Turkish army attacks Kurds in Syria


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21 June 2015

In the face of the deadly threat posed by the so-called Islamic State, many Kurdish women decide not to leave their survival to fate. Instead, they fight for their lives and their future. Taking up arms, they join the YPG – Kurdish People’s Protection Units that defend their town’s borders from the militants. The enemy fears female warriors. Jihadists believe if they are killed by a woman they will go straight to hell.

By James Tweedie:

Turkey: PM admits attack on Syrian Kurd fighters

Wednesday 28th October 2015

Turkish troops carried out cross-border assault on YPG

PRIME Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has confirmed that Turkish forces attacked Kurdish militia in northern Syria on Sunday.

The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said on Monday that its forces in the border town of Tal Abyad had come under machine-gun fire from across the frontier in Akcakale.

In an interview with ATV television late on Monday, Mr Davutoglu confirmed the attack — a clear act of war against Syria.

He said Turkey was enforcing its warning to the Democratic Union Party (PYD), of which the YPG is the armed wing, not to advance west of the Euphrates river — some 50 miles west of Tal Abyad.

“We said the PYD will not go west of the Euphrates and that we would hit it the moment it did. We hit it twice,” Mr Davutoglu said. “Turkey cannot abandon its border, its fate, to any country.”

The PYD is affiliated to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, which Turkey and the US have declared a terrorist organisation.

Tensions between Ankara and Washington were raised earlier this month when the US airdropped some 50 tons of ammunition to the YPG — ostensibly to help the militia advance south from Tal Abyad to the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.

But the YPG seems keener to link up its large area of control of north-eastern Syria with the north-western pocket around Afrin, driving Isis out of a stretch of border country with Turkey from where the group allegedly receives arms and new recruits.

It would also relieve pressure on Aleppo, Syria’s second city, which is besieged by Isis and other rebel groups.

The 18-month bombing campaign by the US-led coalition against Isis and Washington’s $500 million (£325m) programme to train “moderate” rebels have had no appreciable effect on the group.

But the Russian intervention in Syria has helped the Syrian Arab Army push back terrorist forces including the Nusra Front.

USA: The praise lavished on Kurdish militias in the Senate chamber only underscored the immense crisis and deep contradictions plaguing the US intervention in the region. The Senate hearing was held on the same day that the government of Turkey, Washington’s NATO ally, acknowledged that it had launched strikes against US-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. The Kurdish groups struck by Turkey, including People Protection Units (YPG) forces, were “some of the most important allies within Syria of the American-led coalition,” according to the New York Times: here.

The announcement by the Obama White House that up to 50 US Special Forces troops are being deployed on the ground in Syria represents a qualitative escalation of Washington’s illegal intervention in the war-ravaged country: here.

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  2. Saturday 31st October 2015

    posted by James Tweedie in World

    Activists demand political peace, not Pentagon mission creep

    PEACE campaigners warned of a dangerous escalation yesterday after US officials said that military advisers would soon be sent to Syria.

    President Barack Obama has reportedly ordered fewer than 50 US special forces troops to northern Syria to work with US-backed rebel forces fighting Islamic State (Isis).

    While none of the Syrian war’s many factions was named, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) control most of the region along the border with Turkey apart from an Isis-controlled stretch from the west bank of the Euphrates river to the besieged city of Aleppo.

    A smaller but more densely populated area of northern Idlib province west of Aleppo is also under rebel control. The al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front dominates smaller groups there including the Free Syrian Army.

    “There is a growing sense of mission creep around the Syria operation,” said Stop the War Coalition vice-chairman Chris Nineham.

    “Last week it was revealed that US forces are engaged in active operations on the ground. Now there’s an increase in special advisers. We need a political solution, not a wider war.”

    Air strikes by the US-led coalition against Isis have been almost entirely ineffective over the last 18 months, while a $500 million (£324m) scheme to train “moderate” rebels only swelled the Islamist group’s ranks.

    A Russian air campaign launched on September 30 has turned the tide of the war, with around 50 jets flying up to 90 sorties a day between them.

    The US has only made one air raid in the past week. Isis and the Nusra Front took advantage of the lull to stage a major counteroffensive to the south of Aleppo.

    Mr Obama was expected to publicly confirm the dangerous move later yesterday, as 18-nation talks on a political solution to the conflict continued in Vienna.

