Erdogan, stop bombing Kurds, Britons, others say


This video says about itself:

Turkey Is Bombing Kurdish Forces — Who Are Fighting ISIS

29 July 2015

Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Stop bombing the Kurds

Thursday 30th July 2015

Activists, MPs, trade unionists and campaigners call on Turkey to stop its renewed aggression against the Kurdish people

WE have watched with increasing alarm and frustration as the peace process between the Turkish government and the Kurds has stalled and been brought to a halt.

Just a few months ago talks between Turkish officials and jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan promised to herald a historic breakthrough in the protracted conflict.

We believe that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had deserved credit for enabling these talks to go ahead with a view to finding a lasting resolution to the decades-long conflict which has brought incalculable damage to Turkish and Kurdish communities alike and needlessly claimed thousands of lives on both sides.

But recently, and at least since the run-up to Turkey’s June general election, President Erdogan has abruptly changed track and allowed himself to become embroiled in a reckless gamble that sees him playing with the country’s future.

He has stood accused of putting the peace process on hold and even of terminating it for political gain. The consequences of such a move would be to reignite the conflict and this can only be utterly catastrophic for the country and its future generations.

We share the fears expressed by the Kurds about Turkey’s repeated threats of military intervention across the border in Syria.

The stated intention to establish a buffer zone really appears designed to destabilise the fledgling democracy in the regions of Rojava liberated by the Syrian Kurds, rather than contribute towards a resolution of the crisis in Syria.

In addition, Turkey has been highly ambiguous in its attitude to Isis, with evidence that it is sheltering and supplying weapons to Isis fighters. The Turkish state has clearly been using Isis to undermine the gains of the Kurds in places like Kobane.

The opportunity for peace still exists and should not be squandered. President Erdogan can still facilitate it by showing true leadership, but this involves vision and magnanimity.

The possibility of securing a lasting peace would be a historic gain for Turkey, the Kurds and the entire Middle East region.

In fact the whole world has a stake in seeing Turkey at peace.

The leaders of Turkey need to recognise the importance of the choices that lie ahead: either grasp the chance for peace or reignite a conflict with no end in sight.

The results of the Turkish general election gave hope for peace when the pro-Kurdish HDP made historic gains and broke through the 10 per cent obstacle to achieve representation in the country’s parliament.

The HDP fought the election on a clear and unambiguous platform of support for the peace talks between Turkey and the Kurds.

The support that the party received was an endorsement of the peace process.

The party’s success inspires all those who want to see Turkey achieve a more democratic and pluralistic society founded on peace and reconciliation.

The Kurds have been calling for the restarting of the peace process. We believe that it is time for Turkey to reciprocate and opt for peace over conflict.

Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Noam Chomsky
John Berger, novelist
Derek Wall, international co-ordinator of the Green Party of England and Wales
Dr Thomas Jeffrey Miley, Lecturer in Political Sociology, Cambridge University
Melanie Gingell, barrister, Doughty Street Chambers
Bronwen Jones, barrister, Mansfield Chambers
John Hunt, journalist and writer
Sean Hawkey, photojournalist and Green Party member
Dr Austin Reid, consultant in international university development
Hywel Williams MP
Elfyn Llwyd, former MP, Plaid Cymru
Essa Moosa, Judge of the High Court of South Africa and Cape Town and Chair of the International Peace and Reconciliation Commission
David Graeber, Prof of Anthropology at London School of Economics and author
Jonathan Bloch, author
Margaret Owen, human rights lawyer and director of the international NGO Widows for Peace though Democracy
Dr Radha D’Souza, global justice scholar and democratic rights campaigner
Mike Mansfield QC, President of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Lord Rea
Baroness Jenny Jones, Green Party
Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party
Jean Lambert MEP
Lord Avebury
Dr Les Levidow, Senior Research Fellow, Open University
Bruce Kent, Vice-President, Pax Christi
Bill Bowring, Professor of Law, Birkbeck, University of London
Louise Christian, lawyer, Vice-President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Frances Webber, Vice-President of Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Mary Davis, visiting professor at Royal Holloway University of London
Lindsey German, Convenor Stop the War Coalition
Trevor Rayne, Lecturer in Public Service Management and Economics
Dr Michael M.Gunter, Professor of Political Science, Tennesse Technical University
Dr Kariane Westrheim, Associate Professor University of Bergen, Norway
Nick Hildyard, policy adviser
Dr Andy Higginbottom, Associate Professor, International Politics and Human Rights
Zaher Baher, Kurdistan Anarchists Forum
Yvo Fitzherbert, Istanbul-based journalist
Liz Davies, barrister, Vice-President Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
Catrin Lewis, barrister
Sarah Parker, human rights campaigner
Stephen Smellie, South Lanarkshire UNISON
James Kelman, novelist
Dr Johanna Riha, epidemiologist
Bert Schouwenburg, International Officer, GMB (personal capacity)
Dr Zeynep Kurban, Physicist at Imperial College London, human rights activist
Rosa Salih, Kurdish Society, Scotland
Isabel Kaser, PhD candidate SOAS
Amin Husain, Tidal: Occupy Theory, Occupy Strategy magazine (tidalmag.org ) & Direct Action Front for Palestine
John Holloway, Professor of Sociology at the Instituto de Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades in the Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla, Mexico
Marina Sitrin, Post-doctoral Fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center, Author of “Everyday Revolutions: Horizontalism and Autonomy in Argentina”, National Lawyers Guild, US
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University, US
Silvia Federici, scholar, author and activist, prof emerita and Teaching Fellow at Hofstra University
George Caffentzis, political philosopher and autonomist Marxist, founder of the Midnight Notes Collective
Andrew Ross, cultural studies specialist, directs American Studies Programme at New York University
Andreas Gavriliedis, Greek-Kurdish Solidarity
George Eugeniou, founder and director of Teatro Technis
Eric Lee, LabourStart (personal capacity)
Prof Eleni Palazidou, Consultant Psychiatrist
Jean Lambert MEP
Kate Osamor MP
David Morgan, journalist
Dr Felix Padel, visiting professor, JNU, Delhi
Dr Janroj Yilmaz Keles, Research Fellow, Middlesex University
Eoin Slattery, actor
Peter Tatchell, human rights campaigner
Pete Radcliff, Secretary of Beeston North Labour Party
Cynthia Cockburn, author and activist
Carol Mann PhD Women In War, Think Tank for Gender and Armed Conflict
Khatchatur I Pilikian, Prof. of Music & Art
Paloma Polo, visual artist and independent researcher
Batu Talu, independent researcher
Sheila Mosley, Co-Chair: International Support Kurds in Syria
Tim Cooper, Nottingham Unite Community treasurer and Nottingham Kurdish Solidarity Campaign
Kadim Lacin, Journalist
Penny Papadopoulou, Journalist
Tim Gopsill, editor of Free Press (CPF)
Houzan Mahmoud, Kurdish femininist activist
Maryam Ashrafi, photojournalist
Mithat Ishakoglu, PhD at the University of Exeter
Tony Fisher, Law Society Human Rights committee member
Melanie Sirinathsingh, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign
Estella Schmid, Peace in Kurdistan Campaign

Having reached a deal with the Turkish government to set up a buffer zone inside Syria, ostensibly to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), official Washington has begun debating the rules of engagement for US military forces to intervene against the Syrian military: here.

An ‘Isis-free zone’ is nothing but a road to US mission creep, by Emma Ashford. The US’ involvement in Syria displays no strategy, no boundaries and no clear goals. The only viable long-term solution to Syria’s problems is diplomacy: here.

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  1. KCK’s Cemil Bayık: AKP is ISIS, and ISIS is AKP

    Holding the AKP responsible for the massacre in Suruç, KCK Executive Council Co-President Cemil Bayık said the information, data and documents revealed so far have proved that AKP is ISIS, and ISIS is AKP.

    KCK Executive Council Co-President Cemil Bayık made significant assessments to ANF regarding the massacre perpetrated against members of the SGDF (Federation of Socialist Youths Association) which left 32 people dead and over a hundred wounded.

    Holding the AKP responsible for the massacre, Bayık said the information, data and documents revealed so far have proved that AKP is ISIS, and ISIS is AKP.

    ‘SURUÇ MASSACRE JOINTLY PERPETRATED BY AKP AND ISIS’

    Pointing out that the attacks in Kobanê, as well as those in Adana, Mersin, Bingöl and Amed in the pre-election process, and the most recent one in Suruç, were all carried out in cooperation between the AKP and ISIS, Bayık recalled that savage attacks were conducted against the Kurdish people in both Suruç and Kobanê on the anniversary of the Rojava Revolution. Bayık condemned the perpetrators of these massacres, offered condolences to the families of the martyrs, and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.

    Remarking that these massacres were all perpetrated under the responsibility of AKP, Bayık recalled their continuously voiced previous warnings against the AKP policies backing ISIS, adding that the AKP didn’t pay attention to these warnings because it maintained its enmity towards the Kurdish people.

    “AKP pursues enmity towards Kurds both inside and outside its borders, owing to which it backed the ISIS and brought the flock of savage murderers to this point today. AKP’s relation with ISIS is based on Kurdish enmity. In order to choke the revolution in Rojava, AKP first used Al Nusra and put ISIS into play when Al Nusra proved itself not to be strong enough. AKP and ISIS are conducting a joint attack. By backing the ISIS, AKP is waging a joint war against Kurdish Freedom Movement both in Rojava and North Kurdistan. It is the AKP that stands behind the murder of hundreds of peoples in bombings in Adana, Mersin, Amed and Suruç”, Bayık said.

