Friday 31 July 2015

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2015 July 31YPG: Second Round of Attacks on Town Sarrin Thwarted, Ongoing Operations vs. ISIL in Hasakah

Immediate Release for the Media and Public Opinion

SARRIN, Rojava (July 31, 2015) – Combined forces of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ), joined by fighters from the Burkan al-Firat Joint Operations Room (Euphrates Volcano – FSA/YPG Units), were able last night to fully repel July 30 attacks of the terrorist group Daesh (ISIL) against town Sarrin, southern Kobani, Rojava, Syria. Read more

Thursday 30 July 2015

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2015 Jan 26ANF: International donation campaign for reconstruction of Kobanê 

An international online donation campaign has been started for the reconstruction of Kobanê town in West Kurdistan, Rojava.

The project by FireFund, which is endorsed officially by the Kobanê Reconstruction Board, http://helpkobane.com , was developed after an extensive and comprehensive analysis of the most essential needs of the canton.

“We are not just resisting. We are also rebuilding a free society. Global solidarity makes an alternative, free, gender equal, ecological society possible.”, says the text of the campaign run on https://www.firefund.net where donations can be made by a credit card by clicking the ‘PLEDGE DONATION’ option on https://www.firefund.net/#payment-modal .

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Wednesday 29 July 2015

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2015 July 29ANF: New period in Hesekê 

After liberating Hesekê, YPG/YPJ forces initiated a new period in the city.

After their destruction of the last ISIS position in Ne?wa neighborhood and liberation of F?rat University Children’s Hospital as well as the nearby football field, YPG/YPJ forces began to organize Asayish (public security) forces in Ne?wa neighborhood and strengthen defense posts in strategic locations.

YPG/YPJ officials announced that the city’s residents could return to their houses as soon as mop-up operations end in the city. Read more

In Solidarity with Kurdish People

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Jordan Matson, Macer Gifford and Jac Holmes will be coming to Nottingham, on Wednesday the 29th July 2015. They are international volunteers for the Peoples Protection Units(YPG), the Kurdish group who are protecting Northern Syria (Rojava) from ISIS. This should be a really interesting event…If you want to meet them and hear also from others involved in this struggle, then come along to the Kurdish Community Centre, 265 Noel St, Forest Fields, Nottingham, from 4.15pm. Everyone welcome! : )
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Tuesday 28 July 2015

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2015 July 28ANF: Saleh Moslem: The so-called anti-ISIS fight actually targets Kurds 

PYD (Democratic Union Party) Co-President Saleh Moslem spoke to ANF regarding the war the Turkish state has started against Kurds under the pretext of fight against ISIS.

Moslem remarked that Turkey actually waged a war against Kurds by pretending to be standing against ISIS and used ISIS as blackmail against Kurds. Moslem underlined that they would be resisting to all the policies Turkey would pursue against Rojava or the Kurds in Jarablus region. Read more

Monday 27 July 2015

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A Turkish Air Force A400M tactical transport aircraft is parked at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

A Turkish Air Force A400M tactical transport aircraft is parked at Incirlik airbase in the southern city of Adana, Turkey, July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

ANF: Turkish army doing military buildup at Kobanê border

Turkish army has started doing military buildup in the border area of Til Shehir to the west of Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava.

The military buildup comes after YPG General Command reported that Turkish army conducted an attack against positions of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Free Syria Army (FSA).

According to the statement, the Turkish Army shelled the YPG and FSA positions in the village of Zormikhar in front of the ISIS-occupied town Jarabulus – using heavy tank fire at 4:30 July 24 in western Kobani. In this attack four fighters of the FSA and several local villagers were injured.

Yesterday at 22:00, the Turkish army again shelled the same village with 7 tank rounds.

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Sunday 26 July 2015

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2015 July 25 QandilANF: People march from Ranya to Kandil to protest Turkish airstrikes

Masses from a number provinces and districts across South Kurdistan have started a march from Ranya city to Kandil to protest the airstrikes of the Turkish army against the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones.

People in hundreds of cars forming a convoy coming from Sulaymaniya, Hewler, Kirkuk, Dihok, Zaxo, Germiyan and Halabja gathered at the Baxê Gishtî park before leaving for the Senrgeser town where they started a march towards the Enzê village in Kandil.

