Polat Can of YPG Appeals for an Humanitarian Intervention for Kobane

Kurdish Woman Kobane

Mr.  Polat Can, the US and coalition countries started to strike ISIS in Syria a few days ago. What effect did these attacks have on Kobanê which faces a grave danger?


Polat Can: For a few days now, ISIS has stopped its attacks in other regions and has directed all its forces towards Kobanê alone, for an all-out attack. There are no ISIS attacks against the regime or in any other city. ISIS is attacking Kobanê with forces gathered from many cities, Raqqa, Til Hamis, Minbij, Jarablus and many other cities. YPG has been putting up a very dignified resistance against heavy weapons, tanks and artillery for ten days now. Even though ISIS is cracking in front of this resistance and resolve, it is a known fact that its force in terms of military weapons and artillery is very big. We have been resisting to slow down ISIS and block its entry into Kobanê for a long time. Now we want to stop them, but the force confronting us is very big. Because of this, practically an intervention must take place right away and forces making war on ISIS must help us.

Who do you want this help from? There is a lot of misinformation/disinformation. While many people say that the US has attacked ISIS in Kobanê region, your spokesman Rêdûr Xelîl said there were no attacks a few hours ago. What will you say on this topic?


Polat Can: I am underlining this; until this minute no U.S. or other coalition country attack against ISIS has taken place in Kobanê region. It is true that a few planes have flown, but as of yet it is not even clear whose planes they are. They can Turkey’s or Syrian regime’s planes too. When we talk about help, we are not talking about helping YPG, we are talking about helping Kurdish people. No help has been made to the people of Kobanê who are under death risk, who are confronted with a recurrence of what happened in Sinjar, Iraq.

What is the reason for this? How is it possible that these countries which formed a coalition against ISIS, can be so indifferent when civilian lives are in such grave danger?

 Polat Cano

Polat Can: We, too, are trying to find an answer to this question. But they, also, should look for answers to some questions. Are Kurds’ lives so cheap? Are the lives of 600 thousand Kurds in Kobanê, who are faced with the threat of massacre, so cheap? Do some states speaking on the basis of various political interests and Kurdish parties that have various political disagreements consider Kurds’ lives very cheap? If they will not help the Kurdish people in these most dangerous times then they should not say we are against ISIS, we are against terrorism.


That is, some Kurdish parties oppose the US and coalition attacking ISIS, is this what you mean?


Polat Can: Yes that is exactly what I mean. If they continue this attitude we will make public the names of those Kurdish parties, too. Based on information we received in some contacts we established, we know that some Kurdish parties wish to prevent US attacks against ISIS.

Why would a Kurdish party prevent these attacks and bring about the deaths of thousands of Kurds?

Polat Can: Because despite these difficult times, some groups think of their petty interests instead of the people. This is an opportunity for them. They say now is the right time; they think we are getting closer and closer to defeat and they are driving bargains to realize their own wishes in the aftermath. Such a position is not compatible with the qualities attached to being human or being a Kurd. All parties without exception should stand beside the Kurdish people in these difficult times. I can say that these parties I am talking about have not provided YPG a single bullet for help. Let no one claim that we did not ask for help, we are calling out to all Kurds.

Do these parties you are talking about realize how dangerous the situation is?

Polat Can: They know that the situation is dangerous better than you and me.


What will you say about the media? Some news is published without confirmation and it is continuously reported that the situation in Kobanê is good. What do you have to say about this?


Polat Can: We have been under conditions of uninterrupted fighting for some days so we did not have the chance to follow the media. We do not want our people to lose hope but the situation is bad. Everyone should know that together with the Kobanê youth who are arriving from all around for support, we will resist to the last drop of blood. If necessary, we will make Kobanê a new instance of the Resistance in Stalingrad.

Going back to the topic of media, we experience problems with countries we are in contact with because of some media that report the situation is very good. We say something, but they don’t listen to us and they write different things.

 Is it possible that wrong statements and reports can have to do with not being informed about what is going on in the war front? Because sometimes international bodies make statements based on what officials say.

Polat Can: Yes, wrong news and statements have very bad impact on us. For example yesterday, everyone talked and wrote about US planes attacking ISIS in Kobanê; but we are hundred per cent sure that no attack has taken place. Let alone attacking, there still is no decision for a US attack on ISIS in Kobanê.

What should the Kurds do to draw world public’s attention to Kobanê?

