Thousands staged a march in Hakkari's Yüksekova district on Friday evening to protest against the ongoing attacks on the cemetery of eight HPG (People's Defense Forces) guerrillas in the Orman neighborhood. Among the demonstrators were also BDP (Peace and Democracy Party) executives, mayors, activists of Peace Mothers Initiative, MEYADER, TUHAD-FED, KURDÎ-DER and Gever Culture and Art Centre.
A statement from the YPG has enumerated the successes as well as the casualty figures for the recent “Revolutionary Operation of the Martyrs of Tim Temir” that it launched on November 25 in the Hesekê (Arabic: al-Hasakah) region of north-eastern Rojava. The YPG liberated 29 villages while killing 34 members of al-Qaeda affiliated groups.
Turkey's support to the al-Qaeda linked armed groups attacking Kurds in Rojava has once again been revealed by the documents People's Defense Units (YPG) seized after they prevented an attempted attack by a group of gang jihadists.
A group affiliated to the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Sham) planned to attack the YPG-controlled Xedemat control point between the Azaz city and Afrin's Qıtme village on Sunday.
Mehmet Yıldırım, the brother of Medeni Yıldırım who was shot and killed by Turkish soldiers during a protest against a base construction in Lice this past June, has announced that he will refuse to do his military service. Mehmet Yildirim has demanded the right to consciousness objector status, saying “If I pick a weapon I will have picked up a weapon against my own people.
The Deputy President of the HDP, Sırrı Süreyya Önder, has drawn attention to the fact that the Kurdish People's Leader, Abdullah Öcalan, sees defects in the resolution process. Önder said: "Mr Öcalan is aware that there are serious shortcomings at this stage of the process. He said to me: 'To say, Look, we're having talks, is not enough, a legal framework should be laid down.
Clashes broke out between People's Defense Units (YPG) and al-Qaeda linked ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in the Efrin region of west Kurdistan.
Clashes erupted after al-Qaeda linked groups launched attacks targeting the region of Qestel Cindo village, in Efrin's Shera district, on Sunday evening.
People's Defense Units (YPG) Press Office has released a statement about the "Serêkaniyê Martyrs” operation which was launched on 1 November against the al-Qaeda linked ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and the armed groups supporting them.
YPG said the first phase of the operation has succeeded, adding that it was aimed at clearing the area between Serêkaniyê and Til Temir of gang groups.
Thousands of people joined the funeral of Özcan Temel, 26, who was killed yesterday by individuals claiming to be members of the newly formed Free Cause Party (HÜDA-PAR). Temel was in a group of BDP supporters who were attacked by unknown people in the Petrol Neighborhood of Batman.
Temel leaves two small children.
Individuals claiming to be members of the newly formed Free Cause Party (Hür Dava Partisi or HÜDA-PAR) attacked a group of BDP supporters in the Petrol Neighborhood of Batman. Although no reasons for the attack were given, HÜDA-PAR is widely considered to be an offshoot of the Islamist Hizbullah movement which worked with the Turkish state in its fight against the PKK and other Kurdish activists.
People's Defense Units (YPG) fighters have launched "Serêkaniyê Martyrs” revolutionary operations in the Serêkaniyê region on Friday night. The operation came after YPG took the control of the Til Koçer city bordering Iraq from al-Qaeda linked gang groups one week ago.
YPG fighters rescued the Micebrê village from gang groups and seized their vehicles and weapons in last night's operation.
In a document by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, seen by Reyters, Syria has destroyed all of its declared chemical weapons production and mixing facilities, meeting a major deadline in an ambitious disarmament program.
The watchdog said its teams had inspected 21 out of 23 chemical weapons sites across the country.
People's Defense Units (YPG) figters have taken the control of the Til Koçer city in west Kurdistan following severe clashes with al-Qaeda linked armed groups.
Til Koçer, on the border with the city of Musul in Iraq, has been rescued following the "Tırbespiyê” and “Til Elo Martyrs” operations YPG launched on 23 October.
BDP Mersin deputy Ertuğrul Kürkçü has recently delivered a speech on behalf of the United European Left to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe about the report on Syria prepared for the Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy by rapporteur Björn von SYDOW, of the Sweden Socialist Group.
