mardi 26 mai 2015

Palmyre/Tadmor : un Kurde originaire de Muş (Turquie) est mort dans les rangs de l'EI

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Turkish IS fighter “Ebu Muaz" from Muş reported killed in Palmyra - second in past last couple days:"

Source : https://twitter.com/NCaucasusCaucus/status/602943865327374337

Voir également : Syrie : un Kurde de Diyarbakır est mort au combat dans les rangs de l'Etat islamique

Allemagne : l'Etat islamique attire de jeunes Kurdes

Islamisme et vocations djihadistes chez les Kurdes

Syrie : davantage de djihadistes en provenance de Russie et de France que de Turquie (pays majoritairement musulman et contigu)

Peu de Turcs parmi les djihadistes en provenance d'Europe de l'Ouest

Allemagne : la remarquable sous-représentation des Turcs chez les djihadistes

Les Kurdes et l'EIIL

Des mosquées d'Erbil à l'EI : parcours de Kurdes radicalisés

Plus de 250 Kurdes de la région kurde d'Irak sont morts au combat dans les rangs de l'EI

Au total, 500 Kurdes du Kurdistan irakien ont rejoint l'EI, dont trois mollah employés par l'administration kurde

Des Kurdes de nationalité turque parmi les djihadistes d'al-Nosra tués par les frappes américaines à Alep et Idleb

Certains sont originaires de Diyarbakir, Adiyaman et Van (la province d'Erzurum est également peuplée en grande partie de Kurdes).



Source : https://twitter.com/NCaucasusCaucus/status/602978944749576193

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Here is last Turkish Nusra fighter I could find for now - Kurdish guy from Diyarbakir named Yunus, killed in Idlib"

Source : https://twitter.com/NCaucasusCaucus/status/601912004442480640

"FreePalestine#yemen
‏@leilanazzar

More #Turkish Al-Nusra killed Ali from Adana,Osman from Van, Furkan Serin from Diyarbakir, Ferhat Avci from Adiyaman ""

Source : https://twitter.com/leilanazzar/status/602519137848467456

Le Front al-Nosra est un groupe djihadiste qui combat l'EI et qui fait partie de la coalition rebelle Jaysh al-Fatah (qui a pris la ville d'Idleb en mars dernier).

Voir également : Idleb (Syrie) : mort d'Abou Omar al-Kurdi (un membre fondateur du Front al-Nosra)

Islamisme et vocations djihadistes chez les Kurdes

Turquie, EI et PKK : quand les médias dérapent au détriment de l'éthique journalistique

Syrie : davantage de djihadistes en provenance de Russie et de France que de Turquie (pays majoritairement musulman et contigu)

Allemagne : la remarquable sous-représentation des Turcs chez les djihadistes

Peu de Turcs parmi les djihadistes en provenance d'Europe de l'Ouest

lundi 25 mai 2015

Le PYD-YPG n'a pas respecté ses promesses : il continue à enrôler des enfants soldats

Kurdish Forces In Syria Continue To Recruit Child Soldiers
Kurdish commanders have broken earlier pledges to stop the forced recruitment of children, saying it is necessary to protect individual homes.
 
Ahmad Khalil (2015-05-24)

RMELAN — After being called out by rights groups last summer, Kurdish military forces pledged to end their use of child soldiers and to protect them from armed conflict. But 10 months later, witnesses and relatives say Kurdish forces continue to recruit schoolchildren.
Yasser al-Hassan, 46, an engineer in the oil fields of Rmelan, a town in the northeastern al-Hassakah Governorate, says that armed boys and girls man checkpoints between al-Qamishli and Rmelan. "Many children died at the fronts in Ras al-Ein, Yarubia and Hassakeh," he says, adding that he had personally attended the funerals of a number of child soldiers.

"The recruitment is still ongoing under the excuse of defending the area and claims these children volunteered by themselves," he continues. "But that's not true, because most teachers in schools are members of the Public Protection Units, and they brainwash children and convince them that joining and fighting with them is a sacred matter and that everyone must volunteer to fight with the units."

Al-Hassan says that many of his friends and family members left Syria for either Iraq or Turkey just to prevent their children from being lured into fighting, either by the teachers or by other children in the Public Protection Units who try to convince their friends to join.

"Other children only join to make some money because their families need money due to their financial situation after four years of war,"
he says.

Accountability for recruiters

In June 2014, an Arabic report by the monitoring group Violations Documentation Center said it had documented the deaths of 223 children under the age of 18 who were fighting with different opposition groups, including those fighting not only for the Kurds but also for ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra, Ahrar al-Sham and the Islamic Front.

Shortly thereafter, Human Rights Watch demanded a halt to the use of child soldiers by all sides in the conflict and warned that countries financing these groups could be prosecuted. The report featured the stories of 25 children, who spoke in detail about their recruitment by armed groups.

Earlier this year, Syria Deeply also detailed the recruitment of child soldiers by ISIS.

Muhammad Taj al-Deen, 37, a tailor in al-Qamishli city, says that his 14-year-old nephew was killed last December fighting on behalf of the People's Protection Units near Abu Qassab village, in southern al-Qamishli. The boy was killed with nine other students while fighting with the units against ISIS, he says.

"My nephew Butan Taj al-Deen dropped out when he was in elementary school due to the lack of teaching staff," he recalls. "He wasn’t good at school, so when he quit, his parents didn't care much, and they sent him to work in the vegetable market in town, which is ruled by party members."
Every day, he brought back lots of vegetables and 200 Syrian liras (about $1).

"It was a very good salary, so his family didn't pay much attention to the threat their son was under," al-Deen says. "We later heard he joined the People's Protection Units. We didn't take this seriously, and his family thought he was just going to guard the market along with other members of the party, but three months later we received the news of his death."

Al-Deen is still in shock that his nephew was killed. "I have no idea how he and his younger friend Hassan Ibrahim joined the party together and both got killed together too. How could a 13- or a 14-year-old child carry weapons and fight? And when did the Protection Units manage to train them enough to take them to the fronts?

He characterizes what happened with Butan and his friend Hassan as a crime. "How could it be that children are recruited and taken to fighting fronts, dragged to a certain death against highly experienced fighters of terrorist organizations?"

When it emerged last year that the Kurdish People's Protection Units had been recruiting at schools under their control, at least one official denied that it was sanctioned. Kanaan Barakat, a Kurdish military chief northern Syria, told Human Rights Watch that recruiting children was unacceptable. If it was happening, he said, it was not the party's policy.

"The Kurdish security forces in Afrin, Ain al-Arab [Kobani] and al-Jazira areas disapprove of the recruitment of children for fighting and for checkpoints," he said. "Some children had volunteered, and their enrollment in any military activities is a matter of individual mistakes."
Source : http://www.worldcrunch.com/world-affairs/kurdish-forces-in-syria-continue-to-recruit-child-soldiers/kurdish-soldiers-children-recruitment-people-039-s-protection-units/c1s18836/#.VWL4ZEbfcjw

Voir également : Ras al-Ayn : la police politique du PYD continue à enrôler de force des jeunes

Cyber cafés de Ras al-Ayn : le PYD enrôle de force des jeunes

Hassaka : le PYD continue à arrêter de jeunes hommes et de jeunes garçons pour l'enrôlement forcé

Recrutement forcé par le PYD : deux Kurdes syriens ont tenté de fuir au Kurdistan irakien

Syrie : le Conseil national kurde dénonce la "loi" sur la conscription dans la Djézireh

Déclaration de 125 personnalités kurdes condamnant l'enrôlement de mineurs par le PYD-YPG

Mustafa Osso (Conseil national kurde) dénonce l'enrôlement forcé de centaines de jeunes Kurdes (et non-Kurdes) dans les YPG

Kobanê : des Kurdes réfugiés à Suruç (Turquie) critiquent le PKK-PYD

Amudah : nouvelle manifestation contre le recrutement de mineurs par les YPG, menaces des YPG contre la mère d'Hamrin Husain

Qamishli : la police politique du PYD (Asayish) attaque une manifestation contre l'enrôlement forcé dans les YPG

Ad-Darbasiyah : de jeunes hommes sont enrôlés de force par le PYD

Ad-Darbasiyah : la police politique du PYD (Asayish) abat un "conscrit" qui s'était évadé d'une prison

Syrie : le PKK-YPG "recrute" toujours des enfants soldats

Les zones contrôlées par le PKK-PYD-YPG en Syrie : arrestations arbitraires, torture, meurtres inexpliqués et disparitions

Les fédérations assyriennes d'Allemagne et de Suède accusent les YPG de l'assassinat d'un leader assyrien en Syrie

AINA News
Assyrian Federations Accuse YPG Kurds of Assassinating Assyrian Military Leader
Posted 2015-05-23 00:56 GMT

(AINA) -- A joint statement issued by the Assyrian Federation of Germany and the Assyrian Federation of Sweden claims the assassination of an Assyrian military commander in Syria was carried out by members of the People's Defense Units (YPG), a Kurdish military group in eastern Syria.

