Turkish border guards murder Syrian refugee women, children

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Stop shooting! Turkish border guards continue to shoot, beat and kill Syrian refugees – HRW

10 May 2016

Turkish border guards are continuing to shoot and abuse Syrian refugees who are crossing into the country, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). The rights group, citing the deaths of several asylum seekers, has called on Ankara to investigate. “Firing at traumatized men, women, and children fleeing fighting and indiscriminate warfare is truly appalling,” said Human Rights Watch researcher Gerry Simpson.

From The New Arab:

Turkish troops kill nine Syrian refugees crossing the border

19 June, 2016

Nine members of one family, most of them women and children were killed on Saturday night by Turkish border guards, and eight others were injured.

The Syrian refugees were attempting to cross the border into Turkey near the town of Kherbet Eljoz, northwest of the city of Idlib, north Syria.

“Several families from the city of Jarablus, north east of the city of Aleppo and Idlib tried to cross the border on Saturday night towards Turkey,” a source from the town who wished to remain anonymous told The New Arab.

“Turkish border guards opened fire on them indiscriminately, killing nine people and wounding eight others”, he said.

“The dead are all from one family – three children, four women and a man displaced from the city of Jarablus. They fled the city when they heard the fighting near them,” according to the source.

This is not the first time that displaced Syrians have been killed by Turkish border guards.  Activists have documented the killing of at least fifty people in the past few months.

The UN and other humanitarian organisations have condemned actions taken by Turkey against Syrian refugees with Doctors Beyond Borders calling on the Turkish government to open its borders to thousands fleeing the conflict in Syria.

THE Turkish parliament passed a law on Thursday night granting impunity from prosecution to troops involved in the brutal crackdown on Kurdish cities: here.

Syrian young woman now free from ISIS oppression

Souad tramples her niqab underfoot, Reuters photo

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Once ISIS fighters are expelled from a region in Syria, then one of the first things many women do is to get rid of their niqabs. Similarly, the 19-year-old Souad from the newly liberated town of Manbij in northern Syria.

ISIS was recently driven from Manbij by the Syrian Democratic Forces. According to Wikipedia, a 60% Kurdish, 40% non-Kurdish force. This secular, pro-women’s rights organisation has to deal with not only ISIS, but also with artillery fire by the Erdogan regime in NATO member state Turkey, allies of ISIS; and with violence by other jihadist paramiltaries, some of them financed by the Saudi Arabian monarchy and/or the United States CIA.

Souad tramples her niqab underfoot, Reuters photos

The young woman not only threw off her niqab, but also trampled the face-covering clothing underfoot, which is one of the worst insults in the Muslim world. For her the niqab is a symbol of the oppression by ISIS.

“I feel liberated,” says Souad, who has replaced her niqab with a headscarf. “We had to wear this. By trampling this garment, I take care of them.”

ISIS occupied Souad’s village in 2014. … Women then had to be fully covered. “People who did not adhere to the rules were punished severely. Sometimes we had to stand together for days in graves that we dug ourselves. ”

“Now we are free, we can live again,” says Souad surrounded by her family.

British soldiers illegally in Syria

This 28 November 2015 video from England is called Don’t Bomb Syria Protest London – Diane Abbott, Owen Jones.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

UK forces fighting in Syria ‘illegal’ – warns Stop the War

UK Special Forces have been fighting on the frontline in Syria despite explicit assurances to parliament from Cameron that there would be ‘no UK boots on the ground’.

Such a move ‘is illegal unless sanctioned by parliament,’ Stop the War Coalition warned yesterday. According to The Times British special forces based in Jordan frequently cross into Syria to assist the so-called ‘New Syrian Army’, which has been holding out in the southeastern village of al-Tanf.

The Ministry of Defence said: ‘We may or may not have special forces in Syria. For reasons of security we cannot comment on any operation involving special forces.’

Head of the Stop the War Coalition, Lindsey German, told News Line: ‘Reports of British troops fighting in Syria highlight once again the contempt for democracy shown by those who support successive wars.