    KCK Executive Council Co-President emphasised that the AKP aimed to overcome the deadlock it was currently facing by enhancing instability and war against the Kurdish people. Bayık, according to whom AKP wants to lead the country to early elections by creating a perception of instability without an AKP ruling alone. “Because there is no other way left for AKP to seize the power alone, it wants to use its last chance and assure itself by means of these practices, paving the way for such deadly attacks in order to ensure instability.”

    Bayık remarked that AKP which pursued a policy completely against Kurds and democracy wanted to win the elections by rendering the HDP, democratic and leftist powers ineffective. Stressing that the AKP pursued a war policy and enhanced the multidimensional war against Kurds, Bayık said the AKP and Erdoğan himself was the major cause of the actions and massacres committed by ISIS in Bakur (North) Kurdistan.

    Bayık also underlined that the Kurdish people, democratic socialist powers, democrat Muslims, Alevis, Circassians, Arabs, Syriacs and Êzîdîs must be well aware of this truth, adding; “All these circles should therefore stand against the AKP-ISIS collaboration and massacres, and bring them to account.

    ‘PEOPLE SHOULD TAKE DEFENSIVE MEASURES’

    KCK Executive Council Co-President Cemil Bayık put emphasis on the necessity for the peoples, belief groups and democratic-socialist powers in Turkey and North Kurdistan to go into action against ISIS and AKP to hinder further massacres and deaths. Bayık said it was unavoidable for peoples to establish their own self-defense systems in order to stand against these pro-massacre powers and bring them to account. “They should no more ask this government and this state to protect themselves. The AKP government and state, a party to these attacks and their perpetrators, cannot be expected to protect them. On the contrary, they should protect themselves from this government and state which indeed stand behind these massacres. How could such a massacre ever be committed in Suruç where the government so to say has kept a sharp lookout? It is of course the AKP government and the state under its rule that has had this massacre committed there.”

    According to Bayık, this reality has proved once again that Kurds and other peoples cannot avoid such massacres unless they themselves establish self-governance and self-defense, and revealed the meaning and essentiality of democratic self-administration, democratic autonomy and self-defense on which Kurdish leader Öcalan and Kurdish people have put emphasis for years.

    “Either the Kurdish question will be resolved, Turkey will be democratized and our people will attain self-administration and self-defense on this basis; or our people will establish this system themselves. Our people can no more leave their national existence and life to the mercy of the colonialist Turkish state and its governments. Could a state, which subjects the Kurdish people to repression and cruelty and wants to massacre them, be expected to defend them? This is why it is essential that our people establish their self-administration organs everywhere, which is the only way for them to protect themselves from such attacks”, Bayık underlined.

    ‘THE AIM OF THE MASSACRE IS TO ESTABLISH A BUFFER ZONE’

    Bayık underlined that another purpose of the Suruç massacre was to suppress the democratic and socialist powers trying to guarantee their future by embracing the Rojava Revolution, and to establish a buffer zone.

    Recalling that Turkey has long imposed the issue of a buffer zone on regional and international powers despite all the objections, Bayık said last month’s Kobanê attack and the following Suruç attack were also perpetrated to give the international powers the message that such massacres will repeatedly take place unless a buffer zone is established in Jarablus area. He said Turkey organized all kinds of massacres to make this objective of its real.

    “Kobanê has revealed the reality of both ISIS and AKP, and of some Kurdish collaborative powers, as well as ruining all their plans, in which the people of Suruç also played a major role by manifesting great self-sacrifice and courage and waging great resistance together with the people of Kobanê. Kobanê and Pirsûs (Suruç) have continuously been targeted for destroying the plans of ISIS, AKP and collaborative Kurds, enhancing the revolution and growing the hope of the peoples.”

    ‘THEY MURDERED THE CONSCIENCE OF THE SOCIETY’

    Bayık noted that the aim of the massacres in Kobanê and Pirsûs was to hinder the uniting of Kobanê and Efrin cantons, and to help ISIS breathe and gather strength after the heavy blows and defeats it has suffered in Rojava (West) Kurdistan.

    “Besides hindering these youths from going to Kobanê, they wanted to make the sensitive circles step back by means of a suicide attack. Massacre of these youths means massacre of Turkey’s peoples and their future. These youths represented the conscience and future of this society. By going to Kobanê, they wanted to realize the idea of peoples’ fraternity and joint struggle that was revealed at June 7 election, and to strengthen the basis for a new Turkey. By committing this massacre, the ISIS and AKP, both of which have lost in the June 7 elections, attacked the fraternal living of Turkey’s peoples and cultures. They wanted to kill and bury in darkness the desire born by the Rojava Revolution and Turkey’s peoples for democracy and freedom”, Bayık said, underlining that the peoples and democratic circles, belief groups, youths and women should see the AKP and ISIS savagery and protect their existence, freedom and future in response.