On April 22nd commander David Gindo and Elias Naser were shot (AINA 2015-04-23). David Gindo was killed immediately. Elias Naser was critically wounded and left for dead, but he survived. He is unable to speak because one bullet hit his throat.

According to testimony from Mr. Naser, written while in hospital a few days after the attack, the assassins were members of the YPG. He specified the pseudonyms of three of them.

Mr. Naser said they voluntarily left with the 5 YPG members, expecting to go to a secret location for a meeting with another Assyrian. They were blindfolded en route and when they arrived at a location unknown to them they were accused of collaborating with both ISIS and government forces. David Gindo was severely beaten before being shot execution style. Elias Naser was shot in the throat and after he fell forward was shot in the back.

When the YPG members left Mr. Naser crawled 500 meters to a road where he was picked up and taken to hospital. He is now recuperating in a secret location, with his wife and children.

The following statement, posted on the YPG website, says an investigation has been opened into this incident:

    ROJAVA, April 29, 2015 - On April 22, 2015, Commander of the Zerevani forces, Khabur Dawid Cindo, was martyred as a result of an attack, and his fellow fighters were wounded. We in the General Command of the People's Defense Units, Syriac Military Council and Khabur Zerevani Forces, consider this assassination as an attack against peoples in the region who share a new form of brotherhood and peaceful life. This attack has happened at a time that Syriac, Kildani, Assyrian and all Christian people are remembering the Seyfo Genocide with sorrow; at a time that our Units have gained significant victories against terrorist attacks of Daesh in Khabur area, Til Temr town where tens of our hero combatants have been martyred expressing a historical resistance.

    Declaring for the public opinion, we will work decisively to bring the killers to justice, as we have put up a special committee for investigation on this incidental case; the results will be revealed once the process is completed.

It is not clear if the motive for this attack was political or criminal. The YPG gunmen stole 750,000 Syrian Pounds, 35 AK47s and few PKC machine guns from Mr. Naser's home.

Here is the joint statement from the Assyrian Federations:

    On the night of April 22 two local Assyrian leaders from the Khabur area in Syria were taken from their homes and attacked by members of the Kurdish militia known as YPG.

    David Gindo and Elias Naser were important leaders for the Assyrians of Khabur with Naser being the leader of the Assyrian militia in the area. It is through his miraculous survival from the attack the perpetrators of the heinous act have been identified.

    On the morning of Wednesday April 22nd YPG gunmen ambushed David Antar Gindo and Elias Naser. Tragically, David was killed in the attack, and Elias was in critical condition in hospital at Qameshli, Syria. Days after he was admitted to hospital, Elias Naser wrote out the details of the attack (he was wounded in the throat and unable to speak). From Elias Naser's testimony, the attack occurred as follows:

    On April 22nd, shortly after 23:00, Mr. Elias Naser and Mr. David Gindo arrived at Mr. Naser's home where they were confronted by five individuals from YPG demanding to speak with them. All five used pseudonyms, three of which were Kamal, Hamza and Dlovan.

    The uninvited Kurdish guests sat with the two Assyrian leaders and drank tea, informing them that YPG leaders wished to speak with them about the looting, and that their colleague Riadh Gabriel was already at a secret location for a meeting concerning the matter. Trusting in what they were told, Mr. Elias Naser and Mr. David Gindo agreed to go with the YPG men. On route to the destination they were told that they must be blindfolded because the location of the meeting must remain a secret.

    Once they arrived at the location they were tied with ropes and David Antar Gindo was tortured and beaten. The YPG men falsely accused Mr. Elias Naser and Mr. David Gindo of collaborating with ISIS and the Assad regime. These baseless accusations were a pretext to take control of the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians, starting with the elimination of its leadership.

    After the YPG gunmen badly beat David Gindo, they took him and Elias Naser to an off road spot near the village of Jumayla, adjacent to the Euphrates damn (also called the Assad damn). The YPG men first executed point blank and in cold blood, David Antar Gindo, and then they turned their guns on Elias Naser. The time was, recalls Elias, around 2:30 am.

    Fortunately for Elias Naser, the fatal shot intended to kill him struck him in the throat, and he fell forward as if dead. Though the YPG gunmen shot and kicked him in the body, Elias Naser remained motionless and was left for dead. Passing in and out of consciousness, Elias Naser waited until his attackers had left, freed his hands from the cords that bound him and crawled a distance of 500 meters to a main road where he was taken by a passing car to hospital.

    The YPG gunmen also stole a sum of 750,000 Syrian Pounds, 35 AK47s and few PKC machine guns from Mr. Naser's home.

    Presently, Elias Naser is recuperating in a secret location, thankful to be alive but nonetheless mourning the loss of his friend David Antar Gindo.

    The Assyrian Federation of Sweden and the Assyrian Federation of Germany condemn the heinous act by the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) which is the Syrian arm of the PKK. The decision to eliminate the two Assyrians is political and aimed at further weakening the Assyrian presence in the area.

    It is becoming evident that the Assyrians are squeezed between ISIL and Kurdish political groups eager to occupy Assyrian villages and land. We also call upon Western governments to send direct aid and support to Assyrians in Syria and Iraq.

    Assyrian Federation of Germany
    Assyrian Federation of Sweden
Source : http://www.aina.org/news/20150522205619.htm

Pour rappel : Syrie : un leader assyrien a été assassiné par les YPG

Voir également : Syrie : la dernière famille chrétienne syriaque a fui la ville d'Amouda (contrôlée par le PYD)

Un chrétien assyrien d'Hassaka : "Ni l'armée syrienne, ni les Kurdes [YPG] ne nous protègent"

  
Plusieurs volontaires chrétiens occidentaux quittent les YPG car rebutés par leur idéologie communiste

Sud-est de la Turquie : le gouvernement turc tente de protéger les chrétiens de Tur Abdin des attaques kurdes (notamment du PKK et du Hizbullah kurde)
 
 
Selon Siraj al-Din al-Hasakawi (activiste syrien), les YPG veulent modifier la carte démographique de la région d'Hassaka

Kelashin (Irak) : le PKK mène une attaque armée contre les Kurdes du PDKI

PKK Attacks KDPI, Killing Two Peshmerga
PKK not happy with KDPI attempts to establish base on Iranian Kurdistan border


Basnews  |  Sharif Falah
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24.05.2015  11:07

QANDIL

Early on Sunday morning, Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) attacked Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) Peshmerga on the border between the Iraqi Kurdistan Region and Iranian Kurdistan. Two KDPI Peshmerga are confirmed dead.


According to the KDPI official website, PKK guerillas attacked KDPI Peshmerga forces in the Keleshin region, on the border between the KRG and Iranian Kurdistan. The KDPI has confirmed the deaths of two Peshmerga.

Tensions have risen over the last few days, after a large number of KDPI Peshmerga returned to old bases in the mountainous regions on the Iraqi Kurdistan and Iranian Kurdistan borders.

The PKK isn’t happy with the KDPI reinforcements, and warned them to leave. The PKK have now surrounded the KDPI Peshmerga forces in the area.


Muhammad Salih Qadiri, member of the KDPI politburo, on Sunday told BasNews that the recent deployment of their forces was a warning to the Iranian regime as well as a show of support for the recent protests in Iranian Kurdish cities and towns.

The PKK is yet to comment on the Sunday clashes. However on Saturday Damhat Agid, head of PKK foreign relations, told BasNews that the KDPI Peshmerga wanted to establish a base in the area and the PKK are preventing them from doing so.

“Several KDPI Peshmerga came to the area, which has been under our control for a long time. They wanted to establish a base in the area, but we have insisted they leave the area immediately,” said Agid.
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/24/pkk-attacks-kdpi-killing-two-peshmerga/

PKK Official: Clashes Are Warning to KDPI
There are other areas for KDPI to cross into Iran, Agid says


Basnews  |  Shamal Abdulla
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24.05.2015  15:38

QANDIL

The Kurdistan Group of Communities (KCK) has declared that today’s clashes between the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) are a “warning”.


Head of PKK Foreign Relations Damhat Agid has claimed that the KDPI sought permission to use the area, which has been under the authority of the PKK for years, in order to cross into Iranian Kurdistan. “The PKK allowed them to move throughout the region, but we discovered they have ulterior motives.”

