Kobani attack... comprehensive war against the people of the region is still continuing-2
Nine years after ISIS declared war on Kobani, the situation on the ground today indicates that the war declared against the region from all sides is not limited to military attacks, but rather the region is exposed to dangerous and dirty types of private warfare conducted by many forces with the aim of weakening the SDF and the Autonomous Administration. And the failure of this experiment.
Today we continue in the context of our talk about the ninth anniversary of ISIS starting the war on the city of Kobani on September 15, 2014, as this file comes as a second part of another file that we published yesterday.
The end of ISIS
After completing the liberation of the villages of Kobani and the surrounding towns, the formation of the Syrian Democratic Forces was announced in North and East Syria, to include the People’s Protection Units and the Women’s Protection Units YPG-YPJ along with other Arab and Syriac military formations, and the people of the North and East regions of Syria joined them.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took over the tasks of liberating the cities of North and East Syria from ISIS. The most prominent cities that were liberated were Manbij, Raqqa, Tabqa, and the northern and eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor, until its geographical presence was eliminated in its last stronghold in Baghouz in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zor in March 2017. 2019.
The liberation of Manbij in August 2016, about a year and a half after the liberation of Kobani, constituted a fatal blow to ISIS, as the city was the capital of foreign mercenaries coming from outside Syria. The liberation of Manbij also made it possible to separate the areas occupied by ISIS from the Turkish border, and this was tantamount to cutting off the lifeline for the mercenaries who began to retreat day after day after moving away from their maker, Turkey.
Enduring threat posed by ISIS has been continuing for many years and sleeper cells threaten the life of the citizens, and launching several attacks against civilians as what happened in Sina'a Prison in Hasaka in early 2022, seeking to release thousands of ISIS detainees in SDF prisons , which is what It would have meant the return of the mercenaries to reorganize their ranks and redeploy to Syria and Iraq, had the SDF not taken control of matters.
The war continues
ISIS gangs sought to target Rojava Revolution in North and East Syria to be declared full-war against the region and its rebellious people. It was not only one, but also many attacks had been happened, Turkey felt with jeopardize in ending of its proxy war with ISIS is about to be finished, it prepared to launch direct attacks against Rojava.
The war continues
Turkey launched a ground and air attack on Afrin canton in northwestern Syria, in early 2018, and occupied the city on March 18, after 58 days of fierce battles fought by the Syrian Democratic Forces in defense of Afrin.
After a year and a half of occupying Afrin, Turkey turned the nozzle of war towards the areas of Girê Spi/Tal Abyad and Serêkaniyê/Ras al-Ain, which had been liberated in previous years from Jabhet al-Nusra and ISIS. Turkey occupied the two areas in October 2019, about 6 months after the SDF announced the elimination of ISIS presence geographically.
It has become clear that Turkey has begun to follow in the footsteps of ISIS and implement what ISIS could not achieve, namely, occupying the entire geography along the Syrian-Turkish border at a depth of more than 30 kilometers.
In 2016, Turkey had occupied the cities of Jarabulus, al-Rai, Azaz, and al-Bab in the northeastern countryside of Aleppo, then Afrin in 2018, then Girê Spi and Serêkaniyê in 2019, and it still maintains intentions to occupy the rest of the border areas to establish the so-called “Safe Zone,” which will constitute Later, it was a basis for implementing the Mîsâk- Millî, according to which Turkey claims to have ownership over northern Syria and Iraq from Aleppo to Mosul and Kirkuk as a bygone Ottoman legacy.
Therefore, Turkey continues without stopping to launch attacks on North and East Syria, accompanied by its mercenary groups, who were later joined by ISIS members fleeing the battles led by the SDF, they were expelled to the Turkish areas.
The will of the people triumphs
Turkey is not the only one fighting the Rojava Revolution and its gains. There is the Damascus government, along with Iran and Russia, who want to turn back the clock to before 2011, as these parties are collectively trying to strike the revolution, the Autonomous Administration, and the Syrian Democratic Forces that were formed after its outbreak.
Therefore, the situation on the ground today indicates that the war declared against the region from all sides and parties is not limited to military attacks only, but rather the region is exposed to dangerous and dirty types of private warfare conducted by these forces with the aim of weakening the SDF and the Autonomous Administration and thwarting this experiment.
Perhaps the most prominent aspects of this particular war are the efforts to spread discord between the components, and in particular the attempt to ignite a Kurdish-Arab conflict, and the recent events in Deir ez-Zor and the attempt to turn the Arab tribes against the SDF were the best example of this.
In addition to the siege imposed on the region from all sides, the closure of the Tal Kochar/Al-Yarubiyah crossing to international aid coming to the regions of North and East Syria was the most prominent episode of this siege on the region that houses hundreds of thousands of displaced people and people displaced from the Syrian regions and Iraq.
Turkey also blocks Syria and Iraq's share of the Euphrates River, which is considered the lifeline for the regions of North and East Syria, and is being relied upon to provide drinking water to large cities such as Aleppo, Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor, Kobani, Tabqa, and many other cities and thousands of villages. The river is also relied upon to generate electricity through 3 dams. It is run by the Autonomous Administration, in addition to providing irrigation water for hundreds of thousands of hectares of agricultural land in an area considered the food basket of Syria.
All of this is in addition to blocking drinking water for the one and a half million people in Al-Hasakah canton.
Turkey, along with other parties hostile to the Autonomous Administration, is putting all its efforts into imposing international isolation on the administration by not participating in meetings and activities that discuss ways to find a solution to the Syrian crisis, most notably the meetings of the Constitutional Committee and other international meetings.
Turkey and other hostile parties have also recruited a network of agents in the region who are working to spread unrest and chaos in the region and are trying to weaken the confidence of the peoples of the region in the Autonomous Administration.
In addition to efforts to spread drugs among the ranks of society, through which the enemies want to push the population to destruction and distract it from its basic issues of defending identity and existence, working for democracy and achieving freedom.
Finally, the issue of immigration began to be promoted with the wide opening of the borders, by both the Damascus government and Turkey, to empty the region of residents, especially the young group.
When combining all these methods adopted in the context of the war against the region, which the population lives with on a daily basis, it can be seen that the war against Rojava and North and East Syria has not stopped, and is still at the same pace as it was during the Battle of Kobani, but the methods are different.
These developments put the people of the region before two options and no third: Either adopt resistance and self-reliance, as happened during the Battle of Kobani and achieve an overwhelming victory, or surrender and move toward extinction.
It must be noted that international powers are required to support the regions of North and East Syria in the face of the multi-faceted war machine, as they expressed their support 9 years ago when the people of Rojava and North and East Syria fought ISIS on behalf of the world and all of humanity, and ended the threat of ISIS, which was displaying its terrorism in Western cities and capitals, bloodshed and lives lost.
Today, those who saved the world years ago face a war that threatens their existence, so it is a moral and humanitarian duty that requires everyone to act quickly.
But despite all this, the peoples of the region remain steadfast, and the comprehensive war, with all its methods, did not succeed in achieving its goals, so that the will of the peoples would triumph over the tyranny of the enemies.