Psaki: We’ll Continue to Support the Brave Defenders of Kobani

Jen Psaki, Spokesperson of the US State Department

Jen Psaki, Spokesperson of the US State Department

Jen Psaki, Spokesperson of the State Department comments on Kobane on Daily Press Briefing of January 27, 2015:

QUESTION:  The biggest challenge in Kobani seems to be over. The Kurdish officials from Iraq and from Kobani have declared victory there.  But as you know, there are many more challenges that faces the rebels protecting the city.  Of course, they have said it officially that they don’t have ammunition – enough ammunition and stuff.  Also the civilians who want to go back to the city, when they want to rebuild the city – I’m wondering whether the United States is going to be a major player in terms of providing humanitarian and military assistance for the people and the rebels there to help alleviate the challenge that remain.

PSAKI:  Well, we have been, continue to be, have consistently been the largest provider of humanitarian assistance as it relates to the Syria conflict in the world, and that won’t change.  And certainly, as there are humanitarian needs, whether it’s in Kobani and other places, I expect that we will contribute – continue to be major contributors.

I know you’re looking ahead, but obviously the point we’re at now, so let me just reiterate this.  As CENTCOM announced yesterday, anti-ISIL forces now control approximately 90 percent of the city of Kobani, and we congratulate its brave defenders.  We’ll continue to support them as we look to the coming weeks ahead.  This is an important step in the first phase of a long-term campaign to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL, because of the strategic value ISIL places on Kobani.

I think, broadly speaking, the fight against ISIL is far from over, but we do feel that their failure in Kobani has denied them one of their strategic objectives.  And over time, we’ve seen that they’ve not only used Kobani as a base for driving their own narrative of inevitability, but also they’ve put a lot of resources and people into Kobani as well.

QUESTION:  There is no doubt that without the United States military support, the rebels would not have been able, probably, to do what they have done.  But as you know, the United States has helped transfer weapons to those rebels.  But should we expect that they would receive more ammunition?  Because probably the United States is the only partner they can look up to now.  Turkey is not going to do that; Syrian Government is not going to do that.  Should we expect the United States to do that?  Because ISIS could, at any moment, when the airstrikes are gone, come back and recapture the town and attack the town.

PSAKI:  As I mentioned, we will continue to support the effort.  In terms of more specifics, I’d certainly point you to my colleagues at the Department of Defense.

Source: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2015/01/236800.htm#SYRIA

 

Journalist Mihemed Hesen über die Angriffe des Assad-Regimes auf Hasakah

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Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc

(Telefoninterview vom 21. Januar 2015)

Mutlu Civiroglu: Seit einigen Tagen gibt es Gefechte zwischen den Truppen des Assad-Regimes und den Volksverteidigungseinheiten, kurz YPG. Wie sieht die aktuelle Situation vor Ort aus?

Mihemed Hesen: Die Gefechte sind seit zwei Tagen eingestellt. Die YPG, YPJ und Asayish hatten zuvor gemeinsam gegen das Assad-Regime und einige hiesige Araber gekämpft, die entweder das Assad-Regime unterstützen, wie die Mukanain, oder den Iran, so etwa die Muhawir. Die Gefechte begannen vor fünf Tagen, als Reaktion auf die Gefangennahme von kurdischen Beschäftigte des Rathauses der Stadt Hasakah und der ihr zugehörigen Kommunen. Diese verteilten Gas unter der Bevölkerung, als Angehörige der Mukanain [regimetreue Araber] die Beschäftigten fest nahmen. Im weiteren Verlauf hat die YPG die Kontrolle über die Viertel Sabax, Xoşman und Taleb übernommen. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt standen diese Viertel unter der Kontrolle des Regimes. Auch die Feuerwehr wird nun von der YPG kontrolliert. Bisher sind zwei YPG-Kämpfer und sieben Kämpfer der Asayish gefallen und zwei Zivilisten getötet worden. Es gab Scharfschützen, mit Mörsergranaten wurden kurdische Viertel wie Salihiye, Mufti und Tilhacer  beschossen. Das Regime selbst vbenutzte Panzer und international verbotene Waffen.

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Mihemed Hesen in Hasakah

Mutlu Civiroglu: In Hasakah gab es auch in der Vergangenheit Gefechte zwischen dem Regime und der YPG. Was unterscheidet die neuesten Kämpfe von vergangenen?

Mihemed Hesen: Neu ist, dass sich die Muhawir, das sind Anhänger der libanesischen Hisbollah und des iranischen Regimes, die vor zwei bis drei Monaten nach Hasakah kamen, in diese Kämpfe einmischen. In der Vergangenheit kämpfte die YPG nur gegen das Regime und regimetreuen Arabern, den Mukanain. Diese gaben nach zwei Tagen auf und kehrten in ihre Häuser zurück. Das Regime zielte diesmal darauf ab, demographische Veränderungen in Hasakah zu bewirken. Während die ISIS die Kurden aus Kobane vertreiben sollte, benutzte das Regime in Hasakah die Mukanain und die Muhawir, um die Stadt von Kurden zu säubern.

Mutlu Civiroglu: Haben Sie Belege, die einige dieser Kämpfer als iranische Muhawir ausweisen?

Mihemed Hesen: Vor zwei Monaten berichteten arabische und kurdische Quellen im Netz über iranische Hisbollah-Kämpfer. Diese seien gekommen, um die YPG auszubilden. Das sind Falschmeldungen. Ebendiese Gruppen kämpfen jetzt gegen die YPG. Die YPG und Asayish versuchen diese Gruppen von den kurdischen Vierteln fernzuhalten, für uns ist es offensijchtlich, dass hier ein Keil zwischen die arabische und kurdische Bevölkerung getrieben werden und eine ethnische Säuberung vorgenommen werden soll.

Mutlu Civiroglu: Konnte das Regime Erfolge für sich verbuchen?

Mihemed Hesen: Wie Sie wissen, ist heute am 21. Januar 2015 der erste Jahrestag der Demokratisch Autonomen Verwaltung (Rojava). In diesem Kanton leben auch Araber, Assyrer, Armenier. Diese demokartische Selbstverwaltung ist nach dem Willen des Volkes und nicht nach dem dem Wunsch des Assad-Regimes realisiert worden. Das Regime versucht diese Selbstverwaltung zu zerstören. Bisher ist es diesem nicht gelungen.

