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Kobani: Letter to US Elected Representatives
Written on October 6, 2014 by Editor in ISIS, Kobane, Kurd news, Kurdistan, Rojava, USA
By Dr Amir Sharifi:Kobane
As a concerned American, I am writing to you to urge you to stand with the people and defenders of Kobani in the Kurdish region of Syria in the face of the ISIS brutal battle for the capture and control of the city. As you know the U. S. action against ISIS, could change the course of history of the region by preventing ISIS from ravaging and vanquishing the ancient Middle Eastern civilizations. We all recall how the ISIS savagely attacked innocent civilians including Christians in Mosul and Yazidis in Shingal, creating an unprecedented tragedy in Iraq. The world community cannot afford to wait any longer while the ISIS terrorists are on their way to obliterate the entire livelihood of the people of different faiths and ethnicities in the Middle East and the rest of the world. The city of Kobane has been surrounded for almost two week; the latest reports indicate that the city is under heavy bombardment and parts of the city may have fallen. If democratic nations fail to provide immediate military support to Kurdish fighters, Kobane will suffer the same tragic fate as Shingal.
Dear senator, Kurds as advocates for democracy are paying a high price for their fight against the vicious forces of the Islamic State. As the champion of democracy and humanity, our government has a moral responsibility to help the besieged Kurds who are desperate for our help. Their fight against ISIS is an integral part of the global war against terror and hence deserves our. Our government should also denounce and stop the complicity of governments such as Turkey whose support for the ISIS has contributed to the spread of terrorism and undermined the effectiveness of the coalition battle against ISIS aggression. The capture of Kobani will not solve the Kurdish issue in Turkey, but will only enable the ISIS to pose a greater threat to both the peoples of the region and American interests in the Middle East.
For these reasons, I strongly urge you to support the defenders of Kobani before another massacre takes place. Without such a support, there will undoubtedly be another humanitarian catastrophe in Kobane.
Dr.Amir Sharifi, President of the Kurdish American Education Society
A delegation including heads of blocs in the Parliament of Kurdistan region up to Kobani.
BAGHDAD / Nina /--A Kurdish delegation headed by most of the parliamentary blocs in the Parliament of Kurdistan region up today to the outskirts of the Syrian Kobanî city to look closely at the deterioration of the situation which is going on since weeks ago in the city because of attacks which carried out by Daash.
A familiar source said in a press statement that Turkish security power prevented the delegation from going into side the city for reason of security
The ISIS Has Been Forced To Fall Back Near Kobani, You Won’t Believe Who Is Standing In Their Way
The ISIS is now clearly a number one terror threat in size. Their barbaric acts have become all too apparent, and shockingly, they seem to continue their march into civilian regions, slaughtering men, women, and children with complete disregard to human life. Though America and Australia have begun aerial attacks, the ISIS fighters seemed to be gaining ground near Kobani, a relatively isolated enclave in Kurdistan. However, against all odds, a relatively puny force has positioned itself between the town and the ISIS fighters, and has surprisingly forced the terror organization to halt its march.
Earlier this week, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said the isolated Kurdish enclave of Kobani was “about to fall” to a massive, sustained assault from ISIS, reported RT. A couple of days later, Rooz Bahjat, a Kurdish intelligence officer stationed in Kobani, said the city would fall within “the next 24 hours,” reported The Atlantic.
By today, the world expected to hear that ISIS has begun exterminating the local population with extreme prejudice. But, astonishingly, that hasn’t happened. Asreported by The Daily Star, the ISIS forces have been stopped dead in their tracks and many “regiments” have been forced to fall back from their conquered posts.
Under the protection of air strikes orchestrated by America and its coalition forces, the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have managed to push ISIS fighters outside several key areas.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group, confirmed that ISIS fighters had withdrawn overnight from several areas, and were no longer inside the western part of Kobani. But that’s not all — Mustafa Ebdi, a Kurdish journalist and activist from Kobani, wrote on his Facebook page that the streets of one southeastern neighborhood were “full of the bodies” of ISIS fighters.
