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American troops killed in Syria bomb attack claimed by Isil

American troops have been killed in a bomb attack in Syria claimed by Isil, just weeks after Donald Trump said the terror group had been defeated and announced he would pull out US forces.

The attack took place in the northern town of Manbij, where US troops were on patrol.

The exact number of Americans killed has yet to be confirmed but a spokesman for the US-led coalition against Isil said that multiple US soldiers had died.

“US service members were killed during an explosion while conducting a routine patrol in Syria today,” the spokesman said. “We are still gathering information and will share additional details at a later time.”

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 16 people were killed including nine civilians and others were wounded in the blast.

The attack throws into focus Mr Trump’s withdrawal from Syria, which he unexpectedly announced before Christmas and caught allies and figures in his own administration off guard.

The move triggered the resignation of two senior Trump administration figures – James Mattis, the defence secretary, and Brett McGurk, the special presidential anti-Isil envoy – and a backlash from Congress.

Mr Trump initially said the withdrawal of America’s 2,000 troops in Syria would take place in 30 days but that morphed into four months. Now the exact timetable of the withdrawal is unclear.

Justifying his decision in December, Mr Trump tweeted: “We have defeated ISIS in Syria, my only reason for being there during the Trump Presidency.” He has also described Syria as a country of “sand and death”.

The deaths are the first US casualties in the country since Mr Trump’s announcement. Isil claimed responsibility for the attack, which appeared to be a suicide bombing.

The attack may be the most deadly on US forces in Syria since they were deployed on the ground in 2015.

A Pentagon spokesman told Reuters that only two US troops have previously been killed in action in Syria. There have also been two non-combat fatalities.

A video purporting to show the bombing broadcast by CNN showed the moment an explosion went off on a pavement of a busy street. The footage later showed pools of blood on the ground.

Reuters, the news agency, quoted two witnesses who described the blast.

„An explosion hit near a restaurant, targeting the Americans, and there were some forces from the Manbij Military Council with them,“ one said.

The Manbij Military Council militia has controlled the town since US-backed Kurdish-led forces took it from Isil in 2016. It is located near areas held by Russian-backed Syrian government forces and by anti-Assad fighters backed by Turkey.

One of the witnesses said there was a „heavy“ presence of military aircraft over Manbij following the blast, which took place near a vegetable market.

Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said in a brief statement that Mr Trump had been briefed on the attack.

“The President has been fully briefed and we will continue to monitor the ongoing situation in Syria. For any specific questions please contact the Department of Defence,” she said.

She added in a later statement „Our deepest sympathies and love go out to the families of the brave American heroes who were killed today in Syria.

„We also pray for the soldiers who were wounded in the attack. Our service members and their families have all sacrificed so much for our country.“

Telegraph

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Guerillakämpfer Jakob Riemer in Kurdistan gefallen

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VIDEO: Jakob Riemer

Der deutsche Guerillakämpfer Jakob Riemer ist am 9. Juli 2018 in Nordkurdistan gefallen. Die HPG sprechen seinen Angehörigen ihr Beileid aus.

Das Pressezentrum der Volksverteidigungskräfte HPG hat eine Erklärung zu dem im vergangenen Jahr in Çarçella gefallenen Guerillakämpfer Jakob Riemer (Şiyar Gabar) abgegeben. In der Erklärung heißt es:

„In Kurdistan findet ein Krieg statt, in dem mit großer Selbstlosigkeit und unermüdlichem Einsatz gekämpft wird. Das freie Leben entwickelt sich mit dem Glauben unserer heldenhaften Gefallenen an das Leben und die Freiheit. Die bewusste und selbstlose Lebensweise der Gefallenen hat eine Kraft entstehen lassen, die unsere Bewegung unter Führung der PKK zu einem unbedingten Erfolg führt.

Im Kampf gegen die kolonialistische Besatzung Kurdistans ist unser Freund Şiyar Gabar am 9. Juli 2018 bei einer Militäroperation der türkischen Armee in der Region Çarçella in Gever (Yüksekova, Provinz Colemêrg/Hakkari) gefallen.

Heval Şiyar ist 1994 in Deutschland zur Welt gekommen. In jungen Jahren erkannte er die Ungerechtigkeit des herrschenden Systems und suchte nach Wegen, gegen das Unrecht anzukämpfen. Er kämpfte gegen die kapitalistische Moderne, in der Menschen nicht zählen und die Schere zwischen den Gesellschaftsschichten immer größer wird. Şiyar glaubte daran, dass ein gerechtes System ohne Ausbeutung möglich ist und war in Deutschland in verschiedenen linken Gruppen aktiv. In dieser Zeit lernte er das kurdische Volk und den kurdischen Befreiungskampf kennen. Er erkannte, dass eine weltweite Befreiung auf der Grundlage von Abdullah Öcalans Ideologie eines freien Lebens erreicht werden kann und entschloss sich, in der PKK dafür zu kämpfen. 2013 ging er in die Berge Kurdistans und schloss sich den HPG an.