The march led by Kurdistan Free Society Movement (Tevgera Azadi), Kurdistan Patriotic Youth’s Movement, Kurdistan Free Women’s Movement (RJAK) is being participated by representatives and members of a number of political parties which include Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), Kurdistan Islamic Union Party, Socialist Party and Goran (Change) Movement.

The demonstrators will make a statement to the press once they reach the Enzê village of Kandil.

Constant military operations conducted by joined forces of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) continue to confront the ISIS gangs attempting occupation efforts near the city of Hasakah, Rojava.

YPG Press Center said that ISIS gangs’ occupation on the Western Nashwa district of Hasakah was fully ended last night in an operation conducted by the Defense Units. There, Children Hospital, Central Train Station, Electricity Crossroads, Hasakah University and several other ISIS-occupied sites were secured by the Defense Units, as all paths to the Eastern Nashwa were concurrently sealed off. During severe clashes in the noted area a number of ISIS fighters were killed, and numerous weapons caches of the gangs were seized.

According to the statement, ongoing military operations by combined forces of the People’s Defense Units and the Women’s Defense Units, alongside fighters from the Burkan al-Firat (Euphrates Volcano – Free Syrian Army) Joint Operations Room continue to target ISIS-occupied areas to the south of the city of Kobani.

The joint forces continued a steady advance along the Euphrates River where they completed progress from the village Qaraqozakh to the south and the village Malha to the north. Advancing near Qaraqozaq village, the Defense Units last night managed to liberate the hill Izeaye. While gang groups’ possible casualties are yet to be verified, Defense Units led a mop up operation in that location where they could discover and seize 2 AK rifles, 1 PKM, 1 RPG, a pair of binoculars, a piece of thermal scopes, a pair of night vision binos, 1 Radio and a quantity of ammunition and military equipment. The Defense Units quickly started mine clearing activities to secure the region of many IEDs that the gangs had planted there.

Correspondingly, heavy fighting took place between Defense Units and ISIS forces elsewhere by the Euphrates, as the ISIS gangs tried to finalize a suicide car-bomb attack in order to obstacle the advance of the Defense Units. The vehicle-borne IED was targeted before any movement was made by the attackers, also, a truck and three motorcycles were destroyed. There was no immediate word on ISIS’ casualties in place near the Euphrates. There, along with 7 ISIS corpses, a piece of 120mm mortar was seized in addition to 12 mortar rounds, a piece of 60mm mortar, 6 mortar rounds, 1 Katuysha rocket launcher, 1 DShK 12.5mm, 1 AK, 1 PKM and 1 RPG-7.

In south Kobani, the Defense Units attacked suspected ISIS gangs between the villages of Geydade and Sina, killed at least 5 members of the gangs, captured 3 AK rifles, 1 PKM and 4 hand grenades.

YPG Press Center said that in southeast Kobani, ISIS forces last night attempted for an attack of three axis, the assault was failed after overnight and this morning clashes, no immediate report was available to provide further details for that battle.

In western Euphrates, an ISIS unit put their efforts to execute an attack on the western village of Shiukh. The Defense Units heavily targeted the group and forced them to withdraw from the place. Retreating from there, that unit of the gangs tried to attack on Qaraqozaq village – killing one ISIS operative – the Defense Units were able to repel the second attack as well.

According to the statement, in south Tal Abyad (Gire Spi), the Defense Units faced yet another attempt of the ISIS gangs. Securing their area of authority, a YPG unit spotted the assailants positions and pounded their locations in an ongoing operation.

On the same frontline, 20 ISIS gangs – riding 2 Van vehicles and a motorbike – were encircled by the Defense Units while trying to infiltrate into YPG/YPJ’s controlled lands. Clashes which erupted after that effort resulted in destruction of the three vehicles, as all twenty ISIS members were killed. Seizing a weapons cache of 6 AK, 2 RPG and 3 PKMs, the Defense Units effectively destroyed remaining weaponry of the gangs.

YPG: Revenge Operation for Kobanê Martyrs accomplished in effect

YPG Media Center announced that the town of Sirrîn was cleared of ISIS gangs, and the mop up operations of YPG/YPJ forces in and around the town continue.

In its written statement, YPG Media Center stated that the Revenge Operation for Kobanê Martyrs launched by YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defense Units) in ISIS-occupied areas to the south of Kobanê has been accomplished in effect.

