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Frontline Fighting The Brits Battling Isis

Syrian Kurdish leaders planning to capture last border crossing with Turkey held by Isis

Plans to recapture a vital town on Syria’s border with Turkey could transform the fight against the jihadists

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Members of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) stand guard near the Tel Abyad border gate in northern Syria

Syrian Kurdish leaders plan to capture the last border crossing point between Syria and Turkey held by Isis, making it impossible for jihadist volunteers from Europe and elsewhere to reach Isis-held territories.

The seizure of the frontier town of Jarabulus on the Euphrates River is certain to anger Turkey, which is already alarmed by the rise of a Syrian-Kurdish state-let in northern Syria, aided by US air strikes and fielding strong military forces.

The loss of Jarabulus would isolate Isis, bringing to an end its ability to bring in thousands of fanatical Islamic fighters who have been crossing from Turkey into Syria without significant hindrance over the last four years. Isis has frequently used these foreign volunteers as suicide bombers driving vehicles packed with explosives as an essential element in its military strategy.

“We have plans to liberate Jarabulus,” said Idris Nassan, the vice-minister for foreign affairs of Kobani, the Kurdish enclave where the YPG (People’s Protection Units) defeated Isis, told The Independent. He pointed out that “Jarabulus is the last Daesh [Isis] border crossing with Turkey” since the YPG seized its only other border crossing point at Tal Abyad, east of Kobani, in June.

Mr Nassan quoted the overall commander of the YPG, General Sipan Hamo, as saying the attack on Jarabulus would “be in coordination with the US because we are part of the international coalition. They fight in coordination with us”. This may present the US with a dilemma because in July it did a deal with Turkey whereby it uses Incirlik airbase in Turkey for air strikes against Isis. But the Turks want to stop the YPG advancing west of the Euphrates. The Syrian Kurds already control half of Turkey’s 550 mile-long border with Syria.

The Syrian Kurds are confident they can defeat Isis, which dominates the rest of eastern Syria, after they withstood a four-and-half-month siege of Kobani by Isis that ended in January. The success of the YPG came because its fighters fought ferociously against the Islamic militants and, since October last year, its commanders have been able to call in US air strikes.

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It was the support of some 700 US air strikes that helped the YPG win the battle for Kobani, though it reduced this small city to a seascape of shattered concrete where buildings have been pounded into rubble by the force of the bomb blasts. In between the ruins there are individual shops and houses that survived intact, but 70 per cent of the city is destroyed and construction workers are only slowly making an impact.

Victory at Kobani boosted the self-confidence of the YPG, which is the only ground force in Syria or Iraq that has regularly defeated Isis. After the end of the siege, the YPG won back the rest of Kobani canton, including 380 villages. And in June it captured the border town of Tal-Abyad which Isis had held for more than two years. This linked up the two main Kurdish cantons. Its capture was also important because it is only 100km (62 miles) north of Raqqa, the Isis de-facto capital in Syria.

Important though Tal Abyad was to Isis, it did not commit many fighters to holding the town, having apparently decided that it was indefensible. YPG forces were advancing from west and east towards the road linking it to Raqqa. A 21-year-old YPG fighter called Misro Munzer, hit in the knee by a machine gun bullet in a later battle and interviewed in a military hospital in Kobani, said that he had fought at Tal Abyad where “Daesh [Isis] did not fight hard”.

He explained that the more battle-hardened Isis men had retreated leaving only a remnant of 25 men without much combat experience who were demoralised and confused by US air strikes.

There is no doubt that YPG light infantry backed by US air power are highly effective and Isis cannot hold fixed positions against a combination of the two. Isis suffers heavy casualties when it tries to do so. But this does not mean that it cannot hit back as became evident on the drive east from Kobani, on what was meant to be an entirely safe road going to al-Qomishli, the capital of the largest Syrian Kurdish enclave.

There were some early signs that the road was not quite as secure as we had been told. As we entered an Arab village called Qayyil, 15km west of Tal Abyad, we were stopped by a large detachment of YPG troops who said they were conducting a search. One of them told us that “we have information that four or five Daesh [Isis] fighters have penetrated the village and we are looking for them”. Other YPG fighters were guarding crossroads and entry points into Qayyil.