Mutlu Civiroglu: Was können Sie über die demographische Zusammensetzung von Hasakah sagen?

Mihemed Hesen: In Hasakah gibt es viele kurdische Viertel, z. B. Salihiye, Mufti, Tilhacer, Kellafe. Auch  im  Stadtzentrum  gibt  es  zahlreiche  Kurden.  Die  Verwaltung  dieser  Viertel  verteilt Lebensmittel und Gas, die Wasserstelle ist unter der Kontrolle der YPG. Aber weil in den letzten Tagen diese Viertel angegriffen wurden, sind einige Zivilisten nach Amude und Qamishlo geflohen.

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Mutlu Civiroglu: Sie sagten, dass seit zwei Tagen die Situation entspannt ist. Einigen Berichten zufolge soll das Regime Gesandte aus Damaskus nach Hasakah geschickt haben, damit diese um die Freilassung von politischen und militärischen Gefangenen verhandeln können. Können Sie diese Angaben bestätigen?

Mihemed Hesen: Auch ich habe davon gehört, viele solcher Meldungen sind im Netz verbreitet. Als ein Journalist vor Ort kann ich diese Angaben nicht bestätigen, Verhandlungen fanden bisher nicht statt.

Mutlu Civiroglu: Viele Experten haben bisher Verbindungen zu Kobane gezogen und behauptet, dass die Angriffe auf Hasakah eine Antwort auf den Erfolg der Kurden in Kobane ist. Auch Sie haben eine Verbindung zwischen dem Regime und der ISIS gezogen, können Sie diese Relation konkretisieren? Ist es möglich, dass mit diesen neuesten Angriffen die YPG unter Druck gesetzt und beschäftigt werden soll?

Mihemed Hesen: Heute ist der Jahrestag der Demokratische Autonomie, der strategisch bedeutsame Mistenur-Hügel ist wieder unter der Kontrolle der YPG. Bald wird die YPG die Befreiung Kobanes bekannt geben. Meiner Meinung nach gibt es eine Verbinung zwischen der ISIS und dem Regime. Vier Tage bevor die Angriffe auf Hasakah starteten, gab es ein Treffen der arabischen Stämmen, die das Regime unterstützen, mit den arabischen Stämmen, die die ISIS unterstützen. Diese Stämme setzten sich zum Ziel, die ethnisch und religiös unterschiedlichen Völker der Region miteinander zu bekriegen. Die Hälfte der Christen unterstützt das Regime, die andere die Demokratische Autonomie (Rojava). Sie sind frei in ihrer Entscheidung.

Mutlu Civiroglu: Sie haben über die gefallenen Kämpfer der YPG und Asayish berichtet und auch über getötete Zivilisten. Haben Sie genauere Angaben zu den Verlusten des Regimes?

Mihemed Hesen: Einige höhere Generäle des Regimes sollen gefangen genommen worden sein, in der vergangen Nacht wurden drei Mitglieder der Gruppe Mukanain getötet, zudem werden insgesamt 50 Regime-Soldaten und Mukanain-Mitglieder von der YPG gefangen gehalten.

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Mutlu Civiroglu ist ein Kurdischen Angelegenheiten Analyst mit Schwerpunkt auf Syrien und der Türkei. Er verfolgt aufmerksam Kurdischen Volksverteidigungseinheiten (YPG) Kampf gegen ISIS und anderen dschihadistischen gruppen .

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Vom Kurdischen ins Deutsche übersetzt von https://twitter.com/ViyanKurd

Gazeteci Mihemed Hesen ile Haseke’deki Durumu Görüştük

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Haseke’de bulunan gazeteci Mihemed Hesen ile şehirdeki son durumu görüştük

Haseke’de birkaç gün boyunca YPG ve Esad rejimine bağlı güçler arasında çatışmalar yaşandı. Şu an orada son durum ne?

Mihemed Hesen: YPG ve rejim arasındaki çatışmalar karşılıklı olarak iki gün önce durdu. Rejimle hareket eden birkaç grup vardı, bunlardan biri şehirdeki Arapların oluşturduğu Mukanain, diğeri de İran rejimine bağlı Muhawir. Haseke Belediyesi’nin Kürt çalışanları birkaç gün önce gaz dağıtırken Mukanain grubunun üyeleri tarafından tutuklandılar. YPG bu tutuklamayı kabul etmedi ve taraflar arasında çatışmalar başladı. Suriye rejiminin denetiminde olan Sabax, Xoşman gibi mahalleler ve Talebe bölgesi YPG güçlerinin kontrolü altına geçti. Yine İtfaiye tarafları da YPG’nin kontrolüne geçti ve çatışmalar sonucunda 2 YPG savaşçısı, 7 Asayiş üyesi şehit düştü, 2 sivil yaşamını yitirdi.

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Yakından takip ettiğimiz bu çatışmalarda dikkatimizi çeken bir şey var ki o da bu savaşın Suriye rejiminin savaşı değil İran’ın savaşı olmasıydı. Kanas silahı çok iyi kullanan keskin nişancılar vardı, Salihiye, Mufti, Tilhacer gibi Kürt mahallerine havan topuyla saldırıyorlardı. Yine, Suriye rejimi tankları ve uluslararası anlaşmalara göre yasak silahları da bu çatışmalarda kullandı.

Haseke’de daha önce de Kürtler ve rejim arasında çatışmalar yaşanmıştı. Yaşanan son çatışmaların önceki çatışmalardan farkı ne?

Mihemed Hesen: Bu sefer çatışmalarda Muhawir de var. Muhavir üyeleri İran rejiminden ve Lübnan Hizbullah’ından kişiler. Bunlar birkaç ay gelip Haseke’ye yerleştiler. Daha önce Haseke’de YPG ve rejim ile ona bağlı Mukanain arasında yaşanan çatışmalarda rejim ile Mukanain YPG karşısında duramayıp, bir iki gün içinde geri çekiliyordu. Fakat bu sefer dışarıdan kimseler de vardı çatışmalarda. Bu biraz da bilinçli bir şekilde yapıldı. Suriye rejimi Haseke’de demografik değişiklikler yaratmak istedi. Bilindiği üzere Kobanê’de Suriye rejimi Kürtleri Kobanê’den çıkarmak için IŞİD’in desteğini aldı. Haseke’de Suriye rejimi Mukanain ve Muhavir’i kullandı ve çatışmalarda evlerine rastgele atılan havan toplarının düştüğü birçok Kürt Haseke’yi terk etti.

