325

Posts Tagged ‘Iraq’

War against ISIS/Daesh: Interview With Mehmûd Berxwedan, YPG Commander – ISIS Has Lost In Kobanê (Kurdistan)

Saturday, October 18th, 2014

Mehmûd Berxwedan – a member of the General Command of the YPG – has spoken with journalist Ersin Çaksu in a new interview for Özgür Gündem. Berxwedan told Çaksu that all those who said that Kobanê ‘had fallen’ or ‘will fall’ had themselves be defeated, and that if a corridor is opened to the city ISIS will be entirely cleared from the area. Below is the full interview translated into English.

-We would like to thank you for taking some time for us in this very busy period. In the first place I want to ask why Kobanê is so important for ISIS. Why did it attack it with such force?

In our earlier interview we spent a lot of time around the question of why Kobanê was being targeted. The 19th of July Rojava Revolution began in Kobanê. Kobanê became a symbol of resistance and freedom. Kobanê also became an expression of the will of the Kurdish people in Rojava. The revolution began in Kobanê and spread to the rest of Rojava. For this reason Kobanê upset the plans of both certain international powers and certain regional powers who did want the Kurds to express their own will. From that day until now they have expended much effort in breaking and destroying that will. However they did reach their goal of a siege. They have been targeting Kobanê in particular for over a year and a half. So why Kobanê? Because Kobanê has no connection to the other regions. It has no physical connections to either the Cizîrê or Efrîn [cantons]. It is a region surrounded by the [ISIS] gangs. They thought that they could destroy Kobanê by surrounding it. The attacks that have developed for over a year and half were carried out toward this end. However they thought that they could break the will of Kobanê and make it fall very quickly. But they didn’t reach their goal. (more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

War against ISIS/Daesh: October 16th Kobani battle report from YPG Media Center (Kurdistan)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Kobani – ISIS terrorist attacks aiming to occupy Kobani which were started on September 15th are on the 31st day. Yesterday on October 15 during the day and night, ISIS mercenaries attempted to attack from the Eastern and Southern fronts of the city, but they faced our troops’ response. In several operations our forces were able to retake some positions which were occupied earlier by the mercenaries.

Yesterday evening on the Eastern front mercenaries started their attacks and continued to this morning. On several positions of this front direct confrontations took place where their attacks were defeated. A number of weapons and ammunition of the ISIS were captured and 16 ISIS fighters were killed as a result of our forces’ operation. (more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

War against ISIS/Daesh: 14th October Statement from YPJ General Command (Kurdistan)

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

From YPG Media Centre:

Kobane resistance entered its second month led by People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ). We congratulate our great people all over the world, who are fighting back against terrorists in honor and respect for our immortal martyrs, as we renew our pledge to keep struggling till a decisive victory.

Dear people of Kurdistan;

Through resistance we have proved to the whole world that the free Kurdish personality and the liberated woman which is based on the free life philosophy, is not going to abandon its land and dignity whatever the cost.

On this occasion, we assure all women, our people and humanity that we Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) are going to fight back on behalf of all women and spare no efforts in order to defeat woman’s enemy as represented by ISIS terrorists.

At the same time, we will retaliate for Shenga’s women and all those who were captured and slaughtered by ISIS thugs. (more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

Kobane: Interview with Meysa Ebdo, YPJ commander (Kurdistan)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

The following piece is translation of a new interview with Meysa Ebdo, a YPG/YPJ commander in Kobanê, in which she speaks about the course of the battle and its larger significance for the relations between Kurds and Turkey. It was conducted by Sedat Sur for ANF and carried by Özgür Gündem.

-The attacks of the ISIS gangs on Kobanê are entering their 24th day and fighting is now taking place in the city itself. Can you share a little about the current conditions inside Kobanê?

The attacks against us have been going on for around a year and a half. ISIS is now using all means at its disposal to attack us. Our people, together with the YPG/YPJ, have faced these attacks with a great spirit of resistance. We have lost martyrs in every village and on every hill. However our goal is protect our people and our land. The latest attacks began along five fronts at once. ISIS has gathered forces from around both Iraq and Syria and is attacking us savagely using its heaviest ground weapons against us. Our resistance has entered its 24th day and their goal and dream is to make Kobanê surrender. However, we as the YPG/YPJ and the Kurdish people have shown ourselves as a great example of resistance. The gangs have also suffered many blows and setbacks in Şengal (Sinjar), Maxmur and in the Cizirê Canton. This time they have once again directed their attacks against Kobanê which has been under embargo for a year and a half. They had dreams of entering into Kobanê for Eid. They said they would perform their Eid prayers in Kobanê however the sacrificial spirit and resistance of YPG fighters and the honorable stance exhibited by our people spoiled the dreams of ISIS. (more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Interviews

War against ISIS/Daesh: YPG/YPJ inflict heavy losses among ISIS terrorists (Kurdistan)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

via YPG/YPJ Media Centre:

– A number of weapons belonging to the ISIS fighters were seized by our units of the YPJ in Kobane October 13.

