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Mar 20 2015 21:08

That is bad. Apparently Newroz celebrations in Rojava is attacked by two suicide bombers killing 17 civilians, injuring about 80 civilians today

http://anfturkce.com/guncel/heseke-saldirilarinda-17-kisi-yasamini-yitirdi

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Apr 22 2015 07:58

Some more news:

Zeki Yılmaz and Su Ender, of the International of Anarchist Federations, are currently in Kobanê, where they came to acquaint the world with the revolution ongoing in Rojava by making a documentary. LINK

Women in Efrîn canton form 51 communes LINK

There is recently a constant Turkish military activity pushing kurdish forces to fight, that contradicts the current peace process. Last week 4 soldiers were wounded and 1 guerilla (along with one civilian from HDP trying to stop the shooting) is killed. The elections in Turkey will be held in 7th of June. It is argued that this advance of Turkish military can be to force kurds to fight back, but causing them lose Turkish votes and apathy in larger Turkish society. Moreover if the fights between kurds and turks escalate again then it will definitely effect the future of Rojava.
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In Sınjar Kurds continue to advance liberating some villages in a regular basis.
"HPG Sinjar and YBŞ [I think the first one is PKK and other is Ezidi force - kurrem] have issued a joint statement regarding the ongoing operations to liberate Sinjar, reporting that 3 ISIS gang members were killed in the clashes of the last 2 days."
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Bakur is a documentary that is made in PKK camps in Turkey. That is not yet screened and is trying to be cencored by Turkish government. It looks to be a very imformative one on Kurdish movement.
http://anfenglish.com/culture/remove-censorship-not-bakur-protest-in-istanbul
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/13/film-makers-withdraw-films-istanbul-film-festival
http://www.theguardian.com/film/filmblog/2015/apr/20/turkey-censorship-north-documentary-istanbul-film-festival-kurdistan-workers-party

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Aug 31 2015 15:30

Levant Front dissolved. Apparently the Islamists quit the group.

We'll have to see if the YPG picks up the secularists involved around Aleppo.

Key Islamist group Shamiya Front resolves itself

More on the end of the Levant Front

Luey Hussein of the Restructuring Syria Movement in Damascus visits Cizîre Canton to investigate Democratic Autonomy.
Luey Hussein: Autonomous administration should be implemented in all Syria. Here is his Facebook confirming his visit to Rojava

Louay Hussein was among the opposition leaders in 2011.

It looks like he was arrested in November 2014 and since released in February 2015. He previously spent another 7 years in jail and "successfully organized the first opposition conference to be held in Damascus " in 2011. His group is neo-liberal and non-violent. He opposes U.S./western intervention. Its curious that he would visit Rojava right out of jail.

He wrote: Syrians do not feel they need a state just prior to his arrest in November 2014.

It's a question how neo-liberal he is. He used to be a member of the communist party. Joining the Communist Labor Party/Communist Action Party was the reason for his 1984 arrest and longest prison term.

After visiting Rojava, he may have fled into Turkey

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Apr 24 2015 12:19

Especially KDP related media such as Rudaw and BasNews are aggressively trying to exploit Ezidi leaders in the current smoldering media war between the PKK and KDP over the political future of Shingal. In its recent broadcast, Rudaw compared the rule of the Kurdish YPG / PYD in north Syria (kurd. Rojava) with the north Korean dictatorship of Kim Jong-un. Its Turkish platform went the extra mile and published a cartoon portraying the PKK and YPG policy in Shingal as `the work of the devil´.
http://ezidipress.com/en/ezidi-religious-council-denied-interview-with-basnews/

