Tuesday 25 November 2014

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2014 Nov 25Firat News: Thousands of women at Kobanê border

As the resistance in Kobanê enters its 72nd day women have succeeded in getting past Turkish soldiers and reaching the border village of Mehser on the occasion of 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Women from Turkey and North Kurdistan have converged on the villages  of Mehser and Miseynter near the Mürshitpinar border gate in Suruç district after being denied access by Turkish troops. Having been stopped on the road by soldiers, the women took alternative routes to reach the border, where they performed a folk dance.

This morning the women created a human chain, which has become a feature of the border vigil. They sang songs and shouted slogans and danced before going to the village of Dew?en where a march will begin. In addition to women from all over Turkey and North Kurdistan the Roboski mothers, university students, left groups and various NGOs have also arrived at the border.

YPG/YPJ offensives in Kobanê continue

In a statement about yesterday’s fighting in Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, YPG (People’s Protection Units) Press Centre reported that the attacks of ISIS gangs to occupy the town continued on the 71st day.

The statement said that the ISIS gangs that have been forced to retreat to defense position after being inflicted severe blows by YPG/YPJ fighters are also being targeted by offensives.

According to the YPG Press Centre, ISIS gangs are now completely in a defensive position on the eastern front after the attacks of the night before which caused them heavy casualties. Short-time battle raged out here last night, while the results of clashes couldn’t be made clear.

YPG Press Centre said that on the southern front YPG units carried out an offensive against the positions occupied by the gangs.

YPG forces advanced further as four more locations were liberated and the gangs were repulsed from this area as result of the offensive. 7 gang members were killed and arms belonging to them were seized in this area.

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Monday 24 November 2014

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Syrian Observatory 2014Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Advances for YPG in Ein al-Arab”Kobane”

SOHR was informed that YPG took control on few buildings around Ein al-Arab”Kobane” after violent clashes against the IS, YPG advanced in the governmental square and east of Azadi yard in addition to taking control on the cultural center in the city, the clashes accompanied by mutual bombardment from both sides and led to death of 18 fighters from ISIS in addition to human losses in YPG.
Coalition warplanes went in 5 air strikes targeted ISIS east of the city, confirmed reports of losses in ISIS. YPG fighters targeted 2 motorcycles for ISIS between Aleppo and Kobane in addition to targeting a car in Tal Hejab village and a Vehicle between Helnej and Shekh Joban, what killed a number of fighters from the IS.

This issue has not been well-reported today in the media

Sunday 23 November 2014

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2014 November 23Firat News: Women’s vigil begins at Kobanê border

Women coming to Suruç for the 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in order to support the resistance of the YPJ, have begun a vigil at the border. The women said: “We are witnessing a historic resistance by women against ISIS in Kobanê and Sinjar.”

The women at the border will continue their vigil night and day until 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Women are responding to a call by the Democratic Free Women’s Movement (DÖKH), which issued a press release in the village of Mahser. Hundreds of women from Istanbul, Adana, Izmir, Mersin and Dersîm were present in Mahser for the reading of the press release.

Gülçin Özer read out the press release, saying that a dirty war was being waged by the imperialists against women in particular, adding: “Hundreds of women from Sinjar and in Rojava have been sold in slave markets as trophies of war.” Özer emphasised that Kurdish women were fighting against all these policies.

Özer said women in Kobanê and Sinjar were waging a historic struggle against ISIS, which receives support from states. ” We are witnessing a historic struggle by women against ISIS gang terror. As the DÖKH we greet all women who are resisting all over the world. We greet all women who are being subjected to all manner of violence and denied the right to life, being sold in markets and slaughtered in the Middle East. We call on the whole world to take ownership of this struggle. Let the entire world come to the border,” she added.

The press release ended with women shouting: “Jin jîyan azadî” (women, life, freedom).

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Saturday 22 November 2014

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Syrian Observatory 2014Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 900 including women and children, killed in 60 days of coalition air strikes

SOHR documented the death of 910 people since the U.S led coalition started its strikes on Syria in 23/Sep until last night.

Including: 52 civilians ( 8 children , 5 women ), killed by coalition air strikes on oil fields and refineries in al-Hasakah and Der-Ezzor countrysides, al-Raqqa, Around Menbej northeast of Aleppo, and Idlib countryside.

And 72 fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra killed by coalition air strikes on their HQs in the western countryside of Aleppo and the northern countryside of Idlib

785 fighters from the IS most of them were Non-Syrian fighters, were killed by coalition air strikes on their HQs and groupings in Homs, Hama, al-Hasakah, al-Raqqa, Der-Ezzor, and Aleppo.

A fighter from Islamic battalions killed by coalition air strikes on ISIS HQ in Ma’dan in al-Raqqa countryside.

We, in SOHR, believed that the real number of casualties in ISIS is more than our number ,because there is absolute secrecy on casualties and due to the difficulty of access to many areas and villages that have witnessed violent clashes and bombardment.

Worth to mention that the coalition air strikes targeted oil refineries and oil fields  in Der-Ezzor, al-Hasakah and al-Raqqa, what led to material damages in these refineries and oil fields.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights expresses its strong condemnation, to the fall of the civilians, as a result of the coalition air strikes, and Calls neutralize civilians areas from the military operations from any party, because the the Syrian people who have lost hundreds of thousands and been displaced in millions, is looking forward to a decent safe life away from Humiliation, detention, and destruction, a life of democracy, justice, freedom and equality.

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Reuters:U.S. pledges $135 million in additional Syria aid after U.N. warningsISTANBUL – The United States pledged an additional $135 million in aid for the victims of the Syrian war on Saturday, much of it to help the United Nations with a funding shortfall it had warned could force it to scale back food distribution.Neighboring nations have borne the brunt of the humanitarian crisis sparked by the civil war, which has killed nearly 200,000 people and forced more than 3 million to flee.

The money, which brings the total aid given by Washington since the start of the war in 2011 to more than $3 billion, will mainly go to the U.N. World Food Programme (WFP), a statement from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden’s office said.

The Turkish Red Crescent will also benefit.

“The new funding will help feed vulnerable people inside Syria; Syrian refugees in Turkey; and Syrian refugees in other countries,” the statement, released during Biden’s visit to Turkey, said.

The U.S. also planned to admit close to 7,000 refugees from Turkey in the coming year, including Iraqis, Iranians, and a growing number of Syrians, the statement said, part of a wider program to resettle thousands of the most vulnerable refugees in the United States.

Aid workers have warned that funding for the refugee crisis has been falling far short of requirements, with the U.N. saying it may have to slash food rations as a result.

In September, WFP said it would require an additional $352 million to continue its work until the end of the year. The U.S. pledge will provide $132.8 million to WFP, the statement said.

Turkey, which has taken in around half of all Syrian refugees, says it has spent more than $4 billion on its aid effort. Officials have frequently voiced frustration with what they see as insufficient help from Western donors.

(Reporting by Dasha Afanasieva; Writing by Jonny Hogg; Editing by Nick Tattersall and David Evans)

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Friday 21 November 2014

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Smoke rises from an eastern Kobani neighbourhoodEvery 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

Thursday 20 November 2014

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2014 Nov 20Firat 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

Wednesday 19 November 2014

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2014 Nov 19Firat 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

Tuesday 18 November 2014

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2014 Nov 18LA Times: Kurds say Islamic State militants near defeat in Kobani

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

Monday 17 November 2014

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2014 Nov 17 UN reportFirat 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

Sunday 16 November 2014

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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

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