Remarking that ISIS gangs were inflicted severe blows in the operation which targeted the town of Sirrîn and surroundings, YPG Press Center said this military success had a historic importance with regards to ending the presence of ISIS gangs in Girê Spî that constituted a critical danger for Kobanê. “With the liberation of Sirrîn, gangs’ attacks on Kobanê and countryside have been obviated, and one more step has been taken towards the objective of democratic Syria based on the common life project”, YPG said.

YPG said the forces advancing along the Euphrates River bank in the north and south have completed their operation after liberating one village and several hamlets from the gangs.

YPG said that Defense Units noticed that the gangs in Sirrîn were trying to transport their guns and ammunition across Euphrates River, and destroyed 1 armory truck and 2 military vehicles here. YPG announced that 17 ISIS gangs were killed in this area.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: UN envoy, Syria FM discuss peace plan

The United Nations special envoy to Syria has met with the Syrian foreign minister as part of diplomatic efforts to find a political solution to the four-year conflict gripping the Arab country.

Staffan de Mistura met with Walid al-Muallem in the Syrian capital city of Damascus on Thursday to brief the top Syrian diplomat over his latest discussions and meetings with senior officials of multiple countries amid his efforts to facilitate a peaceful settlement of the deadly crisis, official SANA news agency reported.

The development comes as de Mistura is expected to present an update on his peace efforts to the UN Security Council on July 28.

During the meeting, Muallem expressed support for the UN envoy’s initiative to help resolve the crisis in Syria, adding, however, that Damascus will continue to firmly stand against terrorism.

“Syria still considers the end of terrorism, and the drying up of its financial resources and support, to be among the country’s most essential priorities,” SANA quoted Muallem as saying.

The UN envoy arrived in Damascus a day after discussing the situation in Syria with senior Iranian officials in Tehran.

De Mistura visited a number of other countries earlier this month, including China, Turkey and Egypt, as part of his efforts to find a political solution to the conflict in Syria, which has reportedly claimed the lives of over 230,000 people so far.

The Italian-Swedish diplomat was appointed in July 2014 to take over as mediator for the conflict in Syria, after two top-notch diplomats, Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, quit their post following unsuccessful attempts to bring an end to the deadly crisis.

This is while some Western governments and their regional allies have contributed to the rise of terrorist groups operating against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria food crisis

The visit by the UN envoy comes as over the past few years, several organizations have repeatedly issued warnings about the humanitarian situation in Syria.

In a joint report published on Thursday, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) warned of worsening food insecurity in the Arab country, saying that the ongoing crisis is pushing more people into poverty and hunger.

Approximately 9.8 million Syrians are estimated to be “food insecure,” with 6.8 million of them “severely food insecure,” according to the report.

The report further added that despite favorable rains boosting Syria’s 2015 wheat harvest compared with that of the previous year, it is still 40 percent lower than pre-conflict production levels there.

 

Saturday 25 July 2015

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2015 July 25First images from guerrilla zones targeted by Turkish airstrikes

ANF has obtained images from the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones targeted by airstrikes of the Turkish army throughout the night.

 

Turkish warplanes shell guerrilla zones throughout the night

Warplanes of the Turkish army shelled the guerrilla-held Media Defense Zones throughout the night. The strikes by Turkish warplanes targeted the areas of Kandil, Gare and Metina.

The airstrike by Turkish jets also hit civilian areas including the village of Enze in Kandil region and a settlement in Xakurkê.  Read more

Targetting the Kurds

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This is just a fraction of information available since Turkey began really targetting Kurds recently.  The basic story began on Monday 20 July 2015 when a group of young people in Suruc – Turkey decided to take some much-needed supplies to Kurds in Kobane, Rojava/Syria, and a suicide bomber targetted them seemingly on behalf of ISIS, killing 30+ and injuring many more.

Suspicion continues that Turkey is supporting the ISIS attacks on Kurds, but nevertheless Turkey has since made token gestures to the West to engage with anti-ISIS action. This is actually a cosmetic stance, whilst at the same time Turkey is mounting significant attacks on the Kurds on its own streets, and in the Qandil Mountains.  Kurds have hit back, beginning with the murder of two police officers who were thoughts to be sympathetic to ISIS.  Tensions are running extremely high… Read more

Friday 24 July 2015

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2015 July 24 Polat Can smANF: YPG: Siege around Sirîn completed

YPG/YPJ fighters took control of the road between Sirîn and Raqqa, and besieged the town of Sirîn.

