[Marxism] Khabour Guards Commander: Turkey wants to wipe us out (ANF)

Chris Slee chris_w_slee at hotmail.com
Mon Dec 2 17:57:54 MST 2019


'For more than seven weeks Turkey has been attacking the self-governing territories of North and East Syria in violation of international law. With the occupation of the cities of Girê Spî (Tal Abyad) and Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ain) and surrounding villages by the NATO partner and its jihadist auxiliary troops, approved by the US and Russia, some 300,000 people have had to leave their homes so far. Nevertheless, Ankara is still not satisfied. In particular, the villages around Til Temir and the small town of Ain Issa on the strategically important M4 road are the focus of the invasion troops. The region lies outside the targeted "security zone", a thirty-kilometer-deep strip on the Turkish border, and is being attacked unabated. Ankara also wants to extend its occupation to the other cities on the border line in order to implement the actual goal behind the demanded withdrawal of the Syrian Democratic Forces of (SDF); the settlement of Syrian refugees from Turkey and their proxy army SNA ("Syrian National Army") in the border strip. There can therefore be no question of a ceasefire such as the one agreed in Sochi at the end of October between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin.'


'Madeleine Khamis is a commander of the Khabour Guards. In an interview the experienced commander spoke about the current situation in the region. According to her statements, 70 villages in Til Temir have already been occupied by the Turkish-jihadist invasion troops. Hundreds of Christian families had to leave their homes.

' "Since the beginning of the invasion, we have resisted the occupying forces on the basis of legitimate self-defence. If a no-fly zone had previously been established in northern Syria, Turkey would hardly have been able to occupy our regions. We have repeatedly called on the international community to ensure the immediate closure of airspace. But we have always fallen on deaf ears. The international forces continue to refer to the alleged ceasefire. Turkey and its Islamist proxy army, however, are not complying with the ceasefire", emphasises Khamis.'

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