How has the poorly armed country managed to hold back the world’s largest terrorist network? Kobani has been under attack by 9,000 ISIS jihadists, armed with tanks and heavy artillery for nearly a month. They were being feebly challenged by just 2,000 Kurdish fighters with the YPG, the armed wing of the Kurdish Workers’ Party (PKK), without access to any heavy weaponry and short on ammunition.
Though Ill-Equipped And Poorly Trained, The Kurdish Women Have Proven That During A Battle It Is The Motivation That Matters
However, the Kurds have something that no ISIS regiment will ever have. The Kurd ranks have been steadily filled by women fighters. A very large percentage of the YPG fighters who have been so good at killing ISIS jihadists are women, reported Al Monitor.
Many women have been emboldened by the thought that the ISIS militants strongly believe they won’t go to paradise if they are killed by a woman. Some even believe that women fighters make the ISIS nervous and hysterical.
Whatever may be the justification, the facts remain that the Kurdish enclave of Kobani is yet to fall into the hands of the ISIS, and the women fighters have a lot to do with this success.
I can't believe this muppet head was the same person trying to provoke us into war with Syria months ago, by invoking images of women and children dying.... and now says...in the face of thousands dying and/or tortured to death... "yeah, its horrible to watch, but you have to step back and understand the strategic targets"... . omg.... Which one is it Mr. Potato Head?!?! Which time were you lying???...Cause both things can't be true....
Some of us are keeping track you duplicitous jerk and if you lose Kobani, we'll know something is beyond foul, and you have stepped through the doorway into evil.... . .
Long, but pretty much addresses the emergent questions as to what's really going on over there and if nothing else ...is a fairly concise framework with which to make sense out of why we are not doing what we said we were...
Another humanitarian catastrophe may be just hours away at Kobani. The latter is the Syrian Kurdish town on the border with Turkey that is now surrounded by ISIS tanks and is being pounded day after day by ISIS heavy artillery. Already this lethal phalanx, which fuses 21st century American technology and equipment with 12th century religious fanaticism, has rolled through dozens of Kurdish villages and towns in the region around Kobani, sending 180,000 refugees fleeing for their lives across the border.
Self-evidently the lightly armed Kurdish militias desperately holding out in Kobani are fighting the right enemy—-that is, the Islamic State. So why has Obama’s grand coalition not been able to relieve the siege? Why haven’t American bombers and cruise missiles, for instance, been able to destroy the American tanks and artillery which a terrifying band of butchers has brought to bear on several hundred thousand innocent Syrian Kurds who have made this enclave their home for more than a century? Why has not NATO ally Turkey, with a 600,000 man military, 3,500 tanks and 1,000 modern aircraft and helicopters, done anything meaningful to help the imperiled Kurds?
why doesn’t Turkey put some infantry and spotters on the ground—-highly trained “boots” that are literally positioned a few kilometers away on its side of the border?
Well, Turkish President Erdogan just explained his government’s reluctance quite succinctly, as reported by Bloomberg on Saturday:
For us, ISIL and the (Kurdish) PKK are the same,” Erdogan said in televised remarks today in Istanbul And that’s literally true because from Turkey’s vantage point the Kobani showdown is a case of terrorist-on-terrorist. The Kurdish fighters in Kobani are linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party or PKK. The latter has waged a separatist campaign of armed insurrection and terror inside and around Turkey for 30-years and has long been considered Turkey’s top security threat. In fact, Turkey has received untold amounts of US aid, equipment and intelligence over the years to help suppress this uprising. That’s the reason that PKK is officially classified as a “terrorist” group by the U.S. and the government in Ankara.
