ISIS terrorists against Syrian Kurdish ‘terrorists’

This video from Syria says about itself:

2014 International Women’s Day in Qamishlo – Rojava Kurdistan

13 March 2014

Unlike the areas under the control of the Syrian regime and Islamic opposition forces, Kurds and Syriac Christian women organised public events in their self-rule autonomous cantons [in] northeast Syria, which promoted gender equality.

By Derek Wall in Britain:

Rojava: a beacon of hope fighting Isis

Monday 25th August 2014

The socialist Kurdish region in Syria has successfully resisted the Islamic State and deserves our solidarity, says DEREK WALL

Rojava should be trending on Twitter. Rojava should be on the lips of all of us, especially of those on the left. Rojava (or Syrian Kurdistan) is a sign of hope in a world which often seems rather dark. However, most of us haven’t even heard of Rojava.

Rojava is an autonomous socialist state with a population of 2.5 million that has recently been formed in the Middle East.

Rojava community self-defence units have been fighting the so-called Islamic State and consistently winning. We should all be fundraising for Rojava’s medical appeal, learning more about Rojava, giving its people solidarity and above all spreading the word.

The discourse in the mainstream media around Iraq and Syria is simple.

Murderous fundamentalists are killing Christians, Shia, Yazidis and terrorising people of all faiths in Iraq and Syria.

The killing of James Foley and threats to the US and Britain make them our enemy. For both pragmatic and ethical reasons, the US and Britain should return to the region and take them on.

Those who oppose direct military interventions are appeasing a force of supreme evil.

The history of US/British intervention suggests that this line of argument contains flaws. In 2003, when George Bush invaded Iraq, one of his pretexts was that Saddam Hussein had been working with al-Qaida.

However it is clear that while in 2003 al-Qaida had no serious support in Iraq, the chaos unleashed by the invasion has enabled the building of a force so repellent and regressive that even al-Qaida condemns them.

Cock-up or conspiracy, interventions have grown and fuelled this threat and with the supplying of weapons to Islamist groups in Syria, Isis have been armed by Obama.

A number of different organisations and states have been fighting Isis. It is forgotten, for example, that Russia has been supporting Iraqi forces for some time.

However, the force that has had the most consistent success in combatting the Islamic State is Rojava.

However Rojava, being a socialist autonomous state, has received no media publicity and no support from the US or Britain.

Rojava gained a measure of autonomy from Syria, and its main political party, the Democratic People’s Union, has organised self-defence units called the YPG. The Democratic People’s Union is affiliated to the Kurdish Workers’ Party, commonly referred to as the PKK.

A long-standing Kurdish revolutionary party, the PKK has been heavily repressed by the Turkish state. In fact much of the rise of the so-called Islamic State can be explained by Turkish opposition to an autonomous Kurdish state.

Turkey’s border has been closed to Rojava to strangle this new socialist and Kurdish state. In contrast, the border has been open from Turkey to jihadists fighting the Kurds.

The long-standing PKK leader Abdullah Ocalan was kidnapped in Nairobi in 1991 by the Turkish secret service and remains in prison.

The PKK is listed as an international terrorist organisation and is subject to intense repression. Yet in Rojava, despite all this pressure, their sister organisation has achieved something interesting.

The PKK and PYD advocate socialism, feminism, freedom of religious belief and pluralism.

In a region dominated by authoritarian regimes and sectarianism, their experiment in democratic socialism should be celebrated. One of Ocalan’s key influences, somewhat surprisingly, is the late US social ecologist Murray Bookchin.

Thousands of Rojavans have been murdered by the fundamentalists, and Rojavan school students have been kidnapped to put pressure upon their families.

However, Rojava has fought back impressively, forming community defence group the YPG. Yazidis from Mount Sinjar, under threat of death from the Islamic State, were led to freedom in Rojava by members of the YPG.

There is much in the media and from politicians like David Cameron about the threat from Islamic fundamentalists.

Of course US and British intervention led to the creation of such a threat, funding from Qatar and Saudi Arabia fed this threat and Turkey has turned a blind eye to jihadists from all parts of the globe moving to Syria and Iraq to cause murder and mayhem.

Real hope in the region will have to come from democratic and plural political structures, based on self-respect, and in the immediate term the so-called Islamic State needs to be challenged. Those who have done so most effectively in Rojava need to be supported.

Yet, at present, the PKK and its affiliates are listed as international terrorist organisations by the US, Nato and the EU.

All of us on the left must call for an end to this terrorism listing, demand the release of Ocalan and challenge the role of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia in supporting fundamentalism.

