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PKK Appeals to Kurds in Turkey to Fight for Kobane

By Rudaw 19/9/2014
A YPG fighter on a frontline south of Kobane. Photo: Carl Drott.
A YPG fighter on a frontline south of Kobane. Photo: Carl Drott.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) appealed to young Kurds in Turkey to rush to the aid of Syrian Kurds in Kobane, where its sister forces have been alone resisting renewed assaults this week by the Islamic State (IS).

Hundreds were reported fleeing the city amid indiscriminate shelling by the IS, as the Islamic rebels turned heavy weapons seized in Iraq on Kobane, in attacks that began Monday.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), a PKK wing, has been fighting against IS and other jihadi groups for the past three years.  Since the outbreak of the Syrian civil war it has been a bulwark against IS and other radical Islamic forces moving into the Kurdish-populated areas (Rovaja).

The YPG reported three heavy rockets fired into Kobane in the latest round of fighting, turning fear among residents into outright panic.

The PKK called on Kurds in Turkey’s Kurdish regions (North Kurdistan) to volunteer to fight for Kobane.

“Young people from the North must go to Kobane and join the historic, honorable resistance," said a statement by the Group of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), the PKK’s umbrella organization.

"Kobane is also the symbol of the Rojava Revolution, and in reality it is a part of North Kurdistan,” it added.

Kobane is one of three “cantons” where the YPG’s political wing declared unilateral autonomy last year. That remains urecognized, largely because the PKK is labeled a terrorist organization in  Turkey, the European Union and the United States.

The Syrian Kurds have remained isolated in their war with IS, as global efforts galvanize against the jihadis in Iraq. The US has been conducting air strikes against IS positions in Iraq since last month, with France saying Thursday it will also step into the air campaign.

The US congress has authorized arming the Syrian Free Army, but it is unclear whether the Kurdish forces would receive US lethal assistance: Turkey is a staunch opponent of arming any group affiliated with PKK. The guerrilla group is outlawed in Turkey, but has huge support among the country’s 15 million Kurds.

"Join the YPG and become a well trained soldier,” Murat Karayilan, a senior PKK leader, was quoted as saying. He called on Turkey’s young Kurds to “join their brethren in Rojava,” the pro-PKK Firatnews reported.

Karayılan warned of a humanitarian disaster and the threat of massacre by the IS, comparing what could happen in Kobane to the IS assault on Shingal in Iraqi Kurdistan, where hundreds of Yezidi men were murdered and countless women were taken as war prize by IS.

"Action must be taken immediately to prevent such a disaster. Everyone must do what they can," he declared.

Karayilan slammed Turkish silence over events in Rojava, accusing Ankara of tacit support of the jihadis.

According to the pro-PKK Hawarnews, the IS attack has triggered a mass exodus of thousands, including Kurds, Arabs and other minorities, toward the Turkish border. It said a dozen Kobane villages had been deserted.

"We have lost touch with many of the residents living in the villages that ISIS (Islamic State) seized," Ocalan Iso, deputy commander of the YPG in Kobane, told Reuters.

Turkey, which has 49 diplomats held hostage by IS, has come in for criticism for inaction against the group, most fiercely by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in northern Iraq.

Karayilan said that by closing its border to the Syrian Kurds, Turkey was assisting the IS. He accused Ankara of "complicity" in the siege of Kobane.

“We have heard that Turkey has deployed troops on the border. There is also information regarding munitions being sent to the border by train, and direct assistance being given to ISIS.” he said. “This is serious. With this conflict in Kobane, Turkey’s role will become clear.”


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Help the Yezidis | 19/9/2014
I can imagine that the PKK asked from the 15 million Kurds in Turkey to help them and join the fight against their enemy/ies in Syria. It is necessary in the fight against the helpers of the Islamic State of Turkey, Assad and the IS. Be aware that there are a lot of Europeans and Americans who hope that the Islamic slaughters will be defeated by the Kurds from Syria, Turkey and KRG. It is a historic chance to help the people in Kobane!
Kurdistani | 19/9/2014
Nobody knows what the PKK or YPG wants. They are opposed to a kurdish state. On the one hand the are fighting with Asad in Syria, on the other hand they want help form the west. They should stop being an enemy of Kurdistan. Accept the Kurdistan flag, fight for Kurdistan not for some cantons, stop your dictatorship in Rojava and fight on the alongside your brother in south Kurdistan.
Gerduni_Asti | 19/9/2014
All of Kurdistan should join the resistance and Pershmerga should be the first ones providing assistance since Rojava Kurds rushed for Bashur Kurds unconditionally. Failure of uniting means the deaths of our kin and other minorities. May God of all religions protect you from the evil minded mankind!
A-kurd | 19/9/2014
Honorable resistance, yeah right. YPG are not even making any significant resistance towards ISIS. This is just a plot of the Syrian regime, in order to make way for ISIS to obtain the villages near Kobani, and subsequently move towards some insignificant attacks to Turkey. What happens then? Well the YPG gains some voice around the globe as it seems that the Kurdish issue is becoming somewhat of a trend nowadays. The Syrian regime as well as ISIS makes advancements towards Turkey in order to attack the country. I'm not cold-hearted, but I am somewhat neutral in this aspect and feel sorry for the civilian kurds, but not the YPG and PKK thugs that stands for entirely the wrong things about the concept of being a kurd. I want the media, kurds, and the world to open their eyes because it's not nice to repeat genocide statements here and there because of Sinjars fall. This does not mean that every once in a while, such correlations can be made for political, diplomatic and military gains. Shame on you, you fake kurds that is the PKK and YPG. You are thugs, and you'll always be one for as long as you live. Long live Kurdistan and its great leader - Massoud Barzani and Talabani!
Riha | 19/9/2014
It is getting dangerous soon. The US is gonna arm the Syrian rebels and everyone with a brain knows that IS controls the Syrian rebels, so those heavy weapons will go to IS. Kurds in Rojava could face a real massacre soon. If that will happen expect civil war in Turkey because PKK will unleash hell in Turkey and the fireworks will start.

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