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Posts Tagged ‘Rojava’

War against ISIS/Daesh: Open letter from the MLKP-Turkey in solidarity with the arrested combatants of the International Brigade (Spain)

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Dear comrades,

We send you our warmest revolutionary greetings in solidarity with the two comrades who are arrested by the Spanish state for being fighters for humanity.

This attack against the two comrades who went to Rojava to fight there against the fascist Daesh gangs, is not only an attack against them and your party, its an attack against the international revolutionary movement and against all people who fight against fascism and imperialism. In this moment they attack two of yours but they mean to attack all of us. In this situation the international solidarity is our biggest weapon.

The comrades fought in a legitimate and rightful struggle in Rojava and the people of Rojava will never forget what they did there! We are strongly condemn this repression of the Spanish bourgeois state. Resistance and the fight for humanity, freedom and democracy is not terrorism!

Long live international solidarity!

Long live the international freedom battalion!

Long live the legitimate and rightful fight in Rojava!

Long live PML (RC)!

With revolutionary greetings,

MLKP

Turkey/Kurdistan

International Bureau

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Two arrests as members of the International Brigade have their homes raided in Madrid (Spain)

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

URGENT: 2 SPANISH MEMBERS OF INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE ARRESTED

During this morning, the repressive forces of the Spanish State are carrying out the arrest of the comrades who have been fighting the fascist forces of DAESH (Islamic State) in Rojava. Due to the lack of further information, we ask you for support, solidarity and spreading the message.

The homes of the comrades were searched by investigators of the Provincial Brigade Intelligence Office of the Madrid police. These comrades are two militants of the Partido Marxista-Leninista (Reconstrucción Comunista) that are accused by the police of appearing in the video above. Police said that the two activists came into Syria via Turkey and Germany. They are accused of participating in an armed conflict outside Spain without the permission of the State, of collaborating with a terrorist organization (this is probably the PKK – Kurdish People’s Party being described here), use of military weapons and explosive devices, and of seriously undermining Spanish national interests. Reconstrucción Comunista is an organization composed of members of the Communist Youth who have broken with the Partido Comunista de España, PCE. Its founding members initially were active in this organisation before founding their own organization, close to the MLKP (Marksist-Leninist Komünist Partisi – Turkey) in 2009.

WE WANT THE SPANISH MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL BRIGADE WHO HAVE FOUGHT ISIS TO BE RELEASED WITHOUT CHARGES!

DEFENDING THE CIVIL POPULATION FROM ISIS TERRORIST ATTACKS CAN’T BE PERSECUTED!

FREEDOM FOR THE ANTIFASCIST COMBATANTS!

INTERNATIONALIST SOLIDARITY IS NOT A CRIME!

Info from Marxist-Leninist Party (Reconstrucción Comunista), 6th July 2015, via RHI-SRI – Secours Rouge.

Update – International Brigade comrades Paco & Martos released on conditional bail

According to the Spanish mainstream press, National Court judge Eloy Velasco has released Paco and Martos, the two comrades from the International Brigade who fought for six months against Daesh / Islamic State in Rojava. The two comrades have been charged with membership of a ‘terrorist organization’ along with associated charges and have been released on conditional bail. The conditions of the comrade’s bail are weekly reporting to the police, surrendering of their passports and a ban on leaving the country.

Solidarity with Paco and Martos!
The Spanish state must drop the charges!
International Solidarity is not a crime!

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War against ISIS/Daesh: 'From Tuzluçayır to Kobane' – Interview With An Anarchist Warrior (Kurdistan)

Monday, July 6th, 2015

The following article is an interview with an environmentalist, vegetarian anarchist from Turkey who is a member of Sosyal Isyan (Social Insurrection) fighting as part of Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri (United Freedom Forces) alongside the YPG / YPJ in Kobane, Rojava. The interview was conducted by H. Burak Öz and originally appeared on the jiyan.org website. We would like to thank the comrade Ece for translating the interview into English for us.

Environmentalist, vegetarian, anarchist combatants who fight in Kobane.

We are sitting at the headquarters of United Freedom Forces (Birleşik Özgürlük Güçleri) in Kobane. I ask for a cigarette from a fighter aiming to meet and talk with him. While he offers one, I’m asking how many group form the United Freedom Forces. He says that, this force consist of salvationists (Kurtuluşçular), MLSPB, TDP and anarchists and indicates that he is an anarchist too.