My knowledge of Rojava is basic but I know I need to find out more. We should set up solidarity organisations, spread the word about Rojava, organise film showings — there are a number of excellent films about Rojava — and, above all, donate to the medical appeal for Rojava.

Derek Wall is international co-ordinator of the Green Party.

The barbaric murder of American journalist James Foley, and his apparent beheading by a masked British man, is being used to move the UK towards direct military participation in Iraq and Syria: here.

The murder of James Foley is being manipulated to gain support for a new war in Syria, argues Colin Toddhunter: here.

US military to initiate operations in Syria: here.

Britain: HOME SECRETARY May is set to bring in special measures to deal with British terrorists returning from Syria and Iraq, where they were allowed to go to fight President Assad with the tacit encouragement of her government and its security forces: here.

Theresa May has a short memory on Syria. The government seeks to punish Britons going to fight in Syria, when a year ago we were on the verge of air strikes there: here.

BRITISH Home Secretary May, driven by the desperate home and foreign policy crisis of British imperialism, is lashing out at basic rights in the UK, at the same time as a civil war has broken out in the Tory Party, and spreading into the army leadership, over whether the British ruling class should back Syria’s President Assad, and seek an alliance with President Rouhani of Iran, as Cameron has suggested, against the ISIS movement. This is a movement that has been built up and financed by Saudi Arabia, where chopping off heads and a Caliphate are still the norm: here.

Men and women in Britain appear to hold very different views on whether the government should sanction RAF air strikes against Isis militants in the Middle East: here.

The drive to war is a measure of the crisis facing US imperialism in the Middle East, after a quarter century of escalating intervention, characterized by the combination of recklessness and brutality that is the particular specialty of the American ruling class. While increasingly apocalyptic administration comments and media headlines declare ISIS to be a deadly threat to the United States, there has been virtually no acknowledgement that the crisis in the Middle East is the direct product of the repeated US interventions: here.

Australian government weighs up joining US air war in Iraq: here.

Italian government sends weapons to northern Iraq: here.

For the US and its allies, Mount Sinjar is a success story: a humanitarian disaster alleviated by US air power. But hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis – mostly sick and old – remain atop the mountain, with no relief on its way: here.

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  4. Yezidi refugees in Dargeçit: The PKK saved us

    A group of Yezidi Kurds fleeing the savagery of ISIS gangs in Sinjar region have arrived the Dargeçit district of Mardin.

    Around 150 Yezidi refugees who were first welcomed and enabled to have a rest at the yard of the municipality were later sheltered in the municipality building in Sümer neighborhood.

    Local people also rushed to the municipality, offering the Yezidi people any help they can provide.

    Some among them told ANF what they have been through in Sinjar.

    Merzah Derveş said that; “We were suddenly attacked in Sinjar, not being able to understand what was going on. Then peshmerga fled without telling us what was happening. We the Yezidi people headed to the Mountain Sinjar. We were hungry and thirsty. Then we suddenly saw some people who we understand were members of the PKK. They gave us everything they had in their backpacks, they especially cared for the children. The PKK saved us.”

    Zerif also laid emphasis on the unity of the Kurdish people, saying; “May God protect the Kurdish unity. It was only Kurds that helped us.”

    Zarif said the PKK members gave them food and water, adding; “We can not forget the favor they did us. After reaching the Rojava border, we came to Şırnak. Turkish soldiers caused many troubles but we managed to reach here, Kerboran, though.

    Zerif pointed out that the people in Dargeçit were very sensitive, that peace mothers are standing by them, and that the municipality has sheltered them, and thanked everyone lending a helping hand.

    Source: ANF – MARDİN 28-08-2014


    UDB urges the removal of PKK from the list of terrorist organizations

    The Breton Democratic Union (Union Démocratique Bretonne, UDB) has urged the European Union to remove the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) from the list of “terrorist” organizations.

    In a statement signed by Mona Bras, spokesperson of the party, and Nil Caoussin, Spokesman of the Youth wing, the UDB emphasized that the PKK, which has fought mainly in Turkey for the rights of the Kurdish people, is now a powerful ally for any democrat against religious extremists, including jihadists Islamic State (IS).

    The political federalist left wing party, active in Brittany (Administrative region + Loire-Atlantique) also said that Kurdish organization defends secularism and human rights better than a State militarily allied to France.

    The UDB remarked that Kurdish forces from four parts of Kurdistan (Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria) have formed a common line of defense on the field and lead a common struggle on several fronts against the jihadists, adding; “PKK fighters contribute to the resistance and the counter-offensive which helped contain the Islamist attacks in northern Iraq and protect the Christian population and Yezidis.”

