Kurdish media condemn Turkey’s operation against Afrin

“Russia, the US and Europe has become Erdogan’s partners in his aggression towards the Kurds by granting Ankara permission to attack Afrin.”

Kurdish fighters

According to pro-Kurdish YPG media, their forces reportedly killed the four Turkish soldiers during the latter’s infiltration attempt into the Bulbul District of Afrin, January 20, 2018.

Strong condemnation of the Turkish operation on the Syrian Kurdish-held city of Afrin and a clampdown on protests in Turkey topped the coverage of Kurmanji-Kurdish language web sites on 20-22 January. HDP: ‘Attempt of invasion’

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) issued a statement signed by co-chair Serpil Kemalbay, saying that “the Turkish government’s claim that it is responding to an attack from Afrin was ‘an obvious lie'”. It described the operation as “an attempt of invasion” of Afrin.

The statement said that Turkey aimed to “destroy Kurdish people’s desire for freedom”, which it called “unacceptable”, pro-Kurdish Mezopotamya Agency reported on 20 January.

Co-chair of another pro-Kurdish party, the Democratic Regions’ Party (DBP), Mehmet Arslan said that the ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) “war policies” needed to be stopped and Afrin needed to be supported with the “spirit of the Kobane resistance”, reported Mezopotamya Agency on 21 January.

The Movement for a Democratic Society (TEV-DEM), the coalition governing the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, called on the people of Rojava, the predominantly Kurdish-populated areas in northern Syria and democratic forces to mobilise against the “invading attacks” by Turkey, PKK-affiliated ANF reported on 20 January. PYD asks for clarity from Russia

The Democratic Union Party (PYD) condemned Turkey’s attempt to “invade” Afrin and asked Russia and the USA to make their stance about the operation clear.

The PYD said that the resistance of Afrin was “the other side of resistance of Kobane”, adding that the Turkish government and its “gangs” would “meet the same fate” as the Islamic State (IS) in Kobane, reported ANF on January 21.

The Syrian Kurdish armed wing of the PYD, the People’s Protection Units (YPG), said that they would defend the region with their lives and called on the Kurdish youth to join “the resistance”.

The YPG claimed that Turkey was “attacking civilians” and that “the attack was an attempt to create an opportunity for IS to penetrate the region.”

The YPG said that “it would win against the barbaric attacks, as it had done in the past,” reported ANF. KCK: ‘A grave for AKP’

The pan-Kurdish umbrella organisation led by outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the Kurdistan Communities Union (KCK), in a statement, called on the “Kurdish people and democratic forces to support and defend Afrin, as they did in Kobane”.

The KCK said that “Russia, the US and Europe has become Erdogan’s partners in his aggression towards the Kurds by granting Ankara permission to attack Afrin.”

The KCK said that Afrin should become a “grave for [Turkey’s ruling] Justice and Development Party (AKP) and [AKP’s ally] Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) fascism”, pro-Kurdish Roj News reported on 21 January.

The Kurdish National Congress (KNK) said in a statement that the Turkish government was the “main enemy” of the Kurdish people and called on the people of Afrin to resist and defend the region.

The KNK said that “Kurdish people would succeed because they were on the right path,” reported ANF on 21 January. Reaction from Kurdish Diaspora

Protests were held in various cities in Turkey, Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Europe against the operation.

“Thousands took to the street in European cities, chanting slogans of ‘Long live the resistance of Afrin’, ‘Dictator Erdogan’,” PKK-affiliate ANF reported on 20 January.

The European Kurdish Democratic Societies Congress (KCDK-E) condemned the operation and called on the Kurds living in Europe, democrats, intellectuals, and those who support the struggle for freedom to take to the streets.

The KCDK-E stated that it was a matter of “honour and dignity” for the Kurdish people to fight for Afrin, reported ANF on 20 January.

The Kurdish Democratic Society Centre in Germany (NAV-DEM) called on the Kurds in Germany to hold protests against “Erdogan’s dictatorship and fascism”, reported ANF on 21 January.

The Peoples’ Democratic Congress-Germany (HDK-Almanya) issued a statement saying that the “ruling fascist bloc” in Turkey was continuously trying to “aggravate the war”, reported ANF on 20 January.

The Movement of Kurdish Women in Europe (TJK-E) issued a statement saying that the “fascist Turkish government and its nationalist organisation” crossed all borders when it came to hostilities against the Kurds.