Wives of “Village Guards” have challenged their husbands to leave their positions as village guards, while calling for the village guard system to be demolished – according to a report in Özgür Gündem.
The village guard system was set up by the Turkish state in the 1990’s as a local, paramilitary organization that would support the Turkish army in its fight against the PKK.
Clashes broke out between People's Defense Units (YPG) and ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) near the Efrin city of west Kurdistan on Thursday.
Groups affiliated to the al-Qaeda linked ISIL, deployed at three separate points near the Meerin village between Efrin and al-Qaeda controlled Azzaz city, and in the regions of Azzaz-Meerin and Yazibxane, attempted to attack the YPG control points in the Qestel Cindo village.
Alexandra Nariño is a member of the Peace Delegation from FARC-EP at the Havana (Cuba) negotiations between the guerrilla movement and the Colombian government led by President Juan Manuel Santos.
She has been dubbed by the media the "Dutch" guerrilla. Indeed Alexandra is a young, Dutch woman. Her real name is Tanja Nijmeijer. She joined the FARC-EP guerrilla ten years ago.
People’s Defense Units (YPG) in Aleppo and Efrîn has released a statement on the last three days of clashes coinciding with the festivity of Eid al Adha. The statement said 24 members of al-Qaeda-linked gangs were killed and heavy weapons were seized by YPG in the villages of Qestel Cindo, Yazîbax and Meerîn. Clashes are still going on in the region, added the statement.
The so called "Geneva II Conference", the international peace talks on the Syria conflict could take place on November 23 and 24, according to Syria's deputy prime minister Qadri Jamil.
Speaking in Moscow on Thursday, Jamil said that "Geneva is a way out for everyone: the Americans, Russia, the Syrian regime and the opposition".
"Whoever realises this first will benefit.
Armed opposition groups in Syria killed at least 190 civilians and seized over 200 as hostages during a military offensive that began in rural Latakia governorate on August 4, 2013, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. At least 67 of the victims were executed or unlawfully killed in the operation around pro-government Alawite villages, HRW highlighted.
Clashes between Islamic State of Iraq andthe Levant (ISIS) militants and the People's Defense Units (YPG) guerrillas are continuing.
It has been reported that the People's Defense Units launched an attack in Kela Fuqani using 2 tanks and Doshka weapons.
It is also reported that at least 8 members of the ISIS died and an unspecified number injured.
Clashes are continuing.
Rojava Report has translated excerpts from an article by Halil Deniz called “The Guaranty of the Rojava Revolution: The Women’s Battalions” in which he discusses the recent formation of the YPJ – an all female defense force – and speaks with a number of commanders and fighters in order to understand both what the YPJ is and how and why it was founded.
Clashes broke out between People's Defense Units (YPG) and ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Levant) near the Susik village of Tal Abyad (Girê Spî) province bordering Turkey last night.
Five ISIS members were killed in clashes with YPG fighters who also burnt a vehicle of the groups down and damaged one other.
Human Right Association (IHD) Diyarbakır Branch will establish a mass graves foundation. The idea has been going around for years now and the main aim is to create a DNA bank as well as the search for disappeared people and PKK members upon family applications.
The foundation will work on to locate those PKK members who were killed in clashes, as well as civilians.
West Kurdistan's People's Defense Units (YPG) have seized the control of seven centres used by the islamic gangs as their headquarters.
Clashes in the region of Serêkaniyê city are going on since YPG fighters launched an operation against radical armed groups al-Nusra Front and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) mid September.
YPG (People's Defense Units) have finally liberated the village of Çafa (in the province of Serêkaniyê). The village had been taken over by armed gangs linked to al-Qaida on 14 September.
YPG begun an operation to free the villages of Elok and Çafa from the violent al-Nusra Front and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). The operation is still going on.
People's Defense Units (YPG) fighters raided a headquarters of the al-Qaeda affiliated groups near the Serêkaniyê city last night. As a result of the raid around 20 militants were reported killed.
The raid targeted ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham) and al-Nusra Front's headquarters in an area between the villages of Mişrefa and Çafa at around 2 am.