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  1. STEM NEE TEGEN DE TURKSE INVASIE IN AFRIN!

    In de afgelopen weken zijn er meerdere moties ingediend in het tweede kamer, om de Turkse aanvallen op het overwegend Koerdische Afrin in Noord Syrië te veroordelen. Intussen zijn er meer dan 200 burgerslachtoffers gevallen, waarvan 50 kinderen. Turkije is op 20 januari jongstleden de militaire operatie Olijftak gestart tegen de Syrisch-Koerdische enclave Afrin; ondanks verzoeken vanuit de internationale gemeenschap heeft Turkije tot op heden geen rechtvaardigingsgronden aangeleverd, die een beroep op zelfverdediging rechtvaardigen.

    Op donderdag 15 februari j.l. was er in de Kamer een debat over deze Turkse invasie van Afrin. In de ingediende moties en tijdens het debat is herhaaldelijk aan bod gekomen dat de invasie van de Turkse regering in Afrin leidt tot nog meer destabilisatie van de enige stabiele regio in Syrië, waar veel vluchtelingen een veilige haven in konden vinden, ongeacht hun etnische achtergrond en/of religie.
    Recent is er vanuit de VN herhaaldelijk, om humanitaire redenen, opgeroepen tot een staakt-het-vuren; in de tweede kamer is de regering met de ingediende moties verzocht, om in onder meer de VN-Veiligheidsraad alle strijdende partijen in Syrië op te roepen tot een staakt-het-vuren. Er is tevens gewezen op het feit dat er in de afgelopen maanden vanuit Nederland militair materieel is geleverd aan Turkije. Er is verzoek ingediend bij de regering, om het wapenexport aan Turkije een halt toe te roepen en te onderzoeken of de door Nederland geleverde militair materieel door Turkije wordt ingezet tegen de burgers in Syrië.
    Tevens is er een verzoek ingediend bij de regering om binnen de NAVO en de LU in te zetten voor een gezamenlijke veroordeling van de Turkse aanval op Afrin, als Turkije rechtvaardigingsgronden voor het beroep op Artikel 51-VN Handvest (zelfverdediging) niet aanreikt.

    Ondanks het ontbreken van gronden vanuit de Turkse regering voor de aanvallen op Afrin, ondanks het feit dat vele burgers, waaronder ook kinderen, ouderen en vrouwen slachtoffer zijn van deze aanvallen vanuit de Turkse regering, zijn deze aanvallen door de regering niet veroordeelt. Ondanks destabilisatie van de regio, met meer vluchtelingen die ook richting het Westen zullen uitwijken, zijn de ingediende moties afgewezen. Ondanks berichten dat de Koerdische milities, de belangrijkste bondgenoten van het Westen in de strijd tegen ISIS, het front tegen ISIS verlaten vanwege aanvallen van de Turkse staat, waardoor ISIS nog meer vrije ruimte krijgt en ook kan uitwijken naar het Westen, heeft de regering deze aanvallen helaas niet veroordeeld.

    Dit is een harde klap voor de in Nederland wonende 130.000 Koerden, die in de afgelopen weken massaal in de grote steden de straat op gegaan zijn, zoals ook in andere Europese steden. Het waren de Koerden die met de Westerse coalitie partners streden tegen ISIS, met gevaar voor hun eigen leven. Het zijn nu dezelfde Koerden die opgeofferd worden, waarbij blijkbaar mensenrechten en veiligheid van etnische minderheden in de regio Afrin onder moeten doen voor economische en politieke belangen.

    De Nederlandse regering wil de Turkse aanvallen op Afrin nog niet veroordelen. Turkije krijgt nog 3 weken de tijd om verantwoording af te leggen, maar intussen gaat de oorlog tegen de burgers in Afrin gewoon door. Vandaag is er een konvooi van Koerdische burgers, die vanuit Cizre (Turkije) naar Afrin (Syrie) wandelden, aangevallen door de Turkse militairen, waarbij er drie burgers om het leven gekomen zijn en vele gewonden zijn. Het totaal aantal doden is nog niet bekend.

    De Koerdische Nederlanders roepen de regering op om deze aanvallen te veroordelen en wapenleveranties aan Turkije een halt toe te roepen

    De Koerdische Nederlanders zullen doorgaan met hun acties tegen de aanvallen van Turkije op Afrin!

    Volgende week zullen we wederom protesteren in Rotterdam, Amsterdam en Den Haag.

    DEM-NED Bestuur Den Haag 23-02-2018

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  2. SDF: Nine military vehicles and tanks destroyed in Afrin

    Nine Turkish military vehicles and tanks were destroyed in the last 24 hours in Afrin, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said.

    SDF released a statement on the details of the fighting between SDF forces and the Turkish army.

    The statement read as follows:

    “AFRIN CITY CENTRE

    Invading Turkish army and ISIS-Al Nusra gangs attacked Sterk village with heavy weapons. The attacks continued until late Thursday and caused great damage to residents’ homes.

    Turkish warplanes flew over the city center on Thursday night.

    At 03h30 invading army and ISIS-Al Nusra gangs attacked Cuqe and Sterk villages.

    JINDIRES

    Our forces destroyed four Turkish military vehicles near Deqa village.

    Turkish army attacked Abdulrahmen cemetery which is an obvious sign of Turkey’s and Turkish gang’s barbarism.

    Turkish reconnaissance planes flew over the region at 7h00 on Friday.

    Turkish army attacked Sendikan village with heavy weapons at 13h00 on Friday. And in the afternoon Turkish army and ISIS-Al Nusra gangs launched an attempt to advance in Mehmediye village front. The army and gangs suffered heavy casualties and retreated leaving the bodies of fellow soldiers behind.

    SHERA

    Turkish warplanes bombed civilian homes in Baflune village at 21h00 on Thursday.

