Daesh’s desperate militants seek salvation in Turkey

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Many IS terrorists attempted to cross the border into Turkey to go to European countries or just to live in Turkey have been prevented by YPG’s Anti-Terror Units.

A large number of foreign IS members have been arrested in a recent comprehensive operation by Special Forces of People’s Protection Units (YPG). The terrorists, the majority of whom are Russian citizens, were trying to enter Turkey. According to the information provided by General Command of Anti-Terror Units over 20 IS terrorists have been arrested along with those guiding them while trying to go to Turkey, in last two weeks.

“Even though ISIS nears its end, there are many sleeper cells in many areas of Rojava. We are arresting them with various operations almost every day before these cells go into action. They are mostly foreigners.” Says Anti-Terror Units General Command.

“IS terrorists are Erdogan fans”

“All of them are Erdogan fans. They are clearly expressing it in their inquiry. They constantly voice the support by the Turkish state to IS. Terrorists wanted in their own country say that Turkey is the only country that they can move freely and organize IS-related activities easily in. We have found that some of them are prepared to carry out suicide attacks in European countries. Some others just flee to Turkey to live in there. They all prefer Turkey in the end.”

Turkish border guards: “Welcome to home!”

Many IS members who were arrested by YPG before New Year Eve have been found to be foreigners. From these, the information given by four terrorists who have been detained for about a week, clearly reveals some well-known facts.

Mohammed Abu al-Qadr, who joined IS in 2015, says he is originally from Tunisia but lived in Germany before joining IS. Mohammed Abu al-Qadr shares the following information: “I came to Turkey overland passing through Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria with an ambulance. In fact, Turkish border gates were always open to any of us (IS members). I was amazed when Turkish border guards welcomed me saying “This is your home, you are here to help us.”

“They helped us when they knew we were ISIS”#

Al-Qadir tells his story of going back to Turkey for the second time. “I went back to take my wife and children to Syria. They were in Istanbul then. The second time was a little bit harder than the first.”

“We receive weapons and medicine via Turkey”

Al-Qadir reveals some information about the relations established in various ways between Turkish state and IS’ so-called authorities: “There are a large number of Turks within the ranks of IS. Some of them were sent to Turkey to organize and arrange our relations with Turkey (state and security officials.) I know one of them very well. He is called Abu Ubaid al-Turki. He is one of the leaders of the group and lives in Turkey.

Vladimir Oleinikov, originally from Kazakhstan and Russian citizen, joined the group in 2016. Oleinikov has been active in many formerly IS-held areas such as Raqqa, Mayadeen and Bukamal. He defected from IS and decided to go live in Turkey, following the liberation of these areas: “There is nowhere to go but Turkey. We were going to use illegal ways to cross the border into Turkey. But they (Turkey) know our routes. We can go easily somehow.” Considering the difficulty of passing through the border line which has recently been closed with walls by Turkish state, it seems that the passages are supervised. Oleinikov therefore expresses his frustration with the Nusra front, not Turkish troops, while trying to cross the border: “The moment Al Nusra caught us they would kill us. But we were arrested by YPG in preparation for going to Turkey.”

Turkey is the most favorable country for IS remnants

30-years-old terrorist Abdulrazzaq (Nom de guerre) says he joined so-called Caliphate in Antep in 2015: “I was brought to Istanbul from Azerbaijan, and then to Anteb. We’ve had no problems during the trip. We had experienced couriers.”

Dozens of IS members who have been arrested mostly at border regions see salvation in Turkey in the course of collapse of the Caliphate. Militants who’d easily reached IS from all over the world via Turkey years ago, when the group emerged and started to rise effectively, intend to return in the same route. Terrorists who don’t want to be arrested in their own countries or be captured by another group see Turkey as the savior.

YPG Anti-Terror Units General Command stated that the operations will continue. It has been noted that many militants, especially those on the most wanted lists, have been caught trying to cross the border.


YPG Press Office
| January 6, 2018

French jihadi Thomas Barnouin: “I was trying to go to Turkey”

One of ISIS’ most sought jihadis in connection to the recruitment networks in European countries, IS propaganda and suicide attacks led to many civilian deaths, Thomas Barnouin was captured in a special operation carried out by YPG Anti-Terror Units recently.

It is known that Barnouin took part in planning and implementation stages of some terrorist attacks targeting civilians. It is believed that he is one of masterminds of 2012 Touluse attack, which killed seven people, and the 2015 Paris attack which caused 130 people to lose their lives.