Agid continued, “The KDPI has established a customs office and ordered people to pay tax; we attempted to solve the issue peacefully through our connections, but some parties are trying to inflame the situation.”

Commenting on the clashes between the PKK and KDPI taking place near to the KRG and Iranian Kurdistan border today 24th May, Agid said, “That was a warning about which we don’t have confirmed reports of casualties.

“The situation must settle down. There are other areas which the KDPI can use to cross into Iranian Kurdistan and carry out its activities.”

A delegation from the Kurdistan Region Parliament is to visit Qandil and meet with PKK officials. Agid stated that the meeting was scheduled prior to the incident, but the clashes will now lead the agenda.
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/24/pkk-official-clashes-are-warning-to-kdpi/

Iranian Government Sends Reinforcements to KRG Borders
Forces being taken in by helicopter, KDPI official says


Basnews  |  Sharif Falah
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24.05.2015  16:59

KELESHIN

The Iranian government has sent reinforcements to its borders with the Kurdistan Region as clashes between Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) and the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) take place in the area.


Kawa Jawanmard, member of the KDPI politburo, has exclusively told BasNews that KDPI has been informed that the Iranian government is reorganising its forces in the area to confront any unexpected incidents.

“We understand that Iranian forces are using helicopters to deploy reinforcements quickly to the mountainous areas near Shino and Kelashin in the north-west of Iran.”

Jawanmard has rejected rumours claiming that Iranian soldiers disguised as PKK fighters in the clashes against KDPI Peshmerga forces.

A source confirmed the reports and spoke to BasNews from Iran. “The Iranian government is moving artillery to the borders as they are concerned about the clashes between the two Kurdish parties.”

Tensions between the PKK and KDPI have risen due to the KDPI recently resuming activities in the area. The Iranian Kurdish political party intended to send reinforcements to the Iranian border to carry out operations, but the PKK claims that they have crossed into the area, which has been under their control for years, with ulterior motives.
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/24/iranian-government-sends-reinforcements-to-krg-borders/

Kurdistan
KDPI suspects deadly attack is PKK-Iran plot

By RUDAW 22 hours ago

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) suspects elite government troops took part in an attack on the group’s positions in the Iran-Iraq border area of Kelashin on Sunday in which two KDPI fighters were killed.

Hasan Sharafi, deputy secretary general of the KDPI, said  Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, known as the Pasdaran, may have attacked KDPI positions disguised as PKK guerillas.


“We strongly suspect there was a coordination between the Pasdaran and the PKK to attack the KDPI,” Sharafi told Rudaw in a live interview Sunday from the group’s headquarters in Koya, Kurdistan region.

“We also suspect that the Iranian Pasdaran disguised as PKK guerillas fought our troops,” Sharafi said.

Meanwhile, in a strongly worded statement on Sunday the KDPI condemned the attack and called PKK actions “treason against the Kurdish struggle” and “serving the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

“We want to assure you that despite our efforts towards peace, we will never surrender to pressure, threat and oppression,” the statement concluded.

The PKK has not yet confirmed the military raid but said it “did not wish for a standoff” between them and the KDPI troops.

Demhat Agid, a senior member of the PKK’s military wing KCK, said on Sunday they felt “no animosity towards the KDPI troops” in the strategic border area, but that the KDPI had “bad intentions.”

“KDPI Peshmergas were collecting customs and charging the local people, and the PKK cautioned them not to do that,” Agid told PKK media outlets.

Kelashin, where the Sunday’s clashes took place, is a mountainous area in Iraq’s Kurdistan region that borders Iran to the east and Turkey to the west.
 Kurdish fighters have often used the strategic region as a midpoint for their guerrilla warfare due to its location where air strikes are difficult.

With more than 5,000 guerrillas spread across the area, the PKK is in virtual control of the no-man’s land located between Iran, Iraq and Turkey.

Although much of the area lies within the borders of Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, the hard terrain make it difficult for Iraq’s Kurdish authorities to patrol.


Political factions in the Kurdistan region were quick to denounce the standoff on Sunday and said the two sides should “find a solution to their problems.”

“Any such clashes among Kurds is inevitably detrimental for all of us, as the region is going through vital transformations,” PUK official Hama Jan told Rudaw.

But the KDPI’s Sharafi said the PKK had “hostile intentions for years” and “did not want to solve the problems peacefully.”

“They responded to our peaceful attempts with the barrels of their guns,” Sharafi said.
Source : http://rudaw.net/NewsDetails.aspx?pageid=130899

Ahmedi clarifies the events that led to the PKK attacking PDKI Peshmergas
by PDKI | on May 25, 2015 | in Statements & Press Releases | Like it

Early yesterday morning, 24 May 2015, PKK fighters initiated an armed attack on PDKI’s Peshmerga Forces in the border region between southern (Iraqi) and eastern (Iranian) Kurdistan that led to one PDKI Peshmerga being martyred and three others injured. PKK has made numerous false claims about this unwarranted aggression.
In order to clarify what actually happened Loghman H. Ahmedi, PDKI’s Head of Foreign Relations, issued a statement that describes the events that led to the unwarranted attack by the PKK fighters.

PKK first denied that any armed attack against PDKI’s Peshmerga forces had occurred and claimed that it was a conspiracy created by some media outlets to harm HDP’s campaign in the Turkish election.

Later the PKK acknowledged that the attack had occurred, but claimed that PDKI’s Peshmerga forces had entered the region without coordinating with them. After a couple of hours they said that PDKI had coordinated with them but that the PDKI Peshmerga had said that they would only going to pass through the mountain region but PDKI’s forces had stayed and set up checkpoints and extorted money from poor people in the region. And the reason PKK’s fighters attacked the PDKI’s Peshmergas was to protect the poor people.

After a couple of hours PKK’s armed wing issued a statement that claimed that “HPG guerrillas [PKK fighters] offered help to a group of 15-20 KDP-I [PDKI] peshmergas who entered the Xinera and wanted to cross into East Kurdistan a while ago. Remarking that the peshmerga group, however, didn’t cross the border and kept waiting at a point in Xinera area, where there is an intense presence of HPG forces, the statement continued; “At around 5 pm yesterday evening, a KDP-I force of 7-8 vehicles coming from Diyana arrived and positioned in the area of Berbızına. A group of HPG guerrillas in Berbızına and Xınere went near them at 9 am this morning to understand what they aimed and wanted to do. Following talks between two sides, the 60-70 person group of peshmergas in Berbızına turned back to where they came from. On the other hand, a group of peshmergas secretly approached a team of guerrillas and wanted to neutralize them as they were waiting behind the other guerrilla group that went near the peshmerga groups in Xınere to talk. They refused to listen to the warnings of the guerrillas to not to come closer, whereupon a team of guerrillas opened a warning fire on them in order not to be captured. In a clash that erupted afterwards and lasted 3-4 minutes, a peshmerga fighter lost his life and one other was wounded.”

Regarding the PKK’s claim that there was some kind of conspiracy by different media outlets against PKK Ahmedi said, “it is really worrisome that the PKK attempted to deny that the attack had even occurred in the first place by alleging that it was a conspiracy against HDP. The PKK knows very well that PDKI has always supported the democratic process in northern [Turkey] Kurdistan and the fact that they used this pretext to claim that they had not attacked our Peshmerga forces could in itself be interpreted as a conspiracy.”

“PKK’s foreign relations spokesperson said in several interviews that the PKK have had a presence in the mountains in which the attack happened since 1980 and shamefully accused our Peshmergas of extorted money from poor people and because our leadership had not coordinated with them, the PKK had carried out the attack as a warning to our Peshmergas. I am no expert in PKK history but I thought that PKK had its bases in the Bekaa valley in Lebanon and later in Syria and that they began operating in 1984. However, what is clear is that the region in which the attack occurred has been a operating base for our Peshmerga forces during past several decades, long before the PKK was established,” Ahmedi said in the statement.

“Moreover, PKK’s claim that our Peshmerga forces had extorted money from poor people is both shameful and ridiculous, especially considering the fact that members of the PKK have been put on trail in European countries on that specific charge,” Ahmedi added.

In the statement Ahmedi also said that “our Peshmerga forces have moved in and out of the region continuously. The PKK threatened our Peshmerga forces on numerous occasions, but our leadership ordered the Peshmergas to avoid PKK fighters and not engage with them, a couple of days ago a large PKK force besieged one of our operating bases and did not allow our Peshmergas to move freely. Our party made every effort possible to reach a peaceful solution to the situation but the PKK either did not reply to our requests or issued new threats. Our party avoided to publicly discuss the situation until we felt that an attack was imminent. Unfortunately, yesterday morning, PKK fighters attacked one of our Peshmerga platoons.”

