Clashes took place between the regime forces and allied militiamen against the rebels and Islamist groups in the vicinity of the city of Talbisah. Other clashes took place between the regime forces and IS in the vicinity of the gas field of Sha’er in the east of Homs, initial information about causlties on both sides.
Hama Province: The number of raids carried out by the regime warplanes on the villages of Jana al- Elbawi, Hamada Omar and IS- held township of Aqayrabat has risen to 20. The helicopters dropped barrel bombs on the town of Allatamnah and village of al- Arba’in. Read more
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: The regime warplanes carry out 20 raids on the countryside of Hama Homs Province: The regime forces opened fire on the eastern farmlands of the city of Talbisah and on the road linking between the city of Talbisah and town of al- Ghanto in the north of Homs.
Fighting between YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) and ISIS gangs is ceaselessly going on in Kobanê and Cizîre cantons of West Kurdistan, Rojava.
YPG Press Centre said in a written statement that resistance against ISIS attacks on the western borderline of the Cizîre Canton continued.
The statement said that gang groups attempted to launch an attack on the village of Ehraz 2 km south of Til Temir’s Menacir village last night. Gang groups were forced to flee the area following a short-lasting clash while no information was immediately available regarding the exact number of casualties on ISIS side. Read more
Five villages in east Kobanê have been cleansed of ISIS gangs. 11 gang members were killed in the south.
Fighters of the YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) carried out an offensive against ISIS gangs in east Kobanê last night. The villages of Boxê, Qazaniya Biçûk, Qazaniya Mezin, ?êx Qemer and the hamlet of Çelbê were cleansed of ISIS gangs and liberated following heavy clashes during the night.
In the south of the Kobanê Canton of West Kurdistan, Defense Units killed 11 members of the gang groups and destroyed a vehicle of theirs in an attack in the village of Sebet last night. Clashes around the village are continuing.
Update: The White House on Saturday said Vice President Joe Biden “apologized for any implication that Turkey or other allies and partners in the region had intentionally supplied or facilitated the growth of ISIL (IS, ISIS) or other violent extremists in Syria.” The operative word here is “intentionally” – please note that this language does not constitute a retraction of Biden’s claims that the US’s closest Mideast allies armed and funded extremist groups in Syria.
When Joe Biden gets candid, he really lets rip. The US vice president, speaking at the John F. Kennedy Jr Forum at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, on Thursday told his audience – point blank – that America’s Sunni allies are responsible for funding and arming Al Qaeda-type extremists in Syria.
Press Release from Roj Women’s Association, Kurdish Youth Assembly, Kurdish People’s Assembly, CAMPACC, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign, Kurdistan National Congress (KNK), MAFDAD (Kurdish Lawyers Association), Kurdish Community Centre, Roj Women’s Assembly, Highbury East Councillor Aysegul Erdogan
London, 13 March 2015
The Kurdish community and supporters of the Kurdish struggle are incensed at the arrest and imprisonment of 18 year old Shilan (Silhan) Ozcelik, who is accused of wanting to join the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS).
The UK government in its steadfastness to appease the Turkish state, who are continuing to support ISIS, and withhold support from the Kurdish armed movement, the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) has made clear whose side the government are on. The recent killing of the heroic Konstandinos Erik Scurfield (Kemal) in the battle against ISIS in Rojava (Northern Syria), has garnered a very positive approach from the British media and public. The UK government has been afraid of this support for the Kurdish struggle because for a 100 years the UK state has been one of the initiators and supporters of Kurdish oppression in the Middle East. This is why they have delayed and not supported the repatriation of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield and criminalized the struggle he has sacrificed his life for.
The Kurdistan Worker’s Party, which is on the terror list in the UK, EU and USA was added to this list in 2002 during a 5 year unilateral ceasefire, at the behest of Turkey. The PKK have never posed a threat to the UK and threatened this country. This listing is evidently political and to do with the economic and political ties between the Turkish and British states. Using this listing the UK government has been criminalising the Kurds for at least 13 years, yet not one Kurdish individual has been charged and convicted of being a PKK member, despite many raids, arrests and intimidations.