Polat Can: First of the whole world should know that we saved our 250 thousand Ezidi people in Sinjar from a huge massacre by our own limited means and at the cost of many martyrs. And we are resisting in Kobanê in spite of the embargo that has been going on for approximately two years. ISIS and its supporters see and know this well and that is why they kept attacking Kobanê continuously to fully incapacitate us here. For this reason, it is necessary to organize actions that can be effective, simple press conferences, sit-ins are not enough.

Vast public opinion should be mobilized, massive pressure should be made for (military action to put an end to the danger of massacre and disproportionate murderous attacks as well as humanitarian intervention to prevent massacre of tens of thousands of civilians. I’m saying leave aside helping YPG, I’m saying they should do something for hundreds of thousands of people from Kobanê who are faced with the danger of massacre.

The US and coalition countries may be targeting ISIS, may have started attacks but they are not organizing attacks on the most dangerous positions. They attacked Til Abyad but they did not target those positions in Kobanê region where tens of ISIS tanks have lined up. Our people all over the world should mobilize immense public pressure for this.

In New York, a conference against terror has been going on for two days. Did anyone say anything about Kobanê in this conference, what sort of a resolution was made about Kobanê? If nothing is done about Kobanê, it means all these conferences, talks, coalitions are pointless!

What is the role of Turkey in all these events?

Polat Can: Turkey has in the outcome taken a bad role and is playing this role. As you have followed, we, as YPG, as Rojava Kurds wish to establish good relations with Turkey. We had been acting on the basis of never having any problems with Turkey on the border. But it is a fact everyone has come to know lately that Turkey supports ISIS. There is a bargain; ISIS will come and invade Kobanê, then it will seize other cities of Rojava and then Turkish soldiers will be deployed in these regions and a buffer zone will be created. This is Turkey’s plan. In fact, as a result of the help Turkey provided for ISIS, ISIS released the Turkish hostages it had been holding. This dirty bargain is being carried out over Kobanê.

I am calling out to human rights organizations, to grassroots and non-governmental organizations. If they do not help now, it can be too late later on. True, YPG is resisting with its limited means, light arms but YPG is no Superman, no divine power. They must act at once.


Translated into English by Ayse Berktay @ayseberktay

2nd Kurdish Conference in Washington Starts



The New Kurdish Reality in the Middle East: Perils, Prospects and Possibilities

Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Representative Office in Washington, DC

 Friday, September 26, 2014, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The National Press Club, Holeman Lounge

529 14th St NW Washington, DC 20045

 The optimism of the Arab Spring has too rapidly been replaced by a dramatic wave of violence throughout the Middle East. The whole geography stretching from Iraq to Libya has become a battlefield. The war in Syria alone has caused hundreds of thousands of casualties with no promise of peace in sight. Iraq is now fully a part of the Syrian war. While a process of Lebanonization has never been so imminent for Syria and Iraq, Lebanon, too, may be pulled into active warfare if no settlement is secured in these two countries. The latest violence in Israel-Palestine exacerbated the region’s tense political climate. The changing regional order presents opportunities as well as dangers: They carry a potential for instituting democratic citizenship while simultaneously planting the seeds of even more violent and dictatorial regimes.

Within this regional setting, Kurdistan is home to multiple perils, prospects and possibilities. The peace process in Turkey is underway, even if with complications and slow pace. The attacks of the so-called Islamic State on the Kurds in Syria and Iraq have motivated major Kurdish parties to act in relative unity. The “Kurdish problems” in the four Middle Eastern states have become further interconnected and more globalized, rendering the provision of justice for the Kurds essential for securing and sustaining regional peace and stability. Although regional powers and the West have typically viewed the Kurds as a “problem” people, there is now increasing awareness that Kurdish struggles for justice, democracy and sovereignty may, in fact, have much to offer for regional peace in the twenty-first century.

With such a vision, we invite you to our second Washington Conference, which brings together academics, experts and politicians from Turkey, Syria, Iraq and the US to discuss the situation of the Kurds in a rapidly transforming Middle East and to foster dialogue among conference participants as well as with policy makers and the general public in the United States.

Opening Remarks by Mehmet Yuksel, HDP Representative in Washington, DC


Session I:  Future of Ezidis and Christians in Iraqi Kurdistan? 

