War against ISIS/Daesh: YPG Commander – “We are welcoming 2015 with victory steps against the ISIS gangs in Kobanî and entire Rojava” (Kurdistan)
Above footage is the latest combat scenes of YPG/YPJ fighters and Lions of Rojava attacking the low-life murdering fanatics of ISIS/Daesh.
Wednesday, 31 December 2014 13:16
NEWS DESK – Cemil Mazlum, one of the YPG Kobanî Commanders, evaluated the resistance mounted against the ISIS attacks in Kobanî and Rojava during 2014, its outcomes and their expectations for 2015 for ANF [Kurdish media].
The YPG Kobanî Commander stressed that in the present situation the ISIS gangs have suffered a defeat in the face of the YPG/YPJ resistance, adding: “We are welcoming 2015 with victory steps against the ISIS gangs in Kobanî and entire Rojava.”
Recalling that the ISIS attacks on Rojava revolution have continued all year long, Commander Cemil Mazlum said that the gangs launched their most expansive attacks on Kobanî early September when -he added- Kobanî responded to the attacks with a spirit of self-sacrifice and the philosophy of leader Apo, referring to Kurdish people’s leader Abdullah Öcalan. “Kobanî has been the beginning of the end for the ISIS”, he said.
‘Rojava revolution opened the way for the peoples’
“Before evaluating the struggle of the YPG/YPJ in 2014, we firstly salute our people who laboured for the resistance throughout the year and bow respectfully before the memory of the martyrs”, said Commander Mazlum who also stressed that the year 2014 was of great importance for Kurdistan and the peoples of the Middle East.
Mazlum remarked that the Kurdish people also had an active role in the so-named ‘Arab spring’ that began early 2011, and that they as the Kurdish people had made their preparations in advance in order to change the wave of change and transformation in the Middle East into a struggle set to assure a revolutionary and democratic future for the peoples.
Noting that the Rojava revolution as part of this struggle has opened the way for a democratic future of the Kurds and the peoples of Syria and the Middle East, the YPG Commander underlined that Kurds with the Rojava revolution have been the only people to actualize a project for the liberation of the peoples.
‘Rojava revolution was intensely attacked in 2014’
The YPG Commander also pointed out that after the system in Rojava fell into place towards the year 2014, dominant and reactionary powers also realized the fact that the Rojava revolution could set an example to all the peoples in the Middle East.
Mazlum continued: “They therefore intensified their attacks against our revolution. We can say that 2014 witnessed very intense attacks on the Rojava revolution. The Kurdish people had made their preparations on this basis after anticipating attacks targeting the revolution. They developed their self-defense position, established the YPG/YPJ and the defense units of the revolution and people. Our target was to protect the revolution and our national values.”
‘The first attacks of the year began in Kobanî’
YPG Commander Cemil Mazlum stressed that the increasingly enhanced attacks on the revolution have proved the vital need for the self-defense forces they had formed earlier. He further recalled that the first wave of concentrated attacks began in Kobanî at the beginning of the year when the ISIS firstly eliminated other Islamist groups and the Free Syrian Army from the region extending from Deyr Ez Zor to Jarablus, and started to attack Kobanî with the beginning of February.
‘We responded with legitimate defense’
YPG Commander Mazlum noted that in the face of the ISIS attacks on the gains of the Kurdish people, which they had anticipated because the Rojava system promised a democratic future to the peoples, they responded with a sense of legitimate defense.
‘Attacks began in February’
Mazlum reminded that the ISIS gangs launched their first attacks on Kobanî in February and intensified them late March, witnessing on the other hand the strength of the Kurdish people and YPG/YPJ as it suffered heavy losses in the fighting during this period. The YPG Commander said that the ISIS withdrew its forces from Kobanî and attacked other regions after seeing that it wouldn’t be able to attain a result in Kobanî at an ordinary level of attacks in the face of the resistance mounted against it. “With the comprehensive attack that came early July, we saw that all the former attacks had been planned in order to prepare the ground for more expansive attacks targeting Kobanî and the Rojava revolution”, he added.
‘ISIS started larger scaled attacks after seeing that it wouldn’t be easy to take Kobanî’
Remarking that the ISIS gangs launched attacks on three fronts of Kobanî with heavy weapons they brought in from other regions, Mosul being in the first place, during the month of July, Cemil Mazlum continued: “This wave of attacks, which was carried out with the help of weapons and financial opportunities the ISIS gained especially after its occupation of Mosul, was the most expansive attack conducted during the year. Towards the end of July, the ISIS gangs were repelled on all the three fronts of Kobanî and inflicted severe blows during the Revenge Operation for Kobanî Martyrs. Following this defeat, the ISIS gangs attacked Sinjar and perpetrated a massacre there. With the Sinjar attack, the ISIS gangs captured a number of strategic points belonging to the regime without facing any resistance.”
‘Massive attacks began as of 15 September’
Recalling that the strategic points captured by the ISIS from the regime included significant military points such as the Tabqa military airport, 21st and 91st regiment and 7th battalion, Mazlum said the heavy wepons, tanks and ammunition ISIS seized here were enough to meet the needs of an army. He said that the ISIS gangs deployed all these weapons and munitions around Kobanî, and thus started as of 15 September to launch the most comprehensive and heaviest attacks on Kobanî among the Rojava cantons.
