Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Rojava's Revolutionary Forces Preparing for al-Bab Operation Against Turkish-Backed Rebels

As the attacks by Turkey-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) affiliated groups on Rojava’s western canton Afrin continue, journalist Aziz Koyluoglu, who is in the region, has reported that the Revolutionary Forces (RF) allied with the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are preparing for an operation on al-Bab.

The “Euphrates Shield” operation launched by Turkey and FSA groups into Rojava-Northern Syria Federation in August recently moved from Marea to the Shaykh Issa and Tal Rifaat areas in Northern Aleppo, which are controlled by the Revolutionary Forces.

This move has been viewed as an effort by Turkey to “suffocate Afrin” while the world’s gaze rests on the Mosul operation. Despite aerial bombardment and heavy shelling, which has killed dozens of fighters and civilians, Turkey backed groups have not been able to make headway in the area and it has been reported that the RF are expected to launch a counter offensive.

‘Nearing the end’

Reporting developments from Afrin, journalist Koyluoglu said, “The situation is complicated on all fronts. Recent developments are going to determine the future of Syria and Rojava. Russia, the US and Turkey are all implementing policies that favour their own interests, but the real direction of events is going to be determined by the region’s people.”

‘No advance despite attacks’

The journalist also reported that clashes were concentrated in Marea’s south and that Turkey had sent dozens of armoured vehicles and heavy artillery to the town to fight the Revolutionary Forces. However despite this Turkey-backed rebels had not been able to advance and had suffered severe losses, which could change the balance of affairs on the ground Koyluoglu said.

Turkey-Russia bargaining over Aleppo

Assessing the rapprochement and diplomatic meetings between Turkey and Russia and its reflection on the situation in Rojava, the embedded journalist stated: “Discussions between Russia and Turkey are centred on withdrawing the groups encircled [by the Syrian Army] in Aleppo’s east. Turkey wants this and gave Russia some hope about it. They said, ‘If you allow me to enter Jarablus, Marea and al-Bab then I will withdraw the groups in Aleppo.’ This was the bargain and Russia accepted it. But it hasn’t materialised. Al-Nusra, or with its new name Fatah al-Sham, is still in control in Aleppo and has declared it will not withdraw. In fact they have launched a new offensive from Idlib to break the blockade.

This will end the discussion and rapprochement between Turkey and Russia. Russia has allowed Turkey to foray as far as Marea.

But we will see whether they accept this position or allow them to go any further. It looks like this won’t happen because the Aleppo deal hasn’t come to fruition.

The statement by Fatah al-Sham on Aleppo will be the breaking point of Russia’s policy with Turkey.”

US supported the plan

Koyluoglu also commented on the US’s stance regarding this plan, saying, “The fall of Aleppo would change all the balances in Syria’s politics. The Sunni opposition will have taken a great blow. This is why the US is supporting Turkey; they want to break the [Syrian Army’s] siege on Aleppo and weaken Russia. The US is supporting Turkey to weaken Russia’s influence.”

Counter-move from Syria

Koyluoglu continued: “Turkey rather than opening a corridor to Aleppo through Marea to break the blockade wanted to lay siege to the Syrian army, however the regime has made a counter-move with a military buildup in Northern Aleppo against this threat.”

Turkey has two objectives

The journalist also asserted that Turkey’s offensive was based on two objectives, adding, “They want to prevent the creation of a federative structure by changing the geographical integrity of the area. This is why they are trying to advance in Marea and block the Afrin-Manbij line.

The second objective is to form a corridor between Aleppo centre and al-Zahraa and a passage to Idlib through here. This will also mean the encirclement of the Syrian army. The Nour al-Din al-Zenki Islamist group [backed by Turkey] made this admission when they revealed their plan was ‘besieging the already besieged Aleppo.’”

Plans A, B, C do not have any chance of success

Koyluoglu indicated that this initiative was what Turkey President Erdogan had called “plan B” and said: “Plan A failed.

Turkey couldn’t take part in the Mosul operation. The recent attack on Kirkuk was Turkey’s C plan.
Turkey has put into effect both plans now.

The attacks on the Shahba region are a part of this plan. Neither of these have any chance of success.
The attack on Kirkuk by Daesh (ISIS) was defeated. Plan B being implemented in Rojava has also been routed. Turkey and the groups it is backing wanted to conquer Tal Rifaat and progress to the area controlled by the Syrian regime but this plan has failed.

However there is still the possibility of attacks and not only in the Shahba region; there are preparations to occupy Idlib.”

