Posts Tagged ‘Rojava’
About the slander by the Syrian Coalition – Statement of the General Command of the People’s Defense Units (Kurdistan)
Sunday, May 31st, 2015
To the Media and Public Opinion – 30 May 2015
National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces are pursuing a speech disgraced the honor of the Syrian Revolution and derails it from its real track
Every victory for the People’s Defense Units (YPG) at the expense of the terrorist organization of Daesh (ISIS) in Syria, with the air support by the International Coalition Forces, Syrian Coalition emerges statements (most recently on 30 May 2015) of trumped-up charges and baseless slanders. Also to discredit the achievements of the YPG, and mislead public opinion from horrific massacres committed by ISIS against the Syrian people in all their diversity – all serve the terrorist organization of ISIS.
The irresponsible actions of the Syrian Coalition intentionally distort the facts to cover up defeats and ISIS terrorism, and try to blow into the fire to stimulate hatred among the Syrian people. Syrian Coalition is pursuing a speech disgraced the honor of the Syrian Revolution and derails it from its real track and their aim to spread the spirit of sectarianism, ethnic and sectarian strife in Syria which is multi-ethnic and doctrines, to serve foreign agendas who do not want good and peace for Syrian people. (more…)
Friday, May 29th, 2015
The emancipatory economic model which serves as the economic pillar in the Kurdish Popular Leader Abdullah Öcalan’s proposal around Democracy Autonomy and which aims at building a democratic, ecologically balanced society with egalitarian gender relations is coming to life every day in Rojava, according to an article in Özgür Gündem.
The Şehîd (‘Martyr’) Fadil Commune founded in the Cindirêsê district of the Efrîn Canton has replaced the logic of the capitalist market with that of a people’s market. The district market carries the distinction of being the first such market in the region and can meet the needs of residents in the region every Thursday. The market, which offers its service to the people on very low profit margins, reinvests of its income to the benefit of the local people. The market supplies such basic goods as fruits and vegetables, clothing and other textiles, as well as a myriad of other daily supplies. Speaking on the subject of expansion Ehmed Şea, a member of the Economic Committee of the Şehîd Fadil Commune, explained that “founded with the support of the district market’s service committee we occupy an area of 2,500 M2. As of now we have used 500 m2 for the people’s market. Because the central market was located for from our local population we decided to build a district market in our neighborhood. We want to develop further based on economic activities suitable to a communal model.”
From Rojava Report.
Photos: Liberation of Mt. Abd al-Aziz in Hesekê, Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo – May 20, 2015 (Kurdistan)
Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
In the midday hours of May 20, members of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) along with the Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) managed to completely liberate Mt. Abd al-Aziz (Kizwanan) from Daesh terrorists; in this way they achieved another historical victory through a resolute operation against the group that lasted for 14 consecutive days in Heseke countryside, Cizire Region, Rojava. (more…)
Tags: Hesekê, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdistan, Mt. Abd al-Aziz, Operation Commander Rubar Qamishlo, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
Monday, March 30th, 2015
Solidarity to the fighters – Long live Rojava – Death to ISIS/Daesh
Tags: Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Til Hemis, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Interviews
War against ISIS/Daesh: Kurdish YPG attack ISIS around al-Raqqa, capital city of the 'Islamic State', and seize the Qereqozaq Bridge (Kurdistan)
Wednesday, March 25th, 2015
Anti-Daesh and anti-Assad protestors made an angry demo within the capital of the Daesh capital city, al-Raqqa, in this 26 September 2013 covert footage published March 21 2015. After the demo the terrorist gang enacted reprisals against the demonstrators and their families. At least two people were killed and another two disappeared.
Freedom for the people of al-Raqqa
Battle for Raqqa: Kurdish female and male fighters of YPG, YPJ and Peshmerga forces pushed ISIS back to the gate of their capital in al-Raqqa, as the villages around Kobani were liberated from ISIS including Lafarge Cement Factory. These clips are from a YPG operation between February 17-22, the aim is to cut off the ISIS route from Raqqa to Aleppo. This is the beginning of the end for Daesh/IS.
March 14: Kurdish YPG and YPJ forces attacked ISIS positions around the bridge of Qereqozaq to the south of Kobani, the aim of the Kurdish fighters is to cut ISIS’ route from Raqqa to the Turkish border.
Kurdish YPG/YPJ Fighters liberate Bridge on Euphrates from ISIS
March 16, the Kurdish Female and Male Figures of YPG and YPJ took control of the strategic Qereqozaq Bridge over the Euphrates from ISIS (Islamic State) in Rojava of Kurdistan (Syrian Kurdistan). The Qereqozaq Bridge is around 1.5 km long and 15 m wide and occupies a strategic crossing along the Euphrates connecting the cities of Kobanê and Minbic and it’s a route ISIS uses to get from Raqqa to the Turkish border.