Şiyar gewöhnte sich schnell an die Lebensbedingungen in den Bergen. Auf der einen Seite bemühte er sich, sich ideologisch weiterzuentwickeln und seiner Sicht auf die Welt eine solide Grundlage zu verschaffen. Auf der anderen Seite konzentrierte er sich auf das Guerillaleben und wollte sich in der militärischen Kunst weiterbilden. Mit seiner Disziplin, seiner Gründlichkeit, seiner Moral und seiner Bescheidenheit wurde er von seinen Freundinnen und Freunden geliebt und geachtet. Şiyar lernte innerhalb kurzer Zeit fließend Kurdisch und galt auch deshalb überall als beispielhaft. Als Guerillakämpfer zog er es immer vor, in den schwierigsten Gebieten tätig sein. Er liebte die Zagros-Berge und wollte auf den Gipfeln dieser Gegend, die die Wiege der Menschheit darstellt, kämpfen.

Heval Şiyar ist ein Beispiel für die internationale Solidarität. Er hat sich dem kurdischen Befreiungskampf mit großer Begeisterung angeschlossen und damit einen Platz eingenommen, der niemals vergessen sein wird. Die internationalistischen Gefallenen von Haki Karer und Kemal Pir über Andrea Wolf bis zu Jakob Riemer beleuchten unseren Weg. Die Familie Riemer kann unendlich stolz auf ihren Sohn Şiyar Gabar sein. Wir sprechen ihr unser tiefes Beileid angesichts dieses schmerzhaften Verlustes aus.

Wir gedenken unserem Freund Şiyar Gabar und allen anderen internationalistischen Gefallenen, die als Zeichen der Solidarität der Völker im Befreiungskampf der unterdrückten Völker ihr Leben verloren haben. Wir geben erneut unser Wort, dass wir ihren Kampf weiterführen und die Fahne der Freiheit zum Sieg tragen werden.“

Codename: Şiyar Gabar

Vor- und Nachname: Jakob Riemer

Geburtsort: Deutschland

Todestag und -ort: 9. Juli 2018 / Çarçella

ANF

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Syrians celebrating new year at Istanbul’s Taksim square sparks outrage

Thousands of Syrian refugees in Turkey pouring into Istanbul’s Taksim square on Monday night to celebrate the new year created a wave of anti-Syrian outrage in the country, Sözcü newspaper reported.

Turks reacted when many young Syrian men opened flags and chanted slogans in square, the central point of new year celebrations in Turkey.

A video showing Syrian refugees’ new year celebrations in Istanbul went viral in the early hours of 2019, with many lashing out at the Syrians and the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) Syrian refugees policy on social media.

Over 5,000 tweets were posted within hours with the hashtag #ÜlkemdeSuriyeliİstemiyorum [I don’t want Syrians in my country].

“In the video, which was shared by thousands in a couple of hours, there are Syrians who are jubilantly celebrating the new year by dancing in the Taksim square and waving Syrian flags. But, it is noticed that there are no Turks among those joining the celebrations,” Sözcü newspaper said.

One Syrian man was detained by the police on Monday night for allegedly sexually harassing two women, Sözcü said.

Turkey is home to a reported 3.8 million Syrian refugees, having implemented an open doors policy since the beginning of the conflict in the neighbouring country in 2011.

More than 70 percent of Turkish people believe Syrian refugees are taking their jobs and two-thirds think Syrians are responsible for increasing the crime rate, according to a poll conducted by Istanbul Bilgi University’s Centre for Migration Research in 2018.

“In the past we were talking about tourists being harassed during celebrations in Taksim, now we are excepted to digest the fact that Syrians wave their flags and harass us. Welcome 2019, this is Turkey,” Ata Benli, a Turkish Twitter user said. ( VIDEO )

Some Turks spoke out against the outrage and hashtag against Syrians.

‚‘It’s easy to say I don‘t want Syrians in my country just because they had fun in Taksim Square. If we are to question anything, it should be the support Turkey provides to armed forces under the name of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). For example, the fee for the salary, clothing, weapons and food provided to this group is coming out of the pockets of this country’s citiziens,'‘ one Twitter user said.

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“Did our young people become martyred on their soil for Syrian youth to invade Taksim, to stage a show with their flags chanting ‘Syria’, and to harass our girls,” another one said on Twitter.

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‚‘You don‘t want Syrians in your country, but do the Syrians want you in their country?'‘ another user asked, in an apparent reference to Turkey’s military presence in the country.

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“There are Syrians everywhere, on the streets at schools, offices,” one Turkish woman said. “Taksim has been invaded by them. They can mark this in history as ‘land invaded without fighting any war’,” she added.

Özkan Yalım, a deputy of the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), also criticised the Syrians’ celebrations. “On the one side there are our glorious Turkish soldiers during in Syria, on the other side there are Syrians celebrating new year in Istanbul. Isn’t enough is enough,” he said.

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Many Turks are angered by AKP policies which they claim provide Syrian refugees with preferential treatment in social services as well as financial assistance.

The debate over Turkey’s protection of Syrian refugees has taken on more urgency in the past year, with opposition lawmakers criticising the government’s spending on refugees during an economic downturn.

Some 55,000 Syrians have been granted Turkish citizenship in the past seven years, according to the Turkish government.


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