“Some say that we are at a moment of historical transformation. Some claim that their purpose is to liberate peoples from their oppressors and persecutors. No people have been more persecuted than the Kurds. No nation has known more oppression than the Kurdish nation. Why then are there double standards in such vital questions? Why does anybody not take the side of the Kurdish nation as it declares its independence and unity?”
“One wonders, who is manipulating the sacred cause of the Kurds? Who is drinking the blood of thousands of martyrs?”
People’s Protection Units (YPG) spokesperson Redur Xelil has said the Kurdish force will not retreat from the west of the Euphrates to the east.
Speaking to journalist Mutlu Civiroglu, Xelil said his words had been misconstrued and that they wouldn’t withdraw at anyone’s request.
“We are in our own country and not withdrawing on the request of Turkey or someone else,” Xelil told Civiroglu.
Reuters had said that Xelil had told them they would withdraw if the SDF instructed them to.
Turkish officials have threatened YPG with military action if the Kurdish force, which took part in the liberation of Manbij on the west of the Euphrates under the umbrella of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), did not retreat back across the river.
A top US official and Vice President Joe Biden also said they had told YPG forces to retreat to the east of the Euphrates or they would cease support for the group.
Turkish troops and FSA militants began a cross-border incursion into Jarablus today and have taken control of the ghost city within 12 hours. Reports suggest there were no clashes between them and Islamic State militants, who have withdrawn to Al-Bab. Some commentators have called attention to the fact that IS had allegedly conducted artillery attacks on Turkish soil in the past two days but there was no IS presence in Jarablus when Turkish-FSA forces arrived.
Turkey-FSA Take Jarablus From IS Without Fight
The military council of Jarabulus on Sunday released a statement warning Turkey for it’s ‘aggressive actions’ since the start of the Manbij operation in northern Syria, expressing concerns about a potential Turkish intervention in the ISIS-held town of Jarabulus.
“They allowed huge numbers of ISIS militants through the border, to hit the stability in Syria,” the council said. “Turkey is also trying to activate terrorist groups like al-Qaeda in Syria, which are celebrating the beheading of children in Aleppo.”
The Jarabulus council said there might be an agreement between Turkey and ISIS to give the Turkish forces an opportunity to occupy the city of Jarabulus if ISIS is defeated.
“We in the military council of Jarabulus warn the Turkish government for its aggressive actions. We stress we will not stand idle towards such hostile acts,” it said.
“We call on the US-led coalition to abide by its pledges to protect our region from the entry of Turkish forces, and its attempts to occupy Syria and hit the gains of our people,” the council said.
“We consider such attempts an intervention in our domestic issues.”
The Kurds have accused Turkey of supporting ISIS fighters to cross into Jarabulus.
“They support them in Jarabulus, passing the border, and giving them weapons and ammunition,” Salih Muslim, the co-head of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) told ARA News.
The French military intelligence said about 100 foreigners continue to enter Syria from Turkey each week to join ISIS, the Figaro reported.
According to reports, Syrian rebels were preparing to attack the ISIS-held border town of Jarabulus from Turkey.
Turkey is increasingly worried about the recent gains of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Manbij and has reached out to Iran, Russia and indirectly to Assad, and said they would fight the Kurdish forces of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) –a leading member of SDF– inside Syria, accusing the YPG of having links with Turkey’s PKK.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday: “They [PKK] are separatists and traitors. We will fight against them both in Turkish territories, and in Iraq and Syria where they live, and anywhere, even in Iran.”
The SDF forces are getting nearer the city of al-Bab and Jarabulus in northern Syria after defeating ISIS in the city of Manbij.
Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg and Jan Mohammed
Source: ARA News
Jarablus Military Council Commander Assassinated by Turkish Intelligence Service
The general commander of the newly declared Jarablus Military Council (JMC), Abdulsettar El-Cadirî, has been assassinated by Turkish Intelligence Service (MIT) agents according to reports.
Abdulsettar El-Cadirî, who read the statement declaring the launch of the Military Council to liberate Jarablus city in Rojava (Northern Syria), was assassinated 3 hours later at the Sheikhler Front by two MIT agents. Initially heavily injured in the attack, El-Cadirî could not be saved by doctors despite the medical response.
The two MIT agents in question were captured and are being interrogated by the Jarablus Military Council. The JMC have said they will make all the necessary statements in the coming hours.
Jarablus is on the border of Turkey and Rojava (Syria) and is the only area to be occupied by jihadist groups supported by Turkey. In recent statements Turkish officials have said they will launch an operation to take Jarablus from Islamic State by using more ‘moderate’ forces to fill the gap.
Jarablus, like Manbij, which was taken by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Manbij Military Council (MMC) fighters recently, is a strategically important area for the conjoining of Rojava’s three cantons but also as a gateway for jihadists to enter Syria. The killed Jarablus Military Council commander had said they would not allow Turkey to occupy Jarablus in his statement.
Meanwhile the Turkish army has been bombing areas controlled by the SDF and MMC in Manbij today as the first step in what commentators are saying will be a direct intervention into the area. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim recently stated that they would do everything in their power to prevent a “Kurdish entity in the region to protect Syria’s sovereignty and unity.”
The assassination is likely to further escalate tensions and violence as the Jarablus Military Council, which is a Kurdish-Arab alliance supported by the SDF, will launch an operation to liberate Jarablus from Islamic State.