Değindiğiniz bu Muhavir konusu önemli bir konu. Rejimin Haseke’de gücünü artırmak için savaş tecrübesi olan bu kişileri kullandığını iddia ediyorsunuz. Gözlerinizle gördüğünüz Muhavir üyesi oldu mu, hangi kaynaklara dayanarak Haseke’de İranlıların olduğunu söylüyorsunuz?

Mihemed Hesen: İki ay önce hem Arap hem de Kürt haber sitelerinde bazı Hizbullah gruplarının İran’dan Haseke’ye geldikleri yazılmıştı. Hatta çıkan haberler arasında gelen grupların YPG’yi eğitmeye geldikleri gibi bir yalan haber de çıkmıştı. İşte iki ay önce Haseke’ye gelenler çıkan çatışmalarda yerlerini aldılar. YPG ve Asayiş güçleri onları Kürt mahallelerine yaklaştırmıyorlar. Herkes bazılarının Kürtler ve Araplar arasında ırkçılık üzerine bir savaş çıkarmak istediğini biliyor.

Peki, Suriye rejimi bu planında başarılı oldu mu?

Haseke’de Salihiye, Mufti, Tilhacer, Kellafê gibi Kürt mahalleri var. Yine şehir merkezinde de bazı yerlerde Kürtler var. Kürt halkı belediyeyle birlikte gaz ve ekmek dağıtıyorlar. Bu arada su dağıtım merkezinin YPG’nin kontrolünde olduğunu belirtelim. Genel olarak hayat normal seyrinde devam ediyor diyebiliriz. Fakat çatışmaların başlamasından itibaren ilk iki gün Suriye rejimi sert bir şekilde Kürt mahallelerine saldırdı. Bu saldırılarından dolayı Hasekeli Kürtler Qamişlo ve Amude taraflarına doğru gittiler.

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Bugün demokratik özerkliğin yıldönümü. Bu demokratik özerklikte bölgenin Arapları, Süryanileri, Ermenileri var. Suriye rejimi halkın iradesiyle oluşturulan demokratik yönetimden rahatsız ve onu bozmaya çalışıyor. Fakat saldırılarının bu yönetim üzerinde herhangi bir etkisi yok. Rojava yönetimi bugün ikinci yılına giriyor.

İki gündür herhangi bir çatışma olmadığını belirttiniz. Basında çıkan bazı haberlere göre bir takım görüşmeler yapmaları için Şam’dan bir heyet gönderilmiş. Askeri ya da siyasi bazı önemli kişiler Kürtlerin eline esir düşmüş olabilir mi, ne dersiniz?

Mihemed Hesen: İnternete düşen bu tür haberlerin teyit edilmiş bir tarafı yok. Bazıları bazen Ali Memlük esir düşmüş diyor, bazıları başka isimler veriyor. Bir gazeteci olarak takip ettiğim kadarıyla henüz herhangi bir görüşme yapılmamış. Bölgede yaşayan halkların zarar görmemesi, çatışmaların durması ve Haseke’yi terk eden insanların bir an önce evlerine dönmeleri için görüşmelerin yapılmasını da şahsen doğru buluyorum.

Kimi uzmanlar Haseke’de yaşanan çatışmaları Kobanê’ye bağlıyor. Rejimin bu çatışmalarla Kobanê’de IŞİD’e karşı büyük bir başarı elde eden YPG’yi durdurmak istediğini söyleyenler olduğu gibi IŞİD ile rejim arasındaki bağlantıyı anlamakta güçlük çekenler de var. Siz de rejim ile IŞİD arasında bir ilişkinin olduğunu iddia ettiniz, bu nasıl bir ilişki?

Mihemed Hesen: Bugün demokratik özerkliğin yıldönümü ve önceki gün Miştenur Tepesi YPG’nin eline geçti. Haseke’deki saldırılar da birkaç gün önce başladı. IŞİD ile rejimin birbirleriyle bağlantıları var bu çok da şaşırılacak bir şey değil bence. Haseke’deki saldırılar başlamadan dört gün önce IŞİD’i destekleyen Arap aşiretleri ile rejim arasında Haseke’de geniş çaplı bir toplantı yapılmıştı. Bölgedeki halklar arasında mezhebe ve ırka dayalı, özellikle de Kürtleri zor durumda bırakacak bir savaşı amaçlıyorlardı. Bilindiği üzere Hristiyanların bir kısmı rejim tarafında bir kısmı da demokratik özerklik, onlara kimse bir şey yapamaz.

YPG ve Asayiş’ten ve sivil Kürtlerden hayatını kaybedenler oldu. Peki, öldürülen rejim askeri sayısı hakkında bir bilginiz var mı?

Mihemed Hesen: Birkaç üst rütbe generalleri şu an YPG’nin elindeler. Önceki gece Mukanain grubundan üç kişi öldürüldü. Bunun dışında yaklaşık 50 Mukanain ve rejim askeri de YPG’nin elindeler.

Van Hollen, Blackburn Urge State Department to Grant Travel Visa to Co-Chairman of the PYD

 

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Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) and Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Co-Chairs of the Kurdish American Caucus, released a letter on January 14 to Secretary of State Kerry urging him to grant the travel visa request of Salih Muslim Mohammed, Co-Chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of Syria.

“As the U.S. continues its campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), we believe that the PYD is one of the most effective partners the U.S. has on the ground in Syria,” they wrote.

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“We urge you to permit Salih Muslim to come to Washington in January to meet with non-governmental members of the American foreign policy community and others to discuss directly what we can do together to defeat ISIL and advance the cause of a secular, democratic Syria.”

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Full text of the letter:

The Honorable John F. Kerry

Secretary of State
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street NW
Washington, DC  20520

Dear Secretary Kerry:

As Co-Chairs of the Kurdish American Congressional Caucus we are writing to request that you grant the visa request of Salih Muslim Mohammed, Co-Chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of Syria, to travel to the United States to attend a conference in Washington DC in January 2015.

