Context: The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) were started in 2015 to expand the Rojava Revolution by inviting male and female militias of all races and religions to join in expanding and defending the struggle.
Press reports suggest Erdogan may take advantage of the truce in the Turkish supplied Idlib war to invade Rojava (AA) on the pretext of creating a 32km ”safe zone” which would include the main Kurdish cities, in a dirty deal with the US.
”Media fabrications by the Turkey-loyal [ie mercenary] groups continue spreading videos showing men dressed as members of the Syria Democratic Forces torturing and beating citizens, in order to create Arab–Kurdish strife in the east Euphrates area and northeast of Aleppo”.
”The latest of these is a video showing members dressed as SDF, speaking in Kurdish, and torturing an Arab family, who they beat, insult, and do immoral acts to. Also the video shows a car belonging to Asayish [SDF security] with SDF flag next to it, which was met with angry reactions on social media.
But a lot of evidence proves the fabrication of this fake video: it shows the speaker saying that these are women fleeing forced recruitment, but there is no forced recruitment for women within SDF;
also their uniform is different from the dress of the SDF; …also the car in the video belongs to Asayish and their uniform is also different from the SDF; …also, the video was circulated as if it was in Manbij but there is no presence of SDF flags and cars in that city; also the SDF have always rejected all forms of torture and abuse against Syrian citizens of any party.
Such primitive fabricated videos appear successively at a time when Turkey is poised to launch a military campaign east of Euphrates, aiming to create Arab – Kurdish strife, which has been met the anger by some citizens, just like previous videos of killing, raping, and torture”.
Various reports are claiming that Turkey has been training islamist refugees and has prepared jihadi militias in Idlib, Afrin, Azaz.. to occupy and exterminate locals after the pending invasion.
US envoy holds talks in Ankara as Turkey threatens to invade Syria al-monitor.com
Destruction of Rojava the real aim
”The destruction of Rojava (AA), the largely Kurdish region of northern Syria, would appear to be the real aim of Turkey’s government. For it is in Rojava where a socialist/anarchist/feministrevolution has been taking place.
Erdoğan has longshown his desire to crush not just Kurdish calls for democracy at home, but also the inspiring revolution which has developed on Turkey’s doorstep. And in that battle, he has received support from jihadists and the implicit backing of his NATO allies”.
Turkey has a huge modern NATO military controlled by the elected dictator Erdogan, and has destroyed parts of many Kurdish cities like Cizre and Nusaybin inside Turkey and invaded and occupied Afrin, Al Bab,parts of Iraq etc, in a continuing massive and multi faceted military and political clampdown on autonomous and feminist organising and demands for basic human rights.
Turkish reinforcements and mobilizations on the Turkish side are bringing more tanks to the border strip areas such as Tal Abyad, Ras Al Ain and Ayn al-Arab (Kobani), while the sky of the area is witnessing daily flights of reconnaissance drones by the U.S. Forces.
The Syrian Observatory published on the 13th of July 2019, that the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights learned from reliable sources that the Turkish Intelligence intends to hold training courses for Syrian fighters loyal to Turkey on the Turkish territory.
Turkey has trained hundreds of members of the police and security services in the areas of the “Olive Branch and Euphrates Shield”, inside its camps, and graduated several batches affiliated to the police bodies, while these preparations apparently come as a Turkish preparation for carrying out a new military operation inside Syrian territory, and as usual, the aim is the areas controlled by the Syria Democratic Forces and this time it (the military operation) will be in the Euphrates and Al-Jazeera.
The Rojava Kurds formed the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) in 2015 and welcomed dozens of Arab, Assyrian, yazidi, Christian..militias into a common front, spreading their revolutionary methods (eg in Manbij Council).Yazidi women victims have formed their own militia within SDF and the first Arab women’s militia has been formed (July ’17). There are profound feminist implications in the context of previous extreme social repression.
”Sources from the leadership of the Syria Democratic Forces confirmed that they strongly welcome an Egyptian initiative in preventing the Turkish invasion of the east Euphrates area and the Syrian north, in the area controlled by Syria Democratic Forces, and discuss a solution to manage the north-east of Syria.
