SDF will halt Raqqa operation if Turkey does not stop attacking Manbij

November 23, 2016 KDN Breaking, Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey
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RAQQA – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Leadership has told the International Coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS/ISIS/ISIL) that it will halt its operation on Raqqa if Turkey doesn’t cease attacks on Manbij according to claims.

Kurdish forces heading to Raqqa frontline

In a statement via Telegram seen by KQ.com, the SDF, which recently launched the Wrath of Euphrates operation to liberate Raqqa from the IS, said it had told the anti-IS International Coalition it will halt its campaign on Raqqa and move its forces, which number 40,000, to Manbij if it does not stop the Turkish army’s attacks on liberated areas in and around Manbij in northern Syria.

Syrian-Kurdish women carry the coffin of a female fighter in Syria's northeastern city of Qamishli on July 21, 2016 during the funeral of sixteen fighters killed battling the Islamic State (IS) group in Manbij. Thousands of IS soldiers were reported killed in the Manbij battles along with about 150 SDF volunteers, including six from the International Brigade.(William Savage, from the US was killed rescuing civilians).
Syrian-Kurdish women carry the coffin of a female fighter in Syria’s northeastern city of Qamishli on July 21, 2016 during the funeral of sixteen fighters killed battling the Islamic State (IS) group in Manbij.Thousands of IS soldiers were reported killed in the Manbij battles along with about 150 SDF volunteers, including six from the International Brigade.(William Savage, from the US was killed rescuing civilians).
Turkey and Free Syrian Army groups backed by Ankara have been attacking areas north of Manbij for the past two days.

Six civilians, including children, were killed tonight in Turkish airstrikes.

The SDF has accused Turkey of damaging the fight against IS in Syria.

November 23, 2016 KDN Breaking, Kurdistan, Syria, Turkey  Continue reading “SDF will halt Raqqa operation if Turkey does not stop attacking Manbij”

Turkish Bombers Excluded from Syria after massacring Kurds and Democratic forces (SDF)

Pro-jihadist Turkey can’t conduct airstrikes against Kurds in Syria anymoreturkey-blocked-from-syria-bombing

info from AL-BAB (Kurdish daily News) – Since Oct 22 Turkey’s Air Forces are blocked from continuing their aerial campaigns in Syria as part of their Euphrates Shield operation, as Syria has activated its  S-200 (and possibly S-300) air defense systems against the bombing by Turkish warplanes in Syrian airspace.

 The Turkish Air Forces launched their last air-strike in Syria on Oct. 22, on positions of Kurdish YPG/YPJ forces, which are a big part of the SDF, a fast growing democratic, non-ethnic, non religious, anti-sexist grouping which has partial US support.
 The Turkish military confirmed its warplanes had carried out 26 strikes on areas recently taken by the Kurdish YPG militia , the strongest force in the SDF. from ISIS. Continue reading “Turkish Bombers Excluded from Syria after massacring Kurds and Democratic forces (SDF)”

Syrian Kurds and Allies say YES to partial Ceasefire

The SDF has added their support to the ceasefire Saturdaytimthumb

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) today announced in a brief note that they are “absolutely committed to the cease-fire.”

The alliance, formed by groups Assyrians (SFM HSNB), Arabs (Al Sanadid, the Jaysh Thuwar …) and Kurdish (YPG, YPJ) have pledged to stop the fighting on Saturday, February 27, according to the agreement between the United States and Russia.YPG70

Comment:

The ceasefire is not applicable to the successful campaign by the SDF (mainly Kurds) against ISIS in NE Syria with US air support . Also fighting with Al Nusra (Al Quaeda affiliated) would be allowed to continue, with Russian air support.

But Turkey would still be hostile, Al Nusra are Turkey’s main protegee north of Aleppo and are battling SDF forces from the Afrin Kurdish enclave, with Turkish artillery support. This means Turkey would have an ‘excuse’ to continue shelling Kurdish areas.

On the whole, however, the proposed ceasefire would be good for the SDF front, they could still resist their main enemies, ISIS and Al Nusra, the other militias and the Syrian Army would become potential allies, and their unique progressive experiment in anti-state municipal anarchism could continue.

The SDF have also announced victory in the mainly Kurdish suburb of Bani Zayd in Aleppo city, where they were heavily attacked by Al Nusra for 6 days. If they can hold it the success further tightens the noose on the Al Nusra dominated part of Aleppo city. See report translated in English below.

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Interview With An Anarchist Warrior (Kurdistan)

Kobane: interview with an anarchist fighter

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

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. Continue reading “Interview With An Anarchist Warrior (Kurdistan)”