“Syria is going through de facto partition, but the lines will keep shifting and areas will change hands, for many weeks to come. The regime will retreat, but it will defend its red lines vigorously and tenaciously,” writes Osama Al Sharif in Gulf News.
“However much Syria fragments, its ultimate fate could depend on the regional contest between Shi’ite Iran and Sunni Saudi Arabia, analysts say, meaning the war could go on for years. For now, the most hardline strain of Sunni jihadism, Islamic State, controls eastern Syria and much of western Iraq, and incites its followers to commit attacks such as last Friday’s attacks in France, Kuwait and Tunisia. At the same time, Shi’ite Iran is trying to consolidate another stronghold on the Syrian Mediterranean alongside its Hezbollah bastion in Lebanon,” writes Samia Nakhoul at Reuters.
“The regime has been enduring difficult times, since Jaish al-Fatah—a joint force comprised of a number of opposition forces such as Ahrar al-Sham, al-Sham Legion and Jabhat al-Nusra—spread its control over wide swaths of land in Idlib province March 18, from the city of Aleppo to Ariha, Jisr al-Shughur and the Mastouma military base. Jaish al-Fatah’s fast advance and the arrival of the rebels to the Syrian coast, which is the regime’s main stronghold and primary human resources’ reservoir, puts the regime at risk,” writes Mohammed al-Khatieb in Al-Monitor.
Jerusalem Post, 3/7 – Syrian Kurdish forces this week succeeded in turning back a murderous and determined attempt by the forces of Islamic State to claw back control of areas of northern Syria recently liberated by the Kurds. The cost was high, nevertheless.Recent Kurdish successes, meanwhile, have raised the specter of a Turkish armed intervention in northern Syria to crush the growing Kurdish autonomous zones along the border.So where do things stand in the bloody war between the Kurds and the Sunni jihadists over Syria’s north? And is there a realistic possibility that Erdogan might intervene?
Ibrahim Birro elected as new head of Kurdish National Council (KNC) http://welati.info/nuce.php… … (Welati Ar)
MESOP FULL TEXT : OFFICIAL STATEMENT TO TURKISH GOVERNMENT BY PYD/YPG (PKK) ON WEST KURDISTAN – SYRIA
The statement from Co-chairmanship of the Democratic Union Party (PYD): In the last few days, some officials of the Turkish government issued threatening statements, which resulted in the mobilisation of Turkish troops near the Syrian border.
We, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), would like to clarify to our people and theinternational community our stance on this matter:
MESOP FLASH : BRUSSELS EU CONFERENCE ON IS CRIME IN KOBANE / ISIS & its supporters to be sent to court for crimes / CLICK FOR VIDEO BY MARTIN SCHULZ (EU PARLIAMENT PRESIDENT)
2015-07-02 – Kobani conference in EU Parliament: Isis criminals and its supporter states have to be sent to the international court for crimes against humanity. Turkey should open its border for humanitarian aid corridor to Kurds.
Brussels, 1 July 2015 – Middle East Diplomatic (MED) – The final declaration of the Kobani conference hosted by EU Parliament today calls to UN, EU and the international community to bring the isis/daesh/al qaida / al-nusra criminal gangs and their state/governmental supporters to international court for crimes against humanity.The conference delegates also asked Turkey to open its border and insure the necessary conditions for humanitarian aid to be delivered to those in need in Kobani and other parts of Kurdish region in Syria (Rojava).