Regarding the statement that PKK’s armed wings issued, Ahmedi said “anyone that has any military knowledge knows that the event that the PKK describes in that statement could not have happened. According to the statement there were at least 80-90 PDKI Peshmergas in that specific place, and some of our Peshmergas have supposedly tried to attack them from behind, yet the result of the fire fight was that one of our Peshmergas was killed and three were injured and not a single PKK fighter was injured or killed. That description of the event is a total fabrication of what actually happened. The reality is that they besieged our operating base and ambushed our Peshmerga forces at a time when our Peshmerga commanders thought that they still could solve the issue peacefully.”

“Moreover, our Peshmerga forces apprehended several PKK fighters after the attack and after that other Peshmergas came to the aide of the besieged operating base, not only did our Peshmergas release the PKK fighters but we even gave them back their weapons. That should be a clear indication that we had no intention of engaging in any form of conflict with the PKK and that we still hope that we can reach a peaceful solution to this situation. However, it should be clear, that we will not withdraw our Peshmerga forces and they will defend themselves in case of any hostile actions,” Ahmedi concluded.
Source : http://pdki.org/english/ahmedi-clarifies-the-events-that-led-to-the-pkk-attacking-pdki-peshmergas/

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Le PYD-YPG : domination autoritaire et dépendance à l'égard du régime d'Assad

Kurdistan irakien : plusieurs partis kurdes rejettent les ingérences du PKK et des milices chiites

Selon un commandant peshmerga (d'obédience yézidie), le PKK doit se retirer du Kurdistan irakien pour éviter une guerre civile

vendredi 22 mai 2015

Attaque contre les locaux du parti HDP : le suspect est lié au groupe terroriste d'extrême gauche DHKP-C

Suspect in HDP attack linked to DHKP-C terror group
ANADOLU AGENCY
SİNOP, Turkey
Published 19 hours ago

The suspect in the twin bombing of offices of the Turkish opposition Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) earlier this week has links to the radical far-left group Revolutionary People's Liberation Party-Front (DHKP-C),
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said on Thursday.

Although no-one has been arrested for the attacks on the pro-Kurdish party's offices in the southern cities of Mersin and Adana on May 18, Davutoğlu claimed a suspect had been identified as having links to the banned DHKP-C group.

"This assailant was arrested in recent years for being a member of the terrorist group DHKP-C," Davutoğlu told a Justice and Development Party (AKP) election rally in Sinop on the Black Sea coast.

The blasts, which occurred almost simultaneously on Monday morning, injured six people. The HDP, which is contesting a general election for the first time on June 7, was holding a rally in Mersin later that day, where Co-Chairman Selahattin Demirtaş gave a speech.

Davutoğlu lashed out at accusations that the government and the AKP sparked the bombings through incendiary speeches attacking the HDP.

"A member of a terrorist group staged such an attack and they put the blame on the AK Party," he said. "This is how they are unmasked one by one."

Shortly after Davutoğlu's speech, the Interior Ministry issued a statement saying police had identified a member of a banned "leftist organization" as being behind the HDP bombings. It said the suspect was twice arrested for terrorism offenses in 2007, in Ankara and Istanbul.
The ministry added that efforts were underway to catch the suspect.

The DHKP-C was responsible for the murder of a senior prosecutor in Istanbul on March 31.

Mehmet Selim Kiraz, 46, was taken hostage at Çaglayan court, the largest in Turkey, and shot by his captors after six-hours of negotiations. The two hostage-takers, who released photographs of Kiraz with a pistol to his head during the siege, were killed by security forces.

Kiraz had been investigating the death of Berkin Elvan, 15, who was mortally injured by a police tear gas canister during the 2013 Gezi Park protests.

The DHKP-C is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the EU and the U.S.


It claimed responsibility for an attempted grenade attack in January on police guarding Istanbul's Dolmabahçe palace, as well as a suicide attack on a police station in Istanbul later that month but later withdrew that claim.
Source : http://www.dailysabah.com/politics/2015/05/21/suspect-in-hdp-attack-linked-to-dhkp-c-terror-group

Syrie : la police politique du PYD disperse les manifestations de solidarité avec les Kurdes de Mahabad

Al-Maʿbada: Asayiş dissolves solidarity rally for protesters in Iran

KURDWATCH, May 15, 2015—On May 9, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), dissolved a rally in al‑Maʿbada (Girkê Legê). The rally was organized by the Kurdistan Women’s Union, which has close ties to the Kurdistan Democratic Party – Syria (PDK‑S). The Asayiş confiscated numerous cell phones belonging to participants. In addition, two journalists for the Iraqi-Kurdish television station Rûdaw were kidnapped. They were released a few hours later; their cameras were destroyed before being returned to them. The rally was planned as an event in solidarity with the dissident demonstrations in the Kurdish regions of Iran, which have been going on for several days. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) is accused of intentionally radicalizing the protests in Iran in order to give the regime an excuse to quickly crush the protests.
Source : http://www.kurdwatch.org/?aid=3429&z=en&cure=1029

Al-Qamishli: PYD disperses rally and kidnaps five activists

KURDWATCH, May 15, 2015—On May 10, 2015, employees of the Asayiş, the security service of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), dispersed a demonstration in al‑Qamishli organized by the local committee of the Kurdish National Council. The rally was intended to show support for the ongoing protests in the Kurdish regions of Iran. The Asayiş kidnapped five participants in the demonstration, they were released two days later. A demonstrator told KurdWatch: »The Asayiş insulted us. They asked us why we were demonstrating for a slut.« The term »slut« referred to the young woman whose death sparked the unrest in Iran. After being raped, she committed suicide by jumping from the second floor.
Source : http://www.kurdwatch.org/?aid=3430&z=en&cure=1029

Voir également : Iran : répression contre les protestataires kurdes (sunnites) de Mahabad

Le PYD-YPG : domination autoritaire et dépendance à l'égard du régime d'Assad

PYD et féminisme : une opération de communication à usage externe

Ahmad Mustafa (révolutionnaire syrien d'origine kurde) : "Je souhaite que les organisations de défense des droits de l'homme fassent pression sur le PYD afin qu'ils me rendent mon fils"

Souleimaniye (Irak) : blackout des médias (proches de l'UPK) sur le mouvement de protestation de Mahabad (Iran)

Syrie : la dernière famille chrétienne syriaque a fui la ville d'Amouda (contrôlée par le PYD)

Last Syriac family leaving PYD-controlled town in Al-Hasakah

May. 20, 2015

The last Christian Syriac family remaining in Amouda, a town in northern Al-Hasakah, has posted a “for sale” sign on both their house, seen above, and business properties as published by the Assyrian Democratic Organization’s Facebook page.


The announcement in the PYD-controlled town comes five days after an explosive device blew up outside one of the Jerjes family’s store, destroying it completely.
No one has claimed credit for the incident.

“The PYD [the Kurdish Democratic Union] pushed the family to put up their house and lands up for sale,”
Abu Jad al-Hasakawi, a local activist, told Syria Direct on Thursday.

The Syriac Network for Human Rights reported that the bombing in Amouda was a message from the Asayishe [PYD’s police force] to the Syriacs, reporting that Asayish forces have been exerting pressure on the Jerjes family for some time to sell their property in order to clear the city of Syriacs.

“This is the policy of the YPG [the PYD's Kurdish Protection Units] to make those who oppose its policy and refuse its decisions emigrate,” Ali al-Harith, a correspondent for the opposition Step Agency in Al-Hasakeh , told Syria Direct on Wednesday.

The Jerjes family was known as supporters of the town's anti-regime protests, which may have increased the PYD’s antagonism towards the family,
the Syriac Network also reported.

-May 20, 2015
Source : http://syriadirect.org/news/last-syriac-family-leaving-pyd-controlled-town-in-al-hasakah/

Voir également : Syrie : un leader assyrien a été assassiné par les YPG

Un chrétien assyrien d'Hassaka : "Ni l'armée syrienne, ni les Kurdes [YPG] ne nous protègent"

Plusieurs volontaires chrétiens occidentaux quittent les YPG car rebutés par leur idéologie communiste

Sud-est de la Turquie : le gouvernement turc tente de protéger les chrétiens de Tur Abdin des attaques kurdes (notamment du PKK et du Hizbullah kurde)
 
Selon Siraj al-Din al-Hasakawi (activiste syrien), les YPG veulent modifier la carte démographique de la région d'Hassaka

Le gouvernement intérimaire syrien condamne les exactions des YPG à Hassaka
 
Sham News Network confirme que les YPG ont incendié des villages arabes à Tall Hamis
 
Tall Hamis : les YPG pillent et incendient des villages arabes
 
Carnegie Endowment : "il existe des rapports sur des civils arabes fuyant l'avancée de l'YPG plus au Sud"
 
Syrie : le PKK-YPG tue des dizaines de civils à Hasaka
 
La Coalition nationale syrienne maintient que le PKK-YPG a commis un massacre de civils dans la région d'Hasaka
 
13 personnes d'une même famille tuées dans le village de Matiniya : un nouveau massacre de civils par le PKK-YPG ?

