MESOPOTAMIA NEWS LAST ORDER : PKK/PYD  NOW ALL ALONE IN KURDISTAN-SYRIA

​​​​​​​Al-Mihbash & Ilham Ahmed lash out at Damascus policies

Abid Hamed al-Mihbash and Ilham Ahmed stressed that insistence by the Syrian Government on the exclusionist mentality, the continuation of the Turkish Occupation and the policy adopted by the U.S. administration all have contributed to the lengthening of the Syrian Crisis, as they renewed commitment of the Autonomous Administration and Syria’s Democratic Council to the Syrian dialogue and a political solution. 

ANHA NEWS – 18 Jan 2021, Mon – 14:54 2021-01-18T14:54:00 RAQQA – The second annual meeting of the Executive Council of North and East Syria is under way in the city of Raqqa as the political situation in the region is being evaluated in addition to achievements made by the Autonomous Administration in 2020.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SHAME ON PKK & PYD IN SYRIA ! – Kurdish militants fire on Syrian children while trying to recruit them forcibly

 

January 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm | Published in: MIDDLE EAST MONITOR – Members of the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units militia (YPG/PKK), 28 February 2015

Militants belonging to the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) are reported to have opened fire on children who attempted to flee after they were recruited forcibly by the militia earlier this week, Anadolu has reported.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SHAME ON PKK & PYD IN SYRIA ! – Kurdish PKK militants fire on Syrian children while trying to recruit them forcibly

 

 

January 15, 2021 at 3:04 pm | Published in: MIDDLE EAST MONTOR – Members of the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units militia (YPG/PKK), 28 February 2015

Militants belonging to the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) are reported to have opened fire on children who attempted to flee after they were recruited forcibly by the militia earlier this week, Anadolu has reported.

The YPG militants were in the process of rounding up over a dozen boys in the centre of Qamishli in Hasakah province on Tuesday when the unwilling recruits began to flee. The militants opened fire, injuring at least one.

The militia has long been reported to recruit children by force in the territories it controls. Militants are accused of raiding homes and whole villages to abduct the youngsters, who are then transported to training camps prior to fighting across north and eastern Syria and northern Iraq.

The practice of forcibly recruiting children, largely between the ages of 11 and 16, remains a significant stain on the reputation of the Kurdish militia, which wants to be seen as a legitimate entity in the region. This is particularly so because the YPG has been supported by the United States and European nations over the past few years in the fight against Daesh.

Under the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) Rome Statute, the recruitment and use of persons under 15 years of age for military purposes is regarded as a war crime and a violation of human rights. In the YPG’s case, this is compounded by the fact that the recruits are forced to get involved.

This incident comes at a time when the YPG has been suspected of assassinations and attacks on figures within eastern Syria. Over the past six weeks a number of local officials and tribal figures in Deir Ez-Zor province have been assassinated by unidentified gunmen; at least 70 have been killed in the province over the past five months.

While not all of these attacks have been confirmed as conducted by the YPG or its affiliate, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), local people and the Arab population have expressed their suspicions that they are likely to be behind them based on their track record in the region.

MESOPOTAMIA LATEST SYRIA : Watch: Turkish troops exit area surrounded by Syrian Army in Aleppo

by News Desk  ALMASDAR – 2021-01-15 – BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The Turkish military was observed this week, withdrawing the last of its forces from a post that is surrounded by the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) in the Aleppo countryside.

According to Ruptly, the Turkish military withdrew the last of its equipment that was still present at their Tal Touqan observation post in the Aleppo Governorate.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : STAATSMINISTER MÖCHTE NAMEN DER PKK-NAHEN GESPRÄCHSPARTNER IN NORD SYRIEN NICHT NENNEN !

Staatsminister Roth: „Mit kurdischen Stellen im Austausch“

Die Bundesregierung erwägt weitere Rückholungen von Kindern deutscher IS-Angehöriger aus Nordostsyrien. Staatsminister Michael Roth wiederholt die Behauptung, die Selbstverwaltung lehne die Rückführung von Frauen grundsätzlich ab.

  • ANF  BERLIN  Donnerstag, 14 Jan 2021, 15:33 – Die Bundesregierung hat im Dezember eine Gruppe deutscher Staatsangehöriger aus Internierungslagern im Autonomiegebiet von Nord- und Ostsyrien zurückgeholt.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SYRIA – TROUBLE IN THE KURDISH FAMILY

Tensions grow between Syrian Kurdish parties over return of Rojava Peshmerga

The Rojava Peshmerga “are honest patriotic Kurds, and they belong to patriotic Kurdish families, whose history of struggle is decent,” one Syrian Kurdish official said.

January 13 2021   03:17 ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Tensions have increased between various Syrian Kurdish parties after discussions about the possible return of the Rojava Peshmerga from the Kurdistan Region to Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava).

