The report below on the women’s revolution in Manbij was written before their betrayal by the USA. The Trump/Erdogan ‘roadmap’ plans to ‘hand over’ to the FSA jihadist terrorist mercenaries sponsored by Turkey the cities of Manbij, Raqqa the ISIS capital and other areas where ISIS was heroically expelled despite heavy losses by the SDF, which includes the YPG/YPJ .
The agreement says that Turkey and the US will ”jointly guarantee security”. It looks like the city of Manbij, liberated from IS terror after a long and bloody fight, the first and shining example of the revolutionary ideals of Rojava applied to a multi ethnic area, will be attacked by Erdogan’s hired jihadi FSA, with US consent.
After liberation a new Manbij Council was set up, with women and all races and religions fairly represented, and it has prospered and gained popularity despite a near total blockade by Turkey. The Kurdish YPG/YPJ withdrew already in 2016 leaving security to the new Manbij Military Council, now they have also withdrawn their ‘advisors’ from that council, leaving Turkey no excuse for a direct attack.)
With the defeat of the IS in Syria and especially after the liberation of Raqqa in October 2017, the Turkish state intensified its threats and attacks on the Democratic Confederation of Northern Syria. On this background the Turkish occupation war on Afrin started on the 20th January 2018 violating international law and the sovereignty of its neighbour country.
The Turkish army has launched this war in cooperation with jihadist groups of the FSA ranks. Many of them are former Al-Qaida or IS members. Since the beginning of March, all districts and the city centre of Afrin had been under heavy bombardments, shelling and drone surveillance by the Turkish army targeting especially civilians.
#BreakSilenceOnAfrin One of the hundreds of former ISIS fighters who fled to Turkey, recruited as “FSA” and now is attacking Afrin together with turks. This is turkey’s war on Kurds.
On March 18th more than 200,000 people left the town centre and were evacuated in order to avoid a physical genocide. Since then the majority of refugees are staying in the Shehba region without security guarantees or international support.
In this new phase, the confrontation between the international powers and their interests is increasing all over Syria.
Last week’s Developments inside Afrin
After 78 days of resistance against Turkish occupation war, hundreds of thousands of people from Afrin Canton are still displaced and facing difficult conditions. The Turkish army and its jihadist allies are implementing ethnic cleansing, assimilation and colonisation policies, making preparations to add the region Afrin de-facto to Turkey’s state territory.
At the same time thousands of jihadists have been transferred from Goutha to Afrin to create demographic changes and install an Islamic-Turkish order.
The resistance of YPG-YPJ forces in the all districts of Canton Afrin carries on, as well as the resistance of the displaced people from Afrin in Sherawa and Shehba region.
Civilians run for cover from explosions in the city of Afrin in northern Syria on March 18, 2018, after Turkish forces and their rebel allies took control of the Kurdish-majority city.
Turkey has extended it threats now towards Til Rifat/Shehba region, Minbij and Shingal. Moreover, the tension between the two blocks Russia-Turkey-Iran and the US lead International Coalition are growing.
War and Humanitarian Situation
The conditions of Afrin’s people displaced in Shehba region are still very precarious and insecure. However, works to build camps and to organised delivery of supplies and humanitarian aid are organised by the Democratic Self-administrations of Northern Syria and the Kurdish Red Crescent. Continue reading “Afrin and Northern Syria: weekly News Update”
The Turkish occupying forces, with Syrian auxiliary mercenaries, have advanced to the city of Afrîn.
Their air forces, thousands of tanks and heavy artillery from all sides continue to attack with impunity Syrian territory without any opposition from the government of Àssad, a necessary collaborator in the delivery of their own territory, and Russia, a direct accomplice.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has confirmed that Erdogan’s forces are at the entrance to the city.
Erdogan has already announced an ethnic cleansing throughout the area in order to expel the native population and replace it with Arabs and Turkmans currently refugees in Turkey.
The Turkish forces have advanced northward by forcing the Kurdish militias to retreat to prevent the only evacuation being cut off, on the south, into Aleppo.
Sunday saw dozens of demonstrations across Europe demanding an end to Turkey’s war crimes, as NATO jets bombed Afrin’s suburbs where hundreds of thousands of refugees from their invasion have fled. There is little water as Turkey bombed the main reservoir and pumpìng stations.
At least one area has ‘human shields’ in the form of volunteers from Europe ( they were not hit but the bombing continues), and convoys of demonstrators and SDF military reinforcements are still arriving through Syria.
The defending militias have no air force, tanks or heavy artillery.
This is the message that Jacopo, editor of the Infoaut.org portal being based in the Afrin canton since the beginning of the Turkish-Jihadi aggression, delivered to us a short while ago. An urgent call to mobilize and break the silence in front of the worsening of the situation in Afrin.
Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.
#DefendAfrin: Urgent call for mobilization
In the latest hours the situation in Afrin became more critical: the invading Turkish army and its allied Jihadi gangs closed in on the city from several sides, in particular from the Shera axis. They are at a 2,5 km distance and directly threaten the city.
The situation inside Afrin is the one still ongoing in these days, then high density of people, many refugees from the villages that found here shelter from war and bombings, lack of water – because, when Jihadis and the Turkish army captured the Meidanki dam, they cut the supply and bombed the pumping stations in other villages. There is also lack of some basic necessities.
Now the concrete risk is that in the next hours there would be an increasingly critical situation and that they would attack the city; even now there are artillery and aerial shellings in the peripheral areas of the city.
The Tev Dem called for a general mobilization, an uprising in every place and square in the world in order to defend Afrin, to stop the ethnic cleansing project that Erdogan and the Jihadi want to implement on Afrin’s populace, to ask for a no fly zone to stop the aerial bombings, that are also the ones producing a massive number of civilian casualties – if they were to further intensify and arrive to the downtown, they will surely perpetrate a massacre.
These actions are already taking place in many European cities, and in Bashur, too.
What has to be done now is to break the silence of the international community, that is actually conniving with this plan; this is what is asked to be done to all the peoples of the world in order to support Afrin and its populace, to support the revolution in Northern Syria, and then the hope and the example of the revolution of our century for a free and democratic society where many different peoples can live together, also representing a proposal of peace for Syria.
An uprising to defend Afrin, but also to defend a hope for the whole mankind.
Les forces ocupants turques, amb mercenaris auxiliars sirians, han avançat sobre la ciutat d’Efrîn. Les seves forces aèries continuen atacant impunement territori sirià sense cap oposició per part del govern d’Àssad, col·laborador necessari en l’entrega del seu propi territori, i de Rússia, còmplice directe. L’Observatori Sirià pels Drets Humans han confirmat que les forces d’Erdogan són a l’entrada de la ciutat.
Erdogan ja ha anunciat una neteja ètnica a tot el cantó per tal d’expulsar la població autòctona i substituir-la per àrabs i turcmans actualment refugiats a Turquia.
Les forces turques han avançat pel nord obligant a les milicies kurdes a replegar-se per evitar que quedés tallada l’única d’evacuació, pel sud, cap a Alep.
Los combatientes internacionalistas Samuel Prada Leon y Oliver Francois Jean Le Clainche han sido martirizados en Afrin el 10 de febrero, dijo YPG (última noticia ..El camarada Baran Sason, de Netherland, ha sido martirizado también en la lucha contra ISIS en Deir al-Zor)
ANF AFRIN Domingo, 18 de feb.
Según la declaración de YPG, León (nombre de guerra Kendal Breizh) y Le Clainche (nombre de guerra Baran Galicia) fueron asesinados mientras defendían una posición militar contra el ejército turco en el distrito de Jindires el 10 de febrero.
War crimes: 200 houses destroyed in a neighborhood of Jindires
YPG también anunció que Sjoerd Heeger (Baran Sason) perdió su vida en Deir ez-Zor mientras luchaba contra ISIS.
Afrin es parte de Rojava donde se desarrolla una revolución secular, feminista y no sectaria única basada en la democracia directa y la renovación ecológica. Turquía debe ser detenida, no podemos permitir que un dictador fascista continúe impulsando su poder avivando la religiosidad y el nacionalismo genocida ..
La declaración de YPG sobre el tema es la siguiente:
The Western media are suppressing news of their Turkish ally committing ethnic and religious genocide against the peaceful people of Afrin. Even the BBC declared (19 Feb) that it had no details of deaths and injuries despite meticulous documentation by the SDF..see here: Turkish genocide in Afrin: Diary of Turkish Invasion..Detailed SDF Report (8 to 15 February.’18”For over a month Nato equipped Turkey has been invading and continuously bombing and shelling the small rural canton of Afrin (Efrin) in NW Syria. Afrin is part of Rojava where a unique secular, feminist and non-sectarian revolution is going on based on direct democracy and ecological renewal.Turkey must be stopped, we cannot let a fascist dictator continue boosting his power by fanning insane nationalist and genocidal militarism, much less that he continue to be subsidised by the EU and NATO”.
Powerpoint Presentation: Stop Turkey’s Crimes Against Humanity in Afrin
.On February 17 Enough is Enough received this powerpoint presentation about the situation in Afrin. Feel free to download, spread or to use it on your info event. Warning: some of the images are graphic and may be disturbing for some of our readers.
You can download this article as a Power Point file here. Submitted to Enough is Enough.
