Turkey pauses Invasion and Massacres as Syrian Democratic Forces defend Manbij

SDF resists TurkeyWill the US have the guts to stand up against the Turkish invasion ? Or will they stand back, do a dirty deal and let Erdogan, the supreme commander, massacre the SDF, an 80,000 strong secular democratic coalition of  Kurdish, Arab, Turkmen, Women, Christian, International,Yazidi, etc. anti-ISIS militias? 

The occupant Turkish army continues attacking villages to the north of the Sajur River in northern Manbij. Turkish military forces and affiliated gang groups targeted dozens of villages in this area with artillery fire on Monday evening. Three children and two other civilians lost their lives as a result of the artillery attacks targeting the village of Dandania. The same village was targeted by a chemical attack of the Turkish army on August 25th. Villagers said smoke and foul smells were rising from the rockets thrown on the village which caused burns and itching on the skin.
The occupying Turkish army continues attacking villages to the north of the Sajur River in northern Manbij. Turkish military forces and affiliated militias targeted dozens of villages in this area with artillery fire killing 35 civilians, torturing 3 SDF prisoners and again on Monday evening.3 children and two other civilians lost their lives as a result of the artillery attacks targeting the village of Dandania.

President Erdogan, the ”Beast of Istanbul”,  has ordered his jets and tanks to pause at the Sajur river before pursuing the SDF forces to take Manbij city.

Will the Turkish State (which has nearly 5,000 tanks) now massacre the lightly armed SDF, which is the only democratic, inclusive, feminist and multi ethnic militia in the whole Middle East just to satisfy the bloodlust and imperial ambitions of Hitler-admirer Erdogan and protect his family’s oil business with ISIS?

Having eliminated all opposition, criminalised the Kurdish politicians and conducted a series of massacres of civilians  in Eastern Turkey, Erdogan now invades Syria, accompanied daily by hysterical calls for blood and a new genocide of the 18 million Kurds from the by now 99% state controlled Turkish media.

29th Aug 16. a new colour, Turkey is on the map, with Erdogan screaming for Kurdish blood and declaring the Kurdish led multi ethnic SDF to be PKK terrorists which 'must be eliminated' . This would mean the Turkish armies and pathetic proxies taking over all the light yellow areas of the Rojava Democratic Federalism Revolution which stretch hundreds of kilometers more to the east of this map.
29th Aug 16. a new colour, Turkey is on the map, with Erdogan screaming for Kurdish blood and declaring the Kurdish led multi ethnic SDF to be PKK terrorists which ‘must be eliminated’ . This would mean the Turkish armies and pathetic proxies taking over all the light yellow areas of the Rojava Democratic Federalism Revolution which stretch hundreds of kilometers more to the east of this map.

But just a minute,  Manbij is an Arab and Christian city, and after it was liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish led SDF after a heroic 73 day battle it was handed over to the Manbij Civilian Council, which like all towns in the Rojava Revolution is administered with proportional ethnic and women’s representation.

Since its founding last year last year dozens of rebel militias of all ethnic and religious have flocked to join the SDF (see long list below), as they can retain their identities and participate equally, embracing the new ideology of ‘Democratic Confederalism’ of the Rojava revolution. By May 2016 the SDF had up to 80,000 fighters and the percentage of Kurds was about 60% and falling fast (wikipedia).

women removed and sometimes burned their burqas after ISIS defeat in Manbij
Women removed and sometimes burned their burqas after ISIS defeat in Manbij by SDF, now attacked by Turkey

With 5000 tanks, 300,000 troops and a modern Nato army Erdogan can certainly take Manbij, reducing it even more to rubble, and securing his ‘Arms and supplies for Oil’ business with his islamo-fascist ISIS, Al Nusra and other proxies… but then what? An endless guerilla war on his 900 km long southern border with Rojava? Perhaps this question makes Erdogan pause? … continues below

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Also on 29th Aug the SDF attacked ISIS from the west (Afrin)taking 3 villages and killing 13, according to ARA news. The SDF included Jaysh al-Thuwar. YPG, YPJ women and the Turkman brigade Liwa Seljuq. The US airforce helped by attacking IS in the nearby town of Marea.


The Turkish attacks and massacres, with their pathetic mercenary proxies up front, far from attacking ISIS are saving them from total defeat and stopped the SDF offensive which had advanced plans plans to take their last bastion in Aleppo province in Al Bab.

The blatant invasion has also ensured that ISIS still retains a  backdoor access to Turkey, west of Jarablus where they and Al Nusra (Al Qaeda) can continue their ‘$30 million a day’ trade in arms and supplies for cheap oil..

Erdogan’s own family has been outed as having a large stake in the bloody business, which has continued for years ‘on the nod’ from the US Nato partners who hoped the Damascus government would fall.

Great to speak and pay my respects at the memorial of the two British heroes - Eric and Dean. They died fighting the Islamic State. They both came before the world woke to the importance of the SDF alliance and it's ability to destroy ISIS. The recent attack by Turkey and their jihadist allies made the day more poignant. Dean died in Manbij alongside a Kurd. Watching the US sanction the Turkish assault betrays both their sacrifices. These men are an inspiration to everyone. They made the ultimate sacrifice for liberty, justice and the innocent people of Rojava. Rest in peace comrades
Great to speak and pay my respects at the memorial of the two British heroes – Eric and Dean. They died fighting the Islamic State. They both came before the world woke to the importance of the SDF alliance and it’s ability to destroy ISIS.
The recent attack by Turkey and their jihadist allies made the day more poignant. Dean died in Manbij alongside a Kurd. Watching the US sanction the Turkish assault betrays both their sacrifices.These men are an inspiration to everyone. They made the ultimate sacrifice for liberty, justice and the innocent people of Rojava.
                                                     Rest in peace comrades… Macer Gifford

The new Turkish prime minister Binali Yildirim (Erdogan’s poodle) repeats that ”the Kurds must go ‘East of the Euphrates’ before they will stop the invasion. But then again they also repeat ”the YPG/SDF are all terrorists and must be removed to make Turkey safe”.

This would mean that ‘to make Turkey safe’ the Turkish armies and allies need to take over the entire Rojava Democratic Federalist Revolution (an area the size of Kuwait and Qatar combined) and permanently occupy and militarily suppress it (as they do already with the Kurdish areas of Eastern Turkey).

The Coopfunding campaign raised 98K euros, now closed, (14 July16), but the contribute page lists various ways people for people to participate and help this cause. Also right now volunteers can`t get into as the siege is total.

Last time Erdogan tried to attack in Syria the Russians put him severely in his place. Will the US have the guts to stand up to him? Or will they stand back, do a dirty deal and let him wipe out the only effective anti ISIS militias of the SDF?



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