Send the terrorists to hell – confront the Islamist-fascists and the enemies of freedom – Victory will be ours
Tags: al-Raqqa, Aleppo, Demo, Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kubani, Kurdistan, Minbic, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Qereqozaq Bridge, Rojava, Syria, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
Wednesday, March 18th, 2015
Filmed in Sinjar, December 2014
Tags: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Jordan Matson, Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), PKK (Kurdish People's Party), Rojava, Sinjar, Syria, Videos, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
Monday, March 16th, 2015
Shilan (Silhan) Ozcelik, an 18 year-old Kurdish comrade from London, has been held on remand in Holloway prison charged with preparing to commit acts of terrorism. Her charge relates to allegedly trying to join the fight against Daesh (ISIS) in Syria.
Shilan was arrested at Stansted airport in January after returning from a trip to mainland Europe, but appeared in court only last week charged with the offence under section 5 (1)(a) of the Terrorism Act 2006. She is accused of trying to join fighters from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is banned as a terrorist organisation in the UK. It’s the first known prosecution in relation to people in the UK joining the fight against Daesh.
An emergency demo was held outside Holloway on Friday to support her. Shilhan is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 1st April – updates will be shared here if further demos are called.
Write to Shilan at:
Prison No: A8733DK
London N7 0NU
War against ISIS/Daesh: Clashes continue in Kobane and Til Temir, Lions of Rojava fired upon from Turkey, Demo for Ivana Hoffmann (Kurdistan)
Sunday, March 15th, 2015
74 gang members killed in Kobanê and Til Temir
13 March – ISIS gangs continued their attacks on and around Til Temir during last night after reinforcing their units with more groups of fighters, mostly foreigners, and heavy weapons brought in from various parts of Iraq such as Raqqa, Aleppo and Hol.
YPG (People’s Defense Units) Press Centre reported in a written statement that 74 gang members were killed in clashes in Til Temir and Kobanê. 5 YPG/YPJ fighters have also lost their lives.
YPG said that ISIS gangs continued their attacks on and around Til Temir during last night after reinforcing their units with more groups of fighters, mostly foreigners, and heavy weapons brought in from various parts of Iraq such as Raqqa, Aleppo and Hol. (more…)
Tags: Duisburg, Germany, Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Ivana Hoffmann, Kubani, Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Til Temir, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
War against ISIS/Daesh: British YPG fighter Erik Konstandino Scurfield Kemal lost his life in clashes during the Til Berak operation (Kurdistan)
Friday, March 6th, 2015
YPG Press Office said in a written statement Wednesday that British YPG fighter Erik Konstandino Scurfield (Kemal) lost his life in clashes during the Til Berak operation:
Konstandinos Erik Scurfield AKA Heval Kemal Konstandinos was killed in combat on Tuesday the 3rd of March. Kosta was born in England but subsequently moved from Britain when he was young. He was an ex-Royal Marine Commando, an exceptional soldier and a great ambassador to the Kurdish people for his two nations.
On the 5th of December 2014 he could take no more. He made the treacherous journey to fight alongside the Kurdish people and then rid Rojava of ISIS. He was a frontline fighter always in thick of it, his experience and leadership were greatly appreciated assets. (more…)
Tags: Erik Konstandino Scurfield (Kemal), Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Til Berak, UK, War, Xezale
Posted in Autonomy
War against ISIS/Daesh: Kobanê's internationalist women fighters: 2015 must be the year of women (Kurdistan)
Thursday, March 5th, 2015
KOBANÊ – Marxist women fighters from Turkey have called for all women to make 2015 the year of women.The women,who have fought alongside their Kurdish comrades to defend Kobanê and are now working in there construction, sent their greetings for March 8, International Working Women’s Day, to all the oppressed women and LGBTQI people in the world.
“Seeing 14, 15-year-old girls coming here wanting to defend their homeland affects you like you can’t believe,” said Ulrike Barbara of TİKKO (Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey). “I’ve been here for two months but I really regret not coming earlier.”
Ulrike had long been interested in women’s issues while she was in Turkey. She stressed the intimate link between the violence against women and minorities in Turkey and the attacks of rapist Daesh gangs against Kurdish women, carried out with the logistical support of the Turkish government.
Roza Kutlu of the MLKP (Marxist-Leninist Communist Party) said the Kobanê martyrdom of Sarya Özgür, a fellow MLKP fighter, was one of the factors that moved her to come here, but that Kurdish women fighters and martyrs had long been an inspiration for her. Now Arîn Mîrxan, the martyr who sacrificed herself to liberate the city, had become an inspiration for her and all her comrades.
“The resistance led by the YPJ here has been an example to us all,” said Rezzan Işık of the MLKP. “Women walk the streets with confidence here, with guns in their hands. They’ve made the heroic sacrifices on the front lines—women like Arîn Mîrxan, Sarya Özgür and Kader Ortakaya.”
She said these martyrs in the Kobanê resistance, giving their all against the rapist Daesh gang members, inspired her to fight for and defend herself. Now she has come here hoping to take part in the reconstruction process, saying she wanted to help build a woman’s city on the site where so many women gave their lives for freedom.