STOP TURKEY’S CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY IN #AFRIN
BREAK YOUR SILENCE!
The World Cannot Become Numb To The Killing
Of Children By Turkish Regime In Afrin-North Syria
Turkish forces surround Kurdish enclave in northern Syria – map
The developments of the last week in Afrin …. Sat. Feb. 17, 2018
With the defeat of the IS in Syria and especially after the liberation of Raqqa in October 2017, the Turkish state intensified its threats and attacks against the Democratic Federation of the North of Syria In this context began the Turkish invasion and war against Afrin on January 20, 2018 violating international law and the sovereignty of its neighboring country.
The Turkish army has launched this war in cooperation with jihadist groups from the ranks of the FSA. Many of them are ex members of Al-Qaeda or EI.
(TURKEY HAS 354 LEOPARD TANKS MADE IN GERMANY AND 1690 US MADE TANKS…OVER 2000 IN TOTAL, PLUS A HUGE RANGE OF MODERN NATO EQUIPMENT AND AIR FORCE. IT HAS OVER 500,000 ACTIVE SOLDIERS AND 355,000 RESERVES. Afrin on the other hand has hardly any tanks, volunteer soldiers and no air force THE ENTIRE POPULATION OF AFRIN IS ONLY 200,000 PLUS ANOTHER 200,000 REFUGEES TAKEN IN FROM THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR source Wikipedia)
 War and Humanitarian Situation
Since the beginning of the war, those who have suffered the most are Afrin’s civilian population: Kurds, Arabs, Turkmen, Armenians, Ezidis, Alawites, Christians and Muslims. According to hospital staff in Avrin, more than 160 civilians have been killed between January 20, 2018 and February 12, 2018 due to attacks by the Turkish army and its associated Jihadist groups of the FSA against the people of Afrin,
Also 480 were injured, including children, women and the elderly.
Source: Near East Destination by Sara A. de Ceano-Vivas. The Kurdistan women’s movement in Afrin, Kongra Star, has made a global appeal to all women and feminist groups to stand in solidarity with Afrin’s resistance through actions and protests.
#YPJ ; UK fighter Kimmie celebrating Victory in #Raqqa. A beautiful day after months of hardship.
In support of the call for women in the city of Tibersipiye, in the canton of Cizire, this morning a non-mixed demonstration took place in the center of the city. Likewise, the European march from Luxburgo to Strasbourg, where more than 200 people from 17 different countries are participating, have expressed their support for the feminist solidarity campaign in their official communiqué.
A YPJ volunteer helps rescue enslaved women from ISIS at the end of the battle for Manbij.
“In addition to racist, religious-fundamentalist and sexist oppression, Turkey aims to erase the vestiges of the history of women and the matriarchal and egalitarian culture in our region,” reads the statement, which was read in the capital of Afrin yesterday. the morning.
”Updated balance of SDFs of Turkish terrorist attacks with 405 deaths up to Saturday, January 27, 2018.” The SDF detail 308 ‘Turkish and mercenary’ and 97 local deaths so far ” But Erdogan’s invading forces proudly claim to have murdered nearly 500 local people.
some of the volunteers from the self defense forces killed by the Turkish invasion
from Forces Democràtiques Sirianes ”The Central Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDR) has issued a STATEMENT on the ongoing confrontations with the Turkish army. In the same he reports that in the last seven days 308 Turkish soldiers and mercenaries, including four officers and a leader of the Turkish bands, died. 54 civilians died and 134 were injured by terrorist attacks by the Turkish army. Finally, 43 SDF combatants lost their lives during the fighting.
For the last several years, anarchists, anti-capitalists, and many people on the Left have been supporting the ongoing struggle and evolving movement in Rojava, as an autonomous region in Kurdistan began to take shape, making up parts of Turkey, Syria, and Iraq.
There, both a sea change has taken place in the form of growing support for “Democratic Confederalism,” which embraces many aspect of anarchism, ecology, and feminism, as well as in the fierce resistance by the YPG and the YPJ against ISIS. In the battle against the Islamic State, many anarchists and anti-capitalists have also joined in the struggle and given their lives.
However, after the fall of ISIS in Raqqa, the Turkish state quickly moved to attack the Kurdish forces, and began a campaign of bombing and attacking various cities starting with Afrin.
Does this mean the death of the Rojava Revolution, and with it, a hope of an anti-capitalist and anti-Statist way of life? Will our comrades in the YPG and YPJ, as well as our anarchist sisters and brothers be slaughtered?
How can we act in solidarity with those on the ground? These are hard questions of which we do not have answers, but already people .. are rallying in support of the Kurdish struggle for autonomy and freedom.