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After 134 days of resistance, the Kurdish forces of the YPG/YPJ have finally pushed IS out of Kobani. While the battle is won, the struggle continues.

Today, the resisting Kurds and their comrades in Kobani achieved the unimaginable: they managed to expel the fighters of the Islamic State (ISIS) from the city.

After 134 days of fierce battles between the Kurdish forces of the YPG and the YPJ (People’s and Women’s Defense Units), Peshmerga troops and elements of the Free Syrian Army on the one hand, and ISIS on the other, it appears that the last neighborhoods of the city that were under control of the jihadist militants have finally been liberated.

While the official spokesman for the YPG, Polat Can, announced the complete liberation of the city via Twitter, social media are buzzing with images ofcelebrating resistance fighters, burned-out ISIS tanks and of course the iconic red-yellow-and-green flag of TEVDEM, the Movement for a Democratic Society,waving on top of the strategically important Mishtenur hill overlooking the city.

ISIS’ advance on Kobani started in mid-September, when their forces managed to conquer the countryside surrounding the city in a matter of days before marching on the urban center itself. In the process, hundreds of thousands of people were forced out of their homes, fleeing in terror before the heavily armed jihadists who left little but carnage and destruction in their wake.

Approximately 260,000 people sought refuge across the border in Turkey, but several hundreds of resistance fighters remained behind to protect the city. With little else but their AK-47s and a firm determination to halt ISIS’ advance into Kobani, the men and women of the YPG/YPJ managed to prevent ISIS from adding yet another town to their long list of military victories in recent months.

The resistance of the Kurdish fighters against ISIS was hampered by the policies of neighboring Turkey, which kept its border with the besieged town hermetically sealed, preventing any aid from reaching the resistance. At the same time many sources and observers have made mention of its supposed military, logistical and medical support for the jihadists.

A Letter to Mr. Obama from a Syrian woman

Dear Mr. Obama,

So we heard you decided to change your plans in Syria and this time even arm the “moderate rebels” with more and more advanced weapons to fight the ISIS/ISIL. So who are you fooling? You may fool your people who you force them to watch what YOU and your government want on your news channels and hide the truth. Did you tell your people that on Syrian Channels those harsh killings of ISIS and your “moderate rebels” how they chop of heads and open up pregnant women’s bellies have been there since 2 and a half years ago and it is not a new thing? Or did you leave those terrorists become stronger and kill more and more of our civilians and army so that you will come to play the Hero after all that time? Where were you when your UN representative refused to listen and got out of the UN meeting when the Syrian representative was giving proofs of terrorist attacks on primary schools where more than 65 children died at the same day. Where were you when they attacked a neighborhood called Adra just because they are pro government and burned woman and children in the neighborhood’s bakery and chopped the heads of the men and put them instead of street lightbulbs? Oh your moderate rebels didn’t tell you they did that? Because it was them who did all those not the ISIS? and now you are going to arm them even more? They are already blowing up cars, attacking schools, raping women, killing automatically anyone who is a minority sect, stealing houses and firing rockets at civil areas…What else would you want them to do? Fight ISIS? how are they any different? The only reason they are fighting each other is to decide who gains control of the oil fields so they will sell it to your “terrorist supporting and funding” government. 

You created the ISIS to destroy Syria, to decide who is going to be our next president to destroy our army but after 3 years your plan failed ! You needed a plan B to interfere in my country and that is to come as a hero and fight ISIS. Well maybe then you should arm the Syrian Army who have been fighting them from day one not rebels who were part of ISIS but then fought over who kills more and each called themselves a different name. FSA,Nusra, Islamic Army, ISIS where all armed gangs in the beginning you helped them grow into all these monsters. They are made of 105 nationalities so how is that good to Syria and Syrians Mr Obama? You know they are not tourists right?

Your new plan to arm those gangs to fight each other and to remove as you said the president who regardless who he is…he is still the commander of the Syrian Army. So you are going to leave Syria with sectarian gangs and remove the army? No Sir you won’t succeed. WE ARE FREE PEOPLE. WE DECIDE WHO RULES US. WHO FIGHTS FOR US. WHO IS OUR ENEMY AND WHO IS NOT. WE DECIDE !!! You don’t get to decide anything for us. Get your stupid planes and plans out of our country. Get your armed terrorists gangs out of our country and this war will simply end. Stop making plans because the only thing they caused is Death. So whatever your plan for us is PLEASE know we won’t surrender easily. You will have to kill even more and more of us for it to work.

I am a free woman who won’t be forced to wear a certain way. I am a free woman who refuse to be seen as a sex symbol. Who refuse to be raped by those monsters. Who refuse to be forced to stay at home, not get educated or go to school. Who refuse to be forced to get married at the age of 10. Who refuse to be forced to get married to a man (I don’t know from what country he came or what language he speaks) who they choose for her. I refused to be a woman who is either killed because she is christian or Alawites or jew or converts to whatever sect they choose for her. I am a woman who refuse to be priced and sold! Because that is what those “moderate rebels” together with their “fake” enemy the ISIS are doing in the areas they get control of!!!

I would rather live with a secular dictator, stay at my job and marry or date the man I love. Thank you for your fake freedom and democracy because well I can’t see it with your rebels! 

Sincerly,

Anna

A Free Syrian Woman 

New Picture of the American YPG Fighter Jordan Matson, who was a US-Soldier for 3 years and joined the Kurdish YPG Forces to fight against ISIS

Listen to his new interview with BBC
https://m.soundcloud.com/bbc-world-service/this-is-my-job-this-is-who-i-am-im-a-protector

"About two-and-a-half weeks ago I was in a fight, and I was hit by a mortar and took injuries to my left forearm and my left foot," says Matson, speaking from a military base in Derik. Matson makes no bones about why he’s there: “After watching this happen for almost two years now — ISIS growing and getting bigger — every time they take a territory, they force people to follow their ideology or they kill them. And I just couldn’t stand by and watch that happen to so many people — men, women and children.” Matson says he was tired of hearing the US government saying the wars in Iraq and Syria were local problems. “It’s a human problem,” he says, “because these people are humans and I care about them.” The issue came to a head for Matson after journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS. “I prayed for a long time and started looking for an avenue to come over and help defend them,” he says. ”I found the YPG on Facebook and I asked if I could come over.”

He had an incredible welcome from Kurdish people and Kurdish Fighters, he says. “I’ve had nothing but love. These guys are looking for any help they can get. They’ve modelled themselves after a social democracy on the European pattern. They’ve always been supportive of Americans during our time in this region. So when an American came over, I’ve been treated like a celebrity.” He also praises Kurdish community values. “Everyone treats everyone else as an aunt or uncle,” he says. “When I was in the hospital, after I was injured, families that had no relatives that were injured or even in the military would just come in and see how everyone was doing. And if they were well enough to leave, they would ask them ‘Do you want to come to my house and stay there while you’re recuperating?’ That’s the kind of culture it is over here.”

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Although the fears never came to