Al-Qamishli: PYD disrupts Yekîtî activities commemorating the »Arab Belt«
|KURDWATCH, June 30, 2015—On June 24, 2015, the Kurdish Union Party in Syria (Yekîtî) organized a rally in front of one of its party offices in al Qamishli to mark the 41st anniversary of the »Arab Belt« policy. Approximately fifty demonstrators demanded the return of the lands expropriated at that time. A seminar on the topic was organized in Tall Tamr, and party members distributed flyers in al Qamishli, ʿAmudah, ad Darbasiyah, and al Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). In al Qamishli, four party members were picked up by the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), while distributing flyers. They were released the same day. The »Arab Belt« policy stipulated the deportation of a total of one hundred forty thousand Kurds from more than three hundred villages along a ten to fifteen-kilometer wide swath of land along the Turkish and Iraqi border. The Kurds were to be replaced by Arab settlers. The implementation of the plan, enacted in 1965, began in 1973. By 1976, approximately twenty-five thousand Arab families had been settled in al Hasakah province.|
|Tall Tamr: Underage YPG fighter severely wounded
KURDWATCH, June 30, 2015—In December 2014, Muhammad Khalid Kikiya (b. 6. January 1999 in ad‑Darbasiyah), who was fifteen-years-old at the time, disappeared from Erbil in Iraqi-Kurdistan, where he had fled with his parents and siblings to escape the civil war in Syria. His family suspected he was with the Democratic Union Party’s (PYD) People’s Defense Units (YPG). For months they tried to get information about his whereabouts from the YPG as well as from the Asayiş, the PYD’s security service, but they were always told that nothing was known about his whereabouts. In February 2015, the family finally learned that its son was indeed fighting for the YPG in Tall Tamr. He was deployed on an all-terrain vehicle mounted with machine guns and was in command of five fighters, who were also underage. In March he was critically wounded in al‑Aghibsh near Tall Tamr. With the help of the YPG, his family brought him to Iraqi-Kurdistan for treatment. His cousin ʿAli Jamil Kikiya told KurdWatch: »Muhammad is blind in one eye. He lost several fingers and can hardly walk due to the splinters in his leg.«
MESOP : SEVERE VIOLATIONS OF UN REGULATIONS BY PYD / PKK ? Forcible recruitments & the deployment of child soldiers by the Democratic Union Party in Syria
KURDWATCH, June 30, 2015—On July 13, 2014, the legislative council for the canton of Jazirah, which was appointed by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), enacted a law on compulsory military service entitled the »Duty of Self-Defense«. The following report analyzes the text of the law and concerns itself with the recruiting practices of the PYD’s paramilitary, the People’s Defense Units (YPG), since the law was adopted. The text of the law Articles 2 and 3 of the law on compulsory military service1 define the group of people to whom the law applies. Article 2 states:
THE GERMAN KURDISH CHAPTER
Zwangsrekrutierungen und der Einsatz von Kindersoldaten durch die Partei der Demokratischen Union in Syrien
KURDWATCH, 30. Juni 2015 – Am 13. Juli 2014 hat der von der Partei der Demokratischen Union (PYD) eingesetzte Legislativrat im Kanton Dschazira ein Wehrpfl ichtgesetz mit dem Titel »Pfl icht zur Selbstverteidigung« erlassen. Der vorliegende Bericht analysiert den Gesetzestext und beschäftigt sich mit der Rekrutierungspraxis der Parteimiliz der PYD, den Volksverteidigungseinheiten (YPG), seit Verabschiedung des Gesetzes. Der Gesetzestext :
MESOP SPECIAL : This is an eye-witness account, by the first writer from the British Isles to visit Tel Abyad after its liberation.
Eyewitness: The Liberation of Tel Abyad / Special Report by Jack Fallon:
Introduction – Last week’s ISIS raid on Kobane, with the murder of more than 240 civilians, was a fiendish reprisal for the humiliating defeat the jihadists had suffered the previous week when they were driven from Tel Abyad by the YPG, supported by US air strikes. The Kobane raid began, probably from inside Turkey, with a suicide bomb attack on the Mürşitpınar border gate. Reports indicate that the next major assault on Kobane, and on all of Rojava, could come directly from the Turkish army because President Erdogan is so alarmed by the liberation of Tel Abyad (called Girê Spî in Kurdish) and he clearly prefers to have ISIS (known locally as Daesh) on the border, rather than the secular YPG, even though it has been coordinating with Turkey’s NATO ally, the USA.