8:30 – 9:45am

              Moderator: Kirmanj Gundi, Prof. at Dept. of Educational Administration and Leadership, Tennessee State University

  • Vian Dakheel, Ezidi MP in Iraqi Parliament
  • Karwan Zebari, Director of Congressional & Academic Affairs at KRG Washington Office
  • Dakhil Shammo Elias, Director of American Ezidi Center – Washington, DC
  • Abraham Miksi-Sahdo, Director of Political Affairs, American Syriac Union

Question & Answer Session


Role of Syrian Kurds in Fighting against ISIS    9:45 – 10:15

Introduction by Natsumi Ajiki, Human Rights Activist

Keynote Speaker: Salih Muslim, Co-Chairman of Democratic Union Party (PYD) (via Skype)

Question & Answer Session


Session II: The Kurdish Situation in Syria: A Democratic Model for the Future   

10:30 am – 12:00pm

                     Moderator: Gonul Tol, Founding Director of the Middle East Institute’s Center for Turkish Studies

  • Alan Shemo, Foreign Affairs Committee Member of the Democratic Union Party (PYD)
  • Rusen Cakir, Political Analyst on Turkey and the Middle East
  • Mutlu Civiroglu, Kurdish Affairs Analyst
  • Ruken Isik, PhD Student Concentrating on Gender and Women’s Studies, University of Maryland (UMBC)


Question & Answer Session

Session III: The Peace Process in Turkey

1:00 – 2:50pm

Moderator:  Hisyar Ozsoy, Assistant Prof. of Sociocultural Anthropology, University of Michigan-Flint

  • Kadir Ustun, Research Director at SETA Foundation, Washington, DC
  • Henri J. Barkey, Professor, Lehigh University, Department of International Relations
  • Nazmi Gur, Deputy Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)

Question & Answer Session


Session IV: The United States, the Kurds, and the Future of the Middle East

3:00 – 5:00pm

Moderator: Luqman Barwari, President of Kurdish National Congress of North America

  • Selahattin Demirtas, Co-Chair of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)
  • Sezgin Tanrikulu, Deputy Chairman of Republican People’s Party (CHP)
  • Najmaldin Karim, Governor of Kirkuk
  • Michael Werz, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

 Question & Answer Session

Chairman Royce on CNN Discusses the Desperate Situation of Kurds in Syria


Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on CNN with Brianna Keilar discusses the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

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Polat Can ile Amerikan Hava Saldirilari ve Kobanê Üzerine

A female YPG fighter in Kobane

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Sayın Polat Can, Amerika ve koalisyondaki diğer ülkeler Suriye’de IŞİD’e yönelik saldırılara başladılar birkaç gün önce. Bu saldırıların büyük bir tehlike ile karşı karşıya kalan Kobanê üzerindeki etkisi ne oldu?

Polat Can: IŞİD birkaç gündür diğer bölgelerdeki saldırılarını durdurup bütün gücüyle sadece Kobanê’ye yönelmiş durumda. Ne rejime karşı ne de başka bir şehirde IŞİD’in saldırısı söz konusu değil. Birçok şehirden, Rakka’dan, Tilhemîs’ten, Minbic, Carablus ve daha birçok şehirden topladığı güç ile Kobanê’ye saldırıyor IŞİD. Kullanılan ağır silahlara, tanklara ve toplara karşı YPG yaklaşık on gündür çok onurlu bir direniş sergiliyor. Bu direniş ve bu irade karşısında IŞİD ne kadar kırılıyorsa da, askeri mühimmat olarak çok büyük olduğu bilinen bir gerçek. Biz uzun suredir IŞİD’in Kobanê’ye girişini engellemek, yavaşlatmak için direniyoruz doğal olarak, onları durdurmak istiyoruz ama karşımızdaki güç çok fazla. Bunun için de pratikte bir an önce bir müdahele olmalı, ve IŞİD’e karşı savaşan güçer bize yardım etmeliler.

Peki, bu yardımı kimden istiyorsunuz? Bir bilgi kirliliği söz konusu. Birçok kişi Amerika’nın Kobanê bölgesinde IŞİD’e saldırdığını söylerken Rêdûr Xelîl de saldırıların olmadığını söyledi birkaç saat önce. Siz neler diyeceksiniz bu konu hakkında?

Polat Can: Altını çizerek söylüyorum, Amerika’nın ya da koalisyondaki hiçbir ülkenin Kobanê bölgesinde IŞİD’e yönelik bir saldırısı gerçekleşmedi şu ana kadar. Birkaç uçağın uçtuğu doğrudur fakat bu uçakların kime ait olduğu bile belli değil henüz. Türkiye’nin de olabilir bu uçaklar, Suriye rejiminin de. Biz yardım derken YPG’ye yardımdan da bahsetmiyoruz, Kürt halkına yardımdan bahsediyoruz. Ölümün pençesinde olan, Şengal’de yaşanlar ile yüz yüze kalan Kobanê halkına henüz bir yardım yapılmadı.