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Apr 28 2015 09:35

http://ezidipress.com/en/ybs-rejects-kdp-accusations/

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Shingal region – The leadership of Shingal´s Resistance Units (YBS), an Ezidi militia initiated by the People´s Protection Units (YPG) has issued a statement and rejected allegations by security forces affiliated to the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) which have accused the YBS and the Kurdistan Workers´ Party (PKK) of establishing an al-Hashd al-Shaabi milita in Shingal.
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Al-Hashd al-Shaabi or better known as Popular Mobilization Units (PMU) is an anti-ISIS program launched by Baghdad which aims at mobilizing and arming Iraqi militias that are supposed to fight alongside the regular Iraqi army against ISIS.
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The allegations “were far from the truth”, the YBS said in a statement, adding that the PKK had never formed an al-Shaabi militia. Such claims would be counterproductive in the fight against ISIS. Under the same pretext, Massoud Barzani, the President of the Kurdistan region ordered the arrest of the Ezidi HPS supreme commander Haydar Shesho some weeks ago.
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Apr 28 2015 09:39

also

http://ezidipress.com/en/hps-ezidi-party-to-be-established/

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Hannover, Germany – An Ezidi party in Iraq is to be established on the initiative of the top HPS commanders Haydar Shesho and Dawud Jindi, the HPS announced in a statement published on Saturday, stating that an establishment of a party led by Ezidis and aimed at ensuring their right of self-determination within the local borders was inevitable due to the rapid changes in the Middle East, the preventable genocide against the Ezidi people and also the political situation in Iraq.
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Haydar Shesho, current HPS supreme commander, was arrested on 6th of April 2015 by Kurdish security forces affiliated to the ruling KDP for the so called creation of an illegitimate militia against Kurdish law. He was released eight days later. Shingal´s Protection Unit HPS was established for the defense of Ezidis against ISIS after around 10,000 Peshmerga fighters had fled the region, abandoning Ezidis to their fate. The HPS currently consists of around 3,200 volunteers according to the HPS commander Jindi.
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The Ezidis´ future as well as the consequences of the genocide in Shingal will be now discussed in Germany. The establishment of a party is the first result.
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May 4 2015 14:11

1) There is this news:
It says 15 arab and kurdish groups joined forces against YPG to take the YPG controlled neighborhoods in Aleppo.. And the reason is said to be that they forced to open one women's veil and forced to use her house as a command center. It is a bit weird. What is weirder is that this is not in Aljazeera English. But it circulated widely in Turkish media. Flint was recently sharing news about a cooperation of YPG and Arabs (well FSA I guess) in Aleppo. Well maybe this is the end of it. We should look it closer.
http://www.aljazeera.com.tr/haber/15-muhalif-grup-halepte-ypgye-karsi

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Another fresh news: http://aljazeera.com.tr/haber/halepte-ypgden-geri-adim
It says that YPG agreed to demands of the above mentioned group.

2)El-Nusra massacred about 100 (or less different numbers) Alevi civilians in the village "Istebak" in Syria.
http://rasthaber.net/sinirdaki-alevi-koyu-istebrakta-katliam/

3) ISIS on the other hand continue to make massacres based on ethnic and religious differences:
ISIS kills 300 Yezidi hostages
http://www.demokrathaber.net/dunya/isid-musul-da-rehin-tuttugu-300-ezidi-yi-oldurdu-h48449.html

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May 21 2015 13:48

http://www.demokrathaber.net/guncel/kobani-salgin-hastalik-riskiyle-karsi-karsiya-h49289.html
1)Kobane is now facing the threat of infection. There are a lot of dead bodies in the city. (It is also known ISIS makes booby traps with corpses so it is hard to collect them without specialists and equipment) (also the warming of the weather helps deceases )
2)There is no water in the city
3)None of the kids are vaccinated for 8 months now
4)All health systems is in very bad condition and insufficient.

There is a new Help Kobane campaign: whose email or SWIFT can be found in the link
http://www.demokrathaber.net/guncel/kobani-salgin-hastalik-riskiyle-karsi-karsiya-h49289.html

Well this is in Turkish but this is the most recent report on the situation of civilians in Kobane:
http://www.demokrathaber.net/guncel/kobani-gozlem-raporu-h49287.html

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May 22 2015 15:26

Conscription is extended to Efrin Canton. 6 months service for 18-30 year olds; on person per family, only children excluded, also exclusion if a sibling has already been killed fighting among the Rojavan forces.