Afrin will fight

Koyluolgu also remarked that military preparations had been made in the Afrin Canton and that the autonomous administration had stated they would resist attacks.

The journalist concluded by emphasising Turkey’s military buildup in the region and said that Turkish Special Forces were fighting on the front-line in Shaykh Issa but had been met by resistance from the RF, who were preparing for a counter-offensive that included al-Bab and Marea.

Source: DIHA

India: Today, the Indian state killed 3 more comrades in cold blood. Taking the toll to 27 in two days : Statement from Democracy and Class Struggle

Today, the Indian state killed 3 more comrades in cold blood. Taking the toll to 27 in two days.

The Indian state has gone into an all out offensive against the Maoists who are defending the rights of the people from the corporate-government nexus meant to loot the land from its natural resources.

On one hand a section of the ruling class has asked for peace talks with Maoists but the Indian state had continued its gruesome killings, unabated.

We urge the international community to stand in condemn the ongoing military campaign by the Indian state and stand in solidarity with comrades.

Statement From Democracy and Class Struggle 

25th October 2016

India: Harsh Thakor says Salute heroic rally of Peasantry and Landless Labour against Fascist repression by Akali Dal on Landless Dalit Labour in Conference in Lehra Gaga in Sangrur on October 21st 2016




On 21st October the Jaloor Kand Jabar Virodhi Action Committee held a conference which terminated with  a rally around the city ending at the State district Magistrate's office...

Around 4-5000 people participated.

Apart from Sangrur Participants came from Patiala, Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Moga, Ludhiana, Barnala, Mansa, Bathinda, Faridkot, Nawasher and Ferozepur.,

The gathering comprised the bku-Ekta (Ugarhan) which organized the landed peasantry , the Punjab Khet Mazdur union which organized the agicultural workers and the  Zameen Prapt Sangharsh committee. Particpants  also came from the working class employees section which was encouraging and some fro the All India Khet Mazdoor Sabha of the C.P.I.

The speakers were Mukesh Mulaudh of the ZPSC,Zora Singh Nasrali of the P.M.K.U,Joginder Singh Ugrahan of B.K.U.(Ekta) Ugrahan ,Kulwant Singh of B.K.U (Dakaunda),Sanjeev Mintu of Krantikari Pendu Mazdur Union,Surjit Singh Phul of he B.K.U.(Krantikari). and Avatar Singh Dedhke of Kirti Kisan Union.

The speakers voiced 3 main demands.

1.That 1/3rd right of land pamchayat promised should be awarded to dalits.

2.That all 69 dalit democratic activists are released

3.That all the people responsible for crimes in recent months against the landless dalits should be imprisoned.

Of particular highlighting was the crimes of Akali leader Baban under the leadership of Parminder Dhindsa.who sponsored the criminal goons.

The mobilisation could not reach 8-10,000 as it is the harvesting season of agricultural labourers.

Still it was noteworthy that more than half came from the landed peasantry supporting the struggle of the dalits against tyranny.

What was heartening that almost sections from all the different trends within the revolutionary camp participated.

I also complement the painstaking solidarity and preparatory work done in village of Badli Kala and Jaloor whee Zameen Prapt Sangharsh Committee activists defied all odds.

The author who participated feels such gatherings lay the seeds for bridging the gap between the landed and landless dalit peasantry and for a major united movement against the fascist onslaught of the state

.A base has to be laid for organized resistance of protracted actions against the nexus of the state machinery with the landlords of the ruling parties

Revolutionaries have to seriously study the dalit or caste aspect and the polarization within the socio-political system.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Syria Alert : Turkish tanks were deployed in Marea town 10 miles North of Aleppo : NATO member Turkey provoking Syria and Russia into full scale war ?

Last week, the Turkish army started to shell Syrian Democratic Forces’ (SDF) positions north of Aleppo, killing more than 20 SDF fighters. 

Moreover, Turkish-backed rebels threatened to expel the SDF from Tel Rifaat town, after the SDF-affiliated group, the Revolutionary Army [known as Jaish al-Thuwar], reached 18 kilometers from al-Bab subsequent to capturing several villages there.

Since October 19th, clashes continued between the Kurdish-led SDF units and the Turkey-backed rebels of the Euphrates Shield in Aleppo countryside.

The Russian government condemned the Turkish actions, while the Syrian army stated they would hit any Turkish jet to enter Syrian air space.

The general command of the SDF-linked Revolutionary Army said on Saturday they repelled attacks by the Turkish Euphrates Shield on 21 October, and killed 19 pro-Turkey fighters.