The Syrian Observatory monitored that the US Forces continue patrolling within the area between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers and Manbij area, while the Syrian Observatory monitored yesterday that the regime forces, who were deployed last Friday on the contact lines in the northern and western countryside of Manbij, , have completed their withdrawal from the northern and north-western areas of Manbij countryside .. so that there will be no frictions between them (the regime forces) and between the American patrols in the area, which are still conducting patrols in Manbij countryside, despite the Turkish threats of carrying out a military operation in the area”.
A woman embraces a Syrian Democratic Forces (SSDF) fighter after she was evacuated with others by the SDF during the epic siege and capture of Manbij from ISIS
The SOHR also published on the 20th of November 2018, that the Turkish authorities are supervising on forming sleeper cells that active within areas of control of the Syria Democratic Forces east of Euphrates. In the details obtained by the Syrian Observatory: the Turkish authorities are forming cells under the supervision of their Intelligence service, composed mostly from people of al-Raqqah and Deir Ezzor provinces.
Their training is being overseen in secret training camps within areas of control of the Euphrates Shield Operation (Turkish) Forces, in occupied Afrin and in the northern countryside of Aleppo, where they are trained in bombings and assassinations.
The sources confirmed the process of forming the cells and sending them to areas east of the Euphrates;
These cells then work to carry out assassinations against leading, political, and military personalities in addition to trying to create a rift between components of the society within the east of Euphrates area.
Foreign volunteers have joined the SDF and many have died resisting ISIS and Turkey
Defend the SDF! The Resurrection of Raqqa
The SDF has been heavily abused in the Turkish and Syrian press. But the facts remain that after conquering ISIS it has handed over local power to elected councils and security forces made up of all ethnicities and women. Not an easy task in the chaos of war under Turkish blockade and terrorist infiltration. In the nearly two years since the conquest of the ISIS capital Raqqa the population has flooded back, more than doubling to near half a million. Despite little international help there is locally run security and de-mining, water, electricity, drainage, schools, and a rebuilding effort have taken place. Despite everything Raqqa and nearby Al Tabqa are becoming once again a thriving multi ethnic ‘liberation capital’.
09 May 2019, AL-TABQA Youth Council
”In mid-February 2019, a mass grave holding an estimated 3,500 bodies was discovered below a plot of farmland in the Al-Fukheikha agricultural suburb. It was the largest mass grave discovered post-ISIL rule thus far. The bodies were reported to be the victims of executions when ISIL ruled the city.
In 2019 a project called the “Shelter Project” was launched by international organisations in coordination with the Raqqa Civil Council, providing funding to residents of partially destroyed buildings in order to aid with their reconstruction. In April 2019 the rehabilitation of the Old Raqqa Bridge over the Euphrates was finished.  The National Hospital in Raqqa was reopened after rehabilitation work in May 2019. wikipedia”
154th journalist imprisoned in Turkey by ErdoganAsli Ceren Aslan, editor of the newspaper Özgür Gelecek (Free Future) was arrested on 9 February in the province of Urfa province, Kurdish southeast of Turkey. She was “officially” arrested in Urfa, near the border with Syria while following the events in Syria and Rojava Kurdistan.
Ambulance blocked by police. DBP Silopi District Co-Chair, Gülşen Özden speaking to BBC Turkish in Silopi on killings of politician women said she received a phone call around 7:35 p.m. and the voice on the other end said they were shot and called for an ambulance. “They phoned me again in a few minutes saying ‘We are losing blood, hurry up. We all will die if you don’t come in 10 minutes’. By the time the bodies were rescued they held 19 bullets. Daily massacres took place in Eastern Turkey (North Kurdistan) as the Turkish police and half million strong army indulged in pogroms against the Kurdish population, who demand autonomous self-rule (but not a new state).
The new extreme right British PM supported the illegal Turkish invasion, mass murder, pillage, occupation and ethnic cleansing in Afrin.. see tweet here..
Watching developments in Afrin closely. Turkey is right to want to keep its borders secure. We share goal of reducing violence and keeping focus on most important task: a political process in Syria that leads to the end of the Asad regime. 2,959
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