Peki, nedir bunun sebebi? IŞİD’e karşı bir koalisyon oluşturan bu ülkeler sivil insanların hayatları bu kadar tehlikede iken nasıl bu kadar kayıtsız kalabiliyorlar?

Polat Can: Biz de bu soruya bir cevap arıyoruz. Fakat onlar da bazı sorulara cevap aramalı. Kürtlerin hayatları bu kadar ucuz mu? Bir katliam tehlikesine maruz kalan, Kobanili 600 bin Kürdün hayatı bu kadar ucuz mu? Bir takım siyasi çıkarlar için konuşan bazı ülkeler, yine bir takım siyasi anlaşmazlıklar yaşayan Kürt partileri, Kürtlerin hayatların çok ucuz mu sayıyor? Zor durumda kalan bu millete en tehlikeli bir zamanda yardım etmeyeceklerse o zaman biz IŞİD’e karşıyız, biz terörizme karşıyız demesinler kimseye.

Yani bazı Kürt partileri Amerika ve koalisyonun IŞİD’e saldırmasına karşı çıkıyor, öyle mi demek istiyorsunuz?

Polat Can: Evet aynen bunu demek istiyorum. Bu tutumlarını devam ettirirlerse bu Kürt partilerinin isimlerini de açıklarız. Çünkü kurduğumuz bazı temaslarda aldığımız bilgiler doğrultusunda bazı Kürt partilerin Amerika’nın IŞİD’e saldırılarını engellemek istediğini biliyoruz.

Bir Kürt partisi neden bu saldırıları engelleyip binlerce Kürdün öldürülmesine yol açsın ki?

Polat Can: Çünkü bu zor zamandan bazı kesimler insanları düşünmek yerine kendi basit çıkarlarını düşünüyorlar. Bu onlar için bir fırsat, tam da zamanı diyorlar, gittikçe yenilgiye yaklaştığımızı düşünüyorlar ve sonrasında pazarlıklarla kendi isteklerini gerçekleştirmek istiyorlar. Bu insanlığa ve Kürtlüğe yakışmayan bir şey. Hangi parti olursa olsun Kürt halkının bu zor zamanında yanında olmalı. Ki ben bahsettiğim bu partilerin yardım için YPG’ye bir tek kurşun bile vermediğini söylemeyebilirim. Kimse yardım istemediğimiz iddiasında bulunmasın, biz bütün Kürtlere sesleniyoruz.

Peki, bahsettiğiniz bu partilerin durumun ne kadar tehlikeli olduğunun farkındalar mı?

Polat Can: Durumun tehlikeli olduğunu sizden de bizden de çok daha iyi biliyorlar.

Kürt medyası hakkında neler diyeceksiniz? Kimi haberler doğrulanmadan yayınlanıyor ve durumun Kobanê’de çok iyi olduğu söyleniyor sürekli, neler diyeceksiniz?

Polat Can: Kaç gündür sürekli savaş halinde olduğumuz için medyayı takip etme fırsatımız olmadı. Biz halkımızın umudunu kaybetmesini istemiyoruz fakat durum kötü. Herkes bilsin ki, Kürdistan’ın dört bir yanından destek için gelen Kürt gençleriyle kanımızın son damlasına kadar direneceğiz. Gerekirse  Stalingrad Direnişini Kobanê’de tekrarlayacağız.

Medya konusuna dönecek olursak, durumun çok iyi olduğunu yazan kimi medya kuruluşları yüzünden temas halinde olduğumuz ülkeler ile anlaşmazlıklar yaşıyoruz. Biz bir şey söylerken onlar bizi dinlemeyip farklı bir şey yazıp çiziyorlar.

Yapılan yanlış açıklamalar ve haberler savaş cephesinden haberdar olmamak ile ilgili bir şey olabilir mi? Çünkü uluslararası kuruluşlar bazen Kobanê’deki yetkililerin söylediği şeyler üzerinden açıklama yapıyorlar.

Polat Can: Evet yanlış haberler ve açıklamalar bizi çok kötü etkiliyor. Mesela dün Amerikan uçaklarının Kobanê’de IŞİD’e saldırdığını söylemiş, yazmış herkes, fakat biz yüzde yüz eminiz ki herhangi bir saldırı gerçekleşmemiş. Saldırmayı bırakın henüz Amerika’nın Kobanê’de IŞİD’e saldırması yönünde alınmış bir saldırı kararı da yok.

Peki, Kürtler dünyanın dikkatini Kobanê’ye çekmek için neler yapmalılar?