We drove on to Tal Abyad, a town which locals said had once had a population that was half-Arab and half-Kurdish, Turkoman and Armenian. Three months ago it had been in the hands of Isis. We wanted to look at the closed border crossing with Turkey and the police agreed to take us there.

But, as we followed a police vehicle down the street, a Kurdish woman in a black robe rushed out of a house shouting that she needed the police and our escort stopped to help her. She said that she and her daughters had been sitting in the courtyard of her house when “a man dressed in black with a beard who looked like Daesh had climbed over a wall and run past us”. The police said that there were still Isis hiding in the many abandoned houses in Tal Abyad.

These two incidents were not too surprising since Tal Abyad and nearby villages had only recently been captured by the Kurds. But the next town on our route, Ras al-Ayn, had been held by the YPG for two years. But, soon after we had entered, there were two bangs that sounded like gunshots close together, but then we saw a cloud of dense smoke rising from a checkpoint just ahead. Kurdish security men blocked the road in front of us within a couple minutes, turning back vehicles and news soon spread that there had been a suicide car bomb which killed at least five people.

It also emerged that there had been a suicide bombing just behind us at a checkpoint at the entrance to Ras al-Ayn that we had just driven through. A man on a motorbike had blown himself up but had failed to kill or injure anybody.

These incidents are all probably an attempt by Isis to show that it is still to be feared despite its recent defeats. In June it sent a detachment into Kobani disguised in Kurdish and Free Syrian Army uniforms that killed over 200 men women and children.

Isis has in the past launched diversionary raids to keep its enemy’s troops dispersed before the main assault on a single target. But if the YPG tries to capture Jarabulus and cut Isis’s last exit to the outside world, the Islamic militants will probably have to fight.

Independent

21st Century Epic of Resistance: Kobanê

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Attacks by ISIS gangs on Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, began in the spring of 2014. Gang groups launched their first attack on Kobanê on March 22nd, soon after the celebration of Newroz Fest on Hill Mishtenur.

Attacks by ISIS gangs on Kobanê town of West Kurdistan, Rojava, began in the spring of 2014. Gang groups launched their first attack on Kobanê on March 22nd, soon after the celebration of Newroz Fest on Hill Mishtenur. This was yet not the first confrontation of the ISIS anf YGP/YPJ that had previously fought with and defeated Al-Nusra gangs. Armed clashes had formerly taken place between YPG/YPJ fighters and ISIS gangs when they attacked the Cizîrê Canton of Rojava territory. Still, Kobanê always remained at the center of attacks by ISIS that emerged as an international paramilitary organization after the elimination of similar gang groups in Syria, Al-Nusra being in the first place.

NOT A COINCIDENCE

It was not just a coincidence that Kobanê was chosen as a target by ISIS gangs. The cities in Rojava territory had been isolated from each other as a result of the Arab Belt policy of the Ba‘ath regime, which consequently caused a disunity among the cantons declared after the beginning of the Rojava Revolution.

While the city of Girê Spi (Tal Abyad) which had been Arabized through the Arab Belt policy became the base of gang groups with the beginning of the civil war in Syria, because of which the cantons of Kobanê and Cizîrê also ended up disconnected.

On the other hand, the city of Jarablus, which had similarly been cleared of Armenians and Arabized through the same policy, was also occupied by gangs after the beginning of the civil war, because of which the towns of Kobanê and Afrin were also disconnected from one other.

In this state of affairs, ISIS gangs, acting in line with their joint strategy with the Turkish state, considered it appropriate to attack the Kobanê Canton which had been under a siege heavier than other cantons, lacked a steady military system, occupied a small area but at the same time a strategic position.

TURKISH STATE POINTED AT ROJAVA TO THE ISIS

To the Turkish state, occupation of Kobanê meant an encirclement of the Cizîrê and Afrin cantons and breaking of the Rojava Revolution; and a new door opening into the Middle East through its ally ISIS, and growing of the trade volume again with the ISIS. It was the Turkish state that put the idea of Rojava into the head of ISIS as a strategy close theirs that had been grounded on the Middle East.

The ISIS, which always treated the Rojava Revolution and philosophy with enmity and would unavoidably attack Rojava, approved this strategy put forward by the Turkish state, and thus started an attack on Rojava and Kobanê as the first thing in Syria. For ISIS, a new door opening into the ally Turkey and occupation of more areas was a golden opportunity to encircle Cizîrê and Afrin, and most importantly of course, gain a strategic cooperation with the Turkish state.