Self-defense law implemented also in Efrîn

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May 22 2015 16:27

Kantona Cizîrê forces


CizireCanton Reddit
cizirecanton Twitter
Wikipedia: Jazira Canton
SyriacMFS Twitter
SyriacMFS Youtube
SyriacMFS Facebook
Wikipedia: MLKP
Sutoro is different than Sootoro

Kobane canton forces / Euphrates Volcano operations room / Burkan al-Furat


Wikipedia: Euphrates Volcano
Kobane YPG Twitter
YPG Kobanê
servan derwish: Burkan Al-Furat YouTube
Jabhat al-Akrad
Northern Sun Battalion(YPG/Turkmen)

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May 22 2015 17:24

Another cement plant (Güreş/Gorrish) seized in the south-east Kobane area, this one owned by a Turkish investor. I don't have any production details on it, but from the photographs it does not look insignificant.

Turkish cement factory taken by YPG and YPJ in Kobanî

Map

Also, there has been a dramatic advance in Cizire canton where YPG and the Al-Sanadid (Shammar tribal army) seized Al-Guhrah and the entire Abd al-Aziz mountains including its peak. They have since been able to encircle Daesh into a few pockets along the Khabur river.

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Map before seizing Abd al-Aziz

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May 22 2015 19:51

Long article in French about the Christians in Rojava and the MFS in particular.

Les milices chrétiennes de Syrie en première ligne

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May 26 2015 18:10

Another article, this one in English, on the origins of the MFS and the long relationship with the PKK.

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The following year, in 2013, a police force called Sutoro opened three stations in the Jazira area, and a military force called the Syriac Military Council (Mawtbo Fulhoyo Suryoyo or MFS) announced its existence in an online video. The MFS initially hinted at future military action against the regime, but this never materialized. Instead, a more immediate and existential threat appeared, as a coalition of rebel and jihadist groups suddenly attacked. The MFS and the YPG soon fought side-by-side in the frontlines to defend the area, while Sutoro developed an increasingly close cooperation with its Kurdish counterpart Asayish. Just like in the 1990s, Dawronoye integrated into the security structures of their Kurdish allies, while retaining their own organizations and financing themselves through diaspora donations...

Around the same time as the attacks began, the PYD invited other parties and civil society organizations to participate in a process to form local governance structures. Most turned down the offer, fearing that the PYD would continue to dominate, but the SUP participated actively from the beginning until the end. Among the chief declared goals was one to ensure the peaceful coexistence of different ethnic and religious communities. With unmistaken symbolism, one of the first meetings was conducted across the border in Midyat, where Kurdish representatives took the opportunity to apologize for their people’s role in Seyfo. When the autonomous “Jazira canton” was declared in January 2014, representatives of the SUP took up positions in the government and legislative assembly, while Syriac, Arabic, and Kurdish were declared official languages.

“We believe that this philosophy of [the PKK leader] Ocalan can be a model not just for the Kurds but for other peoples also,” says Nazira Goriye, the co-spokesperson of the legislative assembly. “We want our rights not just as Christians, but as a people, as a nation. This is why we are on the side of the Kurds, not on Assad’s side. Assad tries to give our people a morphine injection.”

"Perhaps Dawronoye's activists have now finally found their chance. Dawronoye’s core goal is to ensure the future existence of its people in their native lands, but with the possible exception of the Nineveh plains in Iraq, there is no place where they could realistically seek regional autonomy, let alone their own state. In other words, they have to find a way to live with the majority population without being dominated by it. Meanwhile, the PKK movement has come to embrace a vision of a multicultural mosaic within a decentralized democratic system. While sharing some overarching political structures, different communities should be encouraged to organize their own grassroots-level structures, and manage their own affairs to the greatest extent possible. In other words, the respective projects of Dawronoye and the PKK coincide perfectly in Syria."