‘Any such deployment is illegal unless sanctioned by parliament. It is unfortunately increasingly typical of troop deployment which is secretive and avoids any democratic scrutiny. As we await the Chilcot report, it is a travesty of the democratic process to keep involving British troops in Syria undeclared.’

In December 2015, parliament approved a motion moved by Tory PM Cameron which called for the UK to join in the US led bombing campaign in Syria. The motion explicitly stated: ‘. . . . the government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations.’

During the debate, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn warned: ‘The logic of an extended air campaign is, in fact, towards mission creep and western boots on the ground. Whatever the Prime Minister may say now about keeping British combat troops out of the way, that is a real possibility.’

During that debate Ian Paisley (North Antrim) (DUP) asked: ‘If it becomes necessary at a later date to deploy ground troops, will he guarantee that he will come back to this House to seek approval for that?’

Cameron replied: ‘This is something not only that I do not want to do, but that I think would be a mistake if we did it. The argument was made to us by the Iraqi government that the presence of western ground troops can be a radicalising force and can be counterproductive, and that is our view.’

Noam Chomsky on the Middle East

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Chomsky: Saudi Arabia is the “Center of Radical Islamic Extremism” Now Spreading Among Sunni Muslims

17 May 2016

As Saudi Arabia continues to fund fighting in Syria and Yemen, Noam Chomsky says it is “the center of radical Islamic extremism.” Chomsky adds that the U.S. ally is “a source of not only funding for extremist radical Islam and the jihadi outgrowths of it, but also, doctrinally, mosques, clerics and so on, schools, you know, madrassas, where you study just Qur’an, is spreading all over the huge Sunni areas from Saudi influence.”

This video from the USA says about itself:

Noam Chomsky on Syria Conflict: Cut Off the Flow of Arms & Stop Bombing to Stem the Atrocities

17 May 2016

Today, the U.S. and Russia co-chair a meeting of the 17-nation International Syria Support Group aimed at easing the five-year conflict with a death toll that has reached close to half a million people. Just last month, President Obama announced the deployment of 250 more Special Operations troops to Syria in a move that nearly doubles the official U.S. presence in the country.

Syria is only one of a number of ongoing deadly conflicts in the Middle East. Last year, a record 60 million people around the world were forced to flee their homes, becoming refugees. For more on these conflicts and the rise of ISIS, we continue our conversation with internationally renowned political dissident, linguist and author, Noam Chomsky.

The U.S. invasion of Iraq was a major reason in the development, a primary reason in the incitement of sectarian conflicts, which have now exploded into these monstrosities,” says Chomsky. He has written over 100 books, most recently, “Who Rules the World?” Chomsky is institute professor emeritus at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he’s taught for more than 50 years.

Syria, Iraq, war 1916-2016

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The Disastrous Legacy of Sykes-Picot

16 May 2016

In 1916, the United Kingdom and France signed an agreement to divide the Middle East between themselves. One hundred years later, many of the region’s ongoing problems can be dated to the Sykes-Picot treaty.

Thousands of civilians in danger as US-backed forces mount offensives in Iraq and Syria: here.

Turkish regime kills Syrian refugees again

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Turkey: Syrians Shot, Beaten, and Killed at Border

9 May 2016

Turkish border guards are shooting and beating Syrian asylum seekers … resulting in deaths and serious injuries, Human Rights Watch said today. The Turkish authorities should end their pushbacks of Syrian asylum seekers at the border and investigate all use of excessive force by border guards, including all cases of killing and injuring Syrians trying to cross.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

‘Turkish border guards shoot Syrian refugees dead’

Today, 10:53

Turkish border guards shoot at refugees from Syria to prevent them from entering Turkey. Human rights organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports this. Five people were killed and fourteen wounded. Refugees are also said to be beaten.