Polat Can: Öncelikle bütün dünya bilsin ki kendi kısıtlı imkânlarımızla onca şehit vererek 250 bin Ezidi insanımızı büyük bir katliamdan kurtardık. Ve Kobanê’de de yaklaşık iki yıldır ambargo olduğu halde direniyoruz. IŞİD ve destekçileri bunu iyi gördükleri, bildikleri için sürekli Kobanê’ye saldırıp burayı iyice zayıf düşürmek istediler. Bunun için Kobanê için basit basın açıklamaları, oturma eylemleri değil etkili olabilecek eylemler düzenlenmeli. İnsani bir müdahale için büyük bir kamuoyu, büyük bir baskı yapılmalı. YPG’ye yardımı bir kenara bırakın diyorum, katliam tehlikesi ile karşı karşıya kalan Kobanili yüz binler için bir şeyler yapsınlar diyorum. Amerika ve koalisyondaki ülkeler IŞİD’i hedef alıyor olabilir, saldırılara başlamış olabilirler ama en tehlikeli yerlere saldırı düzenlemiyorlar. Til Abyad’da saldırdılar fakat Kobanê bölgesinde olan onlarca IŞİD tankının dizildiği yerleri hedef almadılar. Bunun için halkımız dünyanın dört bir yanında büyük bir kamuoyu oluşturmalı. İki gündür New York’ta teröre karşı bir konferans düzenleniyor. Peki, burada Kobanê için ne denildi, nasıl bir karar alındı? Yani eğer Kobanê için bir şey yapılmıyorsa demek ki tüm bu konferanslar, konuşmalar, koalisyonlar boşuna!

Yaşanan olaylarda Türkiye’nin rolü ne, peki?

Polat Can: Türkiye son olarak kötü bir rol aldı ve bu rolü oynuyor. Sizin de takip ettiğiniz gibi, biz YPG olarak, Rojava Kürtleri olarak Türkiye ile iyi ilişkiler kurmak istiyoruz. Hiçbir zaman sınırda Türkiye ile bir sorun yaşamama esası üzerinde hareket ediyorduk. Fakat son zamanlarda herkesin bildiği bir gerçek var ki Türkiye IŞİD’i destekliyor. Bir pazarlık var, IŞİD gelip Kobanê’ye girecek, sonra diğer Rojava şehirlerini de ele geçirecek ve sonra da bu mıntıkalara Türk askerleri yerleştirilerek bir tampon bölge oluşturulacak. Türkiye’nin planı bu. Ki zaten Türkiye’nin IŞİD’e yaptığı yardım sonucunda IŞİD elindeki Türk rehineleri bıraktı. Bu kötü pazarlık Kobanê üzerinden yürütülüyor.

İnsan hakları örgütlerine, sivil toplum örgütlerine sesleniyorum. Eğer şimdi yardım etmezlerse sonrası çok geç olabilir. Evet, YPG kendi kısıtlı imkânlarıyla, hafif silahlarıyla direniyor fakat YPG bir Süpermen değil, bir ilahi güç değil. Bir an önce harekete geçmeliler.

NOT: Röportaj konunun acilliği doasıyla hemen tercüme edilerek yayınlanıyor. Çeviri ideal olmayabilir ama gerçeğe en uygun şekilde çevirilip, bir başka gazeteci tarafınan da kontrol edilmiştir

No Air Strikes in Kobane


There were some reports that unknown fighter jets attacked ISIS position near Kobane (Kobani / Ayn al-Arab) Wednesday night. Some TV and websites report that US planes carried out some attacks against ISIS positions.

Local sources confirm that the plane indeed was a single US scout airplane. However, same sources deny that that there was ever a bombing took place against ISIS positions that pose direct threat to near Kobane despite media reports claiming otherwise.

Possibly in coming hours more clear information will come from the region whether or not an attack really took place.

Kobane’deki Durum Uzerine

Kurdish Woman Kobane

Kobane’ye yönelik şiddetli IŞİD saldırıları devam ediyor. Bölgedeki kaynaklar Amerikan uçaklarının saldırıları sonucu Rakka’dan kaçan IŞİD elemanlarının Kobane’ye doğru yöneldiklerini, bu durumunda şehir üzerindeki baskıyı daha da arttırdığını belirtiyorlar.

Çarşamba günü Kobane’ye çok yakın mesafeye kadar yaklaşan IŞİD elemanları YPG güçlerinin direnişi sayesinde püskürtüldüler.

Yani Rojavalı bazı siyasetçilerin dile getirdikleri kaygılar doğru. Kritik durum halen devam ediyor ama şehrin düştüğü kesinilkle doğru DEĞİL.