    Putting emphasis on the need for struggle and enhancement of solidarity among the mentioned groups, Bayık once again commemorated the martyrs with respect and vowed to enhance the struggle for which their bodies were torn into pieces, and to carry it to victory.

    Pointing to the AKP government’s efforts to put pressure on HDP and wage a psychological war against the party, Bayık said the aim here was to differentiate HDP from PKK and to make the HDP confront the PKK, as has been done since the founding of the pro-Kurdish HEP party.

    KCK Executive Council Co-President underlined that Turkey’s efforts to equate PYD to PKK aimed to clear and justify the ISIS, and to start a fresh attack on the Kurdish Freedom Movement. Bayık said everyone should force the AKP to adopt an attitude and give a fight against ISIS, as the present lack of action and reaction would otherwise serve nothing other than covering up the ISIS-AKP relations. Bayık said AKP couldn’t adopt an attitude against ISIS because of the fact that ISIS would air all its dirty linen in public.

    ‘OUR PEOPLE SHOULD EMBRACE THE MARTYRS’

    Bayık stressed that the peoples of Turkey should grow their unity and fraternity stronger in response to these attacks, and give the necessary answer to the AKP government and its savage partners by ensuring mass participation in each funeral for the martyrs.

    “The martyrs should be conduce toward the fraternity and unity of our peoples. It is not possible to be worthy of their memories otherwise. Turkey’s left-wing and democratic powers should ensure a stronger unity with the Kurdish Freedom Movement and create a free and democratic future for Turkey by enhancing the unity and joint struggle revealed at June 7 elections”, Bayık emphasised.

    KCK Executive Council Co-President ended by calling on the peoples of Turkey to step up the freedom and democracy struggle and to lead uprisings in Turkey and North Kurdistan in response to the Suruç attack.

    Source: BEHDINAN – ANF – SEYİT EVRAN 22-07-2015

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    PAJK and PKK prisoners begin hunger strike for Suruç Massacre

    PAJK (Kurdistan Women’s Liberation Party, Partiya Azadiya Jin a Kurdistan) and PKK (Kurdistan Worker’s Party) prisoners will go on a hunger strike between July 24 and 26 in order to protest Suruç Massacre.

    Deniz Kaya on behalf of the prisoners stated that they would be mourning for 3 days and rebelling for another 3. Kaya defended their right to bring AKP to account for not preventing ISIS attacks and setting ISIS gangs free, and called on civilians to organize their self-defense and condemned the massacre in Suruç.

    ‘OPPONENTS OF SOLUTION AND NEGOTIATION ARE THE PARTNERS OF THE MASSACRE’

    Kaya described the attack on revolutionary youth aiming to rebuild Kobanê as the denial of humanity, and strongly condemned the ISIS army of rape for its massacre. Kaya stated that the partners of the massacre were the opponents of solution and negotiation in Turkey, who targeted HDP and the Kurdish People’s Leader Öcalan’s perspective of democratic solution and nation.

    Describing Suruç martyrs as the followers of revolutionaries such as Deniz, Mahir, Paramaz and Sarya, and saying that the young socialists were showing solidarity with YPG/YPJ forces inflicting heavy blows on ISIS gangs from Jarablus to Raqqa, Kaya called on peoples in Turkey unite, mobilize and resist attacks like the one in Suruç, and recalled Öcalan’s earlier warnings concerning peoples’ self-defense.

    ‘WE MUST BRING AKP TO ACCOUNT AND ENSURE OUR OWN SECURITY’

    Kaya warned young people and civilians about similar attacks across Kurdistan and Turkey, and called on civilians to organize their self-defense. Kaya defended their right to bring AKP to account for not preventing ISIS attacks and setting ISIS gangs free, since it was the state’s main responsibility to protect its citizens, and called upon people to ensure their own security in every street, gathering and event.

    HUNGER STRIKE DECISION

    The statement on behalf of PKK and PAJK prisoners emphasized that no massacre could force them to give up on their demands for freedom and democracy, but instead give them more reasons for resistance.

    Kaya said that they would go on a hunger strike between July 24 and 26 in order to protest Suruç Massacre, and would be mourning for 3 days and rebelling for another 3. Kaya offered their condolences to peoples and commemorated with respect the young revolutionaries who sacrificed themselves for the freedom of their people.
    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 23-07-2015
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    Turkish warplanes shell guerrilla zones throughout the night

    Warplanes of the Turkish army shelled the guerrilla-held Media Defense Zones throughout the night. The strikes by Turkish warplanes targeted the areas of Kandil, Gare and Metina.

    The airstrike by Turkish jets also hit civilian areas including the village of Enze in Kandil region and a settlement in Xakurkê.

    Howitzer and mortars were also fired on guerrilla zones when airstrikes were suspended for short whiles during the night.

