Democratic Union Party (PYD) Co-President Salih Muslim who spoke to ANF reacted angrily to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto?lu’s comment that Turkey did not support ISIS, proposing that an independent international commission be set up to carry out an inquiry.
Defence line from Tel Kocher to Afrin
What is the current situation in the cantons of Rojava? Is there still a threat of attack?
There is war and struggle in Rojava. While military defence against attacks is continuing efforts are also being made to establish a system, which is gradually coming into being. All the institutions and people are involved in this system. The defence of this unique system is being undertaken by the people of Rojava from Tel Kocher to Afrin. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 134 killed on Wednesday 17/12/2014: the dead : 42 civilians, 21 rebels, 14 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 19 NDF, 12 Regular forces, 15 unknown rebels, 4 ISIS, Non-Syrian Islamic fighters allied to regime forces.
By province : Aleppo ( 7 civilians , 8 rebels ), Idlib ( 1 rebel, 2 civilians ), Der-Ezzor ( 3 civilians ),Lattakia ( 1 civilian ), Reef Dimashq ( 2 rebels, 1 civilian ),Homs ( 21 civilians ), Dar’a ( 1 rebel, 6 civilians ), Hama ( 1 rebel ). Read more
Firat News: ‘We belong in Kobanê’
Youths who have returned to Kobanê after previously leaving, and have now joined the resistance, say: ”Leaving Kobanê is not a solution. Kobanê is our freedom, the rest is enslavement,” calling on all those who have left to join the resistance.
Dijwar, Firiska, Amed and Taha, who left Kobanê when the ISIS onslaught began, later returned and joined the resistance. They explained why they returned to ANF.
Dijwar Zagros said: “When the war started we went to Turkey. I didn’t really want to go and what I saw there affected me profoundly. I understood how precious freedom was and that if we didn’t resist for Kobanê we would never find freedom anywhere else. So I returned.” Read more
Firat News: A civilian day in Kobanê
As ISIS attacks on the city of Kobanê continue, ANF’s Sedat Sur spent a day as the guest of the Cido family in order to understand how the civilian population of the city, who constitute a significant part of the resistance, are managing to surviving the harsh conditions imposed by conflict and the onset of winter.
Early in the morning we knock on the door. An elderly woman opens it. She meets us with the ubiquitous smile with which the people of Kobanê always meet you, whatever the circumstances. She says: ‘Welcome heval’. (in Kobanê everyone calls each other ‘heval’ [comrade, friend] regardless of age). We introduce ourselves, saying we would like to spend the day with them to understand how they live. She is delighted and invites us in. She says she is 65 and that her name is Sediqê Xelil. The house has a quite large hall which is rather cold. There are two rooms and a tiny kitchen. There are very few things, only a few carpets and cushions and blankets, otherwise there is nothing. Suddenly we are surrounded by children who come out of one of the rooms. When they see our camera they make the victory sign.
Firat News: Enwer Muslim: This war directly interests the world:
Kobanê Canton Prime Minister Enwer Muslim has reiterated the need for a humanitarian corridor to be opened to Kobanê. Muslim said: “A struggle for democracy and a human life is going on in Kobanê, and this war against ISIS, which is a threat to all humanity, directly interests everyone.”
It is now nearly 3 months since ISIS launched its onslaught on Kobanê, and the heroic resistance of the people of the city, led by the YPG/YPJ forces is continuing to remove the ISIS gangs inch by inch from the city. Read more
Firat News: YPG take control of ISIS supply road in Kobanê
YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Centre has announced that their forces are continuing operations against ISIS gangs that are now in defensive position as attacks aiming to occupy Kobanê continued on the 89th day.
YPG/YPJ fighters took control of the Termik village road, the second most important one leading to the city from the south, as result of an operation targeting the areas occupied by the ISIS groups on the southern front of Kobanê.
The area between the Aleppo and Termik roads has entirely been cleansed of gang groups and all the roads ISIS used for bringing in reinforcements from the south have been taken under control. The results and casualties couldn’t be verified as the Protection Units are continuing search activities in the operation area.
Three members of the ISIS were killed as YPG/YPJ fighters carried out an attack against the gang groups in the Kaniya Kurda region on the eastern front.
One other action by YPG/J targeted the ISIS groups based around the Culture and Art Center on the southeastern front, leaving 2 members of the gangs dead.
One ISIS member was killed in another operation that targeted the gang groups around the Tal Ahmad village 24 km south-west Qamishlo earlier yesterday.
Firat News: Fighting in Kobanê continues on the 88th day
The YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Centre has released a written statement providing information about the offensives against the ISIS groups in Kobanê, Serêkaniyê and Jazaa.
YPG announced that the attacks by the ISIS gangs aiming the occupation of Kobanê continued on the 88th day.
On the eastern front, short-time battle broke out between YPG/YPJ fighters and ISIS gangs last night. At least 4 members of the gangs were killed. Short-time fight with heavy weapons also took place on the southern front, yet the number of casualties couldn’t be verified.
YPG/YPJ fighters carried out an attack on gang groups near the village of Manajir, 20 km south-east of Serêkaniyê, last night. Clashes erupted in some areas during the operation which was successfully completed. Read more
Firat News: Muslim: We are defending democracy in Kobanê
The Kurdish conference that began yesterday is continuing at the European Parliament (EP). Today there is a discussion on: “What are the alternatives to chaos in the Middle East (Security, Stability and Prosperity)?“
The debate is being chaired by Prof. Michael Gunter and Osman Kavala, and the speakers are Prof. Ofra Bengio from Tel Aviv university, Bahar ?im?ek from Ankara university, EP deputy Bodil Ceballos, journalist Fréderike Geerdink, Prof. Abbas Vali from Bosphorus university and PYD Co-President Salih Muslim. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: More than 50 air raids carried out on different areas in Syria today
the dead : 12 civilians, 12 rebels, 11 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 15 NDF, 17 Regular forces, 12 unknown rebels, 10 ISIS, 5 Non-Syrian fighters allied to regime forces .
By province : Aleppo ( 3 rebels ), Idlib ( 1 rebel ) Reef Dimashq ( 6 rebels, 1 civilian ),Hama ( 1 rebel, 2 civilians ), Dar’a ( 1 rebel, 8 civilians ), Homs ( 1 civilian ).
— ISIS executed 4 men at al-Tayara turning in al-Bokamal city east of Der-Ezzor
— 4 ISIS killed by coalition air strikes on areas in Ein al_Arab”Kobane” and its countryside.
— 6 fighters from ISIS were killed during clashes against YPG in Ein al-Arab”Kobane”.
– 12 Unknown rebels killed by clashes against regime forces, bombardment, and targeting their checkpoints .
– 15 National Defense Forces militiamen were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints around Syria.
– 17 Regular forces were killed by clashes, snipers, IEDs, and attacks on their checkpoints and vehicles: Damascus and Reef Dimashq 2, Lattakia 1, Aleppo 1, Daraa 2, Homs 3, Der-Ezzor 8
–11 Non-Syrian fighters from ISIS, Jund Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by clashes and targeted bombardment.– SOHR documented the death of 8 fighters from Islamic battalion killed by clashes against regime forces in Reef Dimashq.
— 5 Non Syrian fighters allied to regime forces, including Shia fighters , Fighters from Asia, and Arabic fighters, were killed during clashes against rebel and Islamic battalions.