The Revolutionaries of Bethnahrin

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May 27 2015 08:59

Over the last few days there's been announcements from various sources (Jabhat al Akrad, YPG) of an offensive to join up the Kobane and Cizire by a pincer push from both Cantons towards Tel Abyiad.
https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/NewsReports/565335-syria-kurds-get-greenlight-for-ambitious-campaign
http://anfenglish.com/features/ypg-s-tel-abyad-operation-and-akp-s-fear

This is a pretty ambitious move as this would cut off the Daesh capital Raqqa's main feedline via the Urfa to Akcakale/Tel Abiad route. Daesh will still hold their other main Turkish supply gateway at Jarablus, but they can still be expected to resist losing northern Raqqa province and the Tel Abiad gateway pretty hard. We could also expect the Turkish state (and local interests in Urfa who are making a shit ton of money out of this war and associated smuggling trade) to do as much as possible in supporting that resistance.

Still and all, Ras Al Ain (Sere Kaniye) was taken last week and the capture of Mabrouka on the main road to Tel Abyiad was announced yesterday. The battle for Suluk (the next major town on the 712 road) could be harder fought, however.

http://aranews.net/2015/05/kurds-regain-major-township-after-clashes-with-isis/
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/syria-kurdish-forces-liberate-mabrouka-isis-1503018

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May 27 2015 09:15

This looks pretty significant but is in note form and either the translation is weak or the original was quite technical so its a bit frustrating trying to extract the full meaning in parts

The Social Economy in Rojava
http://kurdishquestion.com/index.php/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/the-social-economy-in-rojava.html

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iii. How the social economy considers the core economic activities

1. Production: there is a private sector for production, but the most important form of production is the production through the communes and cooperatives.

2. Working: all workers must work in the communal projects.

3. Ownership: ownership is sacred.

4. Market: the market is a main part of social economy, but the use-value must be greater than the exchange-value, and there is no stock market.

5. Technology: is very important and depends on ecological activities and balance.

6. Industry: there is no industry if it not ecological. This is very important in our economic and social system.

7. Economic progress: we depend on balanced development theory between three cantons.

8. Trade: the main form of trade is the trade between commons. This form foregrounds and develops the importance of use-value.

9. Finance and funding: the banking system is not like capitalist system; it is only to save money and help the communes. The resource of financing is the output of the projects; there is non-centralism in the financing system, because this system depends on communes.

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May 28 2015 12:46

Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Qaeda in Syria) & Ahrar al Sham are attacking YPG in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood of Aleppo. Sheikh Maqsoud is a Kurdish majority neighborhood under YPG control. Because it had been relatively untouched by direct fighting in the war, many refugees moved there.

Jihadis (JaN, Ahrar) encircle Sheikh Maqsood neighborhood under YPG control.

The pretext is that Islamists are going to defend women and want to implement Sharia. The neighborhood of al- Sheikh Maqsoud witnesses tension after “the Operation Room of Labbayki Ya Oktah” threat of declaring the neighborhood as military zone

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May 28 2015 22:13

I had some Aleppo/Sheikh Maqsoud/Şêxmeqsûd details in another thread, but I'll put them here.

Video on Sheikh Maqsoud and Aleppo

Video of everyday life in Sheikh Maqsoud

Here is what Aleppo looks like right now:

YPG control over not just Şêxmeqsûd but also the Ashrafiyah and Rusafah neighborhoods of Aleppo.

Another map

Salvador Zana wrote:
"Around Aleppo some have joined the YPG, as it remains the only fighting force to uphold the ideals of the revolution. The threat of Daesh and the horrible years of war have brought many Syrians to rally behind Assad again.