As the U.S. continues its campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), we believe that the PYD is one of the most effective partners the U.S. has on the ground in Syria.

Earlier this year PYD fighters helped to end the ISIL siege around Mount Sinjar thus allowing thousands of Iraqi Yazidis to escape death at the hands of ISIL. Since then they have also been fighting valiantly to prevent the expansion of ISIL in northern Syria, most prominently in the border town of Kobani.

While we welcome the U.S. bombing campaign against ISIL targets and the dropping of arms supplies which have helped the PYD forces defending Kobani, we think it is important to expand our contacts with this critical Syrian partner in the war against the IS and other salafist jihadists active in the country.

As we understand it, the reluctance to issue a visa to Salih Muslim is partly due to Turkey’s concerns about the PYD and its links with the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK). However, the Turkish government has itself been negotiating directly with the imprisoned leader of the PKK, Abdullah Ocalan. It has also engaged on a number of occasions in conversations with Salih Muslim in Ankara, including at the level of the Under Secretary of the Turkish Foreign Ministry. The PYD has made it clear that they seek good relations with the Government of Turkey.

Last but not least, the PYD unlike the PKK, is not on the United States Foreign Terrorist Organizations List.  In fact, the PYD is a distinct organization with distinct goals and objectives to protect the Kurdish minority in Syria from the on-going violence in that war-torn country and to participate in an eventual national reconciliation agreement that will provide guarantees and protection for Syria’s many minority groups, including the Kurds.

We urge you to permit Salih Muslim to come to Washington in January to meet with non-governmental members of the American foreign policy community and others to discuss directly what we can do together to defeat ISIL and advance the cause of a secular, democratic Syria.

We appreciate your urgent consideration of this matter.

Sincerely,

Chris Van Hollen
Co-Chair
Kurdistan American Caucus

Marsha Blackburn
Co-Chair
Kurdistan American Caucus

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Source: http://vanhollen.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/van-hollen-blackburn-urge-state-department-to-grant-travel-visa-to-co

YPG Kobane-Sprecher Soresh Hasan: Wir Bewegen Uns Zum Ziel

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Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc

Soresh Hasan, Pressesprecher der YPG hat in einem Interview gegenüber dem Analysten der kurdischen Frage, Mutlu Civiroglu, die aktuelle Lage in Kobane beurteilt.

Seit vier Monaten wird in Kobane gekämpft. Gegenwärtig erschweren die Wetterbedingungen den Kampf zusätzlich. Können Sie die Situation der letzten 3-4 Tage zusammenfassen?

Wir haben in den letzten vier Monaten einen einzigartigen Widerstand geleistet. Der Mut, den uns dieser Widerstand gab, ermöglichte uns die Gefechte in den Quartieren Mekteba Res und Mishtenur in den letzten Tagen zurückzudrängen. Im Rahmen unserer Befreiungsaktion, die wir vor einem Monat gestartet haben, konnten wir viele Strassen, die in den Händen der IS-Terroristen waren, zurückgewinnen. IS-Terroristen konnten unsere Erfolge nicht ertragen, worauf sie uns noch stärker angegriffen haben. Sie haben unter anderem Fedai-Aktionen ausgeführt und uns mit Autobomben angegriffen, jedoch ohne Erfolg. Sie konnten nicht fortschreiten. Wir kommen dem Sieg also näher.

Können wir also sagen, dass die Quartiere Mekteba Res und Mishtenur einschliesslich der Gegend um den Wassertank unter der Kontrolle der YPG sind?

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Şoreş Hesen (Foto: Hawar News)

Ja, diese Gegenden befinden sich unter unserer Kontrolle und werden vor allfälligen IS-Angriffen geschützt. Wir sind also nicht nur am Verteidigen sondern auch daran die Stadt zu befreien. Trotz allen schweren Angriffen kommen wir voran. Wir haben uns darauf geeignet, uns nicht zurückzuziehen.

Mittlerweile glaubt die ganze Welt daran, dass Kobane nicht fallen wird, warum aber dauert diese Befreiungsaktion so lange?

Wir haben bereits etliche Male betont, dass der Strassenkampf nicht so einfach ist und es dabei keine Regeln gibt. In den Gegenden, die in den Händen des IS sind, sind alle Strassen miteinander vernetzt, was unsere Arbeit erschwert. Der IS ist eine unberechenbare Organisation deswegen gehen wir langsam aber sicher vor. Wir stellen sicher, dass sie nicht mehr zurückkommen können, und das braucht Zeit.

Es wurde berichtet, dass der IS in den letzten Tagen aus Sirrin und Til Ebyad Verstärkung erhalten hat. Stimmt das?

Ja, das stimmt. Der IS erhält jeden Tag Verstärkung. Aufgrund der schweren Bedingungen (Winter, Müdigkeit etc.) wechseln sie alle 3-4 Tage ihre Kämpfer aus. Ihre Kämpfer haben die Ausdauer nicht, einen Monat am Stück zu kämpfen. Wir können sehen, dass an Stelle derjenigen, die wir vernichten, neue platziert werden. Wir haben zum Beispiel bis jetzt mehr als zehn tschetschenische, 6-7 türkische Gruppen sowie afghanische, kasachische oder tadschikische Gruppen vernichten können. IS-Terroristen, die hier gegen uns kämpfen, stammen aus 27 Ländern. Und das können wir beweisen. Die meisten von ihnen kommen über die Türkei nach Rojava und das weiss der türkische Staat. Die Türkei muss diese Sachlage noch einmal überdenken. Hier wurden hunderte türkische Staatsbürger umgebracht, die Beweise dafür können wir jederzeit den Medien zugänglich machen.

Das ist eine interessante Behauptung. Es wird lediglich von ein paar Personen geredet und Sie reden von hunderten von Personen?

Ja, wir haben die Beweise und können sie auf Wunsch veröffentlichen. Die Türkei muss die Kontrollen an ihren Grenzen verschärfen. Wenn die Türkei nicht mit dem IS zusammen arbeitet so soll sie es der ganzen Welt beweisen. Zudem muss sie verhindern, dass sich ihre Bürger mobilisieren, denn die grosse Zahl der IS-Mitglieder, die aus der Türkei stammen, ruft bei uns einen Verdacht auf.

