Bad news from Al-Hol IDP camp in Syria. Youth reportedly raised an ISIS flag this week.
22 July 2019 – International crime control organisation Interpol has cancelled the red notice for the former leader of the Syrian-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim, U.S.-government funded news outlet Voice of America reported on Monday.
Muslim’s is one of 144 red notices cancelled by Interpol for supsects in a deadly attack in the Turkish capital of Ankara in 2016, VoA said.
Thanks for this proof by Abdullah Öcalan’s adoptive son and the head of the #SDF why the #YPG is a national security threat to #Turkey ahead of the (last?) negotiations between the #US and Turkey over the safe-zone in #Syria:
Kafranbel this morning! This is a genocide and urbicide. No any action by the international community against these warcrimes that have been commited by Assad, Russia and Iran for years
Kyle Orton and The Aspen InstituteVerified account @AspenInstitute 20 July 2019
.@joshrogin: We have the capability to feed [people starving in Syria], why not just feed them? James Jeffrey, US Special Representative for Syria: “If we feed them, it will look like we’re going to stay there forever.” Watch more: https://aspensecurityforum.org/media/live-video/ … #AspenSecurity
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By Jonathan Spyer – JERUSALEM POST – July 18, 2019 – The international news focus has long moved on from the Syrian conflict. Behind the oft-stated clichés of the conflict “winding down” and of regime survival or victory, however, a complex and often deadly reality remains.
The most violent part of Syria today is the northwest, where regime and Russian forces are clashing with Turkish-supported Sunni jihadis. But the regime-controlled and Kurdish/US-controlled areas are periodically also rocked by internecine violence, most of it committed by Sunni Arab elements, including the Islamic State group.
Semih Idiz July 18, 2019 – AL MONITOR – Article Summary – Turkish media reports suggest that an incursion by the Turkish army east of the Euphrates is imminent. The crisis between Turkey and the United States over Ankara’s purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems may have pushed the Turkish threat of a military incursion into northern Syria against the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) into the background for a time. The topic, however, is back on the agenda as Ankara beefs up its military presence along the Syrian border, leading to fresh speculation that an operation by Turkey is imminent. There is also a sense of urgency on the Turkish side after Britain and France responded positively to President Donald Trump’s call to send troops to lands held by the YPG with US support.
Things are going from bad to worse at Al-Hawl camp four months after some 60,000 people ended up there from the fighting in Baghouz. The Coalition had apparently not considered, or planned for, so many ISIS families. Because the Coalition focuses on fighting ISIS it doesn’t do enough follow up or deal with civilian areas enough. It was supposed to deal with stabilization, but since it works “by, with and through” the SDF, that means a very small footprint.
So the IDPs and ISIS supporters were moved from Baghouz to Hawl and unsurprising they began to reconstitute. Now there have been stabbings and increasing signs of extremism.
“We are mujahideen women & a ticking time bomb” Group of women in Al Hawl Camp, Syria, urge ISIS leader Al Baghdadi to reestablish caliphate.
The tweet notes: “In 9-min video group say they would rather die under bombs & machine guns than live among enemies & threaten to avenge their internment.”
Growing threat at Al Hawl camp, Syria. Where guards are regularly stoned by detainees, and three have been stabbed. https://t.co/C8OkCI5rIS
— Quentin Sommerville (@sommervilletv) July 16, 2019
Hassan Hassan wrote that this is a sign of a mess up in real time and incompetence on the ground.
A massive mess-up — in real time — by the US-led Coalition and its incompetent allies on the ground. https://t.co/xkH0SCOqMY
— Hassan Hassan (@hxhassan) July 16, 2019