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ENKS urges int'l protection for Afrin, condemning PYD policy

By Rudaw 9/4/2018
Men with guns patrol the streets in Afrin wearing armbands that say police on April 3, 2018. Photo: Nazeer al-Khatib | AFP
Men with guns patrol the streets in Afrin wearing armbands that say police on April 3, 2018. Photo: Nazeer al-Khatib | AFP
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — The ENKS called for expulsion of Turkish army and its Syrian proxies in Afrin with the provision of “security and safety through international protection.” It also condemned the arrest of their members and supporters by the PYD.

“The [Kurdish National Council] stressed the need to exert all efforts by the concerned countries, the United Nations, friends and the Kurdish forces to help put an end to these acts and stop them and work on the withdrawal of all Turkish forces and factions cooperating with them from the region of Afrin, and to disarm them and the militants, handing over the region and its administration to its people and  helping them to manage their affairs and provide services so that life can pass normally and security and safety is provided through international protection, ” read the statement published after the council meeting on Sunday.

ENKS has been accused of working with Turkey. It has offices in Qamishli and the Kurdistan Region’s capital city of Erbil. ENKS agreed to join the Syrian National Coalition, a Syrian-regime opposition umbrella group supported by Turkey. During the Afrin operation, ENKS temporarily suspended its membership in the Syrian National Council during the Afrin operation, but rejoined citing the need for Kurdish education in Afrin. ENKS previously faced criticism for expressing support for the Turkish offensive.  

Turkey and its Syrian proxies took control of Afrin city on March 18 after a nearly three-month assault that killed at least 300 civilians. The Free Syrian Army militants were soon accused of executions, looting, and the destruction of Kurdish houses and the relocation of mostly Arab people from Azaz and Eastern Ghouta into Afrin.

‘Intimidation against its members’

There are two main Kurdish political entities in Rojava, ENKS and TEV-DEM. The former is predominantly controlled by Kurdistan Democratic Party - Syria (PDKS) while the latter is controlled by PYD, the political wing of People’s Protection Units (YPG) which rules in northern parts of Syria, or Rojava.

Asayesh (Kurdish security unit) has arrested members of ENKS and their high-ranking officials numerous times. Most recently Faysal Yusuf, a member of ENKS, was arrested by the Asayesh on April 2 and has not been released.

A court in Rojava issued warrants on Friday for former leader of ENKS, Ibrahim Biro and the group’s representative to the Syrian National Coalition, Fuad Eliko. 

“The Turkish state did not solely use weapons, it also it tried to mislead the people of Afrin through its use of media to legitimize its occupation. At the same time, it showed a number of Kurdish mercenaries altering the truth,” reads a statement by the People’s Court of Northern Syria published by ANF news.

The ENKS statement also condemned the PYD for “targeting the Kurdish National Council by using inflammatory speech against it and the language of intimidation against its members,” naming Faysal Yusuf among the arrestees. It added that the arrest of Yusuf has “created a general discount among Kurdish people.”


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The truth can't be covered | 9/4/2018
You mean International protection from Turkey and its proxies which include ENK (set up by Turkey through KRG, which is considered Turkey's corrupt proxy and is rejected by the kurdish people on the ground). People know well that KRG are made up of fat cat, corrupt, out of touch, Turkey enemy-serving, thieves enriching themselves at the expense of citizens whose anger will turn into the rage that will sweep the whole region. They must learn from history that dictators always end up in the dust bin of history.
Amon Carter | 9/4/2018
ENKS is funded by Turkey, as are "Rojava Peshmerga". Neither has anything to do with Rojava, or its people. It is terrible to witness this kind of infighting amongst Kurds, some of whom are clearly acting as agents for the AKP.
Renégade | 10/4/2018
Old style contraband where was ENKS before when the pyd was fighting against the incursion???? Ahh on the Turkish side. Now they believe to fool some Kurds by this sharada into traitorous leadership that is against the Kurds.🧙🏽‍♂️🧙🏽‍♂️🧙🏽‍♂️🧙🏽‍♂️🧙🏽‍♂️ There is a special place in hell for kurds that betrays their fellow Kurds,🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Outsider | 10/4/2018
Interesting... but why is only Rudaw reporting on this "development'? No one else is writing about it...neither International nor Arabic nor Kurdish media? Or was ENKS forced to make such a statement because they are concerned for Faysal Yusuf and dozens of other reps of ENKS previously arrested in Rojava....?!?!
Hamid Sayadi | 10/4/2018
ENKS are poppet of Turkey. traitors and JASH,

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