L'opposition syrienne (dont fait partie le Conseil national kurde) accuse le PYD-YPG de nettoyage ethnique
 
Irak : diverses sources confirment l'existence d'exactions perpétrées par le PKK-YPG dans des villages arabes

mercredi 20 mai 2015

Des mosquées d'Erbil à l'EI : parcours de Kurdes radicalisés

From Erbil Mosques to IS Membership
BasNews reveals details of the alleged terrorist group who wanted to commit attacks in Erbil


Basnews  |  Hemin Salih
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19.05.2015  17:39

ERBIL

A group of six alleged terrorists who were arrested by the Kurdistan Regional Government Security Council (KRGSC) and confessed on Monday, are all Erbil residents who were planning to attack civilian sites in Erbil, the capital city of Kurdistan Region.

BasNews understands that the men were regular attendees at a mosque in Erbil where current Kurdish member of the Iraqi Parliament Salim Shushkayie, is a cleric. He represents the Kurdistan Islamic Group, Komal.

Sources close to the matter claim all six men participated in religious courses given by the Komal in the city.

Three of the detainees are brothers, whose family moved to Iran in 1990s before returning to the Kurdistan Region in 2003.

BasNews can confirm that one of the men, Mohammad Jangi Osman, was employed in the Ministry of Agriculture by the current minister Abdul-Satar Majid, himself a senior official in Komal.

In a statement to BasNews, the Minister rejected the claim, “I did not hire him, and he was here before I became minister.”

Jangi, the leader of the terrorist group, regularly visited the Abdullah Dizzey Mosque where the Komal MP is Imam.


According to a statement released by KRSC, “The group planned to detonate 18 bombs in the capital city and other places in the Kurdistan Region.

“The group admitted they were encouraged by Islamic State (IS) to conduct terrorist attacks in Erbil,” the statement added.

BasNews understands that 12 people who often visited this mosque joined IS to fight the Peshmerga of the Kurdistan Region.

Shushkayie told BasNews, “Yes, it’s true that some of the youths lived nearby but I never had any connection with them.

“I do not know all of those who visit and pray in my mosque, but I can tell you there is no teaching and gathering in our mosque,” said the cleric.
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/19/from-erbil-mosques-to-is-membership/

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Au total, 500 Kurdes du Kurdistan irakien ont rejoint l'EI, dont trois mollah employés par l'administration kurde

Wassim Nasr : "on trouve même des Kurdes, notamment dans la ville d’Halabja, qui rejoignent les rangs des djihadistes de l’Etat islamique"

Les Kurdes et l'EIIL

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Islamisme et vocations djihadistes chez les Kurdes

Le Kurde de l'EI qui a décapité un peshmerga a été identifié : il appartient à la tribu des Zebari

Décapitation d'un peshmerga par l'EI : l'histoire du djihadiste kurde Mouafak et de ses deux frères

L'ancien gardien de but (kurde) du club d'Halabja est mort dans les rangs de l'EI

Syrie : un Kurde de Diyarbakır est mort au combat dans les rangs de l'Etat islamique

Irak-Syrie : trois jeunes Kurdes iraniens (originaires de Mahabad) tués dans les rangs de l'EI

Kobanê : des Kurdes (irakiens et syriens) apportent une aide cruciale à l'EI

"Génocide" des Kurdes ? Abou Khattab al-Kurdi (un Kurde d'Halabja) commande l'offensive de l'EI sur Kobanê

Le frère du commandant Abou Khattab al-Kurdi (EI) était lui aussi djihadiste

Souleimaniye (Irak) : blackout des médias (proches de l'UPK) sur le mouvement de protestation de Mahabad (Iran)

Sulaimani Media Boycotts Coverage of Mahabad Protests
Number of Kurdish media outlets reported protests as “social issue”


Basnews  |  Hemin Salih
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19.05.2015  16:06

SULAIMANI

In the wake of public protests by Iranian Kurds angry at the death of the Kurdish woman Farinaz Khusrawani in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province, opposing points of view have been published by Kurdish and international media outlets.

Considering their political connections to Iranian authorities or Kurdish political parties close to Iran, some Sulaymaniyah-based media outlets in the Kurdistan Region have reacted quietly to the event.


Some have failed to report the incident; others have dismissed it as a regular social issue and homicide. Iranian Kurdish opposition parties, however, described the protests as a revolution of the Kurdish people in Iran, and refer to the media outlets as betraying their national cause.

Activists in the Kurdistan Region claim that those publications close to or belonging to the ruling party of Sulaymaniyah Province, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), have marginalised the demonstrations for the sake of maintaining their own political interests with Iran.


Iraqi Kurdish political activist Hama Rashid told BasNews, “Due to political subdivision and the close relationship of some Kurdish parties with other countries, we’re being deceived and directed by the hostile foreign policy of neighbouring countries.


“Undoubtedly, if this horrific occurrence was in a developed country many ministers and high ranking officials would have to resign, but in Iran the government seeks to deceive the public and international community, and some Kurdish press have been reporting their version of events without question.”

Rashid continued, “By closing their eyes to Iranian violations of human rights, some Kurdish outlets are simply forcing a foreign agenda on Kurdish society.”

BasNews understands some Iranian Kurds have expressed their concerns to Iraqi President Fuad Masum, himself a Kurd. However, Kurdish matters were not on his agenda during last week’s visit to Tehran.

The demonstrations following Khusrawani’s death in Mahabad have drawn international attention. CNN compared her suicide to that death of the Tunisian man who triggered the Arab Spring in 2011, saying “Khusrawani became the Mohammad Buhazizi of Iran”.

Al-Arabiya Television reported, “Mahabad is the symbol of Kurds”. The London-based pan-Arabian newspaper Sharq al-Awsat described the demonstration as “A Kurdish Revolution in Iran”.

Mohammad Salih, an official from the Democratic Party of Kurdistan-Iran (PDKI) told BasNews, “We question the morality and national loyalty of the Kurdish media that has negatively reported the public protests of Kurdish people against the long history of Iranian oppression.”


Salih continued, “It’s as disgraceful as it can be for some Kurdish media to boycott or negatively report the desire of their own people for justice.”

Sulaiman Khusrawani, brother of Farinaz, rejected media reports that his sister had an affair with the suspect. “Some Kurdish press have slandered the name of my family, we have never said our sister had an affair with anyone. We call on the media to stop hurting our feelings and consider our mourning.”

Farinaz Khusrawani on May 7th jumped to her death from a window at the hotel where she worked. It is claimed she was escaping an Iranian intelligent officer attempting to rape her.

There are rumours that the hotel owner had intentionally placed Khusrawani in the room to be raped by the well-connected government worker. In return, he was to obtain a five star rating for the hotel through his connections. BasNews is unable to confirm the rumours at this time.

The protesters are demanding the arrest of the two men and seeking justice for Farinaz.
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/19/sulaimani-media-boycotts-coverage-of-muhabad-protests/

Voir également : Iran : répression contre les protestataires kurdes (sunnites) de Mahabad

Les officiels du GRK ont accepté de recevoir l'Iranien Mohammad Jafari Sahraroudi (assassin d'Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou)

Soulaimaniyeh : accord sous influence iranienne entre les partis UPK et Gorran

Les partis nationalistes kurdes d'Iran accusent le régime de Téhéran d'assassinats massifs

La "guerre sainte" de Khomeini contre les Kurdes

L'oppression des Kurdes dans l'Iran du Shah

Syrie : la collaboration militaire et répressive entre le régime d'Assad et le PYD-YPG se poursuit

Syrian Regime Continues to Interfere in Kurdish Cantons
The Democratic Union Party (PYD) continues to rule Rojava unilaterally


Basnews  |  Shwan Barzinji
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19.05.2015  15:45

ERBIL

Tensions are increasing among Kurdish political parties in Syria over the regime support for a single party system of rule in the Syrian Kurdistan known as Rojava.


The Democratic Union Party (PYD) continues to rule Rojava unilaterally, which is frustrating other parties such as the Kurdistan Democratic Party in Syria (KDPS) and the Kurdish National Council (KNC).

The KDPS and KNC claim that the ruling PYD is unlawfully arresting their members. A public gathering is being planned to protest the detentions.