Ich möchte gerne auf die IS-Verstärkung aus Sirrin und Tal Abyad eingehen. Viele wollen wissen, warum die Koalition nicht die Wege angreift, aus denen die IS-Mitglieder herkommen. Wird der Krieg dadurch nicht in die Länge gezogen?

Etwa 95% der Luftangriffe der Koalition waren erfolgreich. Unter vielen Häusern liegen die Leichen der IS-Terroristen. Ich kann aber nicht sagen, warum die Koalition auch Orte ausserhalb von Kobane angreift. Darauf haben wir keinen Einfluss. Wir können lediglich empfehlen, dass sie mehr Flugzeuge einsetzen sollen. Dies könnte die Versorgung des IS verhindern. Wir glauben dass es diese Möglichkeit gibt. Natürlich wissen wir auch, dass die Koalition die IS-Stellen in Raqqa, Til Hemis, Shingal und Bagdad ebenfalls angreift. Die Koalition hatte auch einmal ein Dorf, 7 km von Kobane entfernt, angegriffen und zehn IS-Terroristen umgebracht. Das ist etwas Neues. Gerade heute erfolgten ausserhalb von Kobane Luftangriffe.

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Vor ein paar Tagen wurde das französische Satire-Magazin „Charlie Hebdo“ angegriffen und dabei 12 Menschen getötet. Ganz Europa ist wegen radikalen Gruppen wie IS und Al-Qaida empört. Wie beurteilen Sie als YPG diese Angriffe?

Der IS ist eine unmenschliche Organisation. Wir finden es sehr wichtig, dass alle demokratischen Länder und Menschen gegen diese Bewegung vorgehen. Es ist sogar schon zu spät. Wir kämpfen hier seit mehr als anderthalb Jahren gegen IS, jeder hat das gesehen aber keiner tat was. Wir sehen die grosse Demonstration in Frankreich mit Beteiligung von Staatsoberhäupter/innen als Antwort auf unsere Kritik. Wir wissen jetzt, dass die ganze Welt in unserem Kampf gegen diese Menschenfeinde auf unserer Seite steht. Ich wiederhole es noch einmal, auch wenn wir in erster Linie für unsere Werte kämpfen, kämpfen wir auch für die ganze Menschheit. Aus diesem Grunde müssen wir unterstützt werden.

Laut einigen Medien soll Frankreich YPG mit Waffen unterstützt haben. Stimmt das?

Nein, das stimmt nicht. Ausser den Waffen, die die Autonome Region Kurdistan mittels Flugzeugen der Koalition überreicht hat und denjenigen, die die Peschmerga-Kämpfer mitgebracht haben, haben wir keine Waffenunterstützung erhalten. Wir sind auf Waffen angewiesen und hoffen auf Unterstützung.

Vom Kurdischen ins Deutsche übersetzt von Fatos Koyuncuer https://twitter.com/FKoyuncuer

YPG Spokesman in Kobane: We Are Continuing Our Victory Operation

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Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc

Fighting in Kobane which has left four months behind has become harder with the onset of the winter. What has been witnessed on the battlefield in the past three, four days?

Within the last four months left behind, we have mounted unprecedented resistance against the dark terrorist powers of the Middle East. Gaining strength from this resistance, we have in recent days repelled the ISIS attacks in Mekteba Reş (Black School) area and Mishtenur Neighborhood also. We have reseized many streets and avenues under ISIS control as part of the operation to liberate Kobane which we are continuing for nearly one month now. The ISIS couldn’t tolerate losing these areas of course. They launched quite severe attacks to take back what they have lost. We however proved with our resistance that even a single inch of the areas taken by YPG will not fall into the hands of the ISIS anymore. They carried out suicide car attacks that resulted in the demolition of dozens of houses around the scenes, while dozens of theirs committed suicide attacks too. Yet they haven’t been able to advance. This is how the ISIS is being forced out of Kobane and how we are continuing our victory operation to liberate Kobane . I can say that Kobane is taking one more step on the path to victory every day.

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Şoreş Hesen (Foto: Hawar News)

Are the areas you have mentioned, which include the Water Reservoir, Mekteba Reş and Mishtenur Neighborhood, currently under your control?

Right, these areas are under our control now and being protected against fresh attacks by the ISIS. Besides remaining in defensive position, we are also continuing our work to liberate the city. We are repelling all the heavy attacks and making further advances. We have established the criteria of this move, which is based on not retreating.

Public opinion widely convinced by now that Kobane will not fall and the YPG will not be defeated. Many believe, however, the process of liberating Kobane is progressing slowly. How do you comment on that?

As we stated several times previously, street fighting is a difficult one which has no rules. All the houses and streets currently under ISIS control are connected to each other, forming completeness. It is therefore not possible to draw the ISIS back from all these houses and streets within a short time. The ISIS is an organization that recognizes neither humanity nor rules. We are making a slow progress because we secure the areas we seize, making sure to give them no opportunity to infiltrate into these areas again.

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For the last several days, it has been reported that the ISIS is bringing in reinforcements from Sarrin, Tal Abyad and surrounding cities. Is that true?

Yes, those reports are absolutely true. ISIS brings up reinforcements every day and owing to the winter conditions, exhaustion and other reasons they are rotating out different groups every 5-6 days. None of their fighters has the will to stay and fight in Kobane for more than a month. Therefore they are continuously changing groups of fighters. Those who get tired go back to the surrounding villages and cities and new ones come to take their place. We see how whenever we destroy a unit another comes to take its place. Up until now more than 10 Chechen units have been destroyed. 6-7 Turkish have been destroyed, and in addition many other groups from countries such as Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan and others have also been destroyed. We see every group we kill being replaced by a new one.  The ISIS thugs fighting us in Kobane consist of fighters from 27 various countries. These remarks of ours are grounded on evidences and documents.

Apart from that, a large number of ISIS members that are coming to fight against the Kurds in Rojava are crossing through Turkish borders. Whether or not the [Turkish] state is aware of this we are saying this as a criticism. Turkey must stop and think about this matter seriously. Up until now hundreds of people from Turkey have been killed here, and if you want to proof then we are happy to share these documents with the press in a suitable manner.

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You are making an interesting claim, and it would be possible for you to share these documents with the public. Because people seem to be talking about a small number but you are talking about hundreds.

