“Western governments should increase their pressure on Turkey to open a corridor for Syrian Kurdish forces and their heavy weapons to reach the defenders of Kobani through the border. We believe that such a corridor, and not only the limited transport of other fighters that Turkey has proposed, should be opened under the supervision of the United Nations,” writes Meysa Adbo, a commander of the Kobani resistance, in the New York Times.
“The arrival of Kurdish Peshmerga forces from Iraq, and of Arab rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), reflects a determination by the US-led anti-IS coalition not to let Kobani fall. […] Their impact may take some time to be felt, but the arrival of the heavier weaponry brought by the Iraqi Kurds may have an effect greater than the numbers of fighters involved, who will play a support role rather than front-line combat,” writes Jim Muir for the BBC.
“The central role Kurds are now playing in the international fight against Islamic State, may make it harder to ignore Kurdish pleas for greater autonomy, if not independence. Yet many obstacles remain. […] Peace talks with the PKK that started in 2012 have been strained of late because Turkey has refused to assist the Kurds in the fight for Kobani. But the more the Kurds participate in bashing Islamic State, the more they will ask for in return,” writes the Economist.
29- Oct 2014 – Iraqi Kurdish fighters have begun crossing the Turkish border to assist in the battle against Islamic State militants in the Syrian town of Kobani (Ayn al-Arab). More than 80 peshmerga fighters have reached Kobani, while the remaining 70 have traveled into Turkey from Iraq driving in a heavy weapons convoy and are expected to reach Syria later on Wednesday. Additionally, up to 200 fighters from the opposition Free Syrian Army have arrived in Kobani to help Kurdish forces defend the town. The U.S.-led coalition has launched more than a hundred airstrikes targeting militants around Kobani, and the United States has provided weapons and ammunition to Kurdish fighters. However, Kurdish officials said Islamic State militants have recovered from losses and currently control about half of the town. Meanwhile, al-Nusra Front fighters are expanding control in northern Syria. The al Qaeda linked group has reportedly seized several villages in Idlib province from the moderate opposition Syria Revolutionaries’ Front. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Islamic State fighters attacked the Shaar gas field in Homs province Tuesday killing at least 30 government and pro-regime fighters.
Behind the confident assessment, Central Command did not point to — and presumably did not recognize — reality: with those initial strikes, the US had probably already lost its belated intervention in the 42-month Syrian conflict. The military did not mention that the greatest casualties of the first night’s attacks had not been suffered by the Islamic State, which had moved most of its forces before the arrival of the warplanes. Instead, the US had struck hardest on two locations of the Islamist insurgents Jabhat al-Nusra, killing more than 70 fighters and civilians in Idlib and Aleppo Provinces.
Central Command cloaked those attacks in the final two paragraphs of its statement:
29.10.2014 – Nuwar Faqie – BasNews, Erbil – After Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga ground forces entered Turkish soil on Tuesday night, a second group of Peshmerga forces flew from Erbil International Airport to Sanliurfa military airport and reached the Turkish border town of Suruc on Wednesday morning. A source close to Kurdish Peshmerga forces told BasNews that the second Peshmerga force that flew from Erbil was about 70 in number and they are currently in Suruc, waiting to enter the besieged city of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan.
WEST KURDISTAN (SYRIA) – MESOP : WATCH VIDEO – Islamic Front Military Leader Wants to Liberate Kobanê from PKK and ISIL
Eretz Zen – 28-10-2014 – Zahran Alloush is the military leader of the largest militant group in Syria, known as the Islamic Front, a conglomerate of several ex-FSA and other Salafist brigades with a total of around 60,000 fighters. He recently stated in a press conference that his group views itself as responsible for liberating Kobanê from PKK. - WATCH VIDEO http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydnVnr3KRnA
DAMASCUS, Syria — 28 Oct 2014 – During the past few days, mortar fire and arbitrary detentions were not the main source of concern for Syrian youth. A new nightmare has emerged wherein Syrian authorities started a crackdown on youth who have performed their compulsory military service, and they are forcing them to join the Syrian army as “backup” forces. The authorities did not declare these measures out of fear that the youth would consequently flee or hide.
The co-leader of Syria pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) Salih Muslim blamed Turkey for not allowing Kurdish forces of Peshmerga to go to Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani that is under the siege of the militants of the Islamic State (IS).Peshmerga forces are ready to go to Kobani but we do not know why Turkey does not allow the move.
By RUDAW – “( Oct 2014 – ERBIL, Kurdistan Region— The Syrian government welcomed on Tuesday the deployment of Peshmerga forces to the besieged town of Kobane, describing it as “a patriotic move.”
MESOP News Roundup SYRIA : Tuesday, October 28
The Islamic State is close to capturing the besieged Kurdish city of Kobani, according to a propaganda video IS released Monday featuring kidnapped British journalist John Cantlie reportedly from inside the city, even as a Kobani-based journalist told Syria Direct Tuesday that Kurdish forces continue to hold out.
MESOP : ACTUAL KURDWATCH (BERLIN) NEWSLETTER – PERMANENT SERIOUS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS BY PYD (PKK) IN WEST KURDISTAN / SYRIA – OCTOBER 2014
ʿAmudah: PYD puts dead bodies on display
KURDWATCH, October 27, 2014—On October 16, 2014, fighters for the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG) publicly displayed the bodies of fighters for the Islamic State (IS) in Raʾs al‑ʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), ad‑Darbasiyah, and ʿAmudah. The bodies were driven through the city in open vehicles. YPG fighters fired into the air, stood on the dead, and ridiculed them by sticking cigarettes in their mouths. For ethical reasons, KurdWatch will not reproduce the images.
Al-Qamishli: PYD detains activist
KURDWATCH, October 16, 2014—On October 11, 2014, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), detained Bahwar Mula Ahmad (b. 1981, married, three children), a member of the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî), for an hour in al‑Qamishli. Mula Ahmad, who works as a journalist, had tried to photograph employees of the Asayiş forcibly recruiting young men. Mula Ahmad was not tortured.