    The main Kurdish city Amed (Diyarbakır) witnessed an unusual activity of military aircraft all night long.

    Alternative media was also targeted during the course of the airstrikes, as Turkey denied access to the Kurdish news agencies ANF, ANHA, DİHA, Rojnews, and websites of Özgür Gündem and Günlük daily paper. ANF has been targeted by an intense cyber attack which didn’t allow access to the website as of the beginning of Turkish bombardments in guerrilla zones.

    The Twitter account of HPG (People’s Defense Forces) Press Office was also suspended last night.

    The activity of Turkish warplanes over Medya Defense Zones restarted Saturday morning. According to the information obtained from the region, two warplanes of the Turkish army started conducting flights over Gare and Metina areas as of 10:40 Saturday morning. While the Turkish aircraft activity in the region continues, no information was immediately available whether the warplanes conducted a strike.

    In the meantime, two civilians were wounded as a result of Turkish airstrikes in Çemço area of Medya Defense Zones, according to initial reports.
    Source: BEHDINAN – ANF 25-07-2015
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    Turkish bombardment conducted within the knowledge of Barzani

    It came out that Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu had informed the Federal Kurdistan Regional President Massoud Barzani before the beginning of the airstrikes by the Turkish army against the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in South Kurdistan last night.

    Davutoğlu also pledged that “All precautions will be taken unless PKK ends its actions”.
    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 25-07-2015
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    KCK calls for the enhancement of the struggle promptly

    KCK said Erdoğan and his team couldn’t bear losing the elections and thus started seeking new plans after their both domestic and foreign policy collapsed.

    KCK (Kurdistan Communities Union) Executive Council Co-Presidency has released a statement regarding the airstrikes conducted by the Turkish army against guerrilla zones since last night.

    KCK recalled that the Turkish state had unilaterally ended the ceasefire already, which was in effect since 2013 Newroz, by continuing the aggravated isolation on Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan and the construction of military outposts, dams and roads for military purposes, murdering a number of people and implementing mass arrests. The statement pointed out that with the most recent mass arrests and airstrikes that also targeted many civilian settlements, the Turkish state has carried the long-lasting aggression policies to a new level and a total warfare.

    “Despite coinciding with a process of relations with the U.S. and reactions to the Suruç massacre, these attacks are actually the practice of Tayyip Erdoğan and AKP government’s policies that had been decided and planned yet before the elections”, KCK said.

    KCK recalled that Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and AKP government had planned to win the June 7 elections through propaganda on the necessity of the presidential system after creating an environment of tension in the country, adding that the peoples of Turkey, however, failed these plans and policies that would enable Erdoğan to get more authoritarian, ended the 13-year-old AKP ruling and blocked the ways for it to come to the power alone.

    According to KCK, Erdoğan and his team did never accept the election results and went into action to reverse them, pursuing another plan, an early election, by once again creating tension and a perception of both internal and external threat.

    Recalling Bülent Arınç’s remarks that “hard days lie ahead of the terrorist organization on which we will inflict severe blows”, and Erdoğan’s remarks that “They shall either lay down arms or bear the consequences”, KCK said that these words already revealed everything bare and was an open declaration of what was going to be done.

    Commenting the Turkish airstrikes and mass arrests as a bare declaration of war, KCK said the attacks have been started because Turkey knew very well that the Kurdish Freedom Movement wouldn’t remain silent to such attacks.

    KCK ciriticized the policies and remarks imposing disarmament on the Kurdish freedom movement, stressing that this issue was brought to the agenda as a first thing while it should have been the last one to be discussed in the process of negotiations.

    The policy pursued by Erdoğan and his team today is a repetition of the policies pursued by Tansu Çiller, Doğan Güreş and Mehmet Ağar in 90’s, KCK said.

    ‘ERDOĞAN AND HIS TEAM INVOLVED IN CONSPIRACY AGAINST PEOPLES’

    Pointing out that Erdoğan and his team was involved in a conspiracy against the peoples, KCK said Erdoğan and his team couldn’t bear losing the elections and thus started seeking new plans after their both domestic and foreign policy collapsed.

    KCK noted that the Suruç massacre has so far been discussed only as a means of elimination of the tension with the U.S. and the West, and conciliation with the U.S.

    KCK said the Suruç massacre was the practice of MİT (Turkish Intelligence Service) Undersecretary’s plans on preparing the ground for entering Syria after having several artillery fires opened from inside Syria.

    “Suruç massacre was perpetrated for this purpose and Turkey has been engaged in certain conciliation with the U.S. over this massacre. The Turkish state, which has been walking arm in arm with the ISIS till yesterday, and is still pursuing the same policies with it, has started making an effort to have the U.S. by its side with regards to its own regional policies as a victim of ISIS, and in its attacks against the Kurdish Freedom Movement. The incidents at Kilis border were also planned and practiced to develop relations with the U.S. and to attain legitimacy for attacks against the Kurdish Freedom movement.”