What is the aim of fighting here for the anarchists?

I’m one of the founders of Social Insurrection and also their spokesperson. When the attack of ISIS started in Kobane, in the name of international solidarity, not considering it too much, we idealized to raise the defense as International Brigades much like in the Spanish Civil War.

United Freedom Forces was formed by different socialist factions from Turkey. Being an anarchist, how did you become involved with this structure?

United Freedom Forces was founded when we arrived. We made a call to anarchists and ecologists. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Turkish Army massing on the border readying for invasion in support of beleaguered Daesh terrorists after their defeated Kobane incursion (Turkey, Kurdistan, Syria)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

As the Turkish Army is massing in the border area with Rojava/Syria, threatening to invade Syria to prevent the three cantons of Rojava from being united, Kurdish villagers in the border town of Roboski (Nothern Kurdistan/Turkey) clashed with the soldiers who have been sent to prepare for the invasion. The Turkish army has been firing at the people and their homes. The people made barricades in the streets and were met with armoured vehicles, live fire and tear gas.

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War against ISIS/Daesh: YPG capture Egyptian ISIS terrorist who confirms they had crossed the border from the Turkish side (Kurdistan, Turkey)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Captured ISIS member: The main group arrived at Kobanê from the Turkish side.

KOBANÊ – SEDAT SUR

Among those ISIS members who infiltrated into Kobanê and massacred over 200 civilians, one Egyptian of the gang captured alive by YPG/YPJ forces said the main group that started the attack had come into Kobanê from Turkey. He further said the ammunition used by the gangs in the clashes that lasted several days after the attacks had also been brought into Kobanê from the Turkish side.

On 25 June, ISIS gang members attacked Kobanê town centre from two directions; one from Helince road and the other from the side of Mürşitpınar border gate.

According to the information given by the ISIS member from Egypt, the ISIS members dressed in Turkish military uniforms entered into Kobanê from the Turkish side, while another group entered from Helince road in Free Syrian Army uniforms. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Lions of Rojava change web-address again – New site – Volunteer against Islamic State (Kurdistan, Syria, Iraq)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Dear friends and supporters of The Lions of Rojava.

We would kindly ask you to like our new Facebook Page and follow our achievements against ISIS under the link below

https://www.facebook.com/TheLionsOfRojavaOfficial

Messages will be only answered on the new Site.
Thank you and please share this information so that everybody gets aware of it.

The Lions of Rojava

Other groups for foreign volunteers:

Brothers of Kurdistan

We are a group of westerners who have joined the Peshmerga as volunteers. We come from the UK & USA & we are here to help drive ISIS out of Kurdistan.

Peshmerga Volunteers – PV

We are a well established group which allows western fighters and medics to join the Peshmerga (PUK) we will guide you through the process.

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Terrorist attack against Kobane is "utterly repelled" by YPG – Turkish PM Erdogan declares that he will never allow a Kurdish state on the border (Turkey, Kurdistan)

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

June 27: Daesh’s Attack on Kobane Utterly Repelled, Remaining Terrorists Driven Out of the City

Immediate Release for the Media and Public Opinion

KOBANE, Rojava (June 27, 2015) – A military operation by members of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units alongside Security Forces continues to encounter terrorist attacks started on Thursday which brutally targeted and killed a large number of unarmed civilian population in Kobane.

Military actions continued last night against a large group of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorists who had infiltrated inside the city; the group was surrounded in 4 distinct locations. In the dead of the night, our troops effectively cleared 3 of those positions from all terrorist activities; moreover this morning our Units were able to fully secure the Mishtenur hospital as the last point controlled by the attackers, and hold initiative over the hiding place.

During the stated securing process, in total 60 terrorist elements who had surreptitiously penetrated into the city were confirmed killed; our forces also could capture a member of the enemy forces in action.
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War against ISIS/Daesh: Turkish Army assisted Daesh in crossing the border disguised as YPG forces – Updated (Kurdistan)

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Updated: Today, in Kobane, at least 50 people [now known to be over 200] have been killed by Daesh terrorists, who attacked with 3 suicide car bombs, with one from the Turkish border at Kobane’s Mursitpinar border gate. Kobane hospital is currently unable to treat the injured all at once, for those with critical condition are attempted to be moved to North Kurdistan, Turkey. But Turkish military on the borderline are preventing the process of transferring the injured who most of them are women and children. Despite learning how serious situation of the wounded are, the Turkish military and their border officials are not responding consciously and they continue to keep the civilians waiting near the border crossing.