The case of Shilan Ozcelik is the most recent chapter of this story and the Kurdish community are now concerned that the UK government will, in its attempt to seem impartial to ‘certain’ sections of British society, once again criminalise the community who have been the biggest supporters of the international fight against ISIS terror and fascism. Shilan has on many occasions stated that she wanted to travel to the region to assist with humanitarian work. It seems that the UK government are blocking and trying to prevent any support from going to Rojava and Sinjar, thus strengthening ISIS’ resolve and the unofficial embargo on Rojava and the resistance there.
To call for the immediate release of Shilan Ozcelik and to call for an end to the criminalisation of the Kurdish community we are organising a picket outside Holloway Prison, tonight (13.03.2015) at 6pm where Shilan Ozcelik is being held.
Channel 4: Unreported World: The City That Beat Isis – watch it now before the link stops working
Saleh Muslim: PYD Co-president Salih Muslim speech at a public forum entitled ‘Kurdish progress – Kurds in Syria: From denial toward self-ruled governance model’ which took place on Wednesday, 25th March in a Committee Room, the House of Commons, London. This event was organised by Centre for Kurdish Progress in partnership with the Centre for Turkey Studies (CEFTUS).
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield (Kemal), a British YPG fighter who died in a clash in Til Berak on 2 March, was buried at a funeral in Nottingham on Thursday which was attended by hundreds of Kurds, including PYD Co-president Salih Muslim. http://supportkurds.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/2015-March-18.jpg
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, a British citizen who died in a clash with ISIS gangs in the village of Til Berak in the Qami?lo district of Rojava, was buried after a funeral in Nottingham attended by hundreds of Kurds. The coffin was covered in YPG, YPJ, TEV-DEM, UK and Greek flags.
A ceremony organised by the Kurdish People’s Assembly in Britain commenced with a one-minute’s silence followed by speeches by Assembly member Ercan Akbal and PYD Co-president Salih Müslim. The coffin was then taken into the Greek Orthodox church, where a religious ceremony took place. The church was not big enough to hold all those who attended the funeral and hundreds were left outside the church. .
After the religious ceremony Scurfield was buried at the Wilford Hill cemetery in the city, with the coffin being buried along with the flags that had been placed on it, at his mother’s request. The Kurds shouted the slogan ‘Martyrs are immortal’. An olive tree was planted on Scurfield’s grave, which was festooned with thousands of flowers, as he had told his comrades before he died that he wished to be buried in the shade of an olive tree.
The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the European Council (CLRA) has issued a declaration demanding that all the means and needs be provided for the rebuilding of Kobanê, including a permanent corridor to be opened into the town.
CLRA called on in its declaration, voted today in its bureau meeting in Starasbourg, the member states, international agencies and the local governments to provide help for the reconstruction process of Kobanê.
In the declaration on Kobanê, the Bureau of the Congress Read more
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield – Kosta’s farewell. When we feel like fighting each other maybe he will come to mind, and we will turn to fight the real enemies – including poverty, greed, hate, abuse in all its forms – and replace these with humanity, kindness and love.
His sister has started a ‘Just Giving’ page: http://supportkurds.org/support-kurds/georgianna-scurfield-is-fundraising-for-heyva-sor/
Fighters of the YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) have liberated another hill as a result of an offensive against ISIS gangs east of Kobanê.
YPG/YPJ have launched an offensive against the Qertel hill 50 km east of Kobanê at 3 am today. The hill was entirely cleansed of ISIS gangs and liberated, while 7 members of the gangs were killed during the offensive which lasted two hours.
Defense Units also destroyed a vehicle of the gangs, leaving 5 gang members inside the vehicle dead.