Turkish forces launched attacks on 21 October with artillery and missile launchers from several axes in villages of Samouqa, Hasiya, Om Hosh, Harbel, Sheikh Issa and Tel Rifaat. 

Moreover, additional Turkish tanks were deployed in Marea town on 22 October to attack SDF forces.

Furthermore, the SDF leadership said they have shot down a Turkish renaissance drone and wounded a senior commander of the Turkey-backed rebels in northern Aleppo.

Source ARA News

While Democracy and Class Struggle see further conflict between Russia  and Turkey over Syria there is another view that represented by Middle East Eye of Turkish Russian Co-operation

Turkey has however shown willingness to respect Russian sensitivities in Aleppo by agreeing to remove al-Nusra Front militants from the town in a telephone conversation between Erdogan and Putin. The partnership with Russia looks like a way for Turkey to achieve a slightly scaled down version of its long-term policy aims in Syria, something the US could not provide.
On 23 October, Erdogan told the Russian TV channel Rossiya-1: “I need the support of my respected and valuable friend Putin in the joint struggle against terrorism in this region. We are ready to take every step necessary to cooperate with Russia in this area.” Russian-Turkish friendship is new but it may be more than a short-lived marriage of convenience.

See Also : http://russia-insider.com/en/politics/russia-and-turkey-still-divided-future-syria/ri17108 which disagrees with Middle East Eye.

India : Gaddar Sings Lal Salam - Red Salute to our comrades who were killed yesterday in Malkangiri district near the Andhra-Odisha border

The Spirit of the Indian Revolution lives in Gaddar

Gummadi Vittal Rao has acted in two movies, and carries a bullet in his body.

He is best known as a singer, and thousands of copies of his songs have been sold throughout India.

He is on the Andhra Pradesh police's list of people marked for overt support to Maoist rebels, the Naxalites.

And yet successive state governments have used his services in the failed peace initiatives with the outlawed Maoists.

In Left wing circles, he is a living legend.

He is Gaddar, the balladeer.

Unlike other left-wing revolutionary writers and poets, Gaddar is equally well known in rural and urban Andhra Pradesh. He is a familiar face on television screens, participating in protest programmes or spirited debates.

His songs cut across the barriers of region, religion, dialect, caste and social status.

In the words of prominent academic Dr Kancha Ilaiah, 'Gaddar was the first Telangana intellectual who established a link between the productive masses and the literary text and, of course, that text established a link between the masses and educational institutions.'

India: At least 21 Maoist Comrades killed in an alleged encounter in a forest in Malkangiri district near Andhra- Odisha Border

Democracy and Class Struggle reports some distressing news from India many Maoist comrades have been killed overnight.

At least 21 Maoists, including two top leaders and 7 women, were shot dead in an alleged encounter with a joint team of Odisha Police and Greyhounds team of AP Police early today morning in a forest in Malkangiri district near the Andhra-Odisha border.the Two constables were reported to be injured.

However, Maoist central committee member RK reportedly escaped. Among the dead are at least 7 women Maoists.

While the bodies are yet to be identified it is suspected that Gajarla Ravi, 49, Secretary of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee, Chalapathi alias Appa Rao, his wife Aruna and another leader Bakuri Venkata Ramana Murthy, were killed in the encounter.

Ravi had a reward of Rs 20 lakhs on his head while Chalapati, secretary of the East division, carries a reward of Rs 20 lakh on his head. His wife Aruna, deputy commander of the Koraput-Srikakulam Division Committee carried a reward of Rs 5 lakh.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Message to Kurdish Comrades - Stand for Self Reliance

Ala me zer sor û heşîn
Bernadin em vê tekoşîn
Heval hatin ji kelaşîn
Dayê êdî tu neke şîn

Gerîla bi nav û denge
Bi roket û bi tifenge
Xortê kurda zaf çelenge
Li her derê li ser cenge

Bi berxwedan û raperîn
Dîrok dinivsînin bi tîpên zerîn
Ji Qamişlo heta Afrîn
Ava dikin welatê şerîn

Şalê min şalek heft renge
Şiyar be sibe/heval derenge
Keça kurda şêr lehenge
Ji dijmin re jiyan tenge

Mücadele Marşı

Bayragımız sarı kırmızı ve yeşil
Birakmayiz biz bu mücadeleyi
Kelaşin den yoldaşlar geldi
Anne artik yas tutma