Earlier this month the KDPS claimed that two of their members were arrested in Afrin, in the northern Syrian Governorate of Aleppo.


Abdulwahab Ali disappeared on the 5th of May, and a second man was alleged to have been kidnapped by Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) guerillas on the 9th of May.

BasNews understands that the Syrian regime intelligence director of Qamishli ordered the PYD to stop other Kurdish parties opening headquarters in the region.


Senior PYD officials, Sipan Hamo, Shahin Jelo, Jihan Ali, Bedud Khalil and Bahoz Ardall have militarily cooperated with the Syrian heads of security forces in Hasaka and Qamishli, Brigadier General Ali Salih and Mohammad Nassr respectively.

The regime’s control over the Kurdish Cantons is similar to the situation in 1991 when Bashar al-Assad had put a military commander in charge of Lebanese areas.

BasNews can confirm that on his last visit to Russia, PYD leader Salih Muslim met with the Syrian ambassador in Moscow. He was asked to stay away from the Syrian opposition army, and in return Salih asked for military support a from the Syrian regime.

Nuri Brimo, spokesperson for the KNC told BasNews, “The regime handed the governance of these areas over to the PYD, and the PYD blocked our political participation in the region.”

“We have decided not to confront the PYD, even though the situation is bad; our members are arrested and kidnapped on a daily basis especially in Afrin.

“We call on the PYD to halt these provocative actions before the situation gets out of control,” Brimo warned.

Sherzad Yazidi, a senior PYD official, refutes the claims made by the KNC and KDPS and described them as “false allegations in favour of enemies.”

“Although we’re at war with Islamic State (IS), KNC and KDPS leaders abandoned their national responsibility to participate in the revolution. Instead they went to reside in luxury hotels in Erbil and Istanbul to spread rumours against democratic cantons, which serve the enemy,” Yazidi said.
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/19/syrian-regime-continues-to-interfere-in-kurdish-cantons/

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La collaboration entre le PYD-YPG et la dictature sanguinaire d'Assad

Une carte de France 24 confirme la coopération entre le PYD-YPG et le régime d'Assad (nord-est de la Syrie)

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Massoud Barzani (novembre 2013) : "le PYD essaie par la force des armes et en accord avec le régime syrien d'imposer un état de fait"

L'incommensurable hypocrisie de la "journée pour Kobanê"

Syrie : les manipulations de l'"expert" Frédéric Pichon

Irak : les Arabes sunnites de Mossoul aspirent à l'autonomie

Iraqi Sunnis Demand an Autonomous Region in Mosul
People of Mosul want to decide their own future, Mosul governor says


Basnews  |  Diyar Aziz
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18.05.2015  16:31

ERBIL

As an alternative to independence for Iraqi Sunnis, the Governor of Mosul has suggested autonomy for Nineveh Province.


Mosul Governor Atheel al-Nujaifi recently visited Washington to discuss the current political and security situation with US officials. In a press conference on his return to Erbil on May 17th, al-Nujaifi revealed that he discussed the possibility of a Nineveh autonomous region in the future.

“The people of Nineveh Province want to have control of their administration.”


He added, “Sunnis are being trained for the operation to liberate Mosul without arms, although Turkey is now assisting us in this matter.”

However, the Mosul governor is currently opposed to the proposal and revealed that the demands for autonomy are a plan for the future.

Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, has been under the control of Islamic State (IS) militants since June 2014.

The Peshmerga, Iraqi army and Sunni tribal forces, in cooperation with the international coalition airstrikes, are expected to conduct an operation to liberate Mosul in the near future.
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/18/iraqi-sunnis-demand-an-autonomous-region-in-mosul/

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La Turquie a l'intention de poursuivre l'entraînement des peshmerga et de l'étendre à l'armée irakienne et à des forces arabo-sunnites anti-EI

La Turquie d'Erdogan est prête à contribuer à une opération de reconquête de Mossoul

Nord de l'Irak : les visées territoriales des peshmerga suscitent la colère des Arabes sunnites

Un commandant peshmerga réfute les allégations d'un cadre dirigeant du PKK

Peshmerga Commander Responds to PKK Leader’s Claim
Tensions rise among different Kurdish forces regarding Sinjar operation


Basnews  |  Karzan Sabah Hawrami
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16.05.2015  16:13

ERBIL

A senior Kurdish official from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Ministry of Peshmerga (MOP) has refuted claims that the KRG has no plan to liberate Sinjar, in the northern Iraqi Province of Mosul.


The military commander of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) Murat Qarailan claimed in a statement that the KRG has no plan to free Sinjar from Islamic State (IS) militants.

He also stated that his fighters can liberate the city but to avoid creating conflict in the Kurdistan Region they intend not to enter Sinjar.

Pehmerga commander General Fariq Jamal told BasNews, “We are very surprised that people like him, who are very familiar with the areas around Sinjar, allege that the Peshmerga do not want to liberate Sinjar.

“He knows very well that no military force wants to make a mistake by entering Sinjar at the moment, as the entire city is surrounded by Arab villages that IS use as safe havens.”


Gen. Jamal continued, “We first need to liberate Talafar to use as gateway to transfer logistics and back up forces for those who will have to maintain security inside the city.

“We have our own plan and will act accordingly, but we do not want to rush it or share it with anyone.”

The commander concluded, “Freeing Sinjar is easy but maintaining the security of the city afterwards requires very secure military plans.”
Source : http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/05/16/peshmerga-commander-responds-to-pkk-leaders-claim/

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Les opérations dans le Sinjar suscitent des tensions internes chez les cadres du PKK-KCK

Violente campagne de dénigrement du PKK-YPG contre le PDK de Barzani

Poids des traditions locales à Diyarbakir : une Kurde se fait tirer dessus parce qu'elle a chanté en public

#Turquie Une balle dans la tête : une Kurde de 19 ans punie pour avoir participé à la "Nouvelle Star" locale

Une jeune femme kurde de Turquie âgée de 19 ans, qui s'était illustrée par sa voix dans un concours à la télévision turque (voir ici sa performance), a été grièvement blessée par balle par un assaillant dans sa ville d'Ergani (sud-est du pays), rapporte la presse turque ce mardi.
La police a arrêté tard lundi trois hommes, dont son petit ami Veysi (26 ans), en lien avec cette affaire qui a ému la Turquie, rapporte l'agence de presse Dogan. La jeune femme, Mutlu Kaya, aurait reçu des menaces de mort car sa participation au show "Sesi Cok Güzel", télécrochet turc très populaire, se heurtait à l'hostilité de plusieurs de ses proches et notamment une partie de sa famille.

Son compagnon a rejeté les accusations portées à son encontre, même s'il a admis s'être "opposé à une participation de Mutlu Kaya à l'émission". Cette dernière était dans le jardin de sa maison d'Ergani, petite ville de la province de Diyarbakir dans le Kurdistan turc, lorsque le tireur est passé à l'acte, la blessant à la tête.

Elle a été transportée d'urgence dans un état critique dans un hôpital de Diyarbakir et ses médecins doivent décider dans les jours qui viennent si elle peut être opérée.

Le sud-est turc, peuplé majoritairement de Kurdes, est encore régi par des traditions très conservatrices et la violence contre les femmes n'a cessé d'augmenter ces dernières années dans le pays, devenant un véritable fléau social.

Publié le 19/05/15 à 15:58
Source : http://tempsreel.nouvelobs.com/en-direct/a-chaud/2274-turquie-balle-kurde-punie-avoir-participe-nouvelle.html

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Crime d'honneur à Nogent-sur-Oise : un père kurde (et non turc) tue le petit ami de sa fille

L'assassinat de Nazmiye à Colmar (1993) : une victime kurde d'un crime d'honneur, et non turque

Hatun Sürücü : une victime kurde d'un crime d'honneur, et non turque

Turquie : la complaisance du HDP (parti nationaliste kurde) pour la polygamie

lundi 18 mai 2015

Zurich : guerre des gangs entre Kurdes et Balkaniques

Des gangs se livrent une guerre en Suisse
Criminalité Des incidents ont eu lieu samedi soir à Zurich, mettant aux prises la police avec un nouveau gang. Ce dernier recrute ses membres dans la communauté kurde et a déclaré la guerre à un groupe rival d'origine balkanique.


Par Pascal Schmuck
De Zurich 04.05.2015

La police se veut attentive après un incident samedi soir 2 mai à Zurich. Une cinquantaine d'individus ont défilé dans la Langstrasse avant d'être interceptés par la police, qui a dû faire usage de balles en caoutchouc. Une trentaine d'entre eux ont été interpellés avant d'être relâchés et bannis du quartier chaud de la ville pendant 24 heures, a indiqué la police municipale.