Burada okuyucuların bilmesi gereken nota şu ki savaş ortamında gelişmeler çok hızlı oluyor ve bir saat sonrasını bile kestirmek güç. Bu nedenle aynı gün içerisinde değişik bilgiler gelmesi normal karşılanmalı.

YPG kaynaklarının bildirdiğine göre IŞİD elindeki Amerikan silahlarını durduracak silah bulunmadığından YPG savaşçılarını kendi canlarını feda ederek bu tankları imha etmeye çalışıyorlar.

PYD Leader Salih Moslem on US Air Strikes against ISIS in Syria

Kurdish Woman Kobane

In this brief interview Salih Moslem, Cochair of PYD express his party’s position on US and coalition air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria.


Mr. Moslem says they consider these attacks a positive step for the fight against ISIS.

“I spoke with many Kurds in Syria. They are happy about the attacks because they see that they are not alone in their fight against ISIS.

Moslem states that as Syrian Kurds they would like to be a part of this effort too.



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Kurdish Woman Kobane

Bu saldırıların birçok nedeni var. Birincisi IŞİD Musul ve Irak’taki diğer şehirlerde elde ettiği başarılardan güven alarak Suriye toprakları üzerindeki kontrolünü de genişletmek istiyor. Bunun dışında Kobanê, şu an IŞİD’in kontrolünde bulunan Girespi (Til Abyad), Cerablus, Minbiç ve Rakka’nın ortasında bir ada gibi duruyor. Kobanê’yi bu kendi kontrolü altındaki bölgeleri birbirine bağlamak için ve de yeni ilan ettiği “İslam Devletinin” bir parçası yapmak istiyor. Böylesi önemli bir şehrin kontrolünü ele geçirmesi demek, hem doğu hem de batıdan geniş hareket alanı bulması anlamına gelecek, yeni topraklar ele geçirmesini kolaylaştıracak.

Bunun dışında, Kobanê’nin ele geçmesiyle beraber Urfa’nın Suruç ilçesindeki Mürşitpınar Sınır Kapısı’nın kontrolünü de ele geçirmiş olacak. IŞİD’in özellikle ticaret, eleman ve mühimmat geçişi, hastaların tedavisi vb. nedenlerden dolayı sınır kapılarına önem verdiği biliniyor. Bu bağlamda önümüzdeki dönemlerde Kürtlerin elinde bulunan Serekaniye ve Til Koçer ile diğer İslami grupların elinde bulunan Azaz’daki sınır kapılarına saldırılar düzenlemesi muhtemel.

Bu saldırılarla IŞİD, ayrıca Kobanê’yi Kürt Dağı Bölgesi yani Afrin Kantonu ve Cezire Kantonlardan da koparmak istiyor. Şu sıralar üç Kürt Kantonu arasında gidiş gelişler oldukça zor. Yerel yetkililere göre birçok sivil Cerablus ve Til Abyad’da IŞİD tarafından rehin tutuluyor.

Aynı şekilde IŞİD tarafından Minbiç yakınlarında kaçırılan yüzden fazla Kürt öğrenci uzun zamandir rehin tutuluyor. Gerek İnsan Hakları İzleme Örgütü (HRW), gerek UNICEF ve de diğer kurumların tüm çağrılara rağmen bu çocuklar ve diğer siviller halen serbest bırakılmış değiller. Kobanê Kanton yetkilileri ve bölgedeki insan hakları savunucuları, IŞİD’in rehin tuttuğu çocukları ve diğer sivilleri YPG’ye karşı baskı oluşturmak ve arkasındaki halk desteğini yok etmek için kullandığını belirtiyorlar. Bu kaynaklar IŞİD’in ayrıca YPG’nin elindeki üyelerini salıverilmesi konusunda bir pazarlık kozu olarak da sivilleri kaçırdığını iddia ediyorlar.

Kobanê’nin IŞİD’in eline geçmesi, örgüte birçok avantaj getireceği için oradaki halka her türlü zulüm yapılmaktan kaçınmıyor. IŞİD siviller kaçırıyor, bazılarını alenen çarmıha gerip, işkenceyle öldürüyor. Birçok defa sivillerin evlerinin tahrip edildiği ve mal ve mülklerine de el konulduğunu yerel kaynaklar sıkça dile getiriyorlar. Hatta Kobanê’nin içme suyunun bile IŞİD tarafından birçok defa kesildiği de kamuoyu tarafından bilinen bir durum.

