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Daesh’s desperate militants seek salvation in Turkey

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

British YPG fighter Jac Holmes martyred in Raqqa

The BBC reported that British YPG fighter Jac Holmes has fallen while clearing landmines in Raqqa.

Jac Holmes, 24 from Bournemouth, who has been fighting in the ranks of the YPG since 2015, has lost his life while clearing landmines in Raqqa, the BBC reported.

Accordingly, Kurdish representatives in the UK said they had been told by YPG officials the former IT worker from Bournemouth was killed while he was clearing an area to make it safe for civilians.

His mother, Angie Blannin, said the 24-year-old had been a „hero in my eyes“.

She told the BBC: „He loved what he was doing there, he loved being a soldier. He had the courage of his convictions.

„He was just a boy when he left the UK, a little bit lost. He told me he didn‘t know what he wanted to do with his life. But by going out there, he found something that he was good at and that he loved.“

Ms Blannin said she had not seen Jac for over a year, but that they regularly kept in touch online and had been making plans for him coming home.

„He stuck by his convictions because he wanted to be there and he wanted to see the end of Raqqa and to see the end of the caliphate. That was a moment in history, and he wanted to be part of it.“

„We thought with any luck he‘d be home for Christmas. It had been so tough since he had been away but I was always 100% behind him.“

„After all this, he had said he might go into politics, or perhaps into close protection security. He‘d seen so much for a boy of his age.“

Ozkan Ozdil, who also fought with Mr Holmes in Syria, told the BBC his friend had become well-known and respected among Kurdish fighting units.

He said: „Everybody knew Jac. By his third tour out there his Kurdish was fluent. We had a bit of a laugh that he was my Kurdish translator.

„He spoke so fondly about Rojava. He was the reason that made me want to go.“

As a former IT worker, Mr Holmes had no prior military training, but he became one of the longest-serving foreign volunteers in the conflict.

Since 2015, he had travelled to fight with the Kurds three times, and spent more than a year there on his third trip.

„He loved being out there, he loved the people around him. He had a purpose and he was happy,“ said Mr Ozdil.

Mr Holmes fought in operations to push ISIS out of key towns and villages including Tel Hamis, Manbij, Tabqa and Raqqa.

During the battle for the IS stronghold of Raqqa, he became part of a four-man sniper unit made up of international fighters who, like him, had joined the conflict voluntarily.

In the „223 YPG Sniper Unit“ Mr Holmes fought alongside three others from Spain, the US and Germany.


Internationalist in Raqqa gefallen
Jac Holmes

Eine Woche nach der Befreiung Raqqas vom „Islamischen Staat“ ist der britische Internationalist Jac Holmes bei der Räumung von Landminen in der ehemaligen „Hauptstadt“ des IS-Kaliphats gefallen.

Seit 2015 kämpfte der 24-Jährige in der YPG, unter Anderem in den Operationen zur Befreiung von Minbic, Tabqa und zuletzt Raqqa. Erst am 26. September war Mehmet Aksoy, Internationalist und Journalist, einem Daesh-Scharfschützen in Raqqa zum Opfer gefallen.

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ISIS defeated in Raqqa as ‚major military operations‘ declared over

US-backed forces fighting ISIS in Raqqa say „major military operations“ in the city have ended and that the jihadists have lost control of their self-declared capital.

The development marks a decisive victory in the fight against ISIS, though US officials said there were still pockets of resistance in the city.
„Major military operations in Raqqa are finished but they are now clearing the city of sleeper cells — if they exist — and mines,“ Talal Salo, spokesman for the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, told CNN. The SDF is a coalition of Arab and Kurdish fighters.

„The situation in Raqqa is under control and soon there will be an official statement declaring the liberation of the city.“
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US special forces, holds their flag at the Al-Naim square in Raqqa on October 17, 2017.

Symbol of ISIS decline

The defeat of ISIS in Raqqa is a symbol of the terror group’s decline — it now controls a small strip of territory along the Euphrates river in northern Syria.
The city became the de facto capital of the terror group’s self-proclaimed „caliphate“ following a sweep of territorial gains in Iraq and Syria in 2014.

Foreign fighters swelled the ranks of ISIS in Raqqa, which it used as a base to launch terror attacks around the world.
A sustained effort to retake the city began in early June, in an operation led by the SDF and backed up by coalition air strikes. The SDF announced the final phase of the operation at the weekend.

In the past few days, the SDF said it had cleared ISIS fighters from the National Raqqa Hospital and Paradise Square, the infamous area in the center where ISIS jihadists carried out public beheadings and crucifixions.
The terror group’s black flag was hauled down from Raqqa’s stadium, its last hideout in the city, on Tuesday, Reuters reported.
„The SDF have taken casualties in the past hours and we expect there will still be pockets of ISIS fighters in the coming days,“ coalition spokesman Col. Ryan Dillon told CNN.

