Every day we put up a selection of news items about events in Syria. To be clear about our perspective: Bashar al-Assad is personally responsible for the death of thousands and thousands of his own people, and whatever else happens he is not a victim in this. The Kurds have found a way, despite all the difficulties of being attacked by the regime, some FSA and ISIS/other jihadist groups to maintain their dignity in Rojava whilst creating a safe space for themselves and others. Outside Governments have been less than supportive.
For the rest of us, life sometimes throws unexpected heartache our way … especially when young people with so much promise for the future leave us too early. We hold their families and friends in our hearts … Read more
Firat News: Müslim: We are creating a new society in Rojava
Latest developments in Syria and the Middle East were discussed at a panel discussion organized by Civaka Azad and Rosa Luxemburg Association at University of Hamburg in Germany.
Democratic Union Party (PYD) Co-Chair Saleh Muslim and German Left Party MP Jan van Aken spoke at the panel discussion.
Hamburg Left Party deputy Cansu Özdemir who moderated the panel and held the opening speech told about the Rojava model, the democratic system established by the PYD and the struggle of the women in all areas. Özdemir said the Rojava system was a self-administration model that could be held up as an example also by Europe. Read more
Firat News: Appeal from the front: Head back to Kobanê
YPG/YPJ fighters on the south western front are continuing to resist ISIS attacks. YPJ fighter Viyan Avare?, who is fighting with 2 sisters in Kobanê, said: “We will resist to the end for Kobanê and victory will be ours.” YPG fighter Zinar Kobanê called on his peers to return to Kobanê to join the struggle.
As ISIS attacks on Kobanê continue for a 66th day, YPG and YPJ fighters are resisting on 3 fronts – the eastern, southern and western fronts – and continuing to repulse the gangs. On the south western front there are fierce clashes at night while there is constant sniper fire during the day. Read more
Kurdish forces say the battle against Islamic State for control of the Syrian border city of Kobani has turned definitively in their favor following weeks of punishing U.S.-led airstrikes and the arrival of Kurdish reinforcements from Iraq.
Commanders belonging to the Popular Protection Units – YPG, by its Kurdish initials – said the intensive bombardment in recent days had allowed their fighters to seize several strategic hills from Islamic State militants. Read more
Firat News: Fighting in Kobanê continues for the 63rd day
YPG (People’s Protection Units) Press Centre said in today’s statement about the ongoing fighting in Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, that ISIS attacks aiming to occupy the town continued for the 63rd day.
According to the statement, YPG/YPJ fighters continue their offensives against the gangs who are getting more disappointed every day in the hope and intention to enter and capture Kobanê. Read more
Firat News: European Parliament to host conference on Êzîdîs
The European Parliament is set to host a conference in Brussels on November 19th to discuss the threats being faced by the Êzîdî community and the steps needed to be taken against these threats.
The conference will handle the situation of Êzîdî Kurds who were brought to the agenda of the international community in wake of the humanitarian tragedy they have been through since ISIS gangs started to attack their hometown Sinjar early August. Read more
Firat News: Fierce clashes on three fronts in Kobanê
YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Centre reported in a written statement about the ongoing fighting in Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, that ISIS attacks aiming to occupy the town continued for the 61st day. Fierce clashes have taken place on three fronts in the besieged town.
According to the YPG statement, violent clashes erupted on the eastern front where ISIS gangs carried out an attack from the borderline. 11 gang members, including an emir (leader), were killed in the fighting. Read more
Out of 180 thousands of people from Kobanê who had to leave their town following the savage attacks of ISIS, which began on 15 September, some 48 thousand have arrived in the border district of Suruç in Urfa province. While the basic needs of the refuges from Kobanê, including the building of the tent cities, are being met thanks to a mobilization by the local people, only 6 thousand of them have been provided shelter in tents set up by the state institution AFAD. Read more
YPG (People’s Defense Units) Efrin Canton Command has released a statement regarding some media reports that the Jabhat Al Nusra group is making reinforcements and preparing for an attack on Efrin.
The YPG said clashes around ?dlib and Aleppo were taking place between the Nusra group and FSA groups, noting that the Efrin Canton has faced no attacks from these groups so far. Read more
PYD (Democratic Union Party) Co-President Asya Abdullah said their demand for a corridor into the besieged town of Kobanê was still in place, remarking that opening a corridor was essential to support the ongoing resistance against ISIS gangs attacking the town.
Giving information about the present situation in Kobanê, Asya Abdullah pointed out that ISIS gangs were continuing to bring in weapon reinforcements from other regions, and that these included tanks and cannons.
Abdullah said the attacks gangs carry out with these weapons are targeting the town centre and civilian areas, recalling that 8 civilians have been killed in these attacks in the past two days. Read more