Kobanê was becoming the first target for both forces for being the place where the revolution was first sparked, and where the Ba‘ath regime was first thrown out from. Within this context, ISIS conducted its first attack on southern Kobanê on March 22nd. ISIS gangs had beforehand seized the cities surrounding Kobanê- Girê Spi, Jarablus, Minbic, Sirin- from FSA (Free Syrian Army) and AL-Nusra gangs one by one. After reaching the borders of Kobanê, gangs settled on the line of Şexler at the bank of the Euphrates. Kobanê was completely surrounded now. The first attack began in Sirin. During the clashes that erupted around the wheat silos, gangs faced strong resistance from YPG/YPJ, which constituted the first military blow they were inflicted in Syria. The ISIS gangs that had smashed almost all the forces in the towns and regions they had previously entered, were literally beaten hollow by a small group of YPG/YPJ combatants in their very first attack on Kobanê which lacked the required military means and arms and was therefore seen as a sitting target.

THE FIRST RETREAT OF ISIS

After facing the first blow in Sirin, the gangs launched an attack on Kendalê village in the evening of the same day. Kendalê went down in history as the place witnessing the first retreat of ISIS gangs that had never withdrawn from any of the areas they attacked during their occupation of big areas and cities. In the evening of March 22, YPG/YPJ groups acting under the command of Commanders Hebun and Siyabend started writing a history that later turned into an epic during the course of the battle.

ISIS gangs were inflicted heavy blows by the YPG/YPJ fighters in Kendalê village who resisted hundreds of gang groups with a limited number of combatants and armament. After making an advance to the extent of a half of the village, gang groups fled the village in the wake of a loss of over 40 militants during the clashes here.

Receiving a major blow and tasting a defeat yet in the very first attack on Kobanê, ISIS gangs were beginning to understand that things wouldn‘t go as easily as they thought in the face of the determination and will manifested by the forces they targeted and attacked.

The resistance mounted by a professional team of just 40 YPG/YPJ fighters and self-defense forces of local Kobanê residents with small arms and hand-made grenades against ISIS gangs, who continued their attacks during the months of April and May, was also manifesting the capacity of the resistance to be waged from then on.

TOUGH PERIOD

A tough period was now beginning in Kobanê which had been surrounded from three sides and was facing a major shortage of essential needs such as food, as well as water and electricity both of which were cut off by the gangs.

In the meantime, the Turkish state was hindering the access of aid into Kobanê, which had only the side of Northern Kurdistan open amid a siege from three sides. The Turkish state was sort of laying siege on Kobanê from the northern side on behalf of ISIS.

All the challenging circumstances were being coped with by means of a joint production, equal distribution, joint management and self-defense.

The water need was being provided from the wells opened in the town, and electricity from common power generators working with the fuel left available.
In military respect, defense was being waged with hand-made grenades and bombs, and youths were being given self-defense training in the ranks of YPG/YPJ.

While all these were happening in 2014’s spring in Kobanê, ISIS gangs had understood that they would not be able to accomplish a result by the present manners of attack and armament, and started preparations for the first major wave of comprehensive attacks on Kobanê.

THE JUNE PAGE WAS BEGINNING

There had been going on a big war in Kobanê by by the month of June. The armament and numerical difference between two sides during the attacks on three fronts was developing in an unprecedented level of inequality. While ISIS gangs were attacking with thousands of tanks, artillery and heavy weapons on all three fronts, YPG/YPJ resisted this force with mainly new fighters whose number wasn‘t higher than 500, hand-made grenades and old Kalashnikov rifles.

The June page of the 21st century epic of resistance in Kobanê was now beginning to be written.

After suffering heavy blows in the hands of YPG/YPJ combatants during the spring of 2014 and facing resistance to the attacks in all areas, ISIS gangs had understood that it would not be that easy to attack Kobanê.

The ISIS and the Turkish state, having understood that attacks on Kobanê with a certain number of groups wouldn‘t succeed, initiated their first strategic plan for the most possible comprehensive attacks from all fronts.

During the course of the June battle, border military posts of the Turkish state served as operational rooms where ISIS attacks were being managed. The Turkish state went beyond that, and gave further assistance to ISIS by providing the coordinates of YPG/YPJ points in the areas where ISIS gangs faced difficulties.