"The fire of the revolution is still silently burning beneath the rubble, and when the unifying common enemy in the form of Daesh disappears and Assad tries to return to normality, these tensions will bring society to erupt again. Already now there is a vibrant exchange of ideas in the Aleppo region between Arab and Kurdish communities. It is now the duty of Rojava to make it known that the revolution has not died and that the new society already exists. The rips within Syrian society are far too deep to be mended by Assad. "

Middle Eastern Power Plays and the People's Spring Rojava

Some details on the Şêxmeqsûd neighborhood in northwest Aleppo under the control of the YPG, 02/2015:

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Most of the inhabitants of the neighborhood are displaced and poor. There is complete power outage, and streets are filled with holes and puddles. The activity of the relief committees is limited compared to the large number of people in need. Fatima said, “A month ago, we received one cleaning basket. Fuel prices are very high, and we have to cut wood for heat. But, thank God, we are in a much better state than some families that can’t find anyone to support them.”
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The local council in the neighborhood handles the civil administration of the area, and its chairman, Imad Daoud, brags that his council is made up of representatives of all sects and races — Muslims, Christians, Arabs and Kurds.
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Leafing through the residential records, he told Al-Monitor, “Around 90,000 people from diverse religions and races live in Sheikh Maksoud. More than half of the residents are displaced people seeking security. Our doors are open to everyone.”
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Although the neighborhood is safe from shelling, in the past two months it has seen a wave of displaced due to concerns about a possible blockade that the regime forces might impose on Aleppo. The neighborhood is open to other neighborhoods that are under the opposition’s control, and it has frontlines along which the opposition forces and the YPG are positioned against the regime
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“Around two months ago, the population in the neighborhood reached 120,000, but recently, many were displaced outside Aleppo to flee the blockade,” Daoud added.
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The council handles the distribution of humanitarian aid to refugees, and dozens of poor people regularly return to the council’s office.
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While Daoud addresses the affairs of some of them, he said, “Most of the neighborhood residents do not have an income to support their livelihood, as they lost their jobs. We receive from the organizations, on a monthly basis, 1,200 food rations and another 1,200 containers of cleaning detergents to be distributed to the displaced. But these cannot meet the huge needs.”
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He added, “The residents need additional funding to pay fees for generators. Power has been cut for three years now, after the Shaqif power plant, which is a small industrial area in Aleppo, was shelled by the air force. We are facing difficulties in supplying an alternative power line.”

Aleppo's displaced find refuge in Kurdish regions

Ethnically diverse disaster communism of the newly lumpen proletariat.

In 2013:

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At the top of the hill near the area’s main mosque, groups of rebels mingled, in newfound amity, with Kurdish fighters from the local People’s Defense Units, the armed wing of Syria’s main Kurdish group, the Democratic Union Party (P.Y.D.). Until Friday, this area had been controlled by Kurdish fighters but was frequently visited by militias and intelligence agents from the regime of Bashar al-Assad. On Friday, though, in an event that may have momentous consequences for the course of the civil war, the Kurds switched sides, and with their help the rebels overran Sheikh Maksoud, which commands strategic high ground north of the city’s center.

The Kurdish Factor

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Aleppo had become safe places for the people, adding: “A secure life has been established. People who fled to Iraq and Turkey have begun to return. We are calling on people to come back.”
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Rezan Rojhat said around 100,000 people lived in the Kurdish neighbourhoods of Aleppo. He said people who had taken refuge in the city from other places made up 60% of the population of these neighbourhoods. Rojhat said these neighbourhoods were protected by the YPG/YPJ.
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YPG commander Rezan Rojhat said there was also an Arab battalion within the YPG and Christians in the public security force. He said people had started to come back from Iraq and Turkey, and that some of the people in Aleppo had fled attacks by ISIS gangs on villages in Kobanê. “We expect people to return now we have established security in the Kurdish neighbourhoods. Of course there are problems. For instance, unemployment. We have tried to resolve this with economic projects. Our part of Aleppo is an example of the progress we have made as regards our understanding of democratic autonomy

YPG Aleppo commander: Syrian regime failed to regain control over Kurdish neighborhoods, 02/10/2015

Here is an article from 2013 on YPG recruitment of Arab FSA fighters in Aleppo: Arabs join Kurdish militia in Aleppo 2/9/2013

Judicial Agreement in Aleppo between Levant Front and YPG , 2/5/2015. The Levant Front has since dissolved.