Devam eden bu saldırıların bir diğer önemli nedeni ise Kobanê’nin 19 Temmuz 2012’de Esad rejiminden kurtulan ilk şehir olması ve Rojavalı Kürtler için manevi bir öneme sahip olması. Kürtlerin bu şehri kaybetmesi büyük bir moral kırıklığı yaratacak ve elde ettikleri kazanımlara büyük bir darbe olacak. Yani Kobanê’ye yapılan saldırılar Kürtlerin Suriye’de elde ettiği başarılara da bir saldırı anlamına da geliyor. Hiç şüphe yok ki Kobanê’nin geleceği hem Rojava’daki kazanımlar, hem de Kürtlerin tamamı için önemli bir role sahip olacak.

* Bu yazi 10 Temmuz’da Radikal gazetesinde yayinlanmistir

Kobane Appeals to International Community for Immediate Help

Kurdish Woman Kobane

Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc September 20, 2014

Kurdish city of Kobane in Northern Syria, also knows as Rojava, is under severe ISIS attacks since September 15.

Kurdish officials say ISIS militants have been waging an unprecedented attack on Kobane from east, south, and west with the American tanks, artilleries, and Humvees they had seized from Iraqi army in Mosul.

A female YPG fighter in Kobane (YPG Media Center)


In a short interview Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) leader Salih Moslem appeals to the international community to support people of Kobane before it is too late.


Below is a detailed interview I conducted with the Premier of local Kobane Canton Anwar Moslem about the dire situation in the region:

Enwer Mislim



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An Exclusive Interview with Premier of Kobane Anwar Moslem About Ongoing ISIS Attacks

Moslem: International Community Should Support Kobane Against ISIS

Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc Kobane_YPG

Mr Anwar Moslem, Premier of Kobane Canton in Rojava, over the recent days, the ISIS has been waging remarkably severe attacks on Kobane and its surrounding villages. First of all, please give us the latest about what has been going on in Kobane?

Enwer Mislim

Anwar Moslem: Yes, that’s right. It is almost a year a devastating war has been waging on Kobane in order to seize it. But since two days ago, they have been waging an unprecedented attack on Kobane from east, south, and west with the tanks, artilleries, and Humvees they had seized in Mosul. They have been doing their very best to make Kobane give up. They have an intention of committing a massacre in Kobane like how they made people of Shengal flee, how they were massacred, how women were seized and enslaved, how kids were killed; the ISIS wants to inflict the same predicament upon Kobane. That’s why a remarkable resistance and bravery, led by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), is being waged against those extremist forces. But unfortunately, their heavy weaponry have caused many problems for us. Our people’s resistance, however, has been noticeable until the moment we are having this conversation.

How long people of Kobane will be able to resist in front of those heavy weaponry shown on videos?

Anwar Moslem: Kobane’s resistance had been substantiated before, and it is going on again. They are using the very sophisticated and developed American weaponry e.g. tanks, Humvees, and long-range mortars they seized in Mosul. People of Kobane are saying, as they had frequently said before, “we will resist till the last one of us gets martyred.” Indeed, there has been a historic YPG resistance; it is not sufficient, though. They are in desperate need of an international support. Kobane Canton needs support of all Kurds living inside or outside Kurdistan. The situation is extremely dangerous. If something happens to Kobane, all those who claim they care about human rights and lives will be held accountable.

You pointed to an international support. A special meeting was held in Paris; The US president, Barack Obama, has released several speeches talking about a military operation against the ISIS. Have you ever received any assistance from these forces thus far? Or, have you had any meeting with them asking them to help you?

Anwar Moslem: I am afraid we have not received any assistance till this moment. Despite what had been agreed upon in Paris and the US president Obama’s emphasis upon the attack against the ISIS, nothing has been dispatched to us so far. We hope the international community and especially the USA, Russia, France, and the UK will get started with attacking the ISIS as soon as possible. The ISIS is growing so fast and if this trend does not stop, they will be too strong to be defeated by people; and, that’s when we will witness a huge, bloody massacre. We hope that those states will come to help us through attacking the ISIS as soon as possible.

There are some accusations spreading in Kurdish media based upon which Turkey has been helping the ISIS, and a train had been sent to the border carrying assistance to the ISIS. What do you have to say in this regard?

Anwar Moslem: Based on the intelligence we got two days before the breakout of the current war, trains full of forces and ammunition, which were passing by north of Kobane, had an-hour-and-ten-to-twenty-minute-long stops in these villages: Salib Qaran, Gire Sor, Moshrefat Ezzo. There are evidences, witnesses, and videos about this. What attracts one’s attention is why the ISIS is strong only in Kobane’s east? Why is it not strong neither in its south nor in west? Since these trains stopped in those villages located in east of Kobane, we guess they had brought ammunition and additional force for the ISIS.