The TJK-E said that it was a duty of the Kurds living in all four parts of Kurdistan – in Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria – as well as in Kurdish Diaspora, to support and protect the achievements of the Kurdish people, reported ANF. Pro-Kurdish news website hacked

Meanwhile the pro-Kurdish Roj News website was hacked around 0800 gmt on 22 January.

The hashtag #ZEYTINDALIOPERASYONU, appeared on the page, which translates as “Operation Olive Branch”, Turkey’s name for the military operation in Afrin.

It was reportedly hacked by a group calling themselves “Kaplanlar (The Tigers)” with the signature of the Twitter account “@kanun_suz” as was seen from the web page.

The group said on the page that “The place of people whose dream is Kurdistan would be the grave”.

Approximately half an hour after that, the page was shut down, presumably by Roj News staff.

Source: BBC Monitoring in Kurmanji Kurdish 1400 gmt 22 Jan 18
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Kurds blame Russia for Turkish attacks on Syria’s Afrin

Kurds are blaming Russia for the ongoing Turkish army attacks on the predominantly Syrian Kurdish Afrin region, saying Moscow opened Syria’s airspace for Turkish warplanes after the Kurds refused to hand over Afrin to Syrian government troops.

“Russia has allowed Turkey to attack Afrin after the Kurds refused Moscow’s suggestion to hand over Afrin to the Syrian government,” the Kurdish privately-owned Shar Press news website said on 21 January citing sources from the People’s Protection Units (YPG).

“The YPG instead vowed to put up a fierce resistance in defence of the area,” the news website added.

Syrian Kurdish official Aldar Khalil in an interview with the pro-Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Sterk TV late in the evening on 20 January said: “We held a couple of meetings with a Russian delegation yesterday and today and they told us that we should hand over Afrin to the Syrian government so they can stop Turkey’s attacks this way, but we refused.”

“We told them [the Russian delegation] that Turkey would not have attacked Afrin in the first place if it was under the control of the Syrian government. The attacks are in fact part of a Turkish-Syrian agreement to target our project in Syria,” he said.

He compared Russian’s current stance on Afrin to how the former Soviet Union abandoned the Iranian Kurds of the self-declared Mahabad Republic in 1946, which Moscow had initially backed at the time.

“Such a stance by Russia is unfortunately reflected in the history of the Kurds and it is the bad luck of the Kurds that Russia is acting this way now like what they did to the Republic of Mahabad in Rojhelat [Iran’s Kurdish region],” Khalil said.

Murat Karaylan, a PKK leader, also told the TV on 20 January that “Turkey would not have attacked Afrin without the approval of Russia, which controls the airspace.”

He added: “Therefore, we ask Russia and [Russian President] Mr [Vladimir] Putin not to be an accomplice in Turkey’s massacre of the Kurds in Afrin.”

Source: BBC Monitoring in Kurdish 21 Jan 18
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Turkey coordinated with US, Israel on Syrian affairs – Iran commander

Iran’s Supreme Leader’s senior adviser for military affairs has said that Turkey’s general strategy in Syria is coordinated with USA and Israel.

“In their general strategy, Turks are coordinated with Americans as well as the Zionists. The confrontations between them are tactical and they seek some shares in Sochi’s upcoming talks, and even in the power arrangement of future Syria and its transition government, as well as in the groups which will form the future of Syria. Turkey wants a share in the future government in Syria,” Yahya Rahim Safavi said in an interview with state-run TV Channel Two (IRTV2) on 22 January.

He added that in his opinion Turkey is a kind of a player which works with America, the “Zionists” as well as Iran and Russia all at the same time. “Turkey is a player for whom its financial interests have priority in any situation,” Rahim Safavi said.

In another part of his interview, Safavi said that “Israel is very concerned about the formation of a force [in Syria] to regain Golan, where they invested 12bn dollars in building settlements.”

“Zionists will try their best to weaken the power of Syria and its army,” he added.

Safavi further said that “[US President Donald] Trump’s deputy [Vice-President Mike Pence] visited occupied territories recently and talked nonsense about Iran. I think Trump’s unwise approach towards Quds [Jerusalem] will unite Muslim nations and increase anger and hatred against America and its interests in the world.

Source: Vision of the Islamic Republic of Iran Network 2, Tehran, in Persian 1915 gmt 22 Jan 18
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