Yes, we could share these documents with you and it would not be difficult. Turkey should look into its control of the border. If Turkey is not cooperating with ISIS they must prove to the world that they have no connections with the people that cross through their own territory. Moreover they should stop ISIS from organizing everywhere from Ankara to the Kurdish cities [of Turkey]. The large number of Turkish ISIS members who have been killed in Kobane has raised our suspicions. Everyone knows that all of these gang members – those from Chechnya, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, the Arab countries, but also the United States, France and Germany – are crossing from Turkey to Rojava.

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I want to ask about the support for ISIS coming from Tal Abyad, Sirrin and some of the other from surrounding cities. Some question why the coalition does not target the roads on which they are bringing up their support. If they continue to be able to bring up support in this manner the battle will go on much longer. What can you tell us on this?

Up until now 95% of the airstrikes in Kobane have been successful. They have gotten the expected results, and under the rubble of the collapsed houses we have recovered many ISIS corpses. I cannot say with any certainty why the coalition is not targeting areas outside of Kobane. We have no authority over them.

However as a suggestion we can propose that they use more warplanes. This is to say that if there is a plane patrolling over Kobane another plane should be patrolling outside of Kobane. We think such a possibility exists, and that in the place of one plane the coalition could send seven. We know that the coalition is operating heavily around Shengal [Sinjar], Til Hamis, Rakka and even Baghdad but we believe that the coalition can send another plane. We are of the opinion that even if it is just one more plane that the logistics and weapons support could be cut. A short time ago the coalition targeted ISIS 7km to the east in the village of Şêran and destroyed a 10 person squad. This is something new that is an airstrike outside of Kobane is taking place! Right now there is a plane above Kobane ready to carry out airstrikes and searching for targets. Of course if there had been two planes then one could be over Kobane and the other patrolling outside and we would get better results.

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Last week  there were two attacks in France and 17 people were killed. As the YPG how do you assess these attacks?

ISIS is an inhumane organization. We consider it important that different people and democratic countries are coming together and working together against such groups. It might even have been a little overdue. We have been fighting against ISIS for a year and a half in Syria. Everyone saw this but remained silent about it. We criticized this silence. We look at the many different world leaders who took part in the march in France as a response to our criticism. We now know that the whole world will support us in the battle we are waging against the enemies of humanity.

We want to emphasize once more that as much as we are protecting ourselves, we are also protecting humanity from a brutal organization that is a threat for the entire world. For this reason, we believe more support needs to be given to the YPG, which has fought ISIS on the frontlines and has been paying the heaviest price. All countries including France and other coalition members and even countries not in the coalition should support us. With this support we can be rid of ISIS which is the enemy of humanity, even more quickly.

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In some news reports recently it has been reported that France has provided the YPG with armed support. Are these claims true?

No, such aid has not yet been discussed. Other than the weapons provided by Southern Kurdistan [KRG] and airdropped by American planes and those brought by the peshmergas themselves, no other weapons have reached us. I want to underline this. However of course we need weapons and ammunition to win this battle. We are certainly expecting aid from France and other countries.

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For French translation of the interview: https://civiroglu.net/2015/01/16/ypg-a-kobane/

For German translation of the interview: https://civiroglu.net/2015/01/16/ypg-kobane-2/

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Kobane Defense Chief: Liberation of Kobane is Soon

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Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc

There have been some heavy fighting in Kobane these past three, four days. What is the latest update from the battlefront? 

Ismet Hasan: the fighting has been ongoing these last four months, and the siege of Kobane is a historical fight. Everybody is counting the combats for only four months, but the truth is that the fight has been an ongoing struggle for one and half year to two years. ISIS brought its fighters from Iraq and Syria to Kobane center. Both the YPG and YPJ with the help of the united states and francs and its coalition has withhold ISIS back, and gain more so Kobane would not fall into ISIS hands. ISIS has the whole world has its enemy who is a terrorist organization, but the only one who are fighting them are the YPG & YPJ. I know believe that we are going to win, and the victory is going to be ours. Because it was only yesterday that with tanks and bombs from Rakka, Manbij and Bab was being brought here that YPG and YPJ fought them, and again they could not enter the city center. Our fighters will fight against ISIS till the last one, we have promised our people, our martyrs and we stand for human rights.

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With that answered, do you believe that Kobane will be free of ISIS sooner? 

Ismet Hasan: In the closest future Kobane will gain its freedom again. From the day the war started we said that Kobane will not fall into ISIS hands. Although Kobane center is freed, Kobane stretches for around 35-40 km.

The latest statements indicates that the fighting have been heavy. If Kobane is so close to its victory why is that the fighting is so heavy? 

Ismet Hasan: We go from street to street, from house to house and getting the city. ISIS comes continual with reinforcement teams. Their defeat means that Kobane will not be deleted. In the entire Middle East, Mosul and Rakka within a short time of period major areas and cities are of ISIS control, but the combat in a small city like Kobane will send a signal to ISIS and its members. With all their power they attack.

If I am not wrong the fight is intensified around Asayish (Internal Security) and Mishtenur Hill. How is the situation over there? 

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YPG Fighters in Kobane (DIHA)

Ismet Hasan: Yes, the fighting is at the moment on the eastern front around Asayish and the surrounding area as well as Mishtenur Hill and the water pool. Many ISIS members have been killed, yesterday at the ‘Black School’. They attacked with tanks, this is a war, we still had our wounded and martyrs. I cannot give an exact number yet, but the number does not matter. The important thing is the resistance shown here.

According to the press reports 80 % of Kobane is under Kurdish control. Is that true? 

Ismet Hasan: It is a war, so hard to give a certain percentage as 80 % or 70 % but now many areas are under our control. Botan Neighborhood in the eastern and western sides, Culture and Art Center, Asayish side, Municipality Building which is next to the school and the water pool is under our control.

Now that most of the city is under our control, will it be easier to have the villages under your control as well?

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Ismet Hasan: There is a fact, that ISIS is losing a lot of its members in these fights. So it would be easier to gain the villages. ISIS gave great loses; Kobane had bodies all over the streets. 350 villages will of course see fighting, because ISIS doesn’t leave that easily. We need heavy weapons for the siege of the villages as well as the fight inside Kobane. For two years we were surrounded on all sides, we were in a situation under crucial circumstances that compel people have gathered their personal weapons. ISIS massacring innocent people all over the world, but the world should be against these gangs, who are selling woman, they should join the resistance against ISIS.