And, no, the Syrian and Turkish Kurds so classified as terrorists are not some black sheep cousins of the “good guy” Kurds in Erbil and northeastern Iraq that CNN parades every night as America’s heroic ally on the ground. They are all part of the greater Kurdish nation of some 30 million who inhabit southeastern Turkey, northeastern Syria and Iraq and western Iran. Taken together, these Kurdish enclaves comprise the single largest ethnic population in the Middle East that does not have its own state, and which has been a source of irredentist conflict and instability for decades.
As a matter of fact, Erdogan has been pursuing a rapprochement with the Turkish Kurds for the better part of the last decade and had actually made progress in quelling the violence and initiating a political solution. Yet Washington’s two latest campaigns of “regime change” could not have been more inimical to a peaceful resolution of the region’s long-festering Kurdish problem. And, of course, the historic roots of that problem were served up by the West 100 years ago when its strip pants diplomats carved out borders that gave practically every major ethnic group their own nation, except the Kurds.
In that context, the Bush/neocon destruction of Saddam’s dictatorship in Iraq paved the way for fragmentation of the Sykes-Picot borders and the de facto partition of Iraq, including a rump Kurdish state in the northeast. Then Washington’s foolish delusion that it was spending $25 billion to train and equip an “Iraqi army” added fuel to the fire.
The so-called Iraqi army was never a national military arm of the Iraqi state because the latter had already failed owing to the onslaught of the US “liberation” and occupation. Instead, it was a glorified Shiite militia whose members had no interest in dying to protect or hold Sunni lands in the west and north. So the “Iraqi army’s” American arms, abandoned wholesale and then captured by ISIS, literally created the necessity for the Syrian Kurds to mobilize and arm themselves in self defense. Presently, another rump Kurdish state rose along much of Turkey’s 560-mile Syrian border.
The original trigger for that development had actually been Anderson Cooper’s War to liberate the Syrian people from the brutish but secular regime that ruled them in Damascus. It too set off forces of fragmentation and partition that have now come home to roost in Kobani.
Thus, after the Arab spring uprising in 2011, the US ambassador to Syria pulled the equivalent of what we now call a “Yats” or an organized campaign to overthrow the government to which he was accredited; and in short order the R2P ladies aid society in the White House (Susan Rice and Samantha Powers) made the State Department’s maneuvering to undermine Syria’s constitutionally elected government official policy, proclaiming that Bashar Assad “has to go”.
In no time, the Kurdish enclaves in Syria essentially declared their independence, and reached a modus vivendi with Damascus. Namely, they would keep Assad’s main enemy—the majority Sunni Arabs—-out of the Kurdish enclaves on the central and eastern Syrian border with Turkey in return for being left alone and exempt from visitations by the Syrian air force.
Needless to say, that looked to the Turks like collaboration with Assad—whose removal from power ranks far higher on Ankara’s priority scale than making war on ISIS. On the other hand, Turkey’s proposal to staunch the flood of Kurdish and other Syrian refugees across its border by occupying a 20 mile “buffer zone” inside Syria is seen by the Kurds as a plot against them.
As Bloomberg explains,
Kurds say the plan is aimed at crushing their nascent autonomous administration, carved out during Syria’s three-year civil war as Assad’s government lost control of their part of the country. Turkey says the Syrian Kurds are collaborating with Assad and should have been fighting him. Meanwhile, the modern-day George Washington of the Kurdish peoples, Abdullah Ocalan, who has languished in a Turkish prison on an island outside Istanbul since 1999, warns that if Turkey does not come to the aid of Kobani his negotiations with Erdogan might end and the three decade civil war which had resulted in 40,000 Turkish deaths might resume. Yet as one expert in the region further explained to Bloomberg, coming to the aid of the Kurdish militia affiliated with the PKK would go beyond the pale for Ankara:
It’s “unthinkable” for Turkey to go beyond that and assist PKK-linked groups such as the Syrian Kurds, according to Nihat Ali Ozcan, an analyst at the Economic Policy Research Foundation in Ankara.