    KCK also remarked that Turkey has felt a need to create a perception that it has severed its ties with the ISIS and is now standing against it after the exposure of its close relations with the ISIS and the difficulties it faced both inside and outside the country.

    According to KCK, by means of this perception operation, the Turkish state now wants to manifest the ISIS and PKK-PYD as same and to set the stage for an attack on Rojava Revolution.

    ‘ERDOĞAN AND AKP PURSUE A POLICY OF SACRIFICING PEOPLES’

    KCK stressed that Erdoğan and the AKP government were preparing for another election now and pursued a policy of sacrificing peoples in order to create tension and conflict to achieve this goal. The multi-directional adventurous policy it pursues today, and the war it has waged against the Kurdish Freedom Movement, are a manifestation of this truth, KCK noted.

    KCK pledged that it will be Erdoğan and his team but not the peoples and democratic powers that will be weakened and defeated in this struggle.

    ‘AKP WANTS TO PUNISH THE PEOPLES THAT CAUSED ITS DEFEAT IN ELECTIONS’

    Emphasising that Erdoğan and his team wanted to punish the peoples that caused their defeat in June 7 elections, KCK recalled government officials’ words that “Those backed by terror and those supporting them will pay the price” which pointed the HDP and its supporters as a target after the elections.

    Pointing to the already ongoing attacks and mass arrests against HDP members and democratic powers, KCK said it would be nothing but credulity to expect the AKP to abandon this approach of its.

    ‘FREEDOM STRUGGLE MUST BE ENHANCED’

    KCK underlined that the only thing needed to be done by democratic forces today was to unite, enlarge their alliance and enhance the democracy and freedom struggle against the fascist gang mob of Erdoğan.

    KCK remarked that this struggle would be carried to victory by means of democratization on the basis of Kurdish question’s resolution and permanent peace rather than abstract remarks of peace without a political objective.

    The objective must be the achievement of democratization and resolution of all problems in Turkey, KCK said, and underlined that the a united and joint struggle of all democratic forces in Turkey alongside the Kurdish Freedom Movement would be the key and guarantee of success over Erdoğan and his team.

    KCK ended its statement by calling on peoples and democratic forces to enhance the struggle promptly.
    Source: BEHDINAN – ANF 25-07-2015
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    KONGRA GEL: Lets enhance our struggle against Erdoğan fascism

    In its statement regarding the Turkish army’s attacks on Medya Defense Zones, KONGRA GEL Co-Presidency called upon women, young people and all oppressed peoples to enhance the struggle against Erdoğan fascism.

    KONGRA GEL Co-Presidency noted that Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan initiated a comprehensive war against Kurdish people and their freedom struggle for his personal ambitions for power, and recalled the continuous bombing of Medya Defense Zones for the past two days.

    KONGRA GEL reminded insidious Erdoğan policies aiming to limit Kurdish people politically and leave them below the threshold, isolate Leader Apo, carry out operations in guerilla zones and deny the negotiation process led by Leader Apo.

    Noting that Erdoğan intensified its war efforts in order to avenge its recent defeat after the elections where voters ended Erdoğan’s dreams to reign, KONGRA GEL said that Erdoğan’s sick mentality that could do anything in order to continue his ambitions for power.

    Warning that Erdoğan could even burn down the whole country for his personal interests, KONGRA GEL invited peoples to end Erdoğan politically and repel war policies with a glorious people’s resistance.

    KONGRA GEL stated that Erdoğan did not learn any lessons from PKK’s historical resistance and would not now insist on war and insult Leader Apo and freedom forces by refusing Leader Apo’s peace proposal if he had understood the Apoist will and the July 14 resistance that won a victory in Amed prisons against the brutality of a fascist regime.

    Remarking that everyone should rise up against Tayyip Erdoğan’s war policies that impose a destructive war on peoples for their rejection of dictatorship, KONGRA GEL called upon peoples to bring to account those who wasted Leader Apo’s peace proposal.

    KONGRA GEL underlined the necessity for building a peace and democracy front in Europe, Turkey and Kurdistan in order to repel Erdoğan’s war policies that unleashed ISIS brutality and created a social divide through religious conflict. KONGRA GEL ended its statement by inviting women, young people and all oppressed peoples to enhance the struggle against Erdoğan fascism and carry out an effective and democratic peoples’ resistance based on the principle of self-defense.
    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 26-07-2015

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    HPG details recent actions and military activities

    HPG Media Center reported that the Turkish army’s heavy bombardment of guerrilla zones continued yesterday.

    In a statement released yesterday, HPG said that cannon bombardment from the Oremar guard post in Hakkari’s Yüksekova district hit the Martyr Bager, Martyr Zerdeşt, Martyr Erdal, Martyr Gafur and Martyr Rahime areas of Medya Defense Zones between 14:00 – 15:00, 16:00 – 18:00 on July 25, 23:00 on July 25 and 00:00 on July 26, and 06:00 – 07:30 on July 27.

