Al-Hasaka Province:Violent clashes are still taking place in the vicinity al-Hool area in the eastern countryside of Al-Hasakah between Syrian Democratic Forces consists of Syrian Arab Coalition (which contains Jaysh al-Thuwar, Borkan al-Furat Operation Room, Jaysh al- Sanadid and the Brigade Groups of al- Jazira), The Syriac Military Council, The People’s Defense Units (YPG) and The Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) against the “Islamic state”, where SDF were managed to advance and take control of two villages in the area, also clashes between both sides took place in the vicinity of and outskirts of al-Bahra al-Khatuniyyah which is controlled by SDF a few days ago, and the clashes and the shelling by the coalition’s warplanes on the area resulted in killing at least 9 members of the organization and also taking over weapons and ammunition from organization’s members. Read more
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PYD (Democratic Union Party) leader Saleh Moslem has visited the Bataclan concert hall where series of attacks claimed most lives in French capital Paris on 13 November night.
As people continue flocking to the scenes of mass killings in French capital Paris on 13 November night, which left 132 people dead, PYD (Democratic Union Party) leader Saleh Moslem has visited the Bataclan concert hall where series of attacks claimed most lives.
Before one minute’s silence in memory of the victims, Moslem left flowers outside the concert hall.
Speaking to reporters here, Moslem strongly condemned the massacre by inhumane ISIS gangs and reiterated their promise to continue the struggle, which the Kurdish people are giving for 2 years, until no single ISIS member is left.
“It is Kurds that understand France best at the moment. We will always stand by the people of France.”
Moslem put emphasis on the importance of a joint attitute against ISIS, noting that no concrete practice has come out of the G20 Summit in Turkey.
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YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Office has released a statement reporting ongoing attacks by the Turkish army and gang groups.
YPG informed that Al-Nusra gangs attempted to infiltrate into Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo at 22:30 on November 13, after which a clash erupted upon an intervention by Defense Units. 2 gang members were captured dead as a result of the clash.Read more…
The statement continued by reporting attacks by ISIS gangs with heavy weaponry, which targeted;,
– YPG positions near Qereqozax bridge between 14.00-15.00 and 18.00-19.00 on November 14,
– ?êxlera Jorîn town between 12.00-15.00, and
– Girê Sor terrain near Sirîn town at 15.00 and between 18.00- 19.00 the same day.
While Defense Units retaliated against the attacks and hit all the targets, the number of casualties on the side of gangs couldn’t be verified.
Separate attacks by ISIS gangs targeted the Qereqozax village to the southwest of Kobanê at 11:00 on 15 November; and the Mirveh village near Sirîn town between 13.00-14.00.
In response to the attacks, Defense Units conducted an offensive against the positions of gang groups in south Jarablus, which left an unverified number of casualties and a military vehicle destroyed.
In the meantime, ISIS gangs conducted a harassment attack against Meraser village to the west of Kobanê’s Sirîn town at 02:30 last night.
ATTACKS BY TURKISH ARMY CONTINUE
On the other hand, Turkish army’s attacks that are aiming at the People’s Defense Units (YPG)’s security positions near Kobanê region borderline since October 24 continue to the time.
According to the YPG statement, the Turkish military conducted an attack near Siftek village on the western borderline of Kobanê Canton between 22:00 and 23:00 on November 13. The attack targeted the people living in this area, and left one civilian dead.
Turkish troops also targeted the Zeytuna position to the west of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) with A-4 heavy weaponry after cutting off electricity at the borderline of Girê Spî between 20:15-21:00 yesterday evening.
YPG added that clearing and detonation of mines continues in the region between Silûk town and western side of Mount Kezwan.
Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: 178 killed yesterday 15/11/2015
The dead : 26 civilians, 24 rebels, 15 Non-Syrian Islamic fighters, 28 Regular forces, 21 NDF, 5 IS, 1 Hezbollah, 16 unknown rebels, 4 non-Syrian militants allied to regime forces.
— 2 children were died due to poor life conditions in eastern Ghouta.
–2 dissidents from regime forces were killed by clashes against regime forces in Aleppo countryside.
–al-Hesba militants beat a man to death in Der-Ezzor eastern countryside.
— IS executed a man for fighting IS 2 months ago.
— A local commander in IS was killed with his wife and 4 of their children by aerial bombardment on the northern countryside of Aleppo.
— 1 militant in Jund al-Aqsa battalion was killed by clashes against regime forces in the northern countryside of Hama.
— 7 rebels killed by clashes against the regime in the northern countryside of Aleppo.
— the Amir of Shohadaa al-Yarmouk “al-Khal” was killed with 4 of famous commanders in Shohadaa al-Yarmouk by explosions by Jabhat al-Nusra in the western countryside of Dar’a.
— 18 militants in Shohadaa al-Yarmouk and 8 rebels and fighters in Jabhat al-Nusra were killed by clashes between the two sides in Daraa countryside.
– 16 Unknown rebels killed by clashes against regime forces, bombardment, and targeting their checkpoints .
– 21 National Defense Forces militiamen were killed by clashes and attacks on their checkpoints around Syria.
– 28 Regular forces were killed by clashes, snipers, IEDs, and attacks on their checkpoints and vehicles.
– 15 Non-Syrian fighters from ISIS, Jund Al-Sham and Jabhat Al-Nusra were killed by clashes and targeted
— 4 non-Syrian militants allied to regime forces killed by clashes against rebels.
Reuters: Iran deputy minister says Assad should stand in Syrian vote – Fars
DUBAI Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister said on Monday Syrian President Bashar al-Assad should be a part of upcoming presidential elections, according to the Fars news agency.
