Mass demonstration in Shahba condemning Turkey’s practices

Thousands of IDPs from Afrin and people from Shahba region demonstrated to denounce the forced demographic changes being implemented by the Turkish State in Afrin region.

The people raised a banner: “We condemn the silence of the international community and the violations of the Turkish occupation in Afrin. The people of Shahba will continue supporting the resistance in Afrin to expel the Turkish occupation”.

The demonstrators headed towards Berxwedan camp, where they gathered and delivered speeches expressing their dissatisfaction.

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May 3, 2018

Looting by occupation forces is ongoing in Afrin

A video shows a Turkish-backed armed group, looting the furniture of a civilian’s house in Mahmoudiya neighborhood in the city of Afrin.

The video was filmed by an activist on April 15, 2018, and could not be published earlier, shows a Turkish-backed armed group looting a house of a Kurdish citizen in Afrin. The sounds of celebrating songs can be heard from their vehicles.

Looting operations by Turkey and its affiliate armed gangs are ongoing in Afrin Region. The gangs loot anything falls under their sight during the inhumane operations.

The locals are frightened of disclosing those inhumane violations practiced against them because of the terrorist methods followed by the occupiers, and the fear of revenge. 


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Apr 24, 2018

Man linked to 9/11 attacks on U.S. captured in Syria: Pentagon

A Syrian-born German citizen linked to the 9/11 attacks on the United States, was captured in Syria by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) more than a month ago, the Pentagon made it public on Thursday.

“We can confirm that Mohammad Haydar Zammar, a Syrian-born German national, was captured more than a month ago by SDF partners as part of their ongoing operations to defeat Daesh inside Syria,” Pentagon spokesman Eric Pahon said.

“We are working with our SDF partners to obtain additional details,” Pahon said.

The 9/11 Commission report said Zammar was an “outspoken, flamboyant Islamist” who extolled “the virtues of violent jihad.”

Zammar reportedly had taken credit for influencing Mohammed Atta, who led the attack on the World Trade Center in New York City.

There are currently hundreds of foreign Daesh elements in custody of SDF, and are under interrogation in coordination with the US-led Global Coalition to Counter Daesh.

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Apr 19, 2018

Turkey fights Euphrates’ people with water

The Co-Chair of Executive Council of Democratic Civil Administration of al-Tabqa area, Hind al-Ali, said that Turkey is devouring the lives of tens of thousands of civilians by cutting the Euphrates River.

Hind al-Ali considered Turkish practices indirect war against people who depend on the Euphrates water to secure their livelihood.

Since then, Turkish state has been holding Euphrates River through dams set up on the river in areas under its control, most notably Ataturk Dam.

In this context, the Co-chair of Executive Council of Democratic Civil Administration of al-Tabqa, Hind al-Ali, described the practices of Turkish authorities towards the people of the area in general as “Indirect war, which is a war that not only moves sleeping cells working at night to overthrow the achievements of liberation, but also a war operating day and night to disturb the lives of tens of thousands of people of the area by the detention of Euphrates water.

Al-Hurriya Dam administration in the southeast of al-Tabqa and Euphrates dam in al-Tabqa city has warned of the consequences of the Euphrates water detention, where tens of thousands of local people depend on the river water to irrigate their crops, a major source of income for the population along Euphrates River.

On the repercussions of Turkish practices, al-Ali said “The first impact on the simple Euphrates citizen who suffered from the long interruption of drinking water due to the significant decrease in water level in the leak wells.”

International laws stipulate the need for equitable and equal sharing of shared water resources between more than one town, where Euphrates River passes through territory under Turkish control, Syria and Iraq.

The Co-chair of Executive Council in al-Tabqa said that the continuation of this policy “forced the local government to regulate the hours of providing electricity to the citizens by half.”

Euphrates Dam feds al-Tabqa with electricity around the clock, but it codified the hours of supplying the area with electricity after the low level of Euphrates River due to Turkish practices.