Le problème, c'est qu'il ne s'agissait pas de supporters de football éméchés mais de membres d'un gang de rue, qui entend faire la loi dans le milieu à Zurich, comme l'explique 20 Minuten. Et c'est un groupe que les spécialistes suivent de près, car il recrute parmi les immigrés kurdes principalement: Sondame.


Provocation à tous les niveaux

Ce dernier ne cache ni ses intentions ni son agressivité.
Il a déclaré la guerre à United Tribuns, un gang dont les membres proviennent essentiellement des Balkans. Les vidéos de provocations se répandent sur Internet, comme brûler la veste d'un gang ennemi.

Sur Facebook, Sondame ne prend pas plus de gants. «Le président des United Tribuns de Zurich a appris la leçon. Les autres feraient mieux de capituler avant que nous venions leur rendre visite», fanfaronne le chapitre suisse.

Cette guerre a démarré en Allemagne où les deux gangs s'affrontent dans les rues de nombreuses villes, a rapporté le Bild.

Une réaction n'est pas exclue

Des rixes ont déjà eu lieu à Bâle, et barres de fer ainsi que couteaux sont souvent exhibés. La police redoute dorénavant une réaction des United Tribuns. «Nous suivons attentivement la scène et sommes prêts à agir en cas de besoin», a déclaré à la SonntagsZeitung Marc Beson, porte-parole de la police cantonale zurichoise. Même vigilance affichée à Bâle.

Sondame est un gang relativement nouveau dans ce milieu. Il compte plusieurs centaines de sympathisants en Suisse et il serait dirigé par Rezan C., un Kurde ex-Hells Angels. Il justifie son combat par la lutte «contre les gangs de souteneurs comme United Tribuns et autres fascistes qui se cachent dans ces groupes.»


(Newsnet)
(Créé: 04.05.2015, 09h16)
Source : http://www.24heures.ch/suisse/Des-gangs-se-livrent-une-guerre-en-Suisse/story/18812733

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Le gang "Kurdish Pride" à Nashville (Etats-Unis)

Le PKK et le trafic de drogue

vendredi 15 mai 2015

Irak : la pratique de l'auto-immolation chez les femmes kurdes

Self-immolation in Kurdish Iraq
Sophie Cousins 12 May 2015

Why has self-immolation become an alarmingly common trend in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein?


Erbil, Iraq—More than 60 percent of 14-year-old Belen’s* body is burnt. The afternoon sun shone through a window to reveal a fragile girl lying motionless in her hospital bed at the burn unit at West Erbil Emergency Hospital in northern Iraq, her mother by her side. The unit was eerily quiet and cold, and modern like so many other buildings popping up in the region.

Belen lay still as Dr. Zawand Alrashaeed, the resident doctor who’d been assigned to show me around, pulled back her sheet to show the extent of her burns. Her body was thickly bandaged except for her face and parts of her legs. Her mother interrupted to pass around sweets—an unwavering gesture of Kurdish hospitality.

To help Belen heal, a skin graft would be made from healthy skin on her legs to replace the scared skin on her abdomen and neck, Dr. Alrashaeed explained. While Belen was stable—those with such serious burns carry a high chance of mortality—she still had a long way to go.

“I come from a poor family in a rural area,” Belen said. “I had a fight with my family.” She paused and began crying softly. Without going further, it was clear this was no accident.

“Sadly this was a case of attempted suicide,” Dr. Alrashaeed said as he turned to me and shook his head. “She didn’t have access to medication and drugs like you do in the west.” Had Belen had the chance, she would have attempted suicide with pills, he implied.

Belen, like most women in Iraq who set themselves on fire, had doused herself in kerosene from head to toe. And like Belen, most women who attempt this grisly form of suicide generally come from poorer rural areas.


Self-immolation as a dramatic form of protest is well documented across the Middle East, from Egypt to Morocco. The Arab spring was triggered in 2011 in Tunisia when Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire after claiming he was slapped by a policewoman. But since the fall of Saddam Hussein, it has become an alarmingly common trend in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq. But why?

While some doctors estimate self-immolation has claimed the lives of as many as 10,000 women since the region gained autonomy in 1991, reliable data is scarce. Some doctors I spoke to say there are incidents of self-immolation every day, others refute the claim and say media reports have inflated the issue.

According to the hospital’s most recent figures, there were 1,000 outpatients with burns covering less than 20 percent of their body in November alone. An additional 70 patients with severe burns were admitted and seven patients had burns to more than 80 percent of their body; only two survived.

Doctors here say that even at the best burn units in the world, there’s a high mortality rate for those with burns covering more than 75 per cent of the body. If a burn is severe, doctors want to immediately accelerate the healing process to reduce the risk of infection. Once the patient is stable, which usually takes a month or so and involves twice-daily dressings, she undergoes reconstruction. While a woman’s chance of survival is greater if she makes it to the hospital, there is still the risk she will die from kidney failure or infection.

Unlike Belen, however, most of the other women I spoke with at the burn unit in the heart of Iraqi Kurdistan’s capital, which housed about eight women, claimed their burns were accidents: a cooking accident or a problem with their heater.

One woman’s body and face was so badly burnt she was unrecognizable; another woman, 25 year-old Parishan, had burns over 57 percent of her body—a heater accident, she whispered.

There has been anecdotal evidence to suggest the incidence of self-immolation has been getting worse but it’s difficult to paint an accurate picture of the scope of the problem because of a lack of reliable figures.

While often the decision to self-immolate is made by a woman herself to escape a life of shame or misery, others are pressured by family members.


A major barrier preventing an understanding of the size and nature of the problem is that when women are hospitalised for burns, they almost always pretend it was an accident for fear of retaliation from the perpetrator, fear of further violence and/or fear of being homeless.

Many women don’t even make it to hospital—they die from their burns before they reach the emergency department—and it is difficult to tell from forensic evidence alone whether the person committed suicide at their own will, or was coerced or even murdered.

“We just don’t know the extent of the problem,”
Dr. Lawand Meran, director of West Erbil Emergency Hospital, explained. “If a woman burns herself, when the police show up to investigate, she’s afraid and she denies she did it to herself. She says it was an accident.”

Dr. Meran and neurosurgeon Dr. Ali Muhaydeen said the Erbil governorate had seen an increase in the number of burns since 2010. The doctors attributed the increase to the influx of Syrian refugees in 2011 and the present day crisis: peshmerga wounded by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) laid by the Islamic State and the internal displacement of hundreds of thousands of people who use fire for heating and cooking. Accidents are common but so is pretending it was accident.

Doctors and NGO workers I spoke to about the issue provided a glimpse into a highly patriarchal society marred by honour killings and gender-based violence.

Dr. Ahmed Amin is the director of the Trauma Rehabilitation and Training Centre (TRTC), a small mental health clinic, which was founded in 2007 in Sulaymaniyah, a city in southern Kurdistan.

Dr. Amin painted a grim picture of Kurdish history as context to begin to understand the self-immolation phenomenon. The Iraqi Kurds not only suffered decades of trauma and torture under Saddam’s ruling but violence meted out by the Kurdish authorities, namely the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).


“Mental health hasn’t been taken seriously for years,” he said, adding he had no shortage of patients who’ve experienced beatings, rape, mock executions and emotional abuse. Often, Dr. Amin said, it’s common for those who’ve experienced torture to inflict it on others in other forms such as gender-based violence.

“Imagine what life she's living through so as to prefer death by burning,” he added.


Despite a law passed in 2008 criminalising honour killings as murder, they are still common in Kurdistan and enforcing the law remains a challenge.


Many women feel trapped in arranged marriages and with few other options turn to suicide to escape. Another form of abuse taking place across the region is coerced self-immolation. In essence, as one NGO worker explained to me, the woman is told by her husband or male relative “tomorrow you will not be here, make yourself disappear”. And she does just that.

Nearly all female suicides in Kurdistan happen in the home, where women have access to flammable liquids such as kerosene. “A woman can’t go outside without the permission of her brother, father or husband,” Dr. Meran pointed out.

For the women who do survive, seeking protection and help in both the legal and psychological sense is not only difficult but also highly stigmatised.


“If they burn themselves intentionally, it’s a social problem and we don’t interfere. To us, the cause is important but why is not so important,” Dr. Meran said. “Mental illness is like a prison sentence here.”

One organisation trying to change that mentality is the Heartland Alliance, which is piloting a new program in Sulaymaniyah, whereby a patient and her family work together with doctors, psychologists and nurses to make patient-centred care decisions. In a first, the organisation is also helping doctors to work together with lawyers.