The ISIS terrorists have at 4 o’clock in the morning with the help of Turkish soldiers crossed the border. The ISIS terrorists were wearing the uniforms of YPG. So far 7 dead and 50 injured there. Our people need urgent help. All Kurds in Northern Kurdistan from Pirsus city (Suruç), please go to hospital, people in urgent need of blood ASAP!!!!! Please note all civilian people from Kobanê, please remain calm and don’t leave your homes!!!! In the center of Kobanê so far 10 people have died. In Berxbatan village are very heavy fighting between YPG fighters and terrorists of ISIS. It is difficult to know how many civilians have been killed in Berxbatan village [23 are reported dead so far]. Nobody from YPG was able to connect to the internet today because the Turkish telefon company “Tukcell” has been crippled.

Lions of Rojava

A group of Daesh (ISIS) terrorists who waged an attack on Kobane city this morning June 25, were repulsed by our forces of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units in an appropriate reaction to their quick and simultaneous assaults. During intense fighting near the city’s border gate at least 15 attackers have been confirmed killed, while a member of the terrorists has been captured alive.

For now, clashes continue within an extent where the terrorists encounter a total blockade by the Defense Units.

YPG Media Centre

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Inhuman treatment against 150 Syrian Kurdish prisoners (Turkey, Syria, Kurdistan)

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

The Mediterranean Regional Agency of the Association of Human Rights (IHD) held a press conference with HDP (Unity Party of the Left, which is backed by several legal parties from the Turkish revolutionary movements, which has just obtain 13% of votes in the last Turkish elections).

This press conference concerned the prisoners of PYD (Democratic Union Party), its armed wing (YPG and YPJ) and other inhabitants of the canton of Kobanî. They are more than 150 in Turkish prisons, mostly imprisoned in Osmaniye T2 prison. In this prison, prisoners are 10-12 in cells designed to hold 3 people.

The prison guards systematically provoke the prisoners by calling them terrorists, beating, undressing them and searching them regularly and preventing them from wearing their cell shoes. The quality of food is terrible and access to journalists is prohibited. Most of the prisoners are detained for no other reason than having fought against the Islamic State. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Girê Spî Rescue Operation Accomplished in Effect – Defense Units Continue to Operate in Rural Girê Spî (Kurdistan)

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Immediate Release for the Media and Public Opinion

CIZÎRÊ, Rojava (June 16, 2015) – Following Phase II of Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo, on the 41st uninterrupted day, combined forces of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units (YPG/YPJ) – joined by the Burkan al-Firat Operations Room fighters from both Kobanê and Cizîrê Cantons, Rojava continue to conduct their military operations in and around the city of Girê Spî (Tell Abyad).

After reaching a joint point, our forces from the two Cantons of Kobane and Cizire could inflict a full blockade on the city of Girê Spî and more than 40 surrounding villages. At the evening of June 15 Defense Units moved to carry out a final assault rescue operation on those besieged locations where Daesh (ISIS) terrorists were positioned in retreat. Heavy clashes were erupted between our forces and the terrorist groups engaging the attack in a desperate attempt to break the siege.

During the past 24 hours, according to field verifications, at least 124 terrorist fighters were killed. Along with over 60 of terrorists’ corpses, our troops could capture a large number of weapons, ammunition and different types of military equipment.
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Lions of Rojava: American fighter Keith Broomfield "Gelhat Rumet" martyred in battle of Qentere (Kurdistan)

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

A sad day for the Lions and sad day for humanity!

As you might have already heard through the media our YPG comrade and friend Keith Lewis Broomfield- Kurdish Nom de guerre Gelhat Rumet- of Massachusetts was martyred on June 3 in a battle in the Rojava village of Qentere in Kobane. He is a first American YPG fighter martyr from Rojava.

Keith joined the YPG on the 24th of February 2015. The brave American warrior came to Kobane because he could not lean back and watch the atrocity’s which were committed by ISIS. He felt very connected to the Kurdish people and was a very generous and freedom loving person. So one day our brave warrior Keith decided to make his way to Rojava and to join the fight with the YPG. He booked his flight from the United States and joined the cause.