A recent (May 12, 2015) brotherhood march stressing multi-ethnic unity in Şêxmeqsûd

Peoples march for brotherhood in Şêxmeqsûd

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May 28 2015 14:04
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YPG (People's Defense Forces) Aleppo Command has released a written statement regarding the recently enhanced provocative attempts and efforts of Al-Nusra, Ahrar Es-Sham and other gang groups to siege the Sheikh Maqsoud (Şêxmeqsûd) neighborhood.

The statement reported that some armed groups guided by external powers and led by Al-Nusra, Ahrar Es-Sham and groups affiliated to the Turkish state -Sultan Murad Battalions in the first place- have surrounded the Şêxmeqsûd neighborhood in recent days.

“Against the threats, YPG Command will act together with Jabhat Al-Shamiya in order to protect the local people and civilians, and defend all peoples in the region”, the statement underlined.

YPG on guard against threats around Sheikh Maqsoud

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"The armed groups that told the inhabitants to leave the neighborhood until 13.00 threatened to declare the area as military area if they wouldn't.
"It is reported that the gangs have started random attacks on mainly Muxaberat street, 20th street, Nebo village and El-Şeqîf area, while on the other hand using heavy weapons in attacks targeting some other areas. YPG forces are reported to have returned fire immediately and with the same intensity."

Gang groups seeking provocation attack Sheikh Maqsoud

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May 28 2015 15:40

"Ahrar ash-Sham has put a blockade on Afrin and stopped all food trucks entering Afrin from Azaz,Aleppo "
source

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May 28 2015 21:23

There may have been a cease fire in Sheikh Maqsoud/Aleppo between YPG and Al Nursa.

Meanwhile in Cizire canton...

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What sort of an advantage will the liberation of Mount Kezwan (Mt. Abdulaziz) and Mabruka town provide for the YPG and YPJ in the coming days?

The liberation of this town means the liberation of the border side for the Cezire canton in the first place. It is also of importance for the fraternity of the peoples as it houses Arab and Kurdish people. The area is mainly inhabited by Arabs.

As you speak of the fraternity of the peoples; Did Arabs, Syriacs and Assyrians fought alongside your forces during the recent operations?

As YPG we define ourselves as an army comprised of all peoples living in the region. We believe in democracy, equality and fraternity. The YPG has enabled Syriacs, Assyrians, Arabs and Kurds to act together on the basis of a common sense of patriotism. Everyone has seen the fact that they can live with their own identity under the YPG umbrella. Syriacs undertook an important mission, so did the Arab forces. There is one single aim and purpose uniting us, which is a democratic order.

Member of YPG Military Council Sozdar Derik on Liberation of Mabruka, 5/28/2015

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May 28 2015 23:31

Any updates on the supposed agreement with the FSA not to fight one another?

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May 29 2015 00:08

Thought some of you guys might have some interest in this. Combat footage, some is pretty disturbing including dead child bodies in newly liberated former Daesh territory the Kurds come across, with injuries indicating torture. Also a pretty nasty scene where an elderly Yazedi woman has clearly been killed by Daesh sniper fire.

The documentary overall is uplifting and briefly touches on the libertarian principles of the YPG and YPJ including the Israeli female volunteer and the American Jordan Matson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTnS2YbFBkA

Who down voted this? Is there a policy against posting videos?

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May 28 2015 23:47
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Any updates on the supposed agreement with the FSA not to fight one another?

which one? FSA isn't all that coherent. YPG has good relations with some FSA groups and not others.

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May 29 2015 00:11
Flint wrote:
Georgie89 wrote:
Any updates on the supposed agreement with the FSA not to fight one another?

which one? FSA isn't all that coherent. YPG has good relations with some FSA groups and not others.

