Last night, as fighting continues on three fronts, there was an intense battle in the village of Beyadiyê in the west of the canton, in which YPG forces carried out an attack on ISIS positions, killing many gang members, including an amir (leader). A tank was also put out of action.
ISIS bombarded the villages of Dugirman and Talik in the west of the region and Cirin, Al Huriyê and Kupirlik in the east.
Clashes broke out with YPG forces following the bombardment.
ISIS is also reported to be concentrating its forces in the south of the canton in preparation for a new onslaught. Read more
According to a Human Rights Watch report, ISIS abducted 153 children between the ages of 13 and 14 from the mostly Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab on May 29. The children were returning home from taking their year-end exams in the city of Aleppo when they were abducted.
The Kurds in Syria have been under fierce assault from ISIS since 2 July but very little of what has been unfolding has been reported in the mainstream media and few if any comments have been made by British, European or American political leaders. As the casualties start to mount, it is time that the world took note before a new tragedy in the Middle East emerges. Read more
Firat News: People flooding to Rojava border from North
Following a call by people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan to mobilise against ISIS attacks, Kurds from North Kurdistan are flooding to the border with Rojava.
Hundreds of people have left in convoys of vehicles from the cities of Amed, Batman and Van heading for Suruç, while preparations are being made for a tent protest at the border in Cizre.
Hundreds of people have left the districts of Lice, Hani, Kulp, Hazro and Kocaköy in Amed province to demonstrate their support for the resistance in Kobanê.
Musicians and singers also on the way Read more
Firat News: Turkey deploys tanks on the Rojava border
While the clashes between ISIS and YPG forces intensify in the Kobane Canton of Rojava, the Turkish troops deploy tanks at the border across from the area where the clashes continue. There is no information obtained regarding the reason of the deployment.It is said to be a measure against the activity of Kurdish people in the region. Read more
Syria – The Kurdish Perspective on the Conflict and How to End It - 8 July 2014
A report of a political briefing hosted by Green Party peer, Baroness Jenny Jones, held in Westminster on 2 July and organised by Peace in Kurdistan Campaign.
The keynote speakers were a senior delegation of leading representatives from Rojava, Syria: namely, Saleh Muslim, co-president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and the Deputy General Coordinator of the National Coordination Body for Democratic Change in Syria (NCB); Basam Ishaq, chairman of Syriac Council (representing the Christian community); and Abdul Karim Omar, the spokesperson of Jazira Canton Foreign Affairs Department. Read more
http://supportkurds.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/2014-July-9-Hadi-al-Bahra.jpg Firat News: All out resistance from YPG in Kobanê: In the eastern part of the Kobanê region the YPG/YPJ and the people are waging a total resistance to the assaults of ISIS gangs. ISIS is carrying its casualties to Tel Abyad and south to Raqqa..
Ibrahim Muslim, from the Tel Abyad Civil Society Union, told the Hawar News Agency that more than a thousand members of ISIS gangs launched attacks at 3 in the morning yesterday on the village of Evdiko.
Local sources said ISIS attacked with 4 tanks, many armoured vehicles, panzer, artillery and mortars, also targeting the villages of Kendal, Girê Sor, Bîr Kîtik and Qîz Elî. The YPG/YPJ fighters defending these villages responded, leading to clashes that are still continuing and increasing in intensity. Read more
On 5 July, after several months of negotiations with Geneva Call, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ), and the « Democratic Self-Administration in Rojava » demobilized 149 children from their ranks and signed Geneva Call’s Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict during an official ceremony in Ramalan, in the Kurdish region of Syria. Read more
- Kobanê government calls for mobilisation against ISIS
- Geneva Call: YPG/YPJ is a legitimate national force
- YPG: 45 ISIS gangs killed in Kon Heftar
- PYD executive: Goal of ISIS is to break links between three cantons
- Support from FSA to operations of YPG against ISIS
- 15 fighters of YPG lose their lives in Kobanê resistance
- UNICEF calls for release of abducted Kurdish students in Syria
- Women Thought Academy graduates new 21 trainees in Kobanê Canton Read more
In recent days ISIS has stepped up its attacks on the area of Kobanê in Rojava.
Clashes have been concentrated around the village of Zor Mixar 45 kilometres to the west of Kobanê town.
This latest assault on the Rojava revolution appears to be the most dangerous of a series of attacks over the last 2 years.
ISIS has gained significant military advantages from its attacks in Iraq. Read more