeded in defeating ISIS is an inconsistent policy. Read more

Monday 23 February 2015

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The helicopters drop barrel bombs on the countryside of Daraa

The helicopters drop barrel bombs on the countryside of Daraa

Syrian Observatory for Human RightsThe helicopters drop barrel bombs on the countryside of Daraa

Sunday 22 February 2015

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2015 Feb 22YPG and Turkish flags wave at the new site of the tomb

Flags of the Turkish state and the YPG/YPJ are waving in the village of Ashme where the tomb of Suleyman Shah is set to be relocated.

Flags of the Turkish state and the YPG are waving in the village of Ashme where the tomb of Suleyman Shah is set to be relocated.

The tomb of Suleyman Shah was moved yesterday from the village of Karakozak on the banks of the Euphrates where it was under an ISIS blockade. Turkish troops and YPG/YPJ forces carried out a joint operation in the evening to evacuate the tomb. While the remains of Suleyman Shah and other valuable artefacts were taken to Turkey, preparations have begun to relocate the tomb on a hillock in the village of Ashme which is under the control of YPG/YPJ forces. Read more

Saturday 21 February 2015

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ypgSyrian Observatory for Human Rights: Intensive clashes break out in the countryside of Ayn al- Arab “Kobani”

Reliable sources reported to SOHR that 2 citizens died in the south of the city of Ayn al- Arab “Kobani” due to an explosion of a landmine planted by IS earlier while 2 other men died by the same reason.

The violent clashes are still erupting between IS and YPG, backed by the brigade of al- Raqqa rebels and Shams al- Shamal battalions in the south and southwest of Kobani leading to kill a fighter from YPG and information about casualties in IS ranks.

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