    Guerrilla forces responded to Turkish army attacks with heavy weaponry. HPG said that cannon and tank bombardments from Ninova, Grana, Rubarok, Mamreş and Bêzok army guard posts also targeted the Mêrgê area and Tepê Xwedê and Martyr Ronahi hills, and guerrilla forces attacked the Mamreş guard post with heavy weaponry between 04:30 – 05:30 on July 26.

    HPG reported that cannon bombardment from Şivan guard post hit the Partizan hill of Medya Defense Zones between 21:00 – 21:30 on July 25, and the attack caused a forest fire in the region. Cannon bombardment from Serbesta guard post in Şırnak targeted the Kuroşinê area of Medya Defense Zones between 18:00 – 18:30. Similarly, cannon and tank bombardments from Tepê Ortê, Êriş, Serê Sevê, Bilican and Şkêra army posts hit Sevê area, Kani Sarkê, Rubar hill, Hell’s hill and slope, Çiyayê Reş area, and the villages of Küçük Gare, Martyr Jiyan, Martyr Cahit, Martyr Newal, Erbiş, and Talısa village between 05:00 – 06:00 and 14:00 – 19:00 on July 25.

    GUERILLAS SABOTAGE FOSSIL FUEL PLANT

    HPG stated that guerrilla forces sabotaged the fossil fuel plant on Botan creek in Siirt’s Pervari district between 21:00 – 22:00 on July 23. Four heavy construction vehicles were burnt during this sabotage and the Turkish army began an operation and laid ambushes in response.

    GUERILLAS INFORMED CIVILIANS

    HPG noted that guerrillas intercepted the roads between Muş and Pasur as well as Muş and Bingöl around 21:30 on July 24 to inform civilians about recent developments.

    GUERILLA ACTION: SEVEN POLICE INJURED

    HPG said that guerrilla forces attacked police headquarters in Amed’s Bismil district on July 25 and injured seven police officers. Guerrillas also attacked officers guarding the district governor’s building in Amed’s Farqin district.

    8 SOLDIERS KILLED AND ONE VEHICLE DESTROYED IN LİCE

    HPG announced that guerrillas sabotaged one Cobra and one other armored vehicle belonging to the Turkish army in between the Fis and Celkê villages of Amed’s Lice district around 23:00 on July 25, and destroyed the Cobra vehicle. Guerrillas attacked the other vehicle with rifles, killed eight soldiers, and wounded another eleven. HPG noted that the Turkish army responded to the attack with tank bombardments and reconnaissance flights near the site of the incident.

    TURKISH ARMY AMBUSHES

    HPG stated that Turkish soldiers accompanied by armored vehicles laid ambushes near the Zılpık and Mergêxalê villages of Erzurum’s Karayazı district on July 24, and near Deman and Kolan villages of Hakkari’s Şemdinli district between July 22 and 25.

    FUTILE OPERATION IN ELBAK

    HPG noted that the Turkish army carried out a futile operation in the Xelikê village of Van’s Elbak district and pressured village guards in Bitlis’ Tatvan district to attack and lay ambushes against the guerrillas.

    ATTACK ON POLICE IN ŞEMZİNAN

    HPG said that guerrillas attacked Turkish police officers in the Cumhuriyet neighborhood of Hakkari’s Şemzinan district, wounded two officers and critically injured one other.

    TWO FROM A COUNTER GROUP KILLED

    HPG ended its statement by announcing that guerrillas attacked a counter group in collaboration with ISIS, killed 2 members of theirs and injured one in between the Tekman district of Erzurum and Karlıova district of Bingöl on July 25.
    Source: BEHDINAN – ANF 27-07-2015

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  2. Saleh Moslem: The so-called anti-ISIS fight actually targets Kurds

    PYD Co-President Saleh Moslem remarked that Turkey actually waged a war against Kurds by pretending to be standing against ISIS and used ISIS as blackmail against Kurds.

    PYD (Democratic Union Party) Co-President Saleh Moslem spoke to ANF regarding the war the Turkish state has started against Kurds under the pretext of fight against ISIS.

    Moslem remarked that Turkey actually waged a war against Kurds by pretending to be standing against ISIS and used ISIS as blackmail against Kurds. Moslem underlined that they would be resisting to all the policies Turkey would pursue against Rojava or the Kurds in Jarablus region.

    ‘SURUÇ MASSACRE WAS CARRIED OUT AGAINST KOBANÊ’

    Recalling the Suruç massacre which left 31 socialist people dead on July 20, Moslem said this massacre was carried out against Kobanê and gave a message of mass killing against those supporting and standing by Kobanê. Moslem said the Suruç massacre was perpetrated as part of Turkey’s policy against Kurds and Rojava.