“Iran disagrees with those who say Bashar Assad should not compete in the upcoming elections,” Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted as saying by Fars . “Only Assad himself can decide on his participation or non-participation.”
Russia, the United States and powers from Europe and the Middle East outlined a plan on Saturday for a political process in Syria leading to elections within two years, but differences remained on key issues such as Assad’s fate.
Regional competitors Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose rivalry has been aggravated by their support for opposing sides in Syria, both took part in the talks.
Saudi Arabia has said Assad’s use of air power and artillery in Syrian cities is genocidal and insists he can have no role in Syria’s future.
Assad and Iran accuse Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies of fuelling militancy in Syria by backing of rebel groups.
The United States and the United Kingdom both made it clear on Sunday that Assad needed to leave as part of any transition in Syria. U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for a Syria-led political transition on the sidelines of the Group of 20 (G20) meeting in Turkey.
(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Yara Bayoumy and Andrew Heavens)
Guardian: Jeremy Corbyn calls for political solution in Syria
Labour leader welcomes Vienna talks aimed at finding common ground with Russia about how to defeat Isis
The Labour party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, has called for a political settlement to end Syria’s bitter five-year conflict that has fuelled the rise of Islamic State.
Corbyn said negotiations would be difficult but welcomed progress at recent talks in Vienna aimed at finding consensus between the west and Russia about how to bring about peace and defeat IIsis.
Analysis Isis attack on Paris may be an ‘act of war’ but retaliation may not be lawful
The attacks have renewed calls for greater military intervention in Syria, including military forces on the ground, but where does the law stand?
The biggest stumbling block is that Russia is opposed to the removal of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, who is accused of using chemical weapons on his own people as his forces battle rebel groups as well as Isis.
Corbyn told ITV’s Lorraine: “I am not saying sit round the table with Isis, I am saying bring about a political settlement in Syria which will help then to bring some kind of unity government – technical government – in Syria,” he said.
Asked whether the latest bombing of Isis in Syria by France would make any difference, he replied “probably not”.
At the same time, the Labour leader said questions should be asked of Saudi Arabia about who is funding and arming Isis.
He also criticised the lack of media focus on the bombings in Beirut that killed at least 40 people the day before 129 people died in the Paris attacks. “Our media needs to be able to report things that happen outside Europe as well as inside Europe. A life is a life,” he said.
Labour is opposed to extending UK airstrikes against Isis into Syria from Iraq but could support a wider strategic action plan as long as it is backed by the international community.
David Cameron is facing calls to renew efforts to get proposals through the House of Commons in the wake of the Paris attacks, but he does not have enough backing at the moment because of opposition from Labour and some Conservative backbench MPs.
Cameron also talked about the necessity of a political settlement in Syria on Monday as he attended the G20 summit, suggesting it was a prerequisite for fighting [Isis].
“Of course you can’t really deal with so called Islamic State unless you get a political settlement in Syria which allows you then to permanently degrade and destroy that organisation,” he said.
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The operation of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF or QSD) in south Hesekê continues in its 16th day.
The village of Shelala, 35 km southeast of Hesekê and 6 km to Hawl town, was liberated by Syrian Democratic Forces late yesterday.
The village is located on Shelala hill from which it takes its name, and houses a remarkable number of oil wells, which makes it one of the most strategic villages in the region. Read more
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Regime militiamen kill more civilians in Homs
Homs province: 5 civilians were killed including a man with 3 of his children, by an ambush by militiamen allied to regime forces between al-Hawla and Gharnata. Clashes took place between regime forces and Islamic battalions around Talbisa, reports of losses in both sides. Read more
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The operation of Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD or SDF) against ISIS-occupied areas in south Hesekê is going on in its 14th day. As they continue making further advances, Syrian Democratic Forces have taken control of the strategic Al-Hawl town. SDF units are currently conducting mop-up activities in the town.
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: SDF advance further, and 9 ISIS members die in al-Hool area
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Syrian Observatory for Human Rights: Explosions occur in the vicinity of the International Airport of Damascus, while about 40 airstrikes target the city of Darayya
Rif Dimashq Province: Sound of explosions heard this morning in the vicinity of the International Airport of Damascus, there is conflicting information whether these explosions caused by airstrikes carried out by unidentified warplanes on a military point for the regime forces or by targeting the area by the Islamist factions.
The number of barrel bombs dropped on the city of Darayya since this morning has risen to at least 20, accompanied by carrying out at least 14 raids on the city, meanwhile a man killed due to fall of a missile on the city. Read more
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Turkish army’s attacks that are aiming at the People’s Defense Units (YPG)’s security positions near Kobanê region borderline since October 24 continue to the time.
According to a related written statement by YPG Press Office, the Turkish army shelled the Çar?kl? village in Kobanê Canton with A-4 heavy weaponry between 10:00-11:00 this morning.
Turkish troops also targeted the Zeytuna position to the west of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) with A-4 heavy weaponry between 03:00-04:00 last night. Read more
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The operation launched by Syrian Democratic Forces (QSD) against ISIS-occupied areas in south Hesekê on October 30, continues.
YPG Commander Rüstem Zal, who was taking part in the operation of Syrian Democratic Forces, lost his life in battle one day after giving an interview to ANF about the importance of the operation. The interview by ANF was published on October 4, the day he lost his life, as it later came out.
Sabir Aybar, nom de guerre Rüstem Zal, had joined the YPG ranks from Yüksekova (Gever) district of Hakkari.
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Turkish Army’s attacks that are aiming at the People’s Defense Units (YPG)’s security positions near Kobanê region borderline since October 24 continue to the time.
YPG Press Office has reported in a written statement that the Turkish army targeted the Zeytuna position to the west of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) with A-4 and heavy weaponry between 02.00-03.00 last night.