YPG Media Center issued a written statement on the operations in Rojava. Regarding the operations in Hesekê, YPG stated that its advance in Ne?wê neighborhood continued, and YPG/YPJ forces took control of another important junction here. YPG/YPJ forces also liberated 3 different locations after intense clashes, and took the majority of Ne?wê neighborhood under control. The number of gang casualties has not yet been verified.

YPG/YPJ TOOK CONTROL OF THE S?RÎN-RAQQA ROAD

With regards to the operation in Kobanê, YPG said that it intensified its efforts and made advances in the village of ?uxha and Malha. YPG/YPJ forces also took control of the road between Sirîn and Raqqa, which completed the siege around the town of Sirîn. One military vehicle and one motorcycle have been destroyed during the operations, and number of gang casualties has not yet been verified.

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: YPG and al- Sanadid Army advance again in the neighborhood of the Western Nashwah

Al- Hasakah Province: The warplanes carried out several raids on places around Soq al- Ghanam in the neighborhood of the Western Nashwah in the city of al- Hasakah. They also attacked places on the road between the village of Baroud and the city of al- Hasakah, amid violent clashes between YPG and al- Sanadid Army against IS in the neighborhood of al- Nashwah, information reported new advancement for YPG.

Reuters: Turkey justifies Syria air strikes in letter to United Nations 24 Jul 2015

UNITED NATIONS – Turkey told the United Nations on Friday that it had started conducting air strikes in Syria against Islamic State militants because the Syrian government was neither capable or willing to tackle the radical Islamist group.

Turkey has faced increasing cross-border violence along its 900-km (560-mile) frontier with Syria, where Islamic State militants have taken advantage of a more than four-year long civil war to seize swathes of territory.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the U.N. Security Council, Turkey cited Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, which covers an individual or collective right to self-defence against armed attack, as justification for its action.

“It is apparent that the regime in Syria is neither capable of nor willing to prevent these threats emanating from its territory which clearly imperil the security of Turkey and safety of its nationals,” wrote Turkey’s Deputy U.N. Ambassador Levent Eler in the letter, seen by Reuters.

“Syria has become a safe haven for (Islamic State). This area is used by (Islamic State) for training, planning, financing and carrying out attacks across borders,” he wrote.

Turkish warplanes attacked Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time on Friday, joining a U.S.-led coalition that has been bombing Islamic State targets in Syria for the past 10 months.

Eler said Turkey “initiated necessary and proportionate military actions against (Islamic State) in Syria, including in coordination with individual members of the Global Coalition,

in order to counter the terrorist threat and to safeguard its territory and citizens.”

Under Article 51 of the U.N. Charter, the 15-member Security Council must immediately be informed of any action that states take in self-defence against armed attack.

After long being a reluctant partner in the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State, Turkey has also approved the use of its air bases by U.S. and coalition aircraft to mount strikes against Islamic State.

A Syrian government crackdown on a pro-democracy movement in 2011 sparked a civil war. The United Nations has said that some 220,000 people have been killed and an estimated 7.6 million are internally displaced. Another 4 million people have fled Syria.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Bernard Orr)

Independent: Fight against Isis: Turkish F-16 jets bomb targets in Syria for the first time

 Turkey has stepped up its involvement in the fight against Isis

Turkey has adopted a more aggressive stance in the fight against Isis, by bombing so-called Islamic State targets in Syria for the first time.

US officials have argued that access to the base in southern Turkey would enable the coalition to attack Isis more affectively and strategically.

However, Turkey – a member of the US-led coalition – has been reluctant to enter the conflict, amid fears it could spill across the border and in turn further inflame the volatile Kurdish minority.

The government has previously argued that only the ouster of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – not just air strikes on the radical Islamists – can bring peace.

Dr Natalie Martin, a lecturer in politics and international relations at Nottingham Trent University, told The Independent that the situation in Turkey is “increasingly unpredictable following the bombing at Suruc.”

She went on to outline that the Turkish government’s policy on Isis is “inextricably bound up with the Kurdish issue.”

“Many people in Turkey mistrust AKP [the ruling party] motives in bombing IS [Isis] targets and do not believe they are sincere in their clampdown on jihadists within Turkey.

“Instead they believe the real motive is to create instability in order to discredit the Kurdish opposition and rally support in the event of another general election which may happen soon if a working coalition is not formed,” she said.

Additional reporting by Reuters and AP

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