Gerila şanlıdır
Tüfek ve roketlidir
Kürt oglu çok görkemlidir
Her yerde savaştadır

Direniş ve ayaklanmaylan
Tarih yaziyorlar altın harflerlen
Qamışlodan Afrine kadar
Güzel ülkeyi kuruyorlar

Eşarpım yedi renkli bir eşarptır
Uyan yoldaş/yarin geçtir
Kürt kizi aslan kahramandır
Düşmanın hayatı sıkışiyor

Gotin û muzik : Kendal Manis
Studio : Eren Üren
Kamera : Hakan Kepez
Koro : Freefighter muzik

US Treachery in Northern Syria : “Informed sources confirmed that the Turkey-backed attacks on SDF positions today were supported by American officers,” the PYD said in a statement on Friday. 

Turkey-backed rebels on Friday attacked positions held by the pro-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Tal Rafaat District. The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) accused American officers of cooperating in the incursion.

Friday’s attack was preceded by Turkish airstrikes, which hit the villages of Um al-Housh, Um al-Qura and Hasiya in Aleppo’s northern countryside. Ten SDF fighters and four civilians were killed, while dozens of others were wounded.

The Islamic State (ISIS) was pushed out of these villages in August and September as part of the SDF’s drive to reach al-Bab city. The People’s Protection Units (YPG), the lead force within the SDF, seeks to seize al-Bab and thereby connect Northern Syria – Rojava’s (NSR) canton administrations.

Turkey-backed rebels on Friday attacked positions held by the pro-Kurdish Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Tal Rafaat District. The Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) accused American officers of cooperating in the incursion.

Friday’s attack was preceded by Turkish airstrikes, which hit the villages of Um al-Housh, Um al-Qura and Hasiya in Aleppo’s northern countryside. Ten SDF fighters and four civilians were killed, while dozens of others were wounded.

The Islamic State (ISIS) was pushed out of these villages in August and September as part of the SDF’s drive to reach al-Bab city. The People’s Protection Units (YPG), the lead force within the SDF, seeks to seize al-Bab and thereby connect Northern Syria – Rojava’s (NSR) canton administrations.

“Informed sources confirmed that the Turkey-backed attacks on SDF positions today were supported by American officers,” the PYD said in a statement on Friday.

Speaking about Turkey’s air raids, US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter told reporters: “We don’t yet fully know what transpired there. We’ll find out more as the days go on. I simply can’t give you any more than that now.”

Earlier on Thursday, US State Department spokesperson John Kirby called on the Syrian rebels and the Kurds to stop fighting each other. “

We’ve called on all parties to refrain from uncoordinated movements and to focus, as I said earlier, on the common enemy, and the common enemy is Daesh,” he said.

“Both these Syrian forces and Turkey can and should operate inside the coalition, […] to focus on Daesh and not one another, and that’s what we want to see,” he said, employing an Arabic acronym for ISIS. “We don’t want to see any uncoordinated movements and these strikes would qualify as uncoordinated movements.”

Two Sides, Diametrically Opposed

The immediate goal of the Turkey-backed rebels is to preempt Kurdish territorial ambitious by capturing the ISIS-held areas between Efrin and Manbij. Their latter goal is to open a new front against the Syrian Army and the Shia militias currently laying siege to eastern Aleppo city.

“The Euphrates Shield Operation will drive the YPG out of Tal Rifaat and the surrounding area before moving eastwards towards al-Bab,” Abdurahman Harkoush, a former spokesperson for the Army of Islam, said.

These goals are irreconcilable with the widely shared Kurdish desire to establish territorial contiguity in the NSR. Kurds across Turkey condemned Thursday’s airstrikes and Friday’s incursion.

“While Turkey can and should have a crucial role in fighting ISIS, the attacks of the Turkish Army and its local [Islamic fundamentalist] allies on the SDF are providing ISIS with fresh air,”

Hisyar Ozsoy, Vice Co-chair of the pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), told ARA News.

“Turkey has been carrying out aggressive policies to undermine [the SDF],” Ozsoy stated. “By sacrificing the peace process with the Kurds [in Turkey] and initiating militarist policies against the Kurds in Syria, who constitute the backbone of the SDF, Turkey is foreclosing the possibilities of a peaceful future and political stability.”

According to Michael Stephens, the head of the Royal United Services Institute – Qatar, the US did not cooperate in Turkey’s attacks on the SDF.