12 October 2014 / KOBANE_Offensives raged by terrorists affiliated to ISIS are ongoing for the 27th day, meanwhile our fighters are striking them fiercely.

Terrorists are flooding in from Tel Abyad and Jarablus areas bringing more heavy weaponry and ammunition that aims to takeover Kobane city, nevertheless our heroes are fighting back with high spirits despite of the lesser capabilities that they have.

Terrorists have intensified their offensives on the eastern front of Kobane city, clashes have continued yesterday until the night, in which 17 mercenaries were killed.

Elsewhere near Mishtenur hill southern east of Kobane, mercenaries carried out an attack along with a random intensive shelling but our fighters were able to repulse them and halted their advance, at least 11 terrorists were killed. (more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

Report from a comrade about the history of ISIS/Daesh (Iraq, Syria & Kurdistan)

Monday, October 13th, 2014

IS (Islamic State) is attacking Kobane city in Rojava (it means West Kurdistan in Kurdish) as everybody knows. But what I want to explain is, why there is this organization called Islamic State, and how it was founded. So maybe everything can become more clear.

We can say the history of ISIS begins with Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, who organized the strongest resistance against the USA and coalition troops in Iraq. Actually he is from Jordan, city called Zarqa, so he took this name “Zarqawi”.

In Jordan he was in an Salafist and Jihadist organization and he was imprisoned with his comrades because of this. Why doesn’t the Jordanian state want a Salafi-Jihadist organization? (more…)

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Anti-Fascist

War against ISIS/Daesh: Report from the YPG about the defence of Kobani (Kurdistan)

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

October 10, 2014 – The resistance of Kobani has entered the 25th day, such unparalleled resistance that expresses the finest epics of sacrifice to defend the honor and dignity of humanity.

The battle continues where ISIS mercenaries have increased their attacks on the city center, while their attacks have failed they resort to heavy weapons and rockets to shell the civilian neighborhoods of the city.

Eastern Front: The ISIS mercenaries yesterday attempted 4 times to attack the Kaniya Kurdan area, where the fighting started since the afternoon and continued to the late hours of the night, resulting in the killing of 16 mercenaries.

Southern Front: After the ISIS mercenaries sufferd big losses on this front, they brought more additional forces and increased their attacks on the Termik area, where this area witnessed a strong resistance, our units managed to destroy a vehicle of the mercenaries fully and kill those inside, and 13 mercenaries were killed as a result of the clashes in this region. Violent clashes took place yesterday at the Mishtenur front, our forces carried out a major operation against the mercenaries which resulted in the killing of 8 ISIS fighters, although the total number of dead is not confirmed by our troops.

Western Front: Our units carried out a strong campaign against several centers of the ISIS mercenaries yesterday in the western side, where our troops were able to force them to retreat from their fighting positions.

Five of our comrades were martyred yesterday in a great resistance that is being expressed every day by our units in order to thwart those terrorist plots and to remove all those black clouds from that beautiful city.

October 9, 2014 – The resistance of our great units and out people in Kobani has entered the 24th day, ISIS mercenaries which have brought all their forces and materiel from remote areas of Iraq, Deir ez-Zor, Ar-Raqqah, Manbej and Tell Abyad aim to eliminate the free will and democratic thought of our nation with all the insistence.

Mercenary groups yesterday attempted to carry out fierce attacks on three axes of Kobani (the western, eastern and southern fronts) to undermine our units, but our troops managed to repel the offensive.

On three fronts of the east side of the city a fierce battle continued until the late hours of the night, our units managed to repel all their attacks, also the ISIS mercenaries tried to attack our forces by a car bomb, our units remedied the situation and were able to foil their attack, where the car bomb detonated amongst them, resulting in the killing of 26 mercenaries.

Violent clashes took place at the Mistenur front, where our units were able to destroy a 57 cannon and kill 13 mercenaries. Direct clashes broke out in the southern front at a close range, 9 mercenaries were killed in these clashes.

The ISIS mercenaries tried 7 times yesterday to attack on the western front, our units responded to these attacks and violent clashes broke out, 12 mercenaries were killed according to what has been confirmed by our troops.

The result of the heroic resistance shown by our units on all the fronts was martyrdom of 9 of our comrades expressing all their courage and vigor against the tyrant, without a moment of thinking about surrender or defeat, which decently is the spirit of victory.

October 9, 2014 – This morning the ISIS mercenaries attempted to attack our units near the village of Dahma, southwestern countryside of Serekaniye (Ras al-Ayn), our troops managed to repel the attack. A number of the attackers were killed, clashes are ongoing.

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

War against ISIS/Daesh: YPJ Women's Defense Units Command of Efrîn Canton – Statement regarding Kobane and martyrdom of the heroic comrade Arîn Mirkan (Kurdistan)

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Women’s Defense Units – YPJ
Command of Efrîn Canton

Kobani is continuing to resist since twenty-four days without losing anything of its insistence, all the world was waiting for Kobani to fall within two or three days but it refused to surrender. While its defenders are making history, it has become the example of heroism known to the world. At a time that women are hostile to the terrorist organizations such as ISIS, the bullet fire by our women adds to ISIS’ fears that they may find themselves in hell instead of heaven which they are promised [jihadis killed by a woman cannot go to heaven].