    But -the statement added- the PKK is still classified as a terrorist group by the European Union despite the fact that it declared a unilateral cease-fire in Turkey.

    “For its part, the AKP government of Erdogan uses any pretext to intimidate the population, stifle and criminalize any opposition, mainly Kurdish. The Turkish state, a NATO member, has chosen to support jihadists in Syria, even those who sow terror in northern Iraq today. When an organization called terrorist defends secularism and human rights better than a State militarily allied to France, it is reasonable to think that it is time to review the criteria for classifying it as a terrorist organization.”, the UDB said.

    In view of the role played by the PKK in the fight against Islamic terrorism in Iraq, and the will clearly expressed by this group to reach a peaceful and democratic output in the crisis in the part of Kurdistan currently administered by Turkey, Breton Democratic Union requested that the PKK is removed from the EU list of terrorist organizations, and demanded that the PKK and the Kurdish people are recognized wider by States of the European Union as a factor of stabilization and democratization in the Middle East.
    Source: ANF – PARIS 28-08-2014


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  33. Thursday 3rd August 2017

    posted by Morning Star in Features

    STEVE SWEENEY remembers the slaughter of the Yazidis at the hands of the Isis death cult and the indifference of the Iraqi government forces

    TODAY marks the third anniversary of the genocide of thousands of Yazidis who were slaughtered by Isis jihadists in Iraq.

    The massacre of Mount Sinjar was officially recognised as a genocide by the UN last year and will be remembered today at events in towns and cities across the world, including London.

    The Yazidis are a minority community mainly found in northern Iraq and have an intricate belief system which is influenced by a range of Middle Eastern religions including Zoroastrianism and Sufi Islam.

    They were denounced as “infidels” by Isis who brand the Yezidis “devil worshippers” for following a peacock god, Tawusi Melek, and their concept of Satan not as a fallen angel but as God’s only representative on Earth.

    Ethnically Kurdish, the Yazidis have faced centuries of oppression and persecution. However they have managed to keep the traditions and faith alive despite 74 attempts at their genocide by the Ottoman empire and Isis.

    The build-up to the massacre at Sinjar came following the rapid rise of Isis who were seemingly sweeping all that lay before them.

    As they were taking control of towns and cities across mainly Kurdish areas of Syria and Iraq, the Syrian Kurd People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Women’s Defence Units (YPJ) forces put out a unity call to the leader of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) of Iraq, Masoud Barzani.

    Barzani was not interested in calls for cross-border Kurdish unity to build a united front against Isis however.

    Co-operation with more radical Kurdish forces would have undermined the KDP relationship with Turkey, the major player in the economy of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq.

    Barzani had his eyes on the golden prize of Kirkuk and its surrounding oil fields which he believed would lay the foundations for an independent Kurdish nation in Iraq.

    For Barzani the defence of oil-rich Kirkuk, which had been abandoned to the Iraqi Kurd’s Peshmerga forces by the Iraqi army, came above everything else.

    As a result, when Isis launched its June 2014 attack on the Kurdish city of Kobane in northern Syria, the YPG/ YPJ were left to fight alone.

    Isis had also been attacking Yazidi villages in preparation for a major offensive and the Yazidis had appealed to the Iraqi government and Barzani for help.

    Although the Yazidis were promised support, when the anticipated attack on Sinjar finally came on August 3, the Iraqi army had left the area and the KDPs Peshmerga said they had received no instructions to fight Isis and fled.

    The Yazidis were isolated and surrounded by Isis, who forced thousands into the mountains where they were left without supplies including food and water. This was a period when Isis was perhaps at its strongest. They were fighting on a number of fronts in both Syria and Iraq and winning victory after victory.

    They seemed an effective fighting machine as armies crumbled in their wake allowing the jihadists to declare a new caliphate.

    US imperialism saw the situation at Mount Sinjar as an opportunity for another bombing campaign and intervention in Iraq.

    The desperate pleas for help from the Yazidis were beamed around the world and the warmongers were rubbing their hands.

    Former US president Barack Obama said he had authorised the targeted bombing to prevent a genocide being committed against the Yazidi people.

    However their liberation came not from the US, but from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and YPG-YPJ fighters who broke through the Isis lines, creating a corridor which allowed thousands of Yazidis to escape.

    Barzani has been accused of betraying Sinjar. A number of news sources have questioned how the oil-rich fields of Kirkuk were left alone by Isis who instead drove past the city and headed for Mosul in northern Iraq.