Al-Ali said that “the sole goal of these hostile policies of Turkey is to undermine the democratic experience in the area and to stop the wheel of development, which began circulating for many months.”

Euphrates River feeds millions of people with potable water especially in Deir ez-Zor in northeastern Syria, through al-Raqqa and Tabqa amid Syria, and fed Aleppo province in northwest Syria.


Turkey slams a motion approved by the European Parliament

Turkey slammed a motion approved by the European Parliament on Thursday that calls for a halt to Ankara’s military offensive in northern Syria’s Afrin Region.

Turkish State has launched a brutal land and air offensive against Afrin since Jan. 20, and has now closed in on the city in an effort to engineer a population shift by driving the Syrian Kurdish population out, and expand the territories of the Turkish state.

Turkish President, Receb Tayyib Erdoğan, said on Thursday his troops will never leave Syria’s Afrin and said his army is ready to stand against world powers that object. Erdoğan was responding to the draft motion before the European Parliament calling on Turkish troops to withdraw from Afrin.

“The European Parliament is to ask us to halt our military operation in Afrin. Don’t get enthusiastic in vain, we will never leave Afrin” Erdoğan told high school students at a poetry competition awards ceremony.
“we will stand against the world powers that object” Erdoğan said.
He added “Turkey is a country that make its own decisions. The European Parliament has nothing to say to Turkey and whatever it has to say on this issue will go through one ear and out the other”.

Meanwhile, the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) and the people of Afrin still defend their homes, with poor equipment, expecting world’s interference in the issue to stop Erdogan’s aggression and the ongoing genocide.

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Mar 15, 2018


Turkish flags are draped over buildings in Afrin’s Jandaris town, a start of a demographic change and Turkification process.

Learn more about what is happening in Afrin..

Turkey slams a motion approved by the European Parliament

YPG: Russia is responsible for the bloodshed in Afrin

The General Command of People’s Defense Units (YPG) today issued a written statement on the collusion of the Russia government with the Turkish occupation forces in the attack on Afrin Region.

The statement:

“Since 47 days, the Turkish state and its terrorist Jihadist affiliated gangs of Jabhet al-Nusra, ISIS, are launching a brutal and scorched-earth-policy war on Afrin Canton, and are using the most advanced technology.
The airspace of Afrin canton, was under the protection of the Russian Federation. Without Russian approval, Turkish warplanes could not penetrate the Syrian airspace and carry out airstrikes and attacks on Afrin.
It is clear that the government of the Russian Federation is complicit with the Turkish State in allowing the invasion of Afrin, and committing massacres against its peaceful people. This Russian complicity, came after attempts to blackmail People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the self-administration in Afrin, in order to impose its own agendas, which don’t serve or benefit the Syrian people.
The government of the Russian Federation by agreeing with the Erdogan’s regime to carry out ethnic cleansing and forcible displacement of the people in Afrin, is a partner with the Turkish state in shedding the blood of Afrin’s innocent people.
We, in the General Command of People’s Defense Units, call on the government of the Russian Federation to review its decision in allowing Turkey to invade Afrin, and to not participate in the killing of our people, and destroying our towns and villages.
We also call upon Russian people to exert pressure on their government to prevent them from proceeding with this scheme, which did not serve the Russian people and ask it to back down immediately.”

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Mar 7, 2018

YPG: Russia is responsible for the bloodshed in Afrin

At least one killed, several injured as Turkey targets civilian convoy

At least one civilian killed and several injured due to Turkish assault on a civilian convey travelling from Jazira and Kobani to the region of Afrin, in a show of solidarity.

“The Turkish aggressive assault, resulted in a large number of casualties,” said the supervisor of Emergency Department in Afrin Hospital, Joan Nasser; the hospital where the injured receive treatment.

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Feb 23, 2018




On the front lines in Syria, US troops face NATO ally’s wrath

Nick Paton Walsh and Ghazi Balkiz

Near Manbij, Syria (Cable News Network-CNN)- It’s a war America has tried to stay out of for years. And the United States certainly doesn’t want to get embroiled in a standoff with a NATO ally.