FIRST-TIME SIMULTANEOUS ATTACKS ON THREE FRONTS

The offensive of June began at June 2 night in the village of Evdiko in the east, Kunheftarê in the south and Zor Mîxare in the west. This was the first time ISIS gangs were conducting simultaneous attacks on Kobanê from three sides.

The assault was the most comprehensive one ever, as ISIS gangs as many as thousands used all kinds of heavy weaponry, tanks, artillery and missiles they had brought in from the Iraqi city of Mosul they had previously occupied.
In response to these attacks, YPG/YPJ forces, comprised of mainly new fighters in restricted numbers, started resistance with light arms that would perhaps have no effect at all against the weapons of the ISIS. The heaviest weapon of the YPG during that time was a hand-made Dushka machine gun.

BORDERS LOSING THEIR MEANING WITH ÖCALAN‘S CALL FOR MOBILIZATION

While resistance was growing against the ISIS gangs that intensified their attacks on all three fronts, the only breathable area was the Northern Kurdistan side where, however, the Turkish state was providing assistance to the gang groups. The will of the Northern Kurdistan people then came into play against the Turkish state that used this area as a fourth front for the ISIS.

Acting upon the call made by Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan for mobilization after the beginning of the June offensive, the people of Northern Kurdistan turned the Ziyaret village at the border into a front of resistance.
The long resistance in Ziyaret village was aiming to hinder the support the Turkish state provided to ISIS gangs over the border, and it accomplished to a large extend.

The resistance in Ziyaret village meant a unity of the Northern and Western Kurdistan peoples, who already had a historical background of solidarity, and a de facto loss of meaning of the borders for the first time in history since drawn with the Treaty of Lausanne.

YOUTHS OF THE NORTH FLOCKED TO THE RANKS OF RESISTANCE

While the border line was turned into a front of resistance upon Öcalan’s call, the youths of Northern Kurdistan exceeded the borders and joined the resistance in the ranks of YPG/YPJ.

The participation of hundreds of youths from Northern Kurdistan in the ranks of YPG/YPJ gave a great moral and strength to the people of Kobanê who had lost dozens of their children in the ranks of the PKK in the resistance of Northern Kurdistan. Kobanê resistance was raising the spirit of unity and solidarity in a way greater than any period.

STORIES OF BRAVERY INCREASING

As the dimension of attacks on Kobanê grew, stories of resistance and bravery were also increasing. YPG fighters under the command of Commander Botanê Reş started to write the June pages of the epic of Kobanê resistance against ISIS in the village of Evdiko.
Following a resistance of two days and two nights, YPG/YPJ fighters commanded by Botanê Reş inflicted heavy losses on ISIS gangs and repelled their attacks targeting Evdiko village with tanks and artillery. The resistance developed under the leadership of Botanê Reş on the eastern front did not allow the ISIS gangs to make an advance.

Against the ISIS groups that used their heavy weaponry force more effectively on the eastern front which was a plain and unprotected field, YPG/YPJ fighters were shielding each other with their own bodies and laying their bodies under tanks to neutralize them with bombs, through which they were slaughtering the gangs at this front.

ISIS gangs suffered heavy blows on this front, where they had been most effective, and this forced them to retreat from all the villages they had entered on the eastern front.

Botanê Reş, commander of the resistance on the eastern front, fell a martyr during a self-sacrificing action against gangs in later June, and became one of the symbols of the June’s battle.

YPJ FIGHTERS BECOMING AN EPIC ON THE SOUTHERN FRONT

The same days witnessed the self-sacrificing resistance of YPJ fighters on the southern front. In late June, a group of 7 YPJ fighters was surrounded on the hill of Kûnheftarê village in and around which big accomplishments had been made against the gangs.
The resistance mounted by 7 female fighters led by Commander Avesta in an underground emplacement of the hill, and the divine effort and self-sacrifice made by their comrades to reach them, was summarizing the level of resistance on the southern front of Kobanê, and the reason why gangs couldn‘t make any advances here either.

Kobanê Commander Meryem Kobanê who was speaking to Avesta over radio during the encirclement, was saying; „Comrades, you will get out of that hill alive as long as we are here. Do not worry. We all will reach that hill, even if we all are killed, and push the DAIŞ (ISIS) away from the emplacement.“ Her words were being received with an ululation in joy. Answering Meryem Kobanê, Avesta was saying; „Even if you can not, we will resist with honour“. There was literally a deadly run beginning against the time.