    ‘AKP WAGED A WAR AGAINST KURDS OVER ISIS IN THE PEACE PROCESS’

    Pointing out that AKP and Erdoğan actually pursued a different plan against Kurds by claiming to be making peace since 2013, Moslem said creation of ISIS and having it fight the Kurds within this process was also a part of this plan. Moslem stressed that AKP indeed prepared for war by arguing to be making peace, adding; “Within this process which was called peace, they created ISIS and made it fight against Kurds. Although not directly, their indirect acts proved this to be true.”

    ‘THE SO-CALLED ANTI-ISIS FIGHT ACTUALLY TARGETS KURDS’

    Pointing out that Turkey was stuck in a difficult situation when the entire world started questioning who supported ISIS and provided a passage route for them, Moslem said; “Turkey would either stand by ISIS which it supported, or be on the side of those fighting ISIS. To smooth away the pressure it faced, it now wants to wage the actual war it had planned against Kurds by pretending to be standing against ISIS.”

    Emphasizing that Turkey planned to combine the two processes it run with the PKK, and against Syria and Rojava, Moslem said that with its decision on ISIS, Turkey wanted to use ISIS as blackmail against the Kurds. Moslem said; “What Turkey implies to Kurds is that ‘Either you lay down arms or I sic ISIS on you’. Turkey has put this policy into practice with a massacre in Suruç.”

    ‘WAR WITH KANDİL IS TAKING SIDES WITH ISIS AND FIGHTING AGAINST KURDS’

    Moslem, according to whom Turkey has started a war against Kurds under the pretext of fight against ISIS due to international pressure, strongly criticized the airstrikes Turkey has recently launched against the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones. “They are shelling the guerrilla who waged a struggle and fight against ISIS in Shengal, Kirkuk and many other places, and stopped their advance in all these regions. What sort of an anti-ISIS fight is it then, now that Turkey is shelling those fighting ISIS? So, it means this is a war waged against Kurds from the front of ISIS.”

    Moslem also stressed that Turkey’s policies were clearly seen by the entire world now, no matter how hard it tries to cover them, adding that the NATO member countries to gather today also knew very well against whom Turkey actually waged a war. He said both NATO and the whole world was much aware of the fact that YPG and YPJ is the only force fighting ISIS today.

    Noting that the concept of the agreement the U.S. has made with Turkey was not known well to anyone yet, Moslem underlined that YPG and YPJ would be fighting against all probable dangers against Rojava and Kurds in other regions.

    ‘PEOPLES WILL DECIDE WHOSE RULE THEY WANT’

    Answering a question regarding the recently emerging plans in line with the agreement between the U.S. and Turkey, which is to clear the 40-km area in Jarablus region of ISIS and to leave it to FSA, Moslem said it is the peoples living in that region that will decide who will have the control over there.

    PYD Co-President said that YPG and YPJ were not present in that region for now, but that some forces fighting ISIS were already there, adding; “The local people, Kurds and Arabs living there have long waged a war against ISIS and they cannot be ignored. It is yet no certain whether Turkey will take sides with those forces or hit them in the event of entering that area.”

    ‘YPG AND YPJ ARE THERE TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE’

    Calling attention to Turkey’s policy against Syria and Rojava, Moslem said nobody would allow Turkey’s attempts towards these regions, saying they knew very well that Turkey wanted to choke the Rojava Revolution by putting its long-existing plans into practice by means of the agreement it has made with the U.S.

    Moslem emphasised that they would be standing against the attitude Turkey would develop against Kurds in Jarablus and other regions under the pretext of fight against ISIS, adding; “Everyone should know very well that YPG and YPJ are there to protect the people. We will be resisting to all the policies anticipating to leave some certain regions to ISIS or its brother organizations and target the Kurds. Just like they resisted to the regime and ISIS so far, YPG and YPJ will continue resisting to anyone targeting them.”
    Source: BRUSSELS – ANF -SERKAN DEMİREL 28-07-2015

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  5. Saturday 29th August 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    TWO MPs from a pro-Kurdish party are poised to take up ministerial posts for the first time in Turkey as Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu forms an interim government to lead the country into a new election on November 1.

    Mr Davutoglu said he would present an interim cabinet list for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s approval yesterday.

    The caretaker government will be mainly made up of ruling party MPs and independents after two main opposition parties refused to participate.

    Two pro-Kurdish People’s Democracy Party (HDP) MPs accepted invitations to join the cabinet, as did a prominent nationalist who broke ranks with his party.

    Meanwhile, two British journalists were detained in the southern city Diyarbakir, along with their translator.

    Vice News reporter Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury were quizzed by anti-terror police for filming without “media accreditation.”

    http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/a-cf1d-Turkey-Kurds-set-to-be-interim-ministers#.VeGPl5eKY5s

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