What was expressed today by comrade Arîn is the spirit of sacrifice for the freedom.

For the world and foremost for the ISIS to know, we renew our pledge to be worthy of the essence of the act of our fellow comrade Arîn Mirkan. We will take revenge on this organization by developing our defensive systems and educating our women, for the ISIS organization cannot be defined by any terms and it is far from humanity.

We will avenge those women who were sold as slaves in the markets of the ISIS organization, our vengeance will not only be bullets but by the smiling faces of our women, we swear that we make a hell for the ISIS on earth, as we salute the resistance of Kobani, this is our promise to our people and our fellow comrade Arin and every single one of our comrades who were martyred heroically in Kobani.

We call on all the women and invite them to consciously join this struggle in the ranks of our units of the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ).

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

War against ISIS/Daesh: 8th October report from People's Defense Units – Media Center (Kurdistan)

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

To the media and public opinion
People’s Defense Units – Media Center

October 8, 2014 – ISIS terrorist attacks aiming to occupy Kobani continue on the 23rd day, where the Syrian and Iraqi mercenary groups of the ISIS are attacking the town with heavy weapons, our troops of the People’s Defense Units and Women’s Defense Units are expressing a historical resistance against these attacks.

Fierce battle at southern / eastern fronts, direct confrontation at some points in the city continued last night until this morning, where the mercenaries were stopped from advancing. Mercenary groups are continuing to attack the center and the residential neighborhoods of the city with tanks and heavy weapons that have been stationed near the town.

The battle also continued in Botan / Megtel / Kaniya Kurdan neighborhoods and near the hill Mishtenur, where our forces carried out several operations.

The outcome of last night’s battle in Kobani :

– At three points of the eastern front, 19 and in an operation, 2 mercenaries were killed, our forces also managed to destroy an armed vehicle of the mercenaries in this front.

– At two points of the southeastern front and Mishtenur area, 13 mercenaries were killed. At the same front two attacks of the mercenaries were repelled but we cannot confirm the number of dead and wounded. Our troops targeted a vehicle carrying
ammunition for the mercenaries, resulting in 2 killed ISIS fighters and a destroyed vehicle.

– The battle on the southern front has intensified and is ongoing, last night our troops managed to inflict big losses on the mercenaries in several houses. According to what has been confirmed by our troops, 29 ISIS fighters were killed.

– At the western front our troops surrounded a group of the mercenaries who were preparing to attack and caused serious losses on them, we can confirm that 24 ISIS fighters were killed in this operation, Also at the western front our forces carried
out several operations against defensive lines of the mercenaries, ISIS forces were forced to leave their positions and flee. A DShK weapon [Soviet-designed anti-aircraft heavy machine gun] was destroyed and number of other weapons were seized in this operation.

After expressing a heroic resistance, four of our comrades were martyred in these battles.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

War against ISIS/Daesh: Kubani resistance report from People's Defense Units Media Center (Kurdistan)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

October 7, 2014 – Kobani resistance continues on its 22nd day despite the ongoing attacks by the ISIS mercenaries and heavy shelling on the city from three point, our units of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) have managed to inflict serious losses on the ISIS terrorists.

Continous battles at eastern and southern fronts, Botan and Megtel neighborhoods, near the hill Mishtenur and the Kaniya Kurdan area in southeast of the city are ongoing. This morning our units engaged in an offensive against the mercenaries in Kaniya Kurdan area and were able to defeat them, while fierce clashes and direct confrontations are continuing, ISIS mercenaries are targeting the center of the city with tanks and heavy weapons.

Our troops carried out an operation against the mercenaries sited behind the hill Mishtenur last night in southeastern Kobani, two vehicles carrying the mercenaries were destroyed in this attack, also this afternoon our forces managed to destroy a tank stationed near the hill Mishtenur.

It has been confirmed by our troops that 67 ISIS fighters were killed during the fighting that took place in the last 24 hours.

Of our comrades who defended Kobani of their free will and became an example of sacrifice, 12 of them martyred in action.

October 6, 2014 – Our troops carried out an operation against ISIS terrorists yesterday near the villages of Misteriha and Qadisiye, southeast Jaz’ah region. A military vehicle was destroyed and 8 of the mercenaries were killed, also a group of ISIS fighters who came to rescue the other group were ambushed and 4 of them were killed.

In the southwestern of Serekaniye city near the village of Dahma, our units carried out an operation targeting the movements of the mercenary groups, resulted in 4 killed ISIS fighters.

YPG: People’s Defense Units Media Center
Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan)

Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Autonomy

Flyposter for YPJ female resistance fighters (Kurdistan)

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Victory for YPJ (Women’s Protection Unit) against the murderers of the ISIS/Daesh.

Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Library