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Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:35 PM

Kurds Defend Kurdish Areas of Northern Syria Against Jihadist Attacks from Turkey

Source: AllVoices.com

n the city of Ras al-Ain in the Kurdish area of northern Syria, fighting rages between several radical groups who crossed the border from Turkey and joined battle against Kurdish militia defending the city. In order to conserve his military power, Assad withdrew his troops from Kurdish areas of Syria allowing the Kurds to be more or less autonomous. The Kurds themselves are divided on whether to support or fight against the Assad regime and are staying more or less neutral while defending control of the area they occupy.

Attacks on Ras al-Ain have caused many residents to flee the city. The jihadists were from the Al-Nusra Front and Ghuraba al-Sham. A resident said that: "the fighting became more intense in the evening after Kurdish fighters received reinforcements to try to stop the fiercest rebel assault ever since insurgents first arrived in the city" Al-Nusra Front is listed by the US as a terrorist organization a designation that is opposed by Syrian rebels since the group are active and effective fighters against Assad.

A Kurdish activist, living in Ras al-Kain said that the jihadists crossed the nearby Turkish border with three tanks and entered the city. He claimed the Kurdish militia seized one tank.The activist noted: “The advancing rebels did not use the tanks to fight the regime. Instead, they used them to shell Ras al-Ain." One wonders how jihadists are able to get tanks in Turkey without the Turkish government being aware of what is happening. Kurdish analysts suspect that Turkey may be using the jihadists to wage their own battle against Kurds.

Many worry about the consequences of a continuing battle between Kurds and jihadists. Prominent Kurdish journalist and activist Massoud Akko said: “Should the fight morph into a struggle between Kurds and Arabs... Syria and the revolt are both in real danger.”

Read more: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/13853498-kurds-defend-kurdish-area-of-northern-syrai-against-jihadist-attacks-from-turkey



Killer quote: "One wonders how jihadists are able to get tanks in Turkey without the Turkish government being aware of what is happening. Kurdish analysts suspect that Turkey may be using the jihadists to wage their own battle against Kurds."

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Reply Kurds Defend Kurdish Areas of Northern Syria Against Jihadist Attacks from Turkey (Original post)
Comrade Grumpy Jan 2013 OP
aquart Jan 2013 #1
dlwickham Jan 2013 #2
bemildred Jan 2013 #3
REP Jan 2013 #4
bemildred Jan 2013 #5
REP Jan 2013 #6
dlwickham Jan 2013 #7
bemildred Jan 2013 #8
paleotn Jan 2013 #10
bemildred Jan 2013 #12
paleotn Jan 2013 #13
bemildred Jan 2013 #14
redecrete Jan 2013 #9
bemildred Jan 2013 #11
dipsydoodle Jan 2013 #15

Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 02:40 PM

1. "Suspect"? Turks kill Kurds.

I favor the Kurds.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 03:03 PM

2. I'd bet that the Turkish governent is all too aware of what's going on

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 04:00 PM

3. That seems very likely.

I'm starting to think something is up with the Turkey-Kurdish situation.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 04:10 PM

4. Something is always up, and it's almost always bad

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Response to REP (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 04:12 PM

5. This looks pretty bad, if what I'm thinking is right.

War, and war, and more war, without even being quite sure what the sides are or what the fight is about.

But it's already pretty bad.

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Response to bemildred (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 04:19 PM

6. I think you're right

And I think the Paris incident may have been orchestrated by the Turkish government (my only evidence is that the AK suck).

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Response to bemildred (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 05:53 PM

7. be a perfect opportunity for the Turkish government to do some heavy damage to the Kurds

everyone is paying attention to Syria and what's a few more dead people in that country

who's going to know if the Turkish government decides to send a few troops across the border to do some dirty work

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Response to dlwickham (Reply #7)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 06:09 PM

8. Yes, a bit of divide-and-rule, I doubt they want the Kurds all getting united. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #8)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:03 PM

10. Nope, they sure don't...

...looks like the classic war by proxy. Looks like the Turks took a page from the last 50 years of US foreign policy. I'm sure Iraq and Iran are not the least bit upset about this situation. A united "Kurdistan" would take significant chunks out of their sovereign territory, but Turkey has the most to loose.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #10)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:07 PM

12. Yes, I see that you see. nt

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Response to bemildred (Reply #12)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:51 PM

13. I've been told...

....I have a wonderful grasp of the obvious.

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Response to paleotn (Reply #13)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 08:58 PM

14. Yeah, "who could have predicted this?".

Like from the day Shrub and CrashCart started their war in Iraq. In this context it's worth remembering that that war, it was started over Turkey's vehement objections.

And anybody that thinks that war is over is likely wrong too. We may have pulled our troops out, but it is far from over.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:01 PM

9. Jihadist Regime

PM Erdogan is a Jihadist disquised as a Statesman. He wants to massacre the Kurds just like the Turks did to the Aremenians a century ago.

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Response to redecrete (Reply #9)

Mon Jan 21, 2013, 07:04 PM

11. Thanks for warning us. nt

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:41 AM

15. Syrian rebels clash with Kurds in northeast - activists

(Reuters) - At least 56 people have been killed in a week of fighting in northeast Syria between anti-government rebels and members of the long-oppressed Kurdish minority who have seized on the civil war to try to secure self-rule, activists said on Tuesday.

The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which collates reports on Syria's violence from local activists, said on Tuesday that the anti-Damascus rebels were using tanks and mortars on Tuesday against Kurdish forces.

In a separate incident, it said at least 42 people including women and children had been killed when a car bomb targeting a pro-government militia went off on Monday evening in the town of Salamiyah, east of the central city of Hama.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/22/uk-syria-crisis-idUKBRE90L0DK20130122

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