Democratic Federation of Northern Syria – Communities across northern Syria have begun to rebuild following the cessation of six years’ worth of conflict that transformed once-thriving areas into bombed-out ghost cities.
Battles between hardened fighters from the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL) continue around Deir-ez-Zor as units of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) watch over ISIL’s recently-captured former capital city of Raqqa. Meanwhile, residents are taking steps to re-inhabit the Kobane Canton and other areas recently gained from the Islamic State
Unicorn Riot contributors visited the recovering cities of Kobane and Manbij in northeastern Syria as well as the grim frontline of armed conflict in Deir-ez-Zor, and obtained photographs from Raqqa. The following video presents various elements of life in Syria, such as displaced residents fleeing ISIL control, scoping out an ISIL holdout, clearing a booby-trapped building in Deir-ez-Zor, as well as rebuilding and creating new apartment blocks in Kobane.Bombed-out buildings litter the landscape of Kobane – November 2017
The spokeswoman for the campaign “Euphrates Anger” (Xezeba Firatê), Jihan Sheikh Ahmad, from the Yekîneyên Parastinê Yên Jinê (Women Defense Units, YPJ) campaign confirmed today the conquest of the old quarter of the Raqqa and the Darayeh district, to the West.
The control of the Old Quarter is a very remarkable advance as it was fortified by a historic wall and its narrow streets, complicated offensive operations.
Darayeh was closed at the beginning of the week and has progressed with street to street fighting.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said an operation to begin liberating the city had already begun, coordinated with a US-led military coalition.”We declare today the start of the great battle to liberate the city of Raqqa, the so-called capital of terrorism and terrorists,” SDF spokesman Telal Silo, Turkmen Seljuk Brigade member, told reporters in the village of Hazima, north of the city.
“With the international coalition’s warplanes and the state-of-the-art weapons they provided to us, we will seize Raqqa from Daesh.”He asked civilians inside the city to keep away from IS positions and from the front lines. IS has been fortifying the city ahead of the coming assault, setting up barriers and covering the street to hide fighters from aircraft overhead.SDF leades announce start of Raqqa campaign
The racist dictator, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is trying every means to blackmail and bribe the US into creating the Trump requested ”safe zone” in Syria by destroying the only progressive multi ethnic, multi religion, non sexist area in the whole of the Middle East, .. Rojava.
Blackmail.. by threats to leave Nato, to join the Russia/Iran/China axis, to expose the US creation and financing of ISIS.. etc, and Bribery.. by promising to conclude the huge new arms purchases, by perhaps blocking the Russian South Stream gas pipeline, etc.
The Plan is to effectively annexe the north of Syria as a ‘safe zone’ run by his own paid jihadi proxies,the FSA. Russia seems now to reluctantly go along with this, and excludes the SDF and Kurds from all negotiations.
British #YPJ fighter Kimmie Taylor came to N. Syria to write about women’s revolution, now takes part in the #Raqqa offensive. @kimmieslife photo: Kimmie wearing the typical flower scarf of the YPJ
Wed Feb 8, 2017 translated from kurdiscat with thanks
Kimmie Taylor came to Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) to make a study of 10 days. Now is voluntary militia Yekîneyên Parastinê Jinê Yen (Women’s Defense Units, YPJ) and combat Democratic Forces in Syria (Syrian Democratic Forces, SDF). His name is Zilan Dilb militia). Apoc has learned little by Kurdish militia and Saturday was between announcing the launch of the third phase of the campaign ‘Wrath of the Euphrates. ”
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27-year-old Taylor is dedicated to journalism. She has hidden realities in the Western press. Therefore it has been in Africa, Latin America or China. Why has remained in Syria? “Rojava has been given life. I came to carry out a study of 10 days. I came to write the revolution of women.
KDNKurdistan, SyriaRAQQA (ANHA) – Wrath of Euphrates operation room has declared the beginning of the third stage of the liberation of eastern countryside of al-Raqqa campaign, and they called people of the area to get away from terrorists’ positions.
Wrath of Euphrates operation room released a statement to the public opinion and declared that the 3rd stage of the eastern countryside of al-Raqqa liberation campaign has been begun, and they called youths of al-Raqqa to join their forces and participate in completing their areas- liberation.
The statement was read by the spokesperson of Wrath of Euphrates operation room Jihan Sheikh Ahmad in the Şabdax village in al-Raqqa city.
The statement contains the following:
“Meanwhile the military operations are continuing in the western countryside of al-Raqqa for liberating what remained from its ISIS-held space, we declare the beginning of al-Raqqa countryside and city liberation third stage campaign that aims for liberating the eastern countryside of the city and rescuing our people from the terrorists of ISIS and their fierce practices that increase as their ending approaches, particularly that we are massively supported by our proud people including different component and the increasing aid of the global coalition forces as they are securing advance of our forces by aerial coverage and also the help special forces provide to our forces on the ground with the blessing of sheikhs and tribal notables, completion of the military campaign will be our major concern now in this stage”.
This phase of Wrath of Euphrates campaign will continue with all the military factions that participated in the previous stages in addition to a huge number of youths from the areas recently liberated, and military factions recently formed by locals during the wars led by Wrath of Euphrates operation room after they have been trained and armed by the aid and support of the global coalition forces to fight ISIS.
In this decisive war of al-Raqqa and its countryside’s liberation, we call our people to get away from the terrorists’ positions, and aid our forces as they reach their areas, in addition to that, people should be taking shelter from our advancing military units and resort to safe regions under our forces control.
Moreover, we call all free men and women of al-Raqqa to join our forces to complete liberating their areas.
The spokeswoman for the Yekîneyên Parastinê Yên Jinê (Women’s Defense Units, YPJ), Nesrin Abdullah, has analyzed the current situation by the Firat News Agency in the first interview of the year 2017:
As YPJ, how do you evaluate the war in 2016? In what battles and operations did you participate?
In the first place, 2016 was a different year because some formations were established and the YPJ took part in these formations. Before 2016, YPG and YPJ carried out co-organized operations. However, in 2016, the YPJ participated in new structures and operations as a women’s force.Nesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman YPJ: ‘the struggle is not only for the defense of our land, but also for transforming people’Continue reading “Nesrin Abdullah, spokeswoman YPJ Rojava – ‘Defend the Land. Transform the People’.”