By Scott Lucas October 19, 2014 14:55 Updated - LATEST: Insurgent Commander Shot During Islamic State Kidnap Attempt in Turkey
UPDATE 1830 GMT: Thousands turn out for the funeral of a Kurdish fighter, Ekrem Hisem, killed in Kobane:
UPDATE 1445 GMT: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said Ankara will not support any shipment of arms to the Syrian Kurdish party PYD, despite the threat to the town of Kobane from the Islamic State. Erdoğan, speaking to reporters just before he had a phone conversation with President Obama, said the PYD was the same as the Turkish Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), formally considered a terrorist group by Ankara: At the moment, the PYD is equal with the PKK for us. It is also a terrorist organization. It would be very wrong for America — with whom we are and allies and who we are together with in NATO — to expect us to say “yes” after openly announcing such support for a terrorist organization. It cannot expect such a thing from us and we cannot say “yes” to such a thing either.
MESOP : KEINE NACHTRÄGLICHE VERLOGENE RETUSCHE DER PRÄZISEN TÄGLICHEN TELEFONISCHEN KOOPERATION YPG MIT DER US KOALITION VIA USS GEORGE BUSH & TAMPA (FLORIDA)
Wie eng die Zusammenarbeit zwischen #YPG/YPJ, #FSA und der US-geführten Koalition in #Kobanê mittlerweile ist und wie essentiell das für die Fortschritte der letzten Tage war, macht uns ein äußerst aufschlussreicher Beitrag in der heutigen Ausgabe des britischen Telegraph deutlich.
Firas Kharaba, 39, Anführer der FSA-Einheit Liwa al-Kassas („Brigade der Vergeltung”), berichtet von dem entscheidenden Wendepunkt, als die US-Luftwaffe vor einigen Tagen ein Gebäude zerstörte, in dem #ISIS-Anführer versammelt waren.
P Television – Hatay province (exact location undisclosed), Turkey -
1. Various of members of Hafsarjah Martyrs Brigade, who are affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA), watching television in an undisclosed location in Turkey – SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Ibrahim Saleh Al Abdalla, known as Alkhal Abu Said, rebel fighter from Jisr al-Shughur city in Idlib province:
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER MESOP : MEDIAN EMPIRE (= “DAS ARIER REICH”) ROCKER MIT EMBLEMEN DER DEUTSCHEN WEHRMACHT AUF IHREN KUTTEN IN KOBANE
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
Deutsch-Kurdisch machen Jagd auf IS-Terroristen – Reise nach Syrien
19.10.2014, KRONE – WIEN - Neben der niederländischen Motorradgang “No Surrender” – krone.at berichtete in der vergangenen Woche kämpft nun offenbar auch eine deutsche Rockergruppe an der Seite der Kurden gegen die Dschihadistenmiliz Islamischer Staat (IS) im türkisch-syrischen Grenzgebiet.”Unsere Jungs waren heute in Kobane und haben mir berichtet, dass sie beschossen wurden”, schreibt der Gründer des Kölner Motorradclubs “Median Empire” auf seiner Facebook-Seite . “Während andere labern, sind unsere Jungs an der Front und kämpfen gegen den IS”, heißt es weiter.
MESOP : THEY CALL FOR WESTERN WEAPONS BUT DON’T MENTION THE 100 AIRSTRIKES FOR KOBANE WITH NOT ONE WORD
HENRI J. Barkey : Deputy Prime Minister disingenuously argued it was Turkey that convinced the U.S. to help the PYD in Kobani.
19-10-2014 – American Interest – Whether Kobani falls or stands, it has become a defining moment of nationhood & identity for Syrian and Turkish Kurds.
The U.S. Ministry of Defence revealed that some of its officials met representatives of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).
The spokesman of the U.S. Department of State, Jane Bsaki, pointed out that the convened meeting was within the US strategy to hit the Islamic State, an al-Qaeda offshoot. Bsaki defined the military wing of the PYD, known as the Popular Protection Units (YPG), saying: “They are deadly defending the Kurdish city of Kobane (at the Syrian-Turkish border) against IS extremists.” “To help these Kurdish fighters against IS, the US-led coalition carried out more than 100 air raids on IS strongholds around the city,” Bsaki said in a press conference.However, Bsaki described the meeting as “a quick one”, as Washington does not intend to arm or train “the Kurdish fighters (YPG)”.Speaking to ARA News, Syrian Kurdish politician Abd al-Salam Maee said: “Americans are not ready to deal with one party (referring to the PYD). However, this is an American pressure card on Turkey for its abstention to fight terrorism and help Kobane.”
MESOP KOBANE TODAY : Militant fire reaches Turkey – Noteworthy, Kurdish political and military leaders stressed that the city of Kobane is “completely free” from the presence of IS insurgents, while IS-linked media sources confirmed the presence of the militants in eastern and southern neighborhoods of the city.
ARA News - 19-10-2014 – Kobane, Syria – On Saturday, at least three mortar shells fired by the militants of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, hit the Turkish border town of Murshid Pinar village, in front of the city of Kobane on the Syrian side.
JTIC Brief: Victory at any cost – symbolism transcends strategy in battle for Kobanê
IHS Jane’s Terrorism & Insurgency Monitor – 19 October 2014
Key Points – The fight for the Syrian border town of Kobanê between Kurdish militants and Islamic State has quickly become a prominent and highly symbolic battle in the ongoing Syrian conflict.
Syrian regime takes advantage of coalition strikes
Edward Dark – Al Monitor – 19-10-2014 – As the world’s focus remains firmly fixed on the Kurdish enclave of Kobani, under assault for three weeks now by a relentless and determined Islamic State (IS) force despite airstrikes by the US-led coalition, other significant events on the Syrian battlefield have largely gone unnoticed. As the Syrian army, backed by various local and foreign militias, makes significant gains in both Damascus and Aleppo, the question being raised is whether President Bashar al-Assad is the ultimate beneficiary of the coalition’s campaign against IS and other jihadist groups.