“No Turkish politician can explain to the public why the government is aiding the PKK and its affiliated groups after fighting against it for 30 years,” he said by phone.
In short, the region’s logical bulwark against ISIS—-the huge, modern, lethal Turkish military—is stymied by a tide of Kurdish irredentism that Washington’s “regime change” policy has elicited all around it and within Turkey’s own borders. In fact, it now has two rump Kurdistan’s on its borders and its huge internal Kurdish population bestirred and mobilized in a pan-Kurdish drama. Rather than progressing toward internal political settlement, the Kurdish political leadership in Ankara—-which has supported Erdogan in return for lavish economic development funds in Kurdish areas—is now openly critical:
“The people of Kobani feel deserted and furious,” Faysal Sariyildiz, another pro-Kurdish legislator, said yesterday.
The current activities of the Turkish military on the border check-by-jowl with the ISIS militants laying siege to Kobani say it all. On the one hand, they are managing the flow of Syrian Kurdish refugees desperately fleeing across the border. At the same time, they are systematically attempting to stop the inflow of native Turkish Kurd fighters streaming toward Kobani to join the defense of their kinsmen. Ankara clearly does not want Turkish Kurds to become battle-trained in urban warfare. So far, however, they have apparently not fired even a single round of artillery at the ISIS-manned American tanks that are within a kilometer of an epic slaughter in Kobani.
Vice-President Biden was right for once. Washington has no real allies in the region because they all have another agenda. Turkey is focused on its near enemy in the Kurdish regions and its far enemy in Damascus, not the ISIS butchers who have laid claim to the Sunni lands of Euphrates valley in parts of what used to be Iraq and Syria. The Qataris want Assad gone and a new government—even one controlled by ISIS—which will grant them a pipeline concession through Syria in order to tap the giant European market for their immense natural gas reserves.
Likewise, the Saudi’s want to destroy the Assad regime because it is allied with their Shiite enemy across the Persian Gulf in Iran and because they fear their own abused Shiite populations which are concentrated in their oilfield regions. Consequently, they see the fight against ISIS as essentially a pretext for escalating their war against Damascus, and are not even interested in bombing the non-ISIS jihadi like the Nusra Front that they see as allies in the campaign against Assad.
At the end of the day, Obama’s air campaign amounts to nothing more than a glorified international air force training exercise. Pilots and air crews from the UK, Denmark, Belgium, France, Australia, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Jordan etc. will get to run a few live fire sorties at politically correct targets. So the Brits will bomb in Iraq but not Syria; the Saudi’s will bomb ISIS targets close to Assad-held territories, but NOT Nusra Front positions; and the Qataris will go along for the ride pretending to help, even as they preserve deniability that they ever dropped an actual bomb for that day down the road when they seek to make a pipeline deal with the Islamic State.
Never in recorded history has the US conducted a more feckless, pointless, and strategically irrational war.
Indeed, the real lesson is that by inserting itself into tribal and sectarian conflicts in these pockets of anarchy Washington only succeeds in generating more of the same. That is exactly what the siege of Kobani is all about.
So maybe Joe Biden could explain this to the big thinkers in the White House. If the Turks are unwilling to stop an easily preventable mass slaughter by ISIS on their own doorstep what kind of fractured and riven coalition has Washington actually assembled?
And how will this coalition of the disingenuous, the hypocritical and the politically opportunistic ever succeed in bringing peace and stability to the historic cauldron of tribal and religious conflict in Mesopotamia and the Levant that two decades of Washington’s wars and regime change interventions have only drastically intensified?
By all accounts and as so dramatically portrayed by the siege of Kobani, eliminating the threat of ISIS is not now, nor was it ever the target of Washington's coalition. The American people have been led into a disingenuous war leaving the world to wonder what if anything, will happen to engage accountability in redirecting the focus on the ISIS target they were sold.
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