I am not sure just keep seeing YPG members or affiliates on twitter mention it but a lot is translated so not very easily comprehended. I have been in touch with a few YPG members from the UK over the last few days who have been giving me some insight so I will ask them. I just don't want to keep spamming them for every question I have as they have more occupying concerns, obviously.

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May 29 2015 23:52

Who controls the oil and gas in Syria?

Baathists: 8%
ISIS: 80%
Tev-Dem/YPG: 12%

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May 30 2015 02:58

Nursa issued a couple other statements that they intend to continue against the YPG, but they've gotten attacked by Daesh elsewhere and haven't taken further action against Sheikh Maqsood.

Here is more detail map:

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May 31 2015 05:33

Is this a black swan kind of event? Chobani yogurt tycoon donating $700+ million to refugees (focused on Kurdistan). Already donated $2 million to Kobane refugees.

By comparison, the LaFarge Cement plant cost $700 million to build.

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Jun 1 2015 22:49

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/news/world/middleeast/article4456567.ece
Thousands of Arabs driven out by Kurds’ ethnic cleansing
I can not read it in full.

The same news also here: http://syriadirect.org/news/ypg-units-reportedly-burn-arab-villages/
however this report looks a bit suspicious as it appears to claim that YPG is totally anti-FSA and pro-government.

http://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/the-press/20150602/281977491226751/TextView
This is also abit strange according to this Sunni Arabs say kurds kill them because they share the same islamic sect as ISIS. However Kurds themselves salafi which is a very orthodox religious belief part of wider category of sunnism

On kurdish side:
http://www.firatnews.com/kurdistan/ypg-den-ebu-sexat-koyu-iddialarina-ikinci-yalanlama
Kurdish authorities say this is a lie, the villages were destroyed by ISIS's sucicide bomber, killing Kurdish militias also. Moreover they claim they managed to help about 30 people escape from ISIS.

In English I found these: http://ypgrojava.com/en/index.php/statements/680-statement-of-the-general-command-of-the-people-s-defense-units-may-30
http://ypgrojava.com/en/index.php/statements/670-may-25-more-than-30-civilians-evacuated-from-warzone
http://ypgrojava.com/en/index.php/statements/668-a-statement-to-the-media-and-public-opinion

We will see the truth hopefully in not distant future.

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Jun 2 2015 13:11

Flint's comment on "accusations of ethnic cleansing" from another thread: (See the original post for all images and links)

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Video of Arab residents refuting rumors about displacement (PYD source)
There seems to be a lot of folks who think The Times article is bad journalism: an unnamed "Syrian humanitarian organization", article written by a journalist who isn't in Syria, no effort to contact YPG for a quote, single witness, no pictures, etc...as propaganda, this author failed by going with to large a number--10,000. If it was so high, there would be more evidence, more reporting and groups willing to be named reporting.
Human Rights Watch hasn't reported anything like it and they are in Rojava. They don't hesitate to criticize PYD. They also have been criticizing KRG for failing to allow Arab families to return home while letting Kurdish families pass. HRW
And it goes contrary to PYD's ideology, to Tev-Dem's multi-ethnic composition, the integrated Arab and Syriac forces in the YPG/YPJ, the alliance with Arab, Turkmen groups in Burkan al-Furat, and what we know of the treatment of Arab refugees in Cizire canton and Sheikh Masqood.
The Times article is weird in other ways. YPG took over Abdulaziz ten days ago with the assistance of Al-Sanadid.
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Jun 2 2015 13:43

http://www.ozgurlukcusol.com/jones-bir-anarsist-olarak-rojavaya-karsi-sempati-beslemem-orada-gercek-bir-demokrasinin-var-olmasindan-kaynaklaniyor/

According to this there is a jones from england. He is an anarchist and supports Rojava revolution. Well anybody know this anarchist jones? smile there is no more detail than that it is a bit weird really smile