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : Syrian Kurds need more support to secure al-Hol camp: official

A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Friday said that the international community should do more to help them to secure refugee camps in Syria.  –  January 11 2021   01:47  – Sheikhmous Ahmed, head of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) office for internally displaced persons (IDP) and refugees  

ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Sheikhmous Ahmed, the head of the Autonomous Administration of North and East Syria (AANES) office for internally displaced persons (IDP) and refugees, told Kurdistan 24 that the international community should do more to secure the notorious al-Hol camp.

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS SYRIA/KURDISTAN : SDF / PYD / PKK STATEMENT

Çia Furat: Our forces thwarted Turkey’s targets on Ain Issa, we would never hand it over to Damascus government- Updated  10 Jan 2021

The member of the General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Çia Furat, confirmed that the goal of Turkey and its mercenaries was to besiege the villages around Ain Issa, but they have failed to achieve it so far, and that “all the news stated that we have handed over the town to the Damascus government is unfounded, as our forces are able to protect it.”

10 Jan 2021, Sun – 07:51 2021-01-10T07:51:00 NEWS DESK  ANASAFYA

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MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : A Syrian Rebel Fighter in Libya: Interview

by Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi  • 

By now it has become well-known that Syrian rebel fighters under the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army have been deployed to Libya as part of Turkey’s effort to support the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord against the forces led by Khalifa Haftar and the Tobruk-based government. Although the ceasefire agreement struck in Geneva in 23 October 2020 between the two sides included a provision in its second clause for the ‘departure of all mercenaries and foreign fighters from the Libyan lands by land and sea and air within three months from the date of the signing of the ceasefire,’ this measure has not actually been implemented so far. Indeed, today I was able to interview a Syrian rebel fighter currently deployed in Libya to learn more about who these rebel fighters are and what their motivations are.

The interview is slightly edited and condensed for clarity. Any parenthetical insertions in square brackets are my own. Note that I have redacted some information to protect the person’s identity.

Q: Can you tell me in condensed form about yourself? When you were born, when you bore arms for the first time, with which formations you have fought etc.

A: I was born in 1988. I first bore arms from the first month of 2012. I fought with Liwa al-Tawheed against the regime in the city of Aleppo.

Q: And you remained with Liwa al-Tawheed until what date? I mean did you remain with it after it became the Shami Front and left Aleppo city?

A: Yes. [I remained until] the end of 2016 when we got out of the siege of Aleppo.

Q: And after that with which formations did you fight? And when did you go to Libya?

A: With the al-Hamzat [al-Hamza Division], after that al-Mu’atasim [Division]. And I first went to Libya with [redacted] on date [redacted]. I remained for three months and 20 days, and then I returned to Syria. I went again to Libya with [redacted] from date [redacted], and until now I am present in Libya.

Q: I see. So the formations that are fighting in Libya: who are they exactly?

A: The al-Hamzat, the al-Mu’atasim, Sultan Murad, Sultan Suleiman Shah, Sultan Muhammad Fatih and Faylaq al-Majd.*

Q: For what reasons do the fighters go? What are the promises and compensations exactly?

A: When I first began, they promised us $2000 and Turkish nationality, but when we got here we obtained salaries different that were not as promised in Syria. The salaries have become $1400 every two months.

Q: And have they given you Turkish nationality as they promised?

A: No. I have been wounded in Libya and they did not give me anything.

Q: In what battles have the fighters in Libya participated and what is the number of martyrs approximately?

A: In Salah al-Din, Wadi al-Rabi’, the airport, Ain Zarah. The number of martyrs is 1000 approximately.

Q: According to your assessment has the role of the Syrian fighters been very important in the battles? Or how would you describe the role of the Syrian fighters?

A: With regards to the battles that are in Libya, they are nothing like what has happened in Syria in these ten years. Ordinary matters. With regards to the Syrian fighters, they have gone to Libya out of hunger and difficult circumstances in Syria.

Q: Yes, so the role of the Syrian fighters is ordinary, not something like elite forces or the like.

A: Very ordinary. But here the topographies of the land differ for us. You know the one who fighters in his land fights out of creed [/ideology].

Q: What is the role of the fighters currently?

A: Currently in the training camps.

Q: Is the role an embodiment of ribat [front-line manning] and this kind of thing?

A: Yes.

Q: Finally are most of the fighters in Libya veterans from the revolution or new recruits from after 2016?

A: The majority are [new] recruits.

Q: Do you have a message for anyone thinking of going to Libya?

A: By God, people are going out of hunger and the circumstances in Syria: there is no power or force except in God, that is the best thing.

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*(Note): for an overview of these formations, see the outline of the structure of the Syrian National Army that I composed.

MESOPOTAMIA NEWS : SYRIA/KURDISTAN –  Rojava opposition leader accuses the PKK of harming Kurdish unity talks  – 

8 hours ago 9 Jan 2021 – Karwan Faidhi Dri – RUDAW –  ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — A leadership member of the opposition umbrella group Kurdish National Council (ENKS) accused the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) of being the de-facto ruler of northeast Syria’s autonomous region (Rojava), adding that the group has harmed Kurdish unity talks.

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