But in the dust of a front-line outpost outside the Syrian town of Manbij, that is the war that Lt. Gen. Paul Funk, commander of the anti-ISIS coalition, finds himself in as he visits US Special Operations Forces supporting their Syrian Kurdish allies.

One kilometer (less than a mile) away are Syrian rebels backed by Turkey, which considers the Syrian Kurds around Funk to be terrorists. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that the US Special Operations Forces that Funk commands leave Manbij immediately. But here they remain, their commanding officer giving a handful of media the first access to their highly controversial patrols that have now pitted NATO allies against each other.

An hour before Funk arrived, the nearby Kurdish checkpoint was harassed by Syrian rebel gunfire — something that happens several times a week. “Any time our soldiers are threatened, that worries me,” Funk said. “But that’s what they do. … They will defend themselves.”

He agrees that being threatened by a NATO ally is, by definition, “bizarre.”

“I would say that the people who fought to take Raqqa back from ISIS are heroes, no matter what nationality they were, no matter what their beliefs were,” he said of the Syrian Kurds.

Yet complexities in this multisided fight have only multiplied since Turkey launched Operation Olive Branch — the invasion of a northwestern enclave of Syria, held by Syrian Kurds, known as Afrin. The operation has proceeded slowly, with casualties among Kurdish military and civilians, and in the Turkish military.

It has also caused an estimated 1,000 Syrian Kurdish fighters who were assisting in the fight against ISIS’ remnants in Syria’s east to move toward Afrin, according to Kurdish and US officials. The greater concern for US policymakers here is that the more Turkish forces attack Afrin and these Syrian Kurds, the less resources its coalition has to finish clearing ISIS from the pocket of land it retains some control over along the Iraqi-Syrian border.

“In terms of a military mission, maintaining your focus on the enemy is the most critical piece,” Funk said.

Asked what happens if the United States does as its NATO ally Turkey wants, and leaves, Funk said, “I think we let ISIS go. This force is stopping terrorists from going back (into) Turkey, into Europe. This force is in position to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

He said his biggest concern on the Manbij front line he was visiting was “miscalculation.” He repeatedly urged dialogue with Turkey and pledged to de-escalate if the two forces here ended up in open confrontation.
A local Syrian Kurdish commander, Abu Adil, added: “The coalition’s goal was to finish ISIS in the area, but Turkey with (its) actions and statements is giving life to ISIS again.”

Turkey’s counterargument often highlights how the Syrian Kurds the United States backs are allied with Turkish Kurds, a group both Turkey and the United States denounce as terrorists.

While US officials have strenuously denied that Turkish Kurds fought in and around Raqqa to defeat ISIS with the US-backed Syrian Kurds, CNN witnesses often met fighters who spoke Turkish as the anti-ISIS fight progressed around the terror group’s former self-declared capital.

Many analysts have noted that the Syrian Kurds were the only force who presented a potent, supportable threat to ISIS when the fight got underway in 2015, and they were a pragmatic rather than ideal choice for their American partner.

Yet the Turkish threat against these Syrian Kurds has extended to Turkey threatening to attack the nearby town of Manbij, close to where Funk visits.

American Special Operations Forces walk with CNN calmly around the town, through vegetable markets overflowing with produce and customers.

Life is trying to get back to normal here, and commerce has massively increased since ISIS was kicked out by the Syrian Kurds in August 2016. A hotel is trying to open. Yet local officials tell us the fear of Turkish military action is unsurprisingly slowing economic development.

Despite Manbij’s optimistic present, for many locals, the pain of having to fend for themselves in the seemingly endless battlefield of Syria is still fresh.

“There was a time when everyone abandoned us,” Manbij legislative council member Azzab Al-Aboud said. “The coalition when ISIS was here, and the regime even though it’s part of Syria. We are against the idea of separation (from the rest of Syria), but when we were in need — when our bothers and children were in need, when women were in need — no one gave us a hand.”

This article was published by CNN and the views and ideas are solely those of the author(s) and are provided here only for informational purposes.


