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

Saturday 15 November 2014

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ypgFirat 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

Friday 14 November 2014

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Firat News: Urgent call for aid for 180 thousand people from Kobanê:

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

Thursday 13 November 2014

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2014 nov 13Firat News: YPG: We are prepared for any attack against Efrin

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

Wednesday 12 November 2014

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2014 Nov 12Firat News: Asya Abdullah: Our demand for a corridor still in place

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

Tuesday 11 November2014

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2014 Nov 11Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: YPG fighters advance in Kobani, and IS militants shocked by the YPG resistance

Reliable sources reported to SOHR that violent clashes between YPG and IS fighters erupted yesterday night and lasted until this morning in the south of Ayn al- Arab “Kobani” city where YPG fighters could advance towards several positions. Other clashes between the same parties in al- Haj Rashad Mosque and Municipality areas. On the other hand, YPG and Peshmerga forces shelled IS positions in the south of the city. Read more

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