War against ISIS/Daesh: YPG have liberated the strategic target of Tel Hamis plus many other villages – Revenge for the fallen heroes – Death to the Islamic-fascists (Kurdistan)
Saturday, February 28th, 2015
The heroic fighters of YPG, YPJ and Lions of Rojava are taking the fight to the murdering fanatics of Daesh. Many of the Daesh members have been slaughtered in droves or they are running away. Our fighters consolidated their territorial control and will not stop until the enemy is defeated. Breaking reports indicate that Tel Hamis has fallen from Daesh hands, as the fighters liberated the area and killed 211 Daesh members, capturing 8 alive. Then the cowardly scum of Daesh headed for Til Temir and committed a massacre against the Assyrian people there. Here is a report from before the victory, followed by a rundown of events:
YPG Command Spokesman Rêdur Xelil and YPJ Commander Nesrin Abdullah who provided information to reporters about the operation in Til Hemis going on for 6 days said that YPG/YPJ forces have surrounded Til Hemis from three fronts while only the Til Berak area in the western side remained under ISIS control.
Remarking that fierce clashes have been taking place in the region for the past six days, Rêdur Xelil said Arab civilians also participated in the operation actively.
Xelil said the town of Til Hemis was the largest ISIS headquarters in Cizîrê Canton, adding: “ISIS constituted a threat against the Cizîrê region. In addition, a side of Til Hemis neighbors Sinjar, because of which Sinjar also faced a threat. Gangs were also using Til Hemis as a front of theirs from Mosul. They have caused great damage to the people living here.”
Xelil added that the operation which was launched to eliminate this threat was also being supported by an artillery unit of the Peshmerga forces from the South Kurdistan side of the border. (more…)
Tags: al-Raqqa, Insurrection, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kubani, Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Tel Hamis, Til Temir, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
War against ISIS/Daesh: Rest In Power Ashley, Australian YPG Fighter KIA Defending Shingal (Kurdistan)
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
First reports are coming in that an Australian YPG volunteer named Ashley [also known by his Kurdish name, Hevan Bagok] has been killed in combat defending the town of Shingal, also known as Sinjar in Nineveh Province near Mt Sinjar. There are also reports coming in of another foreign fighter killed in combat, however no confirmed details have been released yet.
Tags: Ashley (Hevan Bagok), Australia, International Solidarity, Iraq, Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kurdistan, Lions of Rojava, People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Sinjar, Syria, War
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Audio: Activist Dilar Dirik profiles the Kurdish struggle for self rule – against ISIS, European political cynicism, and the Western left's expectations (Kurdistan)
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
Here we share an audio link sent to us with an interview with Dilar Dirik. Even though we do not share many of the liberal-democratic language and perspectives of the interviewer and interviewee, we are happy to put aside dogma for a moment because freedom and understanding means destroying the cages we build for ourselves as much as those that are built for us, as we seek out new worlds and affinities.
Rojava vs The World: The radical fight for survival, independence & freedom
Activist Dilar Dirik profiles the Kurdish struggle for self rule – against ISIS, European political cynicism, and the Western left’s expectations.
Dilar traveled to Rojava with an international academic delegation, and she has written about the politics of Kurdistan in “The ‘other’ Kurds fighting the Islamic State” for Al-Jazeera and “Be on the right side of history – with the brave people of Kobanê” for the Kurdistan Tribune.
Dilar Dirik is Kurdish activist and refugee, and a PhD student at the University of Cambridge. She blogs at Jin, jiyan, azadî.
Stream or download (58:07mins, 53.2MB, mp3)
Saturday, February 21st, 2015
International revolutionaries of the Marxist-Leninist Party of Turkey arrived in Rojava and they said the following things about their motivation to participate in the revolution:
“The Rojava Revolution is a war against fascist forces, the IS gangs. This is the reason why we are here. This revolution is also an example for the revolutions all over the world. We’re here to spread the revolution.”
“The imperialists claim that there are neither revolution nor class struggle in the 21th century. But here in Rojava there is an actual revolution. For this reason all communists and internationalists should come here to defend the revolution with weapons in their hands. The experiences gathered here have to be carried back to the countries to start the revolution their as well.” (more…)
Tags: Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Kubani, Kurdistan, Marxist-Leninist Party of Turkey (MLKP), People's Defence Units (Y.P.G.), Rojava, Syria, Turkey, War, Women's Defense Units (YPJ)
Posted in Autonomy
Friday, February 20th, 2015
Mutlu Civiroglu interviews YPG Commander Mahmud Berxwedan
After liberating the city of Kobane, you began operations to liberate villages. What is the situation on the eastern, western and southern fronts? How far have you reached?
Mahmud Berxwedan: After liberating Kobane, we started a second advance. Since that day, approximately 20 days have passed. Within this time period, we carried out our operations successfully. Day by day, we are moving forward on all three fronts. We are liberating the land around Kobane bit by bit. On the western front, we have reached the point where we made close contact with ISIS on September 15th, we are somewhere near Shexler, there are 3-4 kilometers between us and the Euphrates. Around here, there are a small number of villages that are not yet under our control. Our operations are still ongoing around the villages of Kechelo, Jabalfaraj, Sevalo and Derbazin, and we will recapture these villages one by one. (more…)