Keith’s generosity could be seen in his visits to the refugee camp of Suruc and his desire to help the poor Children which are growing up in such a dangerous environment. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: The Reconstruction of Kobane – Thoughts of a Kurdish Anarchist (Kurdistan)

Saturday, June 6th, 2015



By Zaher Baher
Haringey Solidarity Group and Kurdistan Anarchists Forum
June 3, 2015

First of all, I should mention a couple of issues in Kurdistan of Turkey (Bakur) that are strongly connected to the subject. Between 08/05 and 22/05/15 I visited a number of big towns in Bakur, including: Amed (Diyarbakir), Van, Colemerge (Hakari) and Gavar. Later I returned to Suruc and was hoping to cross the border to Kobane.

My main purpose for visiting there were three important points: First: understanding the similarity and differences between the Democratic Self Administration (DSA) in Bakur and Rojava. Second: Reconstruction of Kobane, and Third: the type of economy that Rojava can have in the future. Although the friends in Peoples Democratic Party (HDP), other organisations and the Working Committees of Rojava in Amed and Suruc tried hard to arrange my trip to Kobane but it did not happen. (more…)

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War against ISIS/Daesh: Turkish Army attacks 600 Kurdish refugees with tear gas (Turkey, Kurdistan)

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

NEWS CENTER – Girê Spi Civil Society Forum stated that around 600 Kurdish civilians who fled Girê Spî due to an ISIS massacre threat and arrived at the border to northern Kurdistan have suffered a tear-gas attack by Turkish soldiers. According to a report by ANHA (Hawar News Agency), Girê Spî Civil Society Forum said in a statement on the subject that Rojava Kurds remained stuck at the border to Bakurê (North) Kurdistan amid attacks by ISIS gangs and Turkish soldiers.

The Civil Society Forum remarked that Turkish soldiers attacked the Kurdish civilians and did not allow them to move further in an attempt to keep them away from the border. The statement underlined that hundreds of people, including women and children, who were given 5-days of time by ISIS to leave their villages, remain stuck on the border with North Kurdistan where they were hindered by Turkish soldiers. (more…)

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Lions of Rojava: New page for foreign volunteers in the fight against ISIS/Daesh (Kurdistan)

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

New page for Lions of Rojava (the last one was shut down):

https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lions-Of-Rojava/845769785510897

Also see:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Volunteers-for-the-Lions-of-Rojava/740646939367672

Note: The YPG recruits volunteers through attraction to the cause and does not in any shape of form attempt to indoctrinate or “groom” people to travel to Rojava to join our cause. We are not like Daesh [ISIS]. The Lions of Rojava clearly explains to each individual the reality of the conflict in Rojava, the risks of travelling to the region and the expectations of the YPG. The safety of all volunteers is paramount. We always encourage the thousands of young westerners who have approached us to consider other ways to help the Kurdish and Ezidi people in the struggle against Daesh such as donating to charity or volunteering with humanitarian groups.
The YPG is not a militant militia, we are a Peoples Protection Unit that is organized under democratic, secular, gender equal and ecological principles that has formed in the absence of a functional government in Syria and the presence of a barbaric extremist Islamist threat. Our goal is to liberate all people from the tyranny and evil of Daesh and to construct a free and stable and democratic country.
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Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo – Beginning of Phase Two (Kurdistan)

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

ROJAVA, Cizîrê – A military campaign – Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo – that was initiated by members of the People’s/Women’s Defense Units on 6th May with the objective of entirely liberating the rural district of Canton Cizîrê, Rojava from terrorist threats, endures successfully on the 21st continuous day.

Completing Phase One of this campaign on May 21, our forces so far have been able to liberate terrorist-occupied Kezwan Heights, Alya triangular and Assyrian villages near Khabur River in Cizîrê region – and they are now continuing to conduct their operations as part of Phase Two of the mentioned campaign to the southwest of Serêkaniyê town.

Defense Units yesterday, May 26, could impose a full-scale siege on Mabroukah after rescuing Shara and Til Qilea villages earlier on May 25; initiating a finishing assault operation on the small town in southwest Serêkaniyê. (more…)

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