    The gathered foreign ministers were considering a new plan to negotiate a ceasefire in four to six months, followed by the formation of a transitional government including President Bashar al-Assad and opposition members.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-0ae7-US-to-send-military-advisers-to-rebels#.VjUmwiviMdU

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  4. Tuesday 3rd November 2015

    posted by Morning Star in Britain

    PARLIAMENT’S foreign affairs committee said yesterday that Britain should not carry out air strikes in Syria, arguing the case for further military intervention in the war-torn country was “not made.”

    Ministers should continue to seek a UN-led resolution to the conflict, it recommended, arguing that Britain would “risk further reputational damage if the basis for air strikes in Syria is not clear.”

    Parliament voted against a war to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad in 2013 but more recently David Cameron has insisted that the Islamic State (Isis) terror group, which dominates the rebellion against Mr Assad, is his new target.

    Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said “defeating Isis and ending the Syrian conflict are two faces of the same problem.”

    His Labour counterpart Hilary Benn called for a broad effort to end the war in Syria, hinting at action against the government as well as Isis.

    “It would appear that the UK has learned nothing of the lessons of Iraq and Libya in recent years,” SNP MP Stephen Gethins charged, welcoming the report’s recommendation against military action.

    http://morningstaronline.co.uk/a-b849-Case-for-bombing-Syria-has-not-been-made#.VjqB0r_iMdU

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  14. Three gang members captured by YPG turn out to be Turks

    Out of the four gang members captured by YPG, three have turned out to be Turks.

    Turkey-backed Al-Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham Cund Al-Aksa and ISIS groups launched an organised offensive aimed at Sheikh Maqsoud, Tal Aran, Azaz and Efrîn last night.

    Four members of the gang groups were captured by YPG during the clashes that erupted upon the immediate and strong response by YPG forces. Three of these turned out to be Turks, and one an Arab.

    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 01-12-2015

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  15. Russia reveals details of ISIS-Turkey oil smuggling

    As the crisis between Turkey and Russia gets deeper over the Russian plane downed by Turkey, Russian Ministry of Defense has released footage of the oil trade between Turkey and ISIS.

    The Russian Defense Ministry held a major briefing on new findings concerning ISIS funding in Moscow on Wednesday.

    The Russian official said Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his family is directly involved in illegal oil trade with Islamic State militants.

    “Today, we are presenting only some of the facts that confirm that a whole team of bandits and Turkish elites stealing oil from their neighbors is operating in the region,” Antonov said, adding that this oil “in large quantities” enters the territory of Turkey via “live oil pipelines,” consisting of thousands of oil trucks.

    However, since the start of Russia’s anti-terrorist operation in Syria on September 30, the income of Islamic State militants from illegal oil smuggling has been significantly reduced, the ministry said.

    At the briefing the ministry presented photos of oil trucks, videos of airstrikes on ISIS oil storage facilities and maps detailing the movement of smuggled oil. More evidence is to be published on the ministry’s website in the coming days, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said.

    “Space reconnaissance established that after crossing the border tanker trucks moves further into Turkey,” Rudskoy said. Then oil was delivered to other countries.

    For the past two months, Russia’s airstrikes hit 32 oil complexes, 11 refineries, 23 oil pumping stations, Rudskoy said, adding that the Russian military had also destroyed 1,080 trucks carrying oil products.

    “These [airstrikes] helped reduce the trade of the oil illegally extracted on the Syrian territory by almost 50 percent.”

    The income of this terrorist organization was about $3 million per day. After two months of Russian airstrikes their income was about $1.5 million a day,” Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy said.
    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 03-12-2015
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    Turkey attacks Kurds to protect ISIS. What about Germany?

    The German state continues subjecting Kurdish political activists to repression and criminalizing Kurdish institutions, as a result of which 6 Kurdish politicians have been arrested this year.

    At the moment, 8 Kurdish political activists remain in German jails under heavy circumstances. All these stand trial in accordance with the Article 129b, which requires a particular approval by the Ministry of Justice.

    Lawyers for Kurdish politicians jailed in Germany did previously apply to the Ministry of Justice demanding the revocation of the particular approval for the implementation of Article 129b for Kurdish prisoners. The Ministry is, however, yet to answer the application.

    WHAT IS THE ARTICLE 129B?

    129b was among the most controversial anti-terror acts put into force by Germany after the 11 September attacks in 2003 to “smooth the international fight against terror”. The act enables the trial of persons and groups involved in any kind of political act of violence outside Germany.

