Damascus: Did President Assad order the assassination of Mishʿal atTammu?

KURDWATCH, October 24, 2012—On October 10, 2012, the Saudi news channel alʿArabiya published classified Syrian documents according to which Bashar alAssad allegedly instructed the Air Force Intelligence Service to assassinate Mishʿal atTammu . In the first of the documents, which was »delivered to accounting« on October 9, 2011, Brigadier General Saqr Manun instructed Colonel Jawdat Hasan to carry out the aforementioned order. In the second, undated document, Manun informs the President that Mishʿal atTammu, his son Marsil, and the Kurdish activist Zahida Rashkilo were killed on 7. October 2011. In fact, the latter two survived the attack with injuries . In addition, the document refers to writing by the president on September 22, 2011 concerning an »operation« that is intended to prompt Turkish leadership to take a neutral and cooperative stance toward the Syrian crisis.

Al-Malikiyah: Activist kidnapped

KURDWATCH, October 28, 2012—On October 16, 2012, several masked people kidnapped the activist Azad Muhammad ʿAta (b. 1984 in al-Malikiyah) in front of a school in al Malikiyah (Dêrik). According to eyewitnesses, the kidnappers drove a silver taxi. The reasons for the kidnapping are not yet known. The town of al-Malikiyah is currently controlled by the Democratic Union Party (PYD).

Aleppo: Once again deaths in air attack near ʿAnadan

KURDWATCH, October 28, 2012—On October 15, 2012, an attack by the Syrian Air Force near ʿAnadan (ten kilometers north of Aleppo) once again hit a minivan. Ruwayda alʿAbdullah, ʿAbdo Mustafa Qarbuz, and Walid Khalil Khanjar were killed and numerous other people were injured. ʿAnadan is located on route between Turkey and Aleppo, a route through which the Free Syrian Army (FSA) is supplied with weapons and ammunition.

Al-Qamishli: Kurdish National Council decides against antiAmerican demonstration slogan

KURDWATCH, October 25, 2012—Nationwide protests on October 19, 2012 resulted again in numerous dead and injured. Throughout the country, demonstrators demanded the fall of the regime. In large parts of the country, protestors took to the streets under the slogan »America, hasn’t your hate been satisfied by our blood?« Supporters of the Kurdish National Council and many Kurdish youth groups decided against this slogan and protested under their own slogan »No celebrations [the Feast of Sacrifice] in the shadow of the Baʿth regimes«. Supporters of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) demonstrated under the motto »Young people are a guarantee for a free future«. In alQamishli, one demonstration took place in each of the districts of alʿAntariyah (organized by the Biratî, Rojava, Shaikh Maʿshuq and Farhad Martyrs youth groups), Kurnish (organized by supporters of the Kurdish Future Movement in Syria under Rezan Bari Shaikhmus, the Sewa youth group, and other independent youth groups) and Munir Habib (organized by the Kurdish National Council). Two protest marches by PYD supporters—one from adDarbasiyah and the other from alMalikiyah (Dêrik)arrived in alQamishli and joined together in an event to remember the 1998 arrest of Abdullah Öcalan in Kenya. The participants in the protests had begun marching several days earlier. In ʿAmudah, three separate demonstrations took place, organized by the PYD, the Kurdish National Council, and various youth groups. Three demonstrations also took place in alHasakah. A funeral march for the burial of Adib Mala Sulayman [further information on the case] took place in ʿAyn alʿArab (Kobanî). In Raʾs alʿAyn (Serê Kaniyê), a jointly organized demonstration split into three separate protest marches, led by the Kurdish National Council, the PYD, and several youth groups. As has been the case for several months, no Friday demonstrations took place in alMaʿbada (Girkê Legê) and alMalikiyah (Dêrik); demonstrations were held during the week. There were no protests in ʿAfrin or in the mainly Kurdish districts of Aleppo and Damascus.


Aleppo: One dead in air attack

KURDWATCH, October 24, 2012—On October 17, 2012, Adib ʿAbdurrahman Mala Sulayman (b. 1966 in ʿAyn alʿArab [Kobanî], married, seven children) and two of his sons were hit in their private vehicle and severely injured during a Syrian Air Force attack near alBab (fifty kilometers northeast of Aleppo). Sulayman succumbed to his injuries the same day. The Kurdish Democratic Progressive Party in Syria, of which Sulayman was a member, organized a funeral service for the deceased on October 19 in ʿAyn alʿArab [Kobanî].

Damascus: Two dead following rocket attack

KURDWATCH, October 29, 2012—On October 20, 2012, Muhammad Sabri Ose (b. 1986 in ʿAyn Diwar, married, no children) and Muhammad Sharif Yusuf ʿAbbas (b. 1982 in alMaʿbada [Girkê Legê], married, one child) were killed in their homes during a Syrian Army rocket attack on the village of asSabinah (five kilometers south of Damascus).