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Former official of Turkey’s ruling party pictured brandishing severed head in Syria

A Turkish Islamist militant who appeared in a video brandishing a decapitated head turned out to be an official of the youth branch of Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) before joining the jihadist cause in Syria.

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Emrah Çelik (born April 5, 1987), a member of the AKP youth branch in the Kapaklı district of northwestern Tekirdağ province, was seen posing in both a video and still shots while holding a severed head in his hand. The recording shows him saying that the victory belongs to Islamist jihadists and that whoever takes on Islam’s soldiers would share the same fate as the severed head, which he said belonged to a soldier in the Syrian regime forces. In the end he says victory belongs to Islam while raising a single index finger, similar to a gesture used by militants of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

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Emrah Çelik poses with a severed head, holding an index finger in the air.


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Çelik served as the deputy chairman of the AKP youth branch in a district located on the European side of Turkey before joining jihadist groups fighting in the Turkmen area of northern Syria, on October 10, 2015. He is originally from the eastern province Erzincan but maintains a residence in Tekirdağ. Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor’s Office records show he is still a member of the AKP.

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AKP membership registry record at the Supreme Court of Appeals Chief Prosecutor’s Office.

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According to his own statement Çelik served in the 2nd Coastal Division stationed in the Turkmen mountains and served under the command of Bashar Molla. The division is the main Turkmen rebel group operating in the Latakia Governorate and gained notoriety when they killed a Russian SU-24 fighter jet pilot who was ejected from his aircraft when it was shot down by Turkey on the Syrian border on November 24, 2015. In his statement Çelik said two choppers were deployed by Russia within 10 minutes of the downing of the plane to rescue the pilots but that it was too late as the division had already captured them.


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It appears he had been traveling back and forth to Syria with no problems at the border as the Turkmen division was armed, trained and supported by Turkey. During one of his visits to Turkey he gave an interview to a local daily in his hometown, on November 18, 2018, and described Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as a leader who fights for the Islamic cause. “Whoever is a friend to our President Erdoğan is a friend of ours, and whoever is an enemy of his is also enemy of ours,” he said, in an oblique reference to his hostility towards the Gülen movement, an outspoken critic of the Erdoğan regime due to its aiding and arming jihadist groups in Syria. “We are ready to die for the cause of our president,” Çelik said, adding that he believed he had been fighting in Syria against all infidel states.

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Çelik (R) posing next to Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu.

Çelik was photographed posing next to Turkey’s interior minister, Süleyman Soylu, as well as Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop. When the pictures were circulated on social media, he admitted that he was the man in the photo posing with Soylu and was very proud of it. In some pictures Çelik was also seen making the Rabia sign, a campaign symbol for President Erdoğan, who borrowed the gesture from Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. He was claimed to be affiliated with the al-Nusra Front, although that claim was never verified. He and his comrades joined the Turkish military’s offensive in Syria along with Free Syrian Army fighters.

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Parliament Speaker Mustafa Şentop standing next to Çelik (L).

In Syria he was embedded with a unit led by another Turkish militant, Alparslan Çelik, the alleged killer of one of the pilots of the downed Russian SU-24 jet who died in machine gun fire from the ground after ejecting from the plane. Alparslan defended the murder of the pilot in a video, saying he had dropped bombs on Turkmens and that retaliation was the right thing to do. Alparslan was charged with firearms violations in a gang-related crime in Turkey and sentenced to five years in May 2017. His case is still pending on appeal.

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Emrah Çelik served in Syria under the command of Alparslan Çelik (L), the alleged killer of one of the pilots of the downed Russian SU-24 jet. They are seen posing together here.

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Emrah Çelik took part in the Turkish army’s military incursion into Syria.


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„Hey wax li min, wax! Ev çi dinya ye?
Kurdistan bin destê dijmana ye,
Mal û milkê min ji xelkê re maye.
Bextê dinyayê îro nemaye.“

„Ach her je, ach!
Was ist das bloß für eine Welt?
Kurdistan liegt in den Händen der Feinde,
Mein Haus und Eigentum gehört nun anderen.
Die Welt hat heute kein Erbahmen.“

Diese kurdische Mutter protestierte heute in Amed gegen die Absetzung der Oberbürgermeister von Amed, Mêrdîn und Wan und gegen die Inhaftierungen von über 400 HDP-Politiker*innen. Das Lied von Aram Tigran ist mehrere Jahrzehnte alt und immer noch aktuell.


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Amed, Mardin and Van municipalities seized by the AKP

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Co-mayors of Amed, Mardin and Van municipalities were removed from office and the municipalities were placed under police blockade.

Turkish Ministry of Interior has announced removing HDP (Peoples’ Democratic Party) Amed Metropolitan Municipality Co-mayor Selçuk Mızraklı, Mardin Metropolitan Municipality Co-mayor Ahmet Türk and Van Metropolitan Municipality Co-mayor Bedia Özgökçe Ertan.