Syrian Democratic Forces celebrate in Raqqa.

In a sign that the SDF operation was nearing a conclusion, coalition air strikes had eased off in the past week. There was only one US airstrike in Syria Monday, but that was far from Raqqa. Dillon said the SDF hadn‘t asked for air support in the past couple of days.
Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS), the award-winning network of citizen journalists who remained in the city throughout the occupation, tweeted Monday that 30 buses and 10 trucks were used to transfer ISIS fighters from Raqqa.

The group also said that since the US-backed operation to free Raqqa began in early June, there had been 3,829 airstrikes on the city, 90 suicide bombings and 1,873 victims. It said 450,000 people had been displaced.
„We don‘t consider it a liberation because SDF has committed many human rights violations against civilians,“ Abdalaziz Alhamza, co-founder of RBSS told CNN.
„Most of Raqqa people, including us, were looking forward to the day that ISIS would be defeated, but not in this scenario, having a new leadership that committed many human rights violations,“ he said.
A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), forces, looks out from a building at the frontline in Raqqa on October 16.

Alhamza also warned that the ISIS ideology was still spreading. „They might disappear from Syria and Iraq but they will appear somewhere else,“ he said, adding that many will probably have returned to their families in the countryside.

Humanitarian crisis grows

Meanwhile Save the Children warned that the humanitarian crisis was escalating, despite the retreat of ISIS in the region. „The military offensive in Raqqa may be coming to an end, but the humanitarian crisis is greater than ever,“ the aid group’s Syria director Sonia Khush said in a statement.
It warned that some 270,000 people who had fled the fighting in Raqqa still needed help, and that refugee camps were „bursting at the seams.“
It said that most families had no homes to return to and that thousands of civilians were displaced in the eastern Deir Ezzor province, where fighting was still ongoing Tuesday.

„Many are plagued by nightmares from witnessing horrific violence and will need extensive psychological support,“ Save the Children said.


YPJ/YJŞ flags wave proudly in Raqqa as revenge for all women

Raqqa was the so-called capital of ISIS. When the YPJ took a leading position in the Operation to Liberate Raqqa, they vowed to avenge the women fell victim to massacres. Now flags of the YPJ and YJŞ are fluttering in the wind in Raqqa’s city centre.

70% of Raqqa city, which ISIS had declared the capital of its darkness, has been cleared of the ISIS gangs. The city has not been liberated entirely but flags of the Rojavan Women’s Army, the Women’s Defense Units YPJ, and the Military Force of Shengal’s Women, YJŞ (Shengal Women’s Units), have been planted and are fluttering already in Raqqa’s city centre.

The female fighters are taking revenge for the feminicide on ISIS day by day. Screams and cries for help of helpless women are no longer filling the air of Raqqa city. Now only the ululation of the female warriors reverberates in Raqqa.

When the Operation Wrath of Euphrates was freshly launched, the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) announced that this operation would be an offensive under the lead and command of the women. There was a meaning behind this. In 2014, when ISIS declared itself the „Islamic state“, it directed its attacks on the women in the first place. They targeted women in their sermons and passed dirty and rotten laws. The ISIS gangs mass raped thousands of women, massacred thousands more, abducted thousands of women and sold them as slaves. In particular during their attack on Shengal they kidnapped thousands of Êzidî women and sold them in slave markets. They sent most of those women to Raqqa. Every chunk of soil of the Raqqa city is stained with the blood of these women, who have been murdered, raped and sold. ISIS hit the women in their heart and brain. In response to that the female fighters have taken an oath to strike the heart and brain of ISIS heavily.


YPJ gave this promise to all women and initiated their struggle on this basis. After some time also the Shengal Women’s Units set off to join the operation of revenge. YJŞ fighters stated: „We, the Êzidî women, are joining the war in Raqqa to avenge all the women.“ The YPJ and YJŞ fighters have taken position at the very front lines in this battle. Thus every blow that has been dealt to the ISIS gangs, is part of the revenge taken for the women.


As for now, about 70% of Raqqa has been liberated from the ISIS gangs. The flags of the YPJ and YJŞ are fluttering freely in the wind in many places of Raqqa city. The ISIS gangs are suffering the worst imaginable death at the hands of the women, since they believe to not go to paradise if they get killed by a woman. Women are sending them directly to hell. The flags of the YPJ and YJŞ are waving proudly in the wind as the historic revenge of every single woman that has been abducted, sold and murdered.


Raqqa, which witnessed the desperate screams and cries for help of the women 4 years long, is now bearing witness to the rise of women, who have become free and are now taking their historic revenge. Screams and cries are not escaping the city any longer. But now the ululation of the women fighters is reverberating.



David Taylor ( Zafer Qereçox )

Latest international fighter to fall fighting ISIS with the Kurdish revolutionary forces is David Taylor from Florida, USA.

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