ISIS gangs, having failed to enter the emplacement of female fighters that resisted and inflicted blows on them, were wanting to set the surroundings of the hill on fire and poison the female fighters with smoke.

A number of combatants and the YPG/YPJ fighters resisting on three fronts mobilized that night, sent there reinforcements from all fronts which they saw off to the scene by saying; „We can fight for you too. You just go there and save our female comrades from the encirclement of the gangs“.
As the sun started brightening Kobanê in the very early morning hours, Commander Meryem and her combatants were telling about the faces of their comrades that bravely resisted in the underground emplacement in Kûnheftarê hill. The seven female fighters had been taken out of the emplacement as a result of daring resistance.

Gangs were being inflicted heavy blows in every village on the southern front, and hindered from making advances.

WESTERN FRONT COORDINATED BY THE TURKISH STATE

The western front was mainly housing hills, thanks to which gangs weren‘t being able hold on against YPG/YPJ combatants, and were suffering the heaviest blows in comparison to other fronts.

YPG fighter Botanê Sor’s action against gangs in the village of Zor Mîxare was being described by YPG/YPJ commanders as; „the moment that broke the will of DAIŞ in this offensive“.

After entering the village of Zor Mîxare all alone, Botanê Sor fights with hand grenades and kills dozens of gang members. Getting wounded during the battle, Botanê Sor doesn‘t listen to his commanders‘ warning to “stay there, we will get you out“, as he advances on the gangs with his last grenade and kills dozens more before he loses his life there.

It happens the Turkish state to come to the rescue of the ISIS that suffered a major panic and failure on this front after this action, providing the gangs with the coordination of the YPG/YPJ fighters on this front.

ISIS gangs had remained desperate in the wake of the one-man resistance put up by YPG Commander Hogir Garzan on Zagros Hill overlooking the village of Ziyaret. Provided with the coordinates of Commander Garzan’s position from the border military post of the Turkish state, gangs launched tank fire on this area, which left commander Garzan martyred.

ISIS DEFEAT ON THREE FRONTS

Following its emergence, ISIS suffered the first defeat, the first failure and the first retreat during the June resistance in Kobanê. Following their one month long attacks, ISIS gangs suffered heavy losses and started to flee. While withdrawing their forces back to their previous line on the eastern and southern fronts, the gangs on the western front had to leave a part of the Şexler line, which had entirely been under their control previously.

JULY OFFENSIVE

Following the flight of the gangs, YPG/YPJ combatants initiated the „Kobanê Martyrs Revenge Operation“ which lasted throughout the month of July and witnessed heavy losses on the side of the ISIS. Dozens of villages held by ISIS before the June offensive were taken back and liberated on all three fronts.

After suffering a major defeat in the first major attack on Kobanê, ISIS gangs retreated from Kobanê in late July and headed towards the towns of Deir-e Zor and Tabqa which were held by the regime and housed a large number of heavy weapons and munitions.

In early August, gangs started their attacks on Shengal.
During the month of August, Kobanê witnessed silent and small scale clashes, and an enhancement of the works for reconstruction.
However, with the sort of presentation of the huge heavy weaponry force in Deir-e Zor and Tabqa to the gangs by the Syrian regime, it was understood that this silence was the calm before the storm.

After attacking Kobanê with a great force of arms during the month of June, ISIS gangs understood that it would not be possible to take the town by ordinary attacks and strategies in the face of the epic resistance that mainly intensified in the villages of Evdiko in the east, Kunheftarê in the south and Zor Mîxare in the west.

The gangs that fled the region in late July were also inflicted heavy losses during the „Kobanê Martyrs Revenge Operation“ that lasted throughout the month of July.

The town which was relatively calm during the month of August faced as of mid September yet another attack of an unequal balance of power similar to the one between the Persian army and the 300 Spartans in history. ISIS gangs attacked the town with an abundant number of militants and arm force capable of occupying several big cities.