    An article in German daily newspaper Der Spiegel reported that the jihadists seemed to have no problems striking pragmatic deals with Barzani’s government which meant “we take Mosul and we don’t touch Kirkuk.”

    And it was at the time when Kobane was under intense attack from Isis that Barzani chose to declare that preparations were underway for a vote on independence.

    It seems the blood of the Yazidis was a price worth paying in Barzani’s quest for an independent Kurdish state in Iraq with him as leader.

    Unimaginable atrocities were committed against the Yazidi people and still continue to be committed today.

    According to a UN report at least 5,000 Yazidi men were brutally murdered. Isis went from village to village and slaughtered those who had hair under their armpits. Men were loaded onto trucks and taken into fields where they were shot dead.

    Thousands of Yazidi women and girls were taken captive by the jihadists who sold them as sex slaves in Raqqa or gifted them as wives to Isis fighters and commanders.

    In December 2014 Isis issued a guide to sex slavery for its fighters. In the 27 tips listed in the pamphlet the jihadists declare that women are “merely property,” meaning they can be bought, sold or given as a gift.

    They rule that rape of a woman is permissible “immediately after taking possession of her” and that it is “permissible to have intercourse with the female slave who hasn’t reached puberty if she is fit for intercourse.”

    Over 3,200 Yazidi women and girls remain in captivity and continue to be sexually enslaved, abused and subjected to multiple rape.

    If they attempt to escape, they are forced to witness the murder of their children.

    They continue to be bought and sold as sex slaves in markets in northern Iraq and Syria and other countries including Saudi Arabia.

    The situation is so unbearable that many have committed suicide by cutting their own wrists or throats or hanging themselves.

    Thousands of Yazidi men and boys are missing as highlighted by the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.

    However many more would have died were it not for the Kurdish forces of the YPG-YPJ and the PKK, which mobilised to defend the Yazidis and opened up a humanitarian corridor that allowed them to get to safety.

    The sexual enslavement, sale and rape of women has led to calls by Yazidi women’s groups for August 3 to be designated International Day of Action against Femicide and Genocide.

    A vigil will be held at 10.30am today at Parliament Square in London supported by the Peace in Kurdistan campaign and other Kurdish women’s organisations.

    A petition in support of the Yazidi women can be signed by going to

    Steve Sweeney is a reporter for the Morning Star.


  34. Friday 4th July 2017

    posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain

    Heavy-handed police disrupt minute’s silence

    KURDISH and Yazidi women refused to be silenced yesterday after police shut down a demonstration marking the third anniversary of the massacre at Mount Sinjar.

    Officers disrupted a minute’s silence in memory of Yazidi women killed by the Isis death cult in 2014.

    And they returned in larger numbers to switch off sound equipment as those gathered branded them a “racist disgrace,” accusing them of the criminalising the Kurdish people.

    The demonstration was organised by British-based Yazidi and Kurdish organisations following a call made by the Sinjar Women’s Council for the anniversary to be officially designated International Action Day against Femicide and Genocide.

    It was part of a worldwide series of events including a large demonstration in Iraqi Kurdistan.

    They criticised leader of the Iraqi Kurdistan regional government Masoud Barzani who they said withdrew his Peshmerga forces leaving the Yazidis defenceless as Isis attacked.

    Three years ago, the Yazidis were forced into the mountains by the jihadists, who slaughtered at least 5,000 men and captured thousands of women for sex slavery. The women continue to be sold as sex slaves in markets across the Middles East.

    Over 3,000 Yazidi women are still believed to be held by Isis.

    Those gathered called for diplomatic pressure to be put on politicians and NGOs to end the genocide and femicide of Yazidi women.

    Peace in Kurdistan spokeswoman Melanie Gingell told the Star: “We are here today because yet again there is still inaction from our government over the Yazidi genocide.

    “The issue is completely clear cut. The UN Commission on Syria defined what happened in Sinjar as a genocide. The thousands that are being held by Isis must be freed.

    “It is appalling that we are here for the third year drawing attention to this heinous crime.”

    Kurdish People’s Assembly spokeswoman Elif Sarican said: “This is femicide. This is not just against the Yazidis but against all women of the world.

    “This is a global issue and the world must stand up against femicide.”

    As police closed in on the demonstration they were met with cries of “shame on you.”

    Kurdistan Solidarity Campaign spokesman Mark Campbell told the crowd: “The police are trying to shut us down. We will never be silenced speaking out against the genocide of Yazidi women.”

    Ms Sarican accused the officers of political policing and vowed to continue speaking out against atrocities committed around the world.


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