    RACO

    Our forces targeted a Turkish military vehicle near Kaniya Batmane village.

    Xerabi Sorik village was targeted by Turkish army and ISIS-Al Nusra gangs. The bombings destroyed several houses and the mosque of the village.

    In another development invading Turkish army and its gangs targeted Hac Xelil and Mira mountains.

    In Shadiya village Turkish army and gangs were ambushed by our forces. A tank and a military vehicle were destroyed and those who were inside were killed.

    SHIYE

    Turkish army and Al-Nusra and ISIS gangs were ambushed near Ceqela village. A Turkish military vehicle was destroyed and all soldiers and gang members inside were killed.

    Source: ANF AFRIN 16-02-2018

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  3. Syrian military forces deployed in districts of Afrin
    A third group of Syrian Popular Protection Units has reached Afrin. These forces are stationed in the various districts of the canton.

    Resistance to the Turkish military invasion in Afrin continues for 34 days. In order to protect the territory of Syria, a military agreement was signed between the YPG and the Syrian army, which provides for the deployment of Syrian military units in the field of border protection.

    Two days ago, the first group of Popular Protection Units under the Syrian army arrived in Afrin. The second group came yesterday, today a third group has reached Afrin.

    The first group was stationed yesterday in the districts of Jindires and Rajo. In Rajo they were accompanied by an ANF camera.

    Source: ANF AFRIN 22-02-2018
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    ISIS and Al-Nusra command the Turkish army in the war in Afrin
    When the gang groups dubbed the FSA suffered hundreds of casualties, Al-Nusra members from Idlib and ISIS members arrested in Jarablus and Turkey were dressed in FSA uniforms and pushed to the fronts in Afrin.

    There are clashes in three sides of Afrin. It is day 34 in the Turkish army’s attempt to invade Afrin. I had the chance to see the Rajo, Bilbile, Meydaneke, Shera and Jindires districts and several of their villages around Afrin. I witnessed the resistance of the YPG and YPJ fighters in direct clash zones.

    As I observed how the people of Afrin came together with the resisting youth, both in the urban center and the rural areas, at the back of my mind was a great curiosity for the battle psychology of the invading soldiers and the gang members that accompany them who aim to kill these people in Afrin and use jets, tanks, artilleries and other heavy weapons to that end. Even though the Turkish media paraded the sending off of their soldiers to the fronts in perception operations and images to show the “cute” side of militarism/invasion, the actual situation of the soldiers in the fronts apparently is nothing like that.

    The Turkish soldiers were reportedly acting in coordination with and under the command of Al-Nusra and ISIS emirs in the land operation in Afrin. I asked if there was any truth to these claims to both the YPG and YPJ fighters in the front and to my sources who closely monitor the developments. There were striking and interesting results. The Turkish army had launched the invasion operation on January 20 with groups they called the Free Syrian Army, but when the “FSA” gang groups suffered hundreds of losses in the first week of battle, in place of the disbanded FSA, Al-Nusra members from Idlib and ISIS members arrested in Turkey and Jarablus were dressed in FSA uniforms and pushed to the fronts in Afrin. Especially the ISIS members who had come from Turkic republics were pulled to Afrin. These gang groups stated that they would act on behalf of the Turkish state but that they would hold the authority to command in the field. Because the Turkish soldiers suffered a psychological collapse when they failed to advance the invasion operation in a short time and when they suffered heavy losses, and the TAF has thus effectively put their military units in Afrin, their “mehmetcik”s, under the command of ISIS and Al-Nusra emirs.

    When I asked this again to my sources who know the region very well and who monitor this war very closely, they said: “Why are you surprised? Why else would the Turkish army be building observation points in Idlib? Al-Nusra controls Idlib. Russia and the regime are fighting Al-Nusra and other salafi organizations there. Al-Nusra gangs accompany the Turkish army to Idlib and ensure the safety of the military convoy as well. The Turkish soldiers stationed in the observation points are also under Al Nusra protection too.”

    Before I can ask, “So, whose guaranteer is Turkey there?” my source continued: “The relationship between Turkey and Al-Nusra is a mutually beneficial one. The Turkish state entered Idlib to have influence in Syria, to market Al-Nusra in the international arena and to give a guarantee to the Syrian regime and Russia. Al-Nusra said yes to Turkey to maintain their strength in the field and to get economic, political, military and diplomatic gains from Turkey.”

    Now when the Turkish army is having trouble in Afrin, they asked for help from Al-Nusra and especially from the ISIS emirs who appear to be under arrest in Jarablus and Azaz. And Al-Nusra and ISIS emirs made the TAF accept that they would enter Afrin, and they would have the command in the field, and they would set up their own system in the areas that end up taken. Right now, the command ranks of the Turkish state that continues its invasion attempt in Afrin is comprised of Commander in Chief Tayyip Erdoğan, Chief of Staff Chief Marshall Hulusi Akar, 2nd Army Commander Lieutenant General Ismail Temel on paper, but it isn’t actually so. The “mehmetcik”s of the Turkish nation are under the command of gang emirs. Tayyip Erdoğan, Hulusi Akar and Ismail Temel are reduced to the position of aides for the caliph of the ISIS gang network Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi.

    Some Kemalist and secular army officers who see this and are disturbed by this have let CHP leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu know about this when they couldn’t openly declare it. And Kılıçdaroğlu is trying to let the public know the information he has been given by constantly saying, “We support the Afrin operation, but it shouldn’t drag on. There should be talks with the Syrian regime and the issue should be over with.” Alas, to no avail. Because the Turkish army is not only stuck in the swamp in Afrin, but has also fallen to the throes of the gangs. It looks like a hard way out, try as they might.

    Source: ANF BAKİ GÜL AFRIN 23-02-2018

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