ISIS SEIZE A HUGE ARM FORCE FROM THE SYRIAN ARMY

Throughout the month of August, ISIS gangs conducted attacks on the bases of the Syrian army. The first attack in mid August targeted the regime’s military headquarters which housed thousands of soldiers in the town of Ayn İsa. The assault which began at 20:00 in the evening ended up with the flight of the Syrian troops and seizure by ISIS of a large quantity of ammunition towards the midnight. Following Ayn İsa, gangs targeted the regime’s military airport in Tabqa housing a remarkable amount of heavy weaponry which also they seized after taking control of the area in a few days. They seized at least 40 tanks from Tabqa. After Ayn İsa and Tabqa, gangs attacked Deir-e Zor and seized here as well a large quantity of ammunition belonging to the regime. During the course of the month of August, ISIS gangs gained weapons and munitions that the regime sort of presented to them and that would suffice to occupy dozens of towns.

WEAPONS DEPLOYED AROUND KOBANÊ IN LATE AUGUST

After dispatching the weapons seized from the regime to Kobanê in parts, ISIS gangs deployed all these weapons and the heavy weaponry they brought in from Iraq around Kobanê.

CLASHES WITH REGIME FORCES CEASE

As of the first week of September, all clashes with the Syrian army were ceased and ISIS mobilized all its forces in Syria towards Kobanê. After this date, regime forces conducted neither aerial nor ground operations against the gangs.

ARMS MOBILITY AT TURKEY BORDER

During the same days, villagers from Kobanê witnessed a delivery of arms to ISIS by the Turkish state over the Baghdad railway passing by the Kobanê border. Commanders of YPG/YPJ following the mobility in this process announced that ISIS was preparing for a major offensive greater than the previous one with the use of arms provided to them from Turkey’s side in addition to the other three fronts. They were pointing to the role of the Turkish state in the attacks on Kobanê.

THE SITUATION IN KOBANÊ

Kobanê had been under siege and cut off from the outside world for two years now, as a result of which all needs were being met based on own sources. The canton administration was trying to produce a solution to the lack of food by initiating an agricultural move in the town where there no production was being made and trade had come to a halt. Power generators and water wells were being used to settle the problem of electricity and water both of which had been cut off by the gangs after the siege of the town. By August, water was being provided from the wells opened in the western part of the town, and electricity from the common power generators set up in every neighborhood.

BURKAN AL FIRAT ALLIANCE

Again during the same days, Kobanê still lacked the sufficient arm force and number of fighters to protect the town against attacks. Yet, fighters of the YPG/YPJ were ready to confront every attack with the spirit of self-sacrifice after inflicting a major blow on the ISIS gangs during the month of June and July with inadequate arms and a military force mainly consisting of new fighters that joined the resistance from across the town itself and Northern Kurdistan upon a call for mobilization.
In the first week of September, a military alliance was formed in Kobanê with progressive groups from the Free Syrian Army, such as Suwar Al Raqqa and Şemsî Şîmal. The military alliance was called Burkan Al Fırat which became the first one of its kind between Kurdish and Arab peoples in history. Soon after the declaration of the alliance, Burkan Al Fırat conducted a series of actions against the ISIS gangs. The most striking of these actions was the one conducted in the center of ISIS-occupied Jarablus city in the second week of September, which left a number of gang members dead.

MAJOR OFFENSIVE BEGINS

At the night of 14-15 September, ISIS launched the first attack, starting the battle which would witness a defense of values of humanity with an epic spirit of self-sacrifice and go down in history on the side of the Stalingrad defense and the resistance of Spartans against the Persians in Thermopylae („The Hot Gates“).

ISIS gangs started to attack the villages of Tahlik and Zerik in west Kobanê with missiles, mortars and a number of tanks. As YPG/YPJ commanders moved for this area, reports came through that gangs had also started to attack the villages of Serzori, Qizeli, Huriye, Leqleqo and Qorike on the eastern front to the accompaniment of at least eight tanks. On 15 September morning, ISIS launched an attack on the southern front as well. Differently from the previous simultaneous attacks from all three fronts, ISIS gangs now deployed arms and militants on the southeastern and southwestern parts too, and started an offensive from five fronts.