Well, where are those videos? How can public opinion get access to them?

Anwar Moslem: Most of our witnesses are the ones forced to leave those villages. If news agencies come to the region, we will help them meet those IDPs. If members of international organizations come to visit Kobane, they will be able to meet all those who have seen the trains. To make trains stop in villages controlled by the ISIS persuades one that something wrong is going on.

There are many reports about a couple of villages seized by the ISIS. I want to know if there is a tactic to leave those villages or not. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the number of those villages is twenty. How many villages the YPG have lost so far, and what are the reasons for these losses?


Anwar Moslem: we know how barbaric the ISIS has attacked civilians in those villages. It has been shelling those villages in order to force residents leave their villages. According to the YPG, 15 villages have been left so far whereas the resistance is still going on. Those who have left their villages are afraid of the ISIS atrocious methods in treating civilians. That’s why, they have fled to Kobane. But a severe response will be waged soon.

How far the ISIS is from Kobane city?

Anwar Moslem: They are 25 to 30 kilometers far from Kobane.

You addressed the world community. What do you have to say to Kurds?

Anwar Moslem: Kobane is the manifestation of Kurds’ will. Kobane is a part of Rojava. Kobane is a part of Kurdistan. Kobane’s collapse is Kurdish people’s collapse. And, we do not want it to collapse. We are calling upon those from Kobane living outside to come back to Kobane, center of honor and bravery, in order to protect their own people. We are calling on all Kurdish people, especially those from Northern Kurdistan [Kurdistan of Turkey), to head towards Kobane and protect their own brothers and sisters again, like they had done it before.

We are calling upon Kurds of Eastern and Southern Kurdistan [Iranian and Iraqi Kurdistan] to come and participate in this resistance. Whoever of honor and conscience, based upon their opportunity, via demonstrations, via holding protests in front of embassies of those countries helping the ISIS, they can help Kobane. These activities will inspire our girls and boys in the battlefield.

Based upon some Kurdish news agencies, those from Kobane living outside and want to go back to Kobane are facing hardships in the border line by the Turkish authorities. Do you confirm these news?

Anwar Moslem: Yes, that’s right. It regularly happens. But our people from Northern Kurdistan will also join us despite the difficulties created by the Turkish authorities. Those who want to cross the border to Kobane, they can do it one way or another despite all those hardships. But Turkish authorities must realize that if the ISIS seizes Kobane, they will soon head to Turkey. Turkish officials must take this fact into account and help Kobane and let Kobane’s boys and girls cross the borders to their own city.

I want to know the number of casualties. How many YPG fighters have lost their lives? How many of the ISIS members have been killed? Yesterday, there were some news about the high number of the ISIS casualties in the Manbij Hospital. Give us some information in this regard, please.


Anwar Moslem: That’s right. YPG’s heroic resistance has inflicted a high number of casualties upon them, not only in Manbij but also in Tel Abyad as well. Today, some of their wounded members were crossed into Turkey in order to get cured. We have had 8 martyrs until this moment. But, tens of their members have been killed so far.

How can it be possible? I mean, despite all their heavy attacks, why the YPG’s casualties are not high?

Anwar Moslem: The ISIS wages attacks with high numbers upon a given place. And, the YPG members resist. Since they are in an offensive and we are in a defensive position, despite our light weaponry, we inflict high casualties upon them without having many martyrs. And, sometimes we do tactical withdrawals.

What about Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG’s) support. Have you ever received any assistance from the KRG?

Anwar Moslem: We hope to be heard by the KRG. We have not received any support up until now. But we are looking forward to receiving help from our brothers in Southern Kurdistan. They have already witnessed what happened to Ezidi Kurds in Shengal [Sinjar]. Let us not allow the same massacres to take place in Kobane. That’s why we hope people of Southern Kurdistan will join this campaign in defense of Kobane.

My last question is, as the president of Kobane Canton, you visit villages. I want to know about people’s spirit in Kobane and its surrounding villages.

Anwar Moslem: Despite the heavy war going on, people’s spirit is noticeably high. The vast majority of them say they will continue their resistance before they make these attacks fail. But unfortunately, there is a small number of people who are scared of ISIS atrocities. They want to leave Kobane but a whopping majority of people, including Arabs and Turkmens, have been resisting against the ISIS and their spirit is remarkably impressive.

Again, we are repeating our call upon international forces especially USA, UK and France and others to help Kobane against the ISIS whose only goal is to annihilate all dissident peoples and religions.


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