Following the removal of the co-mayors, police forces laid a siege on the buildings of all the three municipalities.

Police forces broke the doors of Amed Municipality to forcibly get in the building at 6 am this morning.

Co-mayor Mızraklı said he has not received any notification regarding his removal, adding; “We are facing an unlawful situation. Nobody living in Turkey can consider himself to be living under the umbrella of law. This attitude developed against HDP municipalities should be seen as aimed at the democratic opposition. What is usurped is the people’s will.”

A number of police units participate in the raid on the municipalities of Amed and Van which have been surrounded with armored vehicles. A detailed search has been started in both municipalities and the police barricades that had been removed after the March 31 elections have been placed around the buildings again.

In the meantime, the Interior Ministry announced that provincial governors have been appointed in the place of the three mayors removed from office.

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Bürgermeister von Amed, Mêrdîn und Wan abgesetzt

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Auf Betreiben des türkischen Innenministeriums sind die Oberbürgermeister*innen der nordkurdischen Metropolen Amed, Mêrdîn und Wan ihres Amtes enthoben worden.

Der türkische Staatspräsident und seine AKP gehen wieder gegen die kurdischen Stadtverwaltungen im Land vor. In den Metropolen Amed (Diyarbakir), Mêrdîn (Mardin) und Wan (Van) sind die HDP-Oberbürgermeister*innen Selçuk Mızraklı, Ahmet Türk und Bedia Özgökçe Ertan auf Betreiben des Innenministeriums ihres Amtes enthoben worden. Die Stadtverwaltungen wurden bereits unter die kommissarische Leitung von AKP-Bürokraten gestellt. Um 6 Uhr morgens hat die Polizei zudem in allen drei Städten die Rathäuser abgeriegelt und umstellt. Die rechtliche Grundlage für dieses Vorgehen ergebe sich aus Ermittlungen gegen die betroffenen Bürgermeister*innen wegen Terrorvorwürfen, heißt es in einer Stellungnahme des Innenministeriums.

Zahlreiche Festnahmen in Amed

In Amed ist es Sonntagnacht außerdem zu Razzien bei führenden Politikern der HDP und DBP gekommen. Bisher ist die Festnahme von 22 Betroffenen bekannt.

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Deutsche IS-Waisen aus Rojava zurückgeholt

Die Autonomieverwaltung Nord- und Ostsyriens hat heute vier IS-Waisen an Mitarbeiter des deutschen Konsulats im Nordirak übergeben. Die Übergabe fand am Grenzübergang Sêmalka statt.

Die Bundesregierung holt erstmals Kinder von deutschen Anhängern der Dschihadistenmiliz „Islamischer Staat“ (IS) nach Deutschland zurück. In Sêmalka an der syrisch-irakischen Staatsgrenze wurden am Montag vier Kinder an Mitarbeiter des deutschen Konsulats in Hewlêr (Erbil) übergeben. Die Kinder hatten nach dem Sieg über die Terrormiliz im Flüchtlingslager al-Hol gelebt. Es handele sich um drei Waisen und ein krankes Baby, sagte Abdulkarim Omar, Verantwortlicher für auswärtige Angelegenheiten der Selbstverwaltung, heute in Qamişlo. Nach der Übergabe bedankte sich die deutsche Delegation bei der Autonomieverwaltung und den Demokratischen Kräften Syriens (QSD) für die Zusammenarbeit.

Nach vorliegenden Informationen sollen die vier Kinder in Hewlêr zunächst medizinisch versorgt werden. Anschließend werden sie in Begleitung ihrer Großeltern nach Deutschland fliegen. Die Mutter des kranken Mädchens hält sich unterdessen weiterhin mit weiteren Kindern im Camp-Hol auf.

Deutlich mehr deutsche IS-Angehörige in Syrien als bisher angenommen

Über die Rückkehr von IS-Kindern wird in Deutschland seit Monaten diskutiert. Die Bundesregierung hatte zunächst immer wieder darauf verwiesen, dass es in Syrien derzeit keine deutsche diplomatische Vertretung gebe, die als Ansprechpartner fungieren könne.

Das Berliner Verwaltungsgericht hatte im Juli entschieden, dass die Regierung Angehörige von IS-Dschihadisten zurückholen müsse. In Flüchtlingslagern in Nord- und Ostsyrien halten sich nach Angaben des Rojava Information Center (RIC) aktuell deutlich mehr Angehörige von deutschen Islamisten auf als bislang bekannt. Mindestens 117 Kinder mit deutscher Staatsangehörigkeit sollen sich derzeit in den Camps der Selbstverwaltung befinden. Dazu kämen 21 Kinder von Deutschen, die aber keine deutsche Staatsangehörigkeit hätten, sowie Dutzende Frauen und 66 Männer, von denen mehr als 40 an Kriegsverbrechen beteiligt sein sollen. Die Bundesregierung sprach zuletzt von 68 Frauen aus Deutschland und mehr als 120 Kindern.

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