HRW investigated seven incidents, dating back to March and April. The organization spoke with victims, witnesses and Syrians from the border area with Turkey. Three refugees – a man, a woman and a boy of 15 – and a smuggler were shot, another smuggler was beaten to death. Eight refugees got shot wounds, including three children aged 3, 5 and 9 years. Six refugees were severely mistreated.


Eyewitnesses have claimed that border guards also shot at people who wanted to take away the bodies from the border wall. This was recorded. Six of the seven incidents were at the border crossing Khurbat al-Juz Güveççi, the seventh took place in the Syrian border town of al-Duriya. The refugees had not long before fled from Aleppo and surrounding area.

The organization calls on Turkey to immediately put an end to the shooting of refugees and to investigate the incidents. Again HRW calls on the government to open the border to people fleeing the violence in Syria.

HRW says on May 4 to have sent a letter to the Turkish Minister of the Interior. There is still no response known from the Ministry.

Previously the British newspaper The Independent reported that eight Syrian refugees were shot dead at the border when they tried to reach Turkey.

Sent back

Human Rights Watch also spoke with 28 Syrian refugees who were intercepted by Turkish border guards when they tried crossing the border with the help of smugglers. They were detained and interrogated for a day and then sent back to Syria. That happened with dozens and sometimes hundreds at a time, the refugees told. Similar reports came in April from Amnesty International and NOS correspondent Lucas Waagmeester.

Turkish government sending refugees to war in Syria

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Turkey Abuses Refugees, Sends Them Back to War Zones

17 December 2015

Turkey has been accused by Amnesty International of sending hundreds of Syrian refugees to detention centers where they are abused and mistreated and deporting them back to war zones in Iraq and Syria…. We look at the alleged human rights violations on the Lip News with Elliot Hill and Mark Sovel.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“Turkey illegally sends refugees back to Syria

Today, 21:19

Christel Voorn, national affairs editor

Turkey has, since mid-January, sent several thousand Syrian refugees illegally back to Syria. That says Amnesty International on the basis of new research in South Turkey.

PvdA leader Diederik Samsom calls this act in a reaction to Nieuwsuur TV show a reason to suspend the EU deal with Turkey. “This is contrary to everything we stand for.”

Diederik Samsom, of the social democrat PvdA, the junior partner in the coalition government often says progressive sounding things; which he then fails to practice, as a faithful ally of the right-wing VVD coalition partner.

Samsom might have expected this, when he helped to make the deal sending refugees back from Europe to Erdogan’s Turkey. Already before January 2016, the Turkish government used to send refugees back to war in Syria or Iraq.

Amnesty International has for three days recorded testimony by refugees in southern Turkey. The human rights organization says the findings confirm an open secret in the region. …

Samson: Turkey must stop

According to Labour leader Samsom this illegal refoulement may scupper the refugee deal between the European Union and Turkey. “The European Commission should agree immediately with the Turkish authorities that this should stop, otherwise the agreement between the EU and Turkey is just not on.”

In a desperate attempt to close the borders to asylum seekers EU leaders deliberately ignored the facts, says John Dahlhuisen, Europe Director at Amnesty International. “Turkey is not a safe country for Syrian refugees and it is getting more insecure day by day.”

From next Monday on the first refugees stranded in Greece will be returned to Turkey, as agreed in the deal between Turkey and the EU.


Many of the people who are sent back from Turkey to Syria are refugees without papers, says Amnesty. Syrians who want to stay in Turkey, should, according to the Turkish authorities, have certain documents.

According to Amnesty, these documents often don’t exist or is it impossible for refugees to register. Refugees who are arrested by the police and do not have such documents, are deported.

Borderline situations

“The EU came up with a solution. Turkey was within a few weeks transformed into a ‘safe country’, so refugees could soon go there. It’s wishful thinking elevated to pseudo-reality. It is ignoring the borderline situations that exist especially in Turkey, the country that previously sent refugees back to Syria”, writes Eduard Nazarski of Amnesty in the Netherlands today in a column.