‚WE ARE GOING TO WIN THIS WAR‘

It didn‘t take long to see the dimension of this offensive. YPG/YPJ commanders were now understanding that this was not an ordinary attack and occupation move and witnessed a technical and numeral inequality at an awesome level. As ISIS gangs launched this offensive with all their forces and weapons in Syria, it became clear that their aim was to ensure an entire occupation of Kobanê in a short time. YPJ Commander Meryem Kobane was making this fastening; „This will not be an ordinary battle but a confrontation between the male-dominant sovereign savagery and the spiritual power and will of democratic modernity. We are going to win this war.“

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Inside Kobane / BBC

Turkish police announced from car in Cizre: „ARMENIAN BASTARDS!“ / CIZE – KURDISTAN

Turkish police announced from car in Cizre:
„ARMENIANS LOVE YOU, YOU ARE ARMENIANS. ARMENIANS! ARMENIAN BASTARDS!“

Türkische Polizei macht über Autolautsprecher folgende Ansage an die kurdische Bevölkerung in Cizîr: „ARMENIER LIEBEN EUCH, IHR SEID ARMENIER. ARMENIER! ARMENISCHE BASTARDE!“

Pädagogisch wirksame Erziehung zum Faschisten der Zukunft / Türkei

Pädagogisch wirksame Erziehung zum Faschisten der Zukunft.
Erzieher/Lehrer der Kinder lässt türkische Kinder im Pausenhof mit waffenähnlichem Gerät im Militärschritt laufen und „Ich möchtet ein Märtyrer sein“-Parolen rufen (original:Sehit olmak istiyorum).

Turkish teacher let students imitate military walk and speech like „i want to be a martyr“ (original: sehit olmak istiyorum).

Future on ice in Cizre as even funerals are prevented

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Cemile Çağırga

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After police killed 13-year-old girl Cemile Çağırga in the Kurdish town of Cizre, images of her mother wrapping the body in ice packs while waiting for a police blockade to lift have displayed the sorrow of the besieged town.

Throughout the weekend, Turkish police and soldiers continued a nonstop assault on the town of Cizre in Northern Kurdistan. On Sunday night, Turkish state snipers shot 13-year-old Cemile Çağırga, a teenage girl. Like many of the at least seven residents killed in just a few days, Cemile could not be buried because of the police blockade on her neighborhood.

Police have refused to allow ambulances in and out of neighborhoods, let alone hearses. Cemile’s family kept her body in their home while waiting for police to lift the blockade. A photograph has spread on social media showing Cemile’s mother wrapping her dead daughter’s body in makeshift ice packs to delay its decomposition.

Cemile was among four of those killed whose bodies were kept unburied in the besieged Nur neighborhood for two days. After negotiations by the Peoples’ Democratic Party Parliamentary representatives for the province, police finally permitted the bodies to be taken out of the neighborhood yesterday. The bodies of Cemile; 35-day-old baby Muhammed Tahir Yaramış; 18-year-old Osman Çağlı; and 19-year-old Sait Çağdavul were transported to the provincial capital of Şırnak for autopsy.

JINHA

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12-year-old boy shot in Cizre

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A 12-year-old boy has been shot in the stomach as Turkish state forces fire on residents of the Kurdish town of Cizre.

For several days, police and soldiers have been continuing a massive assault using heavy weaponry on the town of Cizre, located in Northern Kurdistan (in Turkey). Seven have died as of this morning, as state forces prevent ambulance access to the neighborhoods.

A 12-year-old boy named Ömer Magi has been shot in the Cudi neighborhood. Volunteer doctors are treating Ömer. In spite of the ongoing police fire, doctors are currently attempting to reach Ömer to treat the gunshot wound in his abdomen.

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Children shot again in Cizre

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As the Turkish state continued an assault on the Kurdish town of Cizre yesterday, police shot three children who left their homes to buy bread. All three children were wounded, one seriously, but were unable to be hospitalized quickly due to the police blockade.

For several days, the Turkish state has maintained a ceaseless police and military assault on the town of Cizre. Cizre is located in Şırnak province, in Northern Kurdistan (in Turkey). The town is under police curfew and has witnessed targeting of civilian lives and residential neighborhoods.

Yesterday, three children left their homes near the Red Madrassah in Cizre’s Kale neighborhood to buy bread. Police raked the children with gunfire from an armored vehicle. The attack left the three wounded, one seriously. Parliamentary representatives from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rushed to the scene, but were stopped by police. When they called an ambulance, emergency operators initially told them that they could not send the ambulance because they have no security.

Eventually, an ambulance managed to take nine-year-old Murat Babayiğit to the Cizre State Hospital. Clashes continued in several neighborhoods yesterday evening.

JINHA




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