Don’t abandon the Kurds to the ‘mercies’ of Turkey’s tyrant

Ralph Peters

The United States has been the protector and ally of the Kurds for a quarter-century. And the Kurds have proven to be, man-for-man and woman-for-woman, the best fighters in the region.

Without Kurdish boots on the ground, we would not have made the sweeping progress achieved against the Islamic State caliphate.

Now, with ISIS crushed (but still wriggling and snapping), we’re turning our backs on our Kurdish allies in Syria as they’re attacked by a NATO ally gone rogue — Turkey, which is led by an Islamist strongman, the odious “President” Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The Kurds are fighting for freedom and a state of their own. There are at least 30 million Kurds divided between Syria, Iraq, Iran and Turkey, and possibly 10 million more — none of the states where they’re captive have allowed an honest census. Kurds have been butchered en masse, denied fundamental rights, imprisoned, tortured, raped, cheated and scapegoated. (All of which should sound unnervingly familiar to those who know Israel’s backstory.)

After letting the Kurds down at Versailles a century ago, when we acquiesced to denying them a state, we finally stepped up to do the right thing in the wake of Desert Storm — after Saddam Hussein had used poison gas on Iraq’s Kurdish population. In return, the Kurds have fought bravely beside us in a succession of conflicts.

Outside of Israel, no one has done more to support our priorities — especially in combatting Islamist terrorists.

Now we’re on the verge of permitting another slaughter of Kurds. To please Turkey.

We should be on the side of the underdogs, not of the rabid dogs.

As Turkish tanks roll into Syria’s Afrin Province to kill Kurds, it’s time to recognize that Turkey’s no longer an ally and no longer belongs in NATO (Erdogan is even buying Russian air-defense systems). Turkey’s dictator-in-all-but-name has gutted democracy, imprisoned tens of thousands on false charges, suppressed the free media, rigged the courts, backed Islamist hardliners in Syria — and, for political advantage, reignited a conflict that had gone quiet with Turkey’s internal Kurdish population.

Oh, and Erdogan’s a prime supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, in Turkey and abroad.

Why on earth are we permitting his attack on our Kurdish allies?

It really comes down to two related issues.

First, inertia. Turkey has been our ally (if a difficult one) since the early Cold War, so we blindly accept the notion that it must remain an ally forever — even as Erdogan works against our strategic interests.

Second, restricted use of a single air base has paralyzed our Turkey policy. Unquestionably, Incirlik air base, in southeastern Turkey, has a prime strategic location. Our operations would be more challenging without it. And Turkey uses that as leverage.

It’s time to call Erdogan’s bluff. We should not sacrifice the future of 30 million to 40 million pro-American Kurds for the sake of a couple of runways.

Erdogan’s excuse for sending his air force and army across the border into Syrian territory liberated by Kurds is his bogus claim that the Kurds we’ve backed — who fought ISIS house to house — are all terrorists. In the alphabet game of the Middle East, Erdogan insists that Syria’s Kurdish YPG forces — our allies — are indistinguishable from the PKK, a Turkish domestic resistance group that had abandoned terror to seek a political accommodation.

While oppressed Kurds everywhere do feel a measure of solidarity with one another, claiming that the YPG is the same as the PKK is like blaming Rand Paul for Mrs. Paul’s Fish Sticks.

What should we do to stop Turkey from using US-supplied, US-made weapons to kill our only dependable regional allies outside of Israel? It’s time to embrace the future rather than clinging to the past. It’s time to imagine a strategy without Incirlik air base and with Turkey suspended from NATO until it returns to the rule of law and honest elections.

It’s time to recognize that the Kurds deserve and have earned a state of their own. And, right now, it’s past time to draw a red line for Erdogan, who cannot be permitted to slaughter Kurds who have been fighting beside us and for us.

The Kurds aren’t terrorists. The terrorist sits in his president’s chair in Ankara.

This article was published by nypost and the views and ideas are solely those of the author(s) and are provided here only for informational purposes.