YPG and YPJ’s resistance against ISIS in Kobane is a well-known around the world. As the cantonal government, are you satisfied with the support of the international community?

Ismet Hasan: Thanks to all the countries with the coalition, mainly the United States. But just the war against ISIS cannot be completed with air strikes; there is a need of more effectively combat on land. Our primary need for this is heavy weapons. But again we thank all the people who support us, from the individual to the world around us.

ISIS is not only attacking Kobane, but the whole world as you mention. Today a magazine in Paris was a place on an attack were 12 people lost their lives in this brutal massacre. What do you want to say about this attack? 

Ismet Hasan: There is no worse group that ISIS that kills innocent civilians. As the cantonal government and people of Kobane, we condemn this brutal attack and extend our condolences to the people pf France. They may be a threat for us today but they will be a bigger threat for the whole world tomorrow. France, America, Saudi Arabia, Libya that are being targeting from each side. These ISIS thugs did not receive their share of humanity, and they do not accept anything. We are the only ones who are fighting ISIS on the ground; we promise that we will carry out our struggle against them!

You as the local government set up a committee to rebuild Kobane, can you talk about the committee? 

Ismet Hasan: People who are experienced in engineering, doctors, this is a committee that was established by teachers and other professional experts. This committee will determine the damage and to carry out the various damages of Kobane. They want to return to their homeland to our place tomorrow as civilians on all sides, but Kobane is left in ruins. Not a single house is left intact. Kobe needs support for the rebuild. It needs its help from all the international organizations, governments should support Kobane.

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Finally, I want to ask you a personal question. You shared a photo on the internet. You are standing with your two sons; you are fighting at the front. You never lose your morale and your hope. Could you please introduce yourself to our readers? 

Ismet Hasan: I’m quite excited now that you are asking me that question.  Frankly I find it difficult to talk with excitement. Less whatever he did for the country. We are human; we are fighting for our land and for our honor. Two of my sons fight in the war, and I do not regret it. My older son’s name is Kajin and the other one is named Dilgesh. Karin joined the Kurdish forces three years ago in the cantonal government in Afrin and fought against the Assad regime with the Free Syrian army. After returning home, he joined YPG. Following the recent conflict Dilgesh also signed up for YPG. My daughter joined the YPJ. We have lost everything we had, but so much to gain. This is fight is a fight for our land, our daughters, our freedom and for our honor!

Dramatic New Photos from Kobane

Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc

Some new photos from Kurdish city of Kobane where fierce fighting between Kurdish YPG forces and ISIS is ongoing.

In my recent interview, top YPG General Mahmud Berxwedan said they liberated several strategic points in Kobane ISIS used as headquarters to launch their attacks.

Stating that they firmly believe they will triumph, Berxwedan added that a number of ISIS members were killed and their ammunition were seized by YPG, and that’s why their fighters were in high morale.

Below are some new photos from local journalist Perwer M. Ali https://twitter.com/perwerjan

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Kobane Photos (By Perwer Muhammad Ali)

Kobane Photos (By Perwer Muhammad Ali)

Senior YPG Commander Berxwedan: We Firmly Believe Kobane Will Triumph Soon

YPG Fighter in Kobane (Photo: DIHA)

A YPG Fighter in Kobane (DIHA)

Mutlu Civiroglu https://twitter.com/mutludc

Mr. Berxwedan, I would firstly like to wish a happy New Year to you and all Kobane. Exciting news are coming through from Kobane for the last several days. What is the result of the recent clashes?

We wish especially to the Christian world and the whole world a happy new year. As you know, we started the operation to liberate Kobane about 15 days ago. Operations at the eastern and southern fronts were carried out as part of this offensive during which YPG and YPJ fighters have achieved a great success.

Most recently, the Mekteba Resh [Black School] where the ISIS thugs were deployed and carried out attacks from, and several other strategic points were liberated by us three days ago. A number of thugs were killed and their ammunition were seized by us. That’s why our fighters are in high morale and do firmly believe they will triumph.

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What is the strategic importance of the liberated Black School and the other strategic points on the path to victory?

The area of the Black School and other points we took control over, divides Kobane into two sides. From Mishtenur Hill extends a line to the border and under the hill and above at the 48th Street there is a pool, from where dominance can be gained over the western and eastern sides. The strategic importance of this area is very great. When ISIS thugs were there, they could see each side of the city both with naked eye and with binoculars. We can say that we have been able to liberate this point from the ISIS thugs completely and now it is in our control. That’s why the operation of the night before was of great importance and successful.

The ISIS entered the city from the eastern front and attacked mainly from this side. What kind of an impact would the liberation of the mentioned points have on the eastern front?

ISIS made advances through these mentioned points which are the areas that enable to gain domination over the city. Now that we have captured these areas, ISIS will no longer be able to move as easily as it has done so far, because we have also taken the control of a reinforcement route they used. Therefore, ISIS is in panic now. They are startled and have withdrawn from Kobane many tanks and armored vehicles of theirs.

YPG Fighter in Kobane (DIHA)

YPG Fighters in Kobane (Photo: DIHA)

What is the course of the fighting in Kobane, are you hopeful that a greater progress can be achieved or the Kobane city can be entirely cleansed of the ISIS within a short period?

We know that ISIS will not give up on Kobane that easily. During recent clashes we saw once again that they are firmly resisting to not to leave Kobane. They are using all their possibilities to the fullest extent, carrying out suicide attacks with vehicles or individuals. In order not to leave Kobane, they have brought their most skilled teams here. It is not true to say that the ISIS thugs are withdrawing from Kobane but they all are being killed by the YPG and YPJ fighters who are fighting at every point with courage and commitment to victory and liberating these areas step by step. Journalists can come here and document it; their corpses are to be found in every single house liberated by us now. Therefore, we cannot speak of a simple and quick triumph but we believe that the thugs will no longer be able to resist in the face of the operation we are waging.

Do you attribute their recently increased suicide attacks to this offensive?

