Turkey’s support to al-Nusra Front

The Syrian revolution, – said the statement – which began with the peaceful cries of women in the  has been reduced to a bloody war between the Syrian regime and a whole range of so called opposition fighters. Although the opposition likes to portray itself as revolutionary and democratic, its actions have resembled nothing like it”.

The statement also underlined how the “opposition, spearheaded by al Qaida affiliated groups such as Jabhat al Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has recently attacked Kurdish areas, indiscriminately targeting civilians, women and children. By their own admission, they aim at establishing a strictly Sharia based Islamic Caliphate in the Kurdish parts of Syria, and consequently pay no attention to rights of ethnic or religious minorities”.

The statement added that “Under the auspices of the Supreme Kurdish Council, the Kurds have so far successfully governed their own areas and have managed to keep the horrors of the civil war somewhat at bay. However the stability of the Kurdish areas is being threatened as Kurds now face immediate danger from these radical salafist groups. For over a month Jabhat al Nusra and the ISIS have been pillaging and looting Kurdish towns and villages. Armed attacks using light and heavy weaponry, harassments, torture, rape, kidnappings and massacres have all taken place in the name of religion and the pretense of holy war (Jihad). Civilian hostages are being held as way of putting pressure on relatives, threats specifically aimed at Kurds are being shouted out from Mosques, instigating mass expulsion. The attacks have been most striking in small towns in the Aleppo province, especially in Til Hassil and Til Eran, were people have been summarily executed”.
These radical groups, the PYD pointed out,  “thrive on chaos and destabilization and are trying to gain influence by sowing discord among the different components of the Syrian fabric. Attempts are also made to silence progressive Kurdish politicians, the most recent case being Isa Hisso, member of the Supreme Kurdish Council, who was killed in a car bomb 30th july 2013”.
In light of the horrific events which are currently taking place in the Kurdish areas, and for the sake of the Syrian revolution in general, the PYD call “on the attention and support of the international community. We urge all defenders of democracy to support the Kurdish people in its fight against al Qaida and its fundamentalist affiliates”.
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YPG (People’s Defense Units) are continuing their operation against Al Nusra Front armed group in Til Xelef (Serêkaniye). Operations have been going on since last night after clashes between Kurdish defence forces and al-Qaeda-linked armed groups.

At the same time news are coming in about clashes in Tirbespiye and Til Eylad

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Clashes between YPG (Kurdish People’s Defense Units) and al-Qaeda-linked armed groups are continuing in the Western Kurdistan areas of Kobani, Tirbespiyê and  . 
Til Ebyad (Girê Spî): clashes were reported in the village of Susikê. YPG managed to clear the area and seized weaponry.

Kobani: Clashes lasted long and the al-Qaeda-linked groups used heavy weaponry. Local sources report that the armed group Al Nusra is allegedly carrying wounded to Turkey. Allegedly the fighters tried to cross the border after cutting their beards.

Çelaxa: Clashes reported but not further news available at present.

Tirbespiyê: Clashes reported this morning.

Serêkaniyê: Finally could spend a relatively quiet night after the heavy clashes

Al-Nusra Front attacked Kurdish civilians in the villages of Tel Aran and Tel Hasil (Sefire, Aleppo). The attacks with tanks, heavy weapons and mortars have caused 50 deaths and 350 people were taken hostage.

Gangs related to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Al-Nusra blocked the roads to Tel Aran and Tel Hasil so that there would not be any communication with the people from the villages, where the telephone lines have been cut. Al-Akrad Kurdish Front sources claim that there has been no news about those who were taken as hostage.  Among them there were also children.

According to JANKALAN report Kurdish people will march in Ceylanpinar, Urfa on the 4th of August to protest against the attacks in Rojava.

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