‘Gangs were repelled from many points before Kobanî’
Noting that the ISIS gangs had also launched attacks on Cizîrê canton, Hesekê and Jazaa during the year before the attacks on Kobanî began, Cemil Mazlum added: “After failing to attain the result it desired and the defeats it suffered in these regions, the ISIS headed back towards Kobanî, the starting point of the 19 July revolution and the democratic confederal system, which is also the point of connection between the cantons of Cizîr and Afrîn, and a location the ISIS considered as the weakest link in Rojava. With the fall of Kobanî, it had been intended to destroy the democratic future and system of the Kurdish people and the peoples of the Middle East.”
‘Alliance with Arab representatives before September’s attack’
Mazlum continued by reminding that some groups affiliated to the FSA developed an alliance with the YPG in Cizîrê Canton and Kobanî after the observations and evaluations they made regarding the ISIS gangs before the September’s attack later proved to be right. “Early September, an alliance was formed between the YPG and some FSA-affiliated groups by the name of Burkan Al Fırat. This alliance didn’t only have a military importance but it was also a significant development ensured with Arab representatives on the basis of a joint struggle of the peoples.”
‘ISIS defeated in Kobanî’
YPG Commander Mazlum said they they could speak of an exact success of the YPG/YPJ forces against the ISIS in Kobanî in line with an evaluation of the ISIS attacks that lasted throughout the year and the massive attack that has left 107 days behind now. He emphasised that the ISIS gangs have so far suffered a heavy defeat and blow in the most expansive attacks they launched on Kobanî despite having a superiority of technical opportunities, armament and number of fighters. Mazlum also recalled that the ISIS gangs have recently brought in mercenaries from a number of places across the world in order to attain a result in Kobanî in the face of the most recent defeat it has suffered. He added that all these ISIS mercenaries have been killed in the fighting.
‘Great bravery manifested’
Pointing out that great bravery has been manifested against the ISIS gangs during the year and the last 107 days, Mazlum continued: “A determined struggle has been waged with Kalashnikov rifles and hand grenades against tanks and mortars. Everyone said Kobanî would fall and nobody thought of the contrary but fighters of the YPG/YPJ did never have such a feeling or thought, not even a moment. They never lost trust in victory and success, nor ever hesitated to sacrifice their lives for freedom.”
‘We stood against the attacks with a spirit of self-sacrifice and the philosophy of Leader Apo’
YPG Commander stressed that against the attacks ISIS carried out with a technical and numeric superiority, they stood with the philosophy of Leader Apo, a spirit of self-sacrifice and a strong organisation. “In addition, we construed the enemy correctly and anticipated what it could do. On this basis, we were prepared for attacks and savagery at any level, and fought the enemy with a superiority of precise morale and courage. The ISIS gangs were superior than us with regard to technics, arms and number of militants but the heroic determination, motivation, commitment and courage of the YPG/YPJ fighters has been our greatest advantage against the ISIS. As a matter of fact, Kobanî has witnessed the battle of a superior technics and a people fighting for their freedom who have indeed won the war so far”, he added.
‘Resistance wasn’t mounted only in military areas’
Mazlum stressed that resistance to the most recent attack in Kobanî has been mounted in all areas, adding that: “Except for those forced to leave Kobanî, a significant part of the people remained in the town and became a major part of this resistance. Alongside an organisation of fighters that are ideologically and philosophically equipped, the people have also waged a significant fight against the ISIS gangs in Kobanî.”
‘The ISIS empire of fear was overthrown in Kobanî’
Mazlum underlined that the most significant results revealed by the Kobanî resistance includes the demolition of the empire of fear built by the ISIS gangs. “The ISIS gangs that spread fear across the regions it attacked earlier could obtain no benefit from this most effective method of theirs in Kobanî. On the contrary, they were afraid in the face of the YPG/YPJ resistance and this savage method was shattered by the firm will of the YPG/YPJ fighters. With this truth revealed in Kobanî, all forces that have so far been unable to stand against the ISIS attacks have developed self-confidence and determination. The ISIS legend of fear has ended in Kobanî where the ISIS gangs now don’t want to fight any more. Kobanî has turned into a source of fear for the ISIS gangs that have been greatly dispirited in Kobanî.”
‘Historic success achieved’
Commenting Kobanî’s strength to remain standing despite all the siege and attacks during the year as a historic success, Mazlum said that: “With the resistance mounted in Kobanî, the ISIS gangs are currently going through a downfall and disintegration all across Syria. Attacking the Kurdish people devoted to their freedom and the Rojava revolution has been the beginning of the end for the ISIS gangs that have suffered a major defeat in firstly Rojava and then Kobanî, especially in the face of the YPG/YPJ resistance.”
‘We are entering the new year with victory steps’
YPG Commander Mazlum emphasised that the YPG were now advancing step by step on the path to victory following the last three months of 2014 that witnessed a battle with very fierce clashes. Mazlum made the following evaluation for the new year: “It could be said that in the new year we will announce the defeat of the ISIS and the victory of YPG forces. We are entering the new year with a high morale and spirits, and with a major success and gains. For us, 2015 will be a year witnessing significant achievements in the Rojava revolution. In this regard, I would like to quote leader Apo who said that ‘2015 will be the year of success and victory of the Kurdish people’s revolution’. We also promise our people that this will be the year of success and victory. Ahead of us are major successes and victories in military, political and social areas, primarily in Kobanî.”
Tags: Cemil Mazlum, Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kubani, Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
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