    129b is grounded on the European Union’s list of terrorist organisations in which the PKK was included on 2 May 2002.

    THE KURDISH POLITICIANS CURRENTLY JAILED IN GERMANY

    Metin Aydın: Remains jailed in Germany for some 3 years since his arrest in Switzerland as a result of pressure by the German state. He was brought to a Germany prison after being held in custody in Switzerland for a long time.

    Abdullah Şen: Jailed for 3 years despite there being no act of violence attributed to him.

    Mehmet Demir: Jailed for over a year with no evidence available as to a related crime committed by his side.

    Ahmet Çelik: A well-known Kurdish politician jailed since July. In the face of the political repression in Turkey, Çelik was forced to migrate to Germany where he faced similar pressure as he presided the Federation of Kurdish Associations in Germany, YEK-KOM. He remains in prison despite his need of daily treatment to deal with serious health problems he is suffering.

    Bedrettin Kavak: Jailed in Germany since August. Kavak remained in Turkish prisons for a total of 24 years for political reasons. He suffered heavy torture in Amed prison in 1980. He later took refuge in France for treatment of his severe health problems, in spite of which he has been jailed by the German state.

    Kenan Bastu: Jailed since October, Bastu is a Kurdish politician who once presided the People’s Assembly in Paris and later coordinated HDP’s election activities in Hannover. It grabs attention that Bastu was arrested soon after Angela Merkel’s visit to Turkey on 18 October.

    Mustafa Çelik: Jailed since his arrest in the wake of a raid by German police while receiving treatment in November. The German state is making Çelik’s health problems get severer after he suffered an injury as a result of attacks by the Turkish state. Similarly to Kenan Bastu, Çelik was arrested soon after Merkel’s visit to Turkey.

    Ali Özel: Jailed in Germany for over a year despite there being no evidence available.

    KURDS WERE MASSACRED BY GERMAN ARMS

    The German state became a party to the Kurdistan war and took side by the Turkish state during 90’s. Following the unification of Germany, 300 thousand kalashnikov rifles remaining from Eastern Germany, as well as 300 BTR-60 infantry tanks, 5 thousand machine guns, 100 thousand B-7, RPG rocket guns and 445 million bullets were granted to Turkey. The Turkish state perpetrated massacres in Kurdistan with these guns.

    WHY DOES GERMANY SUPPORT A STATE THAT PROTECTS ISIS?

    As Kurds continue fighting against ISIS barbarity on behalf of humanity, the German state has also become a part of the Turkish state’s war against Kurds since 24 July.

    While it remains understandable that Turkey attacks Kurds to protect the ISIS, it raises question marks and suspicions why the German state is supporting Turkey which supports ISIS. Kurdish institutions evaluate this policy of the German state as an indirect support and morale to the ISIS.

    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 04-11-2015

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  16. Iraqi Parliament: Turkish military occupier in Mosul

    Reports came through that three divisions of Turkish troops crossed into Shexan and Bashika areas of Mosul late yesterday. The city of Mosul remains under ISIS occupation since June 2014.

    According to local news agencies in South Kurdistan, the Turkish troops in question have crossed into the area to participate in an operation on Mosul.

    Some other reports attributed to peshmerga sources however denied the reports.

    In the meantime, Iraqi Parliament Security Commission President Hakim el-Zamili confirmed the reports regarding the deployment of Turkish military forces in a base near Mosul.

    Reacting to the Turkish deployment in an agreement with the KDP of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Zamili called Turkish military occupier, saying they target the sovereignty of the Iraqi state. Zamilil said Iraqi air force has informed the Prime Minister Haydar El-İbadi and waits for an order to hit the Turkish troops.

    An official statement by the Press Office of Iraqi Presidency also confirmed that a battalion of Turkish forces has crossed into Mosul region outside the knowledge and approval of the Iraqi Central Government. The statement said; “The deployment of Turkish troops in the region on the excuse of training Iraqi forces and unbeknown to the Iraqi government is a violation of the Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity. This case also conflicts with the neighbourhood relations between Iraq and Turkey.”

    Reporting on the development, Iraqi official state television quoted the Iraqi Foreign Ministry as saying that; “We reject this situation which constitutes a border violation and intervention by Turkey on Iraqi territory”.

    Stressing that no military activity outside the knowledge of the Iraqi government shall be accepted, the Ministry urged Turkey to withdraw its troops from the Iraqi land in the soonest time.

    Source: NEWS DESK – ANF 06-12-2015

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