YPG’s Anti-Terror Units General Command stated that they have arrested the terrorists as they were trying to cross the border into Turkey, in a village near the Rojava-Turkey border. The smuggler that guided them and 5 other terrorists all of whom are French have also been arrested. General Command revealed the ID information of the terrorists;

Thomas Barnouin (Abu Mohamed al-Fransi), 36

Kevin Gonot (Abu Sufyan al-Fransi), 32

Muhamed Megherbi (Abu Maymuna al-Fransi), 36

Romain Garner (Abu Salama al-Fransi), 31

Thomas Collange (Abu Hussain al-Fransi), 30

Najib Megherbi (Abu Sulaiman al-Jazaeeri), 35

Barnouin tells that he first came to Syria in 2005 but was taken into custody and handed over to France. Barnouin once again came to Syria to join ISIS, saying the trip through Turkey was very easy: “Those who arranged my trip to Syria had provided me with some relations in Turkey. I did not believe I could pass through Turkey so easily. I was arrested on terrorism charges in France, so I thought in Turkey that I would be arrested and sent back to France. But the trip was so easy that I was surprised. I first came to Istanbul and then to Antakya (also known as Hatay, a southern city of Turkey which is located on the border.) The smuggler took me to Latakia. It was so easy. In 2014 we were ordered to retreat from Latakia to Raqqa. We did this through Turkey then, without any problems. Barnouin, according to the information he gives, was in charge of propaganda and media affairs in Raqqa and administrated Shari’a schools. He went to Mayadeen when YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces initiated the Great Battle to retake Raqqa. Barnouin says he was arrested by ISIS in Mayadeen and spent 105 days in jail: “When IS arrests someone, it does it without asking a single question. They don’t tell you what you are accused of. Then I understood that IS has nothing to do with Islam. IS had been established by old BAATHists and some intelligence services. They only fight for oil and money. Now the remaining fighters are realizing the fact and are seeking the ways to go out of it. There are very few people who think that ISIS is an Islamic organization. When I saw that I wanted to defect from them but I was arrested at the Turkish border.

Barnouin tells that so many fighters went to European countries to carry out suicide attacks so far, passing through Turkey: “Crossing the Turkish border is very easy when compared to others. So many people went to Europe. So far, many IS members have gone to Europe through Turkey. I have not heard about anyone crossed the Saudi or Jordanian border so far, but many people done that at the Turkish border. 90 percent of foreign militants of ISIS came to Syria via Turkey, now they want to flee through the same direction. …We thought that if we surrender to YPG we could be tortured and even be killed. We would surrender if we knew that YPG would treat us like this.”

Thomas Barnouin and those who were arrested along with him are blacklisted in so many countries in connection to the recruitment networks in European countries.

Anti-Terror Units General Command stated that the operations
are going on successfully. In last two weeks over 20 ISIS terrorists,
most of whom are from Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey,
Albania, Germany, Sweden, France, England and some other European
countries have been arrested as attempting cross the Turkish border.



YPG Press Office
| January 10, 2018


Emilie Konig: „I‘m being investigated as if in my own country“

Emilie Konig, a French jihadist woman, spoke up on the allegations by French media outlets about her.

French media has been spreading news about Emilie Konig, a French jihadist woman captured by our forces, that she faced oppression and was tortured by YPG. Konig responded the claims.

Konig said that all her and her childrens’ basic needs were met during her stay in the Hol refugee camp: “Some women told me that I would be persecuted, tortured and oppressed in YPG camps. I was asked by YPG to answer only a few questions when I was brought to the Hol refugee camp and my photos were taken. All these did not take more than 2 hours. Then they gave a shelter for me and my children to stay in. I was not subjected to any ill-treatment. Later, when I was told that I would be brought to another camp, I was so scared. I thought that I was going to be tortured in there. I immediately found a phone, called my mother and said I was afraid of the “possibility of torture”. Then I realized that there is no such thing. All my and my childrens’ needs have been being met on a regular basis here. I did not have any problems during my investigation. The investigation is a normal process. It is hard to experience it this way. But it is just an ordinary investigation process that consisting of questions and answers. Nothing else.”

Emilie Konig was born in France in 1984 as the daughter of a father serving in the French army. After her first husband was arrested for drug trafficking, she decided to marry a man called Ibrahim, whom she met on the internet. Soon she takes a plane from Paris to Istanbul to join the so-called Islamic State. Konig crosses the border from Kilis, a southern city of Turkey, into Azaz and joins ISIS.

Emilie receives ideological and military courses short after she arrives in Syria. Emilie, who was forced marriage three times by IS, appeared calling Muslims to join the Caliphate in some propaganda videos that had been put online by ISIS.

Konig was arrested in a special operation carried out by YPG Anti-Terror Units on December 12, 2017. Konig is one of most wanted IS members in many European countries.

Konig’s speech in French:


YPG Press Office
| January 8, 2018





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