ISIS is making every effort to make a progress in Kobane. Everyone knows that the main method of ISIS is the suicide attacks. A few more explosions took place in the Black School and some other houses the in past few days. They are carrying out both suicide attacks and other explosion tactics. In this way, they want to spread fear but this tactics of theirs has not really worked in Kobane since our fighters are on the alert and moving in a professional manner.

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YPG Fighters and Local Defenders Photo: DIHA

 

Many experts on Kurds and Syria thought that Kobane would fall in a two weeks time. What is the secret of this resistance? How could YPG withstand a power like ISIS and is heading on the way to victory as you put it?

If examined well, it will be seen that the secret of the resistance lies hidden in the soul of every single fighter of the YPG not accepting to surrender. Putting up a heroic fight, these fighters wrote epics such as the Serzori Epic, they fought to the last drop of blood despite being encircled from all sides, and fell a martyr saying “Bijî Berxwedana Kobane” [Long live Kobane resistance].

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YPG Fighter Arin

 

Fighters like Martyr Zozan and Martyr Erish were martyred whilst fighting by saying that the ISIS tanks could enter Kobane only by walking over their bodies. This is where lies the secret of this resistance which is the struggle of tens of others like Arin and Kendal.

This secret is the devotion to the land and to an honorable life. ISIS thugs have so far been able to capture in a short time all the areas they headed for, but they haven’t been able to take Kobane where they have been suffering heavy losses for over three months now. They will never be able to take it either. The spirit of resistance born by YPG and YPJ fighters is present nowhere else all around the world. This spirit is also the guarantee of the success to be achieved in 2015.

Is ISIS still bringing in reinforcements from other cities as Raqqa which are under its control, to launch new attacks?

At every opportunity they are bringing in reinforcements from the cities of Manbij, Jarablus, Al-Bab, Raqqa and Tal Abyad under their control. Having suffered a setback here, they now want to turn the situation to their advantage by means of these forces. We are making a progress and have now taken some more significant points under control but they continue to resist. Despite all the reinforcements being deployed by them, we believe we are going to liberate Kobane in not a very long time.

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YPG Fighters in a Newly Liberated Building (Photo: DIHA)

 

Recently a number of air strikes were carried out by the coalition. Is there a new strategy of the coalition forces regarding the roads used by the ISIS to dispatch reinforcements?

There is no major change in question regarding the coalition’s strategy. However, considerable airstrikes were conducted earlier against the roads in Tal Abyad and Jarablus areas. The strikes are mainly targeting the forepart of the battlefield and partially the backside.

What is the impact of the enhanced and effective air attacks on you?

Air attacks have increased in the last few days. This support of coalition forces also causes a psychological destruction for the ISIS.

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What do you think about the return of more civilians to Kobane?

Many of our people are waiting at the border and want to return to Kobane as soon as possible. There are also those who have not left Kobane and continue living here despite the war. The inhabitants of Kobane have never lived anywhere else before, they have no such an incident in their history. Many families are turning back to Kobane of their own accord. On the one hand this is good in terms of support but on the other bad, because due to the harsh winter conditions we have some problems, especially with the heating. Besides, a humanitarian corridor into Kobane has yet to be opened. There is also a lack of experienced doctors. But the people who have returned say that they will not leave Kobane even if they have to eat soil out of necessity.

Finally, what is your message to the Kurds and the world for the year 2015?

2014 was the year of the Kurdish resistance as the Kurds showed the whole world that they will never accept defeat. This people, who stick to liberty, has fought against ISIS not only for themselves but also for the peoples of the Middle East and the whole world. We hope the fight which began in 2014 brings freedom to the Kurdish people in 2015. We wish a happy new year to the resisting Kurdish people and all the peoples of the world.

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Translated into English by Berna Özgencil https://twitter.com/bzgncl

Urgent Appeal to International Community from Kobane Officials

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Horrifying Image of Devastation in Kobane

While the historical resistance of the People Protection Units (YPG) and the Women Protection Units (YPJ) continues against Daash terrorists, making a major victory with their heroic steadfastness, the rubble of destruction and devastation throughout the city increases.

Moreover, the negative effects of the war on Kobane civilians from children, women and elderly people accumulate either inside the city or on the boarder points with Turkey.

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Children are living under tough circumstances in Kobane

Therefore, the possibility of living and pursue life almost become impossible and even warn of an impending humanitarian disaster. Especially hard coldness of winter and spreading of residues harmful projectiles further endanger lives of human and other beings.

But, despite the destruction and devastation of Kobane Canton, its resistance takes a global and humanitarian dimensions beyond its borders, reflecting the human values and objectives. The sacrifices of its heroes and defenders become general humanitarian gains that turn their steadfast city to a global defender front for the international community and humanity as whole.

The above mentioned impose on everyone’s duty to support and provide help to them as long as the security and safety of all of us in danger.

The Executive Council in Kobane Canton salutes the heroic resistance of YPG, YPJ, Free Syrian Army (FSA) and Peshmerga forces against Daash in an ordinary meeting today.

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Kobane Defense Chief General Ismet Hasan and Peshmerga Commander General Ahmed Gerdi

The Council members appreciate sacrifices of the mentioned common forces and salute their bravery and honest commitment to defend the noble humanitarian values and their strenuously quest to build a democratic, fair and equal society, which shares peace and tranquility regionally and globally.

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Kobane Children Are Under Threat of Continues ISIS Shelling

The Council members, at the same time, saddened with the  global indifference towards Kobane, expressing their deep regret for the failure of the humanitarian organizations and democratic countries to the worsening humanitarian situation where Kobane civilians exposed from all sides to instantaneous indiscriminate shells and continuing attacks of Daash, killing and injuring many of them.

In addition to, great challenges left by the suffocating siege on the province, making providing life means and its essential things impossible. With the gradual disappear from the stocks of food, medicine and baby milk of warehouses or destroy completely by bomb shelling.

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Dr. Welat Omer and Medical Team Delivering Aid to Displaced Kobane Residents

So, there is possibility of a humanitarian catastrophe against civilians if the international community does not take the initiative to meet the calls of our citizens and defenders to open a safe humanitarian corridor to cleanse the effects of missiles, bombings and the rubble of destruction.

We appeal international community to make very effort to save the lives of children and other civilians by offering them through support and aid of medical, food and preventive fundamentals.

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The Executive Board of Kobane Canton, Syria