“We’re trying to implement a new way of thinking,” Heidi Diedrich, Iraq coordinator of the Heartland Alliance, said. The NGO works with the burn unit in Sulaymaniyah and the Ministry of Health and for Diedrich, the ability to run such a program in Kurdistan is evidence enough the Kurds want to instigate change in the community.

Diedrich stressed that once a woman is released from hospital, the first three or four days are critical—it’s the time a woman is most likely to attempt suicide again.

“We need to educate those at risk. The youth hold the key on what needs to change,” she said.

But as Dr. Meran pointed out, for those women who make it back home, reintegration is tough. They have to not only cope with their physical changes that will stay with them for life but the realisation that they’re back in the same situation as before.

“It’s a very painful choice to make. Sometimes the woman survives and she’s a cripple. She’s worse off.”
Source : https://www.opendemocracy.net/arab-awakening/sophie-cousins/selfimmolation-in-kurdish-iraq

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Les femmes peshmerga : l'arbre qui cache la forêt

Le crime d'honneur : une pratique tribale ni turque, ni vraiment musulmane mais kurde

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La coutume barbare de l'excision chez les Kurdes de Suleimani (nord de l'Irak)

Malazgirt (Turquie) : deux personnes enlevées par le PKK

Turquie : deux personnes enlevées par des membres du PKK dans le sud-est du pays
( Source: Xinhua )
11.05.2015 08h22

Des membres du Parti des travailleurs du Kurdistan (PKK, illégal) ont enlevé deux Turcs dimanche dans le sud-est de la Turquie, a-t-on appris d'une source militaire.


Selon le communiqué publié par l'état-major général des Forces armées turques, quatre militants du PKK ont kidnappé deux personnes vivant dans la ville de Malazgirt dans la province de Mus, leur demandant d'adhérer à l'organisation du PKK.

Une enquête est ouverte à ce sujet par les autorités turques, selon le communiqué.

L'incident est survenu environ deux mois apèrs que le leader emprisonné du PKK, Abdullah Ocalan eut appelé ses partisans à tenir un congrès" dans le but de mettre fin à des décennies de lutte armée contre la Turquie, une démarche dans le cadre d'un processus de paix comprenant les négociations entre le gouvernement et M. Ocalan.

La Turquie organisera les élections générales le 7 juin. Le Parti démocratique du peuple affilié au PKK vise à remporter plus de 10% des suffrages dans l'objectif d'obtenir au moins 50 sièges au Parlement.
Source : http://french.peopledaily.com.cn/n/2015/0511/c31356-8890173.html

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Sud-Est de la Turquie : des familles réclament le retour de leurs enfants kidnappés par le PKK

Turquie : des sympathisants du PKK attaquent au cocktail Molotov des écoles

Turquie : le PKK sabote un important projet de construction dans le Sud-Est

Turquie : des familles kurdes endeuillées par la faute des suppôts du PKK

Turquie : libération de trois travailleurs chinois kidnappés par le PKK en août dernier

jeudi 14 mai 2015

Syrie : un leader assyrien a été assassiné par les YPG

American Mesopotamian Organization exposes murder of Assyrian leader in Syria

For the past several months, the American Mesopotamian Organization (AMO) has been in daily contact with the leaders of the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians (KACG), a local force established to protect Assyrian villages in the Khabour valley from ISIS. Speaking frequently with Elias Nasser, Fayez Korko and Dawed Antar Gindo, leaders in the KACG, AMO was informed that despite working closely with the Kurdish Yekîneyên Parastina Gel militia (YPG) in joint operations against ISIS, the YPG leadership had threatened the Assyrian Guardians with assassination, notably from chief military leaders of the YPG using the pseudo names of Heval (Comrade)? Sardar and Heval Lawand.

These threats stemmed, in part, from the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians protesting the practice of Kurdish YPG militia members looting Assyrian villages that were evacuated after ISIS had attacked them. The Assyrian leadership had submitted multiple detailed reports of the looting by Kurdish gunmen to YPG leadership, but no action was taken, and the looting of evacuated Assyrian homes continues until this day.
On the morning of Wednesday April 22?nd, 2015 AMO received news from the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians that YPG gunmen ambushed Dawed Antar Gindo and Elias Nasser. Tragically, Dawed was killed in the attack, and Elias was in critical condition in hospital at Qameshli, Syria. Days after he was admitted to hospital, Elias Nasser wrote out the details of the attack (he was wounded in the throat and unable to speak), and his wife read these details to AMO representatives over the phone. AMO agreed not to release any information about the attack until Elias Nasser and his family had been moved to a safe place, out of reach of the YPG

From Elias Nasser’s testimony, it appears that the attack and murder occurred as follows:

On April 22nd, 2015, shortly after 23:00 hours, Mr. Elias Nasser and Mr. Dawed Gindo arrived at Mr. Nasser’s home where they were confronted by five individuals from YPG leaders demanding to speak with them. All five used pseudo names, three of which were Kamal, Hamza and Dlovan.

The uninvited YPG guests sat with the two Assyrian leaders and drank tea, informing them that YPG leaders wished to speak with them about the looting, and that their colleague Riadh Gabriel was already at a secret location for a meeting concerning the matter. Trusting in what they were told, Mr. Elias Nasser and Mr. Dawed Gindo agreed to go with the YPG murderers and in route to the “secret location” they were told that they must be blindfolded.

Once they arrived at an unknown location they were tied with ropes and Dawed Antar Gindo was tortured and beaten. The YPG men falsely accused Mr. Elias Nasser and Mr. Dawed Gindo of collaborating with ISIS and the Assad regime. These baseless accusations were a pretext to take control of the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians, starting with the elimination of its leadership.

After the YPG gunmen badly beat Dawed Gindo, they took him and Elias Nasser to an off road spot near the village of Jumayla, adjacent to the Euphrates damn (sometimes called the Assad damn). The murderers first executed, point blank and in cold blood, Dawed Antar Gindo, and then they turned their guns on Elias Nasser.
The time was, recalls Elias, around 2:30 am.

Fortunately for Elias Nasser, the fatal shot intended to kill him struck him in the throat, and he fell forward as if dead. Though the YPG gunmen shot and kicked him in the body, Elias Nasser remained motionless and was left for dead by his would­be murderers. Passing in and out of consciousness, Elias Nasser waited until his attackers had left, freed his hands from the cords that bound him and crawled a distance of 500 meters to a main road where he was taken by a passing car to hospital. To add injury to insult, the YPG gunmen also stole a sum of 750,000 Syrian Pounds, 35 AK­47 and few PKC machine guns from Mr. Nasser’s home.

Presently, Elias Nasser is recuperating in a secret location, thankful to be alive but nonetheless mourning the loss of his friend Dawed Antar Gindo. 

The Khabour region of Syria is lawless, with areas controlled partially by YPG thugs and the other parts by ISIS barbarians. The Assad regime has no presence in the area and for all practical purposes has conceded control to the YPG. The PYD and the YPG have made it clear that they intend to establish complete Kurdish control of the Khabour region, and are intent on eliminating the leadership of the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians as part of their objective.

The American Mesopotamian Organization and the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians refuse to be silent in the face of PYD’s and YPG’s ongoing campaign of terror, looting, intimidation and murder.


Thanks to the generous support of the global Assyrian community, AMO has, over the past several months, supported the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians’ fight to protect Assyrian people and property in the Khabour river valley. AMO is committed to continuous support of the Khabour Assyrian Council of Guardians and knows that it can count on the wider Assyrian community to support it in its mission.

For more information about the attack and murder of Mr.Elias Nasser and Mr. Dawed Antar Gindo, please contact the American Mesopotamian Organization at info@americanmesopotamian.org 

The People’s Protection Units (YPG) is the armed wing of the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) which is in turn controlled by the PKK an armed Kurdish resistance group, headed by Abdullah Ocelan who is currently serving a life sentence in a Turkish Prison. PKK is designated as a terrorist organization by the US government.

The American Mesopotamian Organization is a Grassroots / Political Action Committee founded to influence and guide U.S. policy on matters of interest to the Assyrian American community and to help elect candidates, regardless of their political party affiliation to all levels of government (local, state and Federal) that will support the Assyrian nation in its struggle to attain its cultural and political rights on its ancestral lands.
Source : http://www.americanmesopotamian.org/press-releases

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Syrie : le PKK-YPG tue des dizaines de civils à Hasaka

La Coalition nationale syrienne maintient que le PKK-YPG a commis un massacre de civils dans la région d'Hasaka

13 personnes d'une même famille tuées dans le village de Matiniya : un nouveau massacre de civils par le PKK-YPG ?

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Irak : diverses sources confirment l'existence d'exactions perpétrées par le PKK-YPG dans des villages arabes