“Basically [this is] a warning sign to the YPG; If you try to join the cantons we’ll make you pay,” Stephens told ARA News. “The two sides, [Turkey-backed rebels and the pro-Kurdish SDF], have no interest in talking. Ultimately it’s a disagreement between two sides that are diametrically opposed.”

Turkey’s Target is the Self-Administration

Tensions in Northern Aleppo Governorate have reached a fever pitch. According to Stephens, the SDF and Turkey’s rebel factions “are only able to talk through military means. What you’re seeing is the geopolitics playing out in the micro.”

Nawaf Khalil, a former PYD spokesman and head of the Rojava Centre for Strategic Studies, told ARA News that Turkey views all Kurds as enemies, regardless of their relations with Iraqi Kurdistan.

Khalil shares a widespread belief that Ankara and Moscow have been cooperating to cripple Syrian Kurdish forces.

“There has been a deal between Russia and Turkey to hit the Kurds, and destroy the insurgency in Aleppo,” he said.

Khalil told ARA News: “Turkey says it openly; their target is the [NSR] Self-Administration, and [their aim] is to prevent the unification of Efrin and Kobani.”

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Battle for Mosul : Challenges of Reluctant Allies : Turkey the Trojan Horse inside Iraq has 18 illegal sites to complicate assault on ISIL : Turkey get out of Iraq Now !

Friday, October 21, 2016

ISIS Tightens Security in Raqqa as more Jihadists Arrive from Iraq

ISIS Tightens Security in Raqqa as More Jihadists Arrive From Iraq

The Islamic State (ISIS) on Wednesday tightened its security measures in the city of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria. According to eyewitnesses and activists, the extremist group has imposed a curfew in the city centre, installed new checkpoints and erected concrete road blocks.
Raqqa serves as a de facto capital of the self-declared Caliphate. Within the city, there has seen a week-long state of alert amongst ISIS jihadists.

“ISIS erected barriers between major districts of Raqqa city,” media activist Abdulkarim al-Yousef told ARA News in Raqqa. “New security checkpoints have been installed across the city, including near the al-Naeem Roundabout, al-Muhafaza Square, Saad Bin Muaz Mosque and al-Zedan Square.”

As previously mentioned, ISIS militants have fanned out, imposing a curfew in Raqqa. Dozens of people have reportedly been arrested at the newly established security checkpoints for violating the curfew.

While ISIS tightened its internal security, ISIS vehicles arrived in Raqqa, coming from Iraq. According to S Awad, an eyewitness, “More than 20 vehicles crossed the border and entered Raqqa on Tuesday at midnight, carrying ISIS militants and weapons.”

The Islamic State’s new redeployments and repression are likely related to the advances being made by US-backed Iraqi and Kurdish forces. On Monday, allied forces began the battle for Mosul and rapidly progressed towards the Caliphate’s Iraqi capital.

More than 4,000 Peshmerga soldiers were involved in the operation, fighting alongside Iraqi security forces. The Peshmerga soldiers liberated on Monday nine villages in the vicinity of Mosul, in an area measuring approximately 200 square kilometres.

The operation was launched from the towns of Gwer and Khazir and coincided with a simultaneous advance by the Iraqi Army who pushed north from Qayarrah.

Mosul-Raqqa Road

Hundreds of Islamic State (ISIS) militants have escaped from Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate, taking the Ba’aj road to Syria. Officials and military officers reported on Tuesday that civilians accompanied the jihadists as the fled west, ahead of advancing Kurdish and Iraqi columns.

Kurdish Peshmerga commander Qassim Shesho confirmed that a large number of ISIS jihadists have fled Mosul’s countryside through the Ba’aj road.

The Ba’aj road rarely appears on maps. It is an unofficial roadway created by ISIS, connecting Mosul city in northern Iraq to Raqqa city in central Syria.

On Saturday, dozens of ISIS jihadists arrived in the Syrian border town of Margada along with their families. The jihadists came from positions in Iraq’s northwestern Nineveh Governorate, which have been evacuated.

Local sources told ARA News that more than 90 ISIS militant had made the journey in a staggered convoy. Eyewitnesses reported that the militants were accompanied by at least 25 civilian families, who were reportedly their relatives.

Also on Saturday, several ISIS military vehicles passed through al-Qa’im crossing on the Syrian-Iraqi border. The vehicles continued on to al-Bukamal city in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor Governorate.

Local media activist Ahmed Hamwi told ARA News: “The vehicles crossed the border in the early morning on Saturday, carrying weapons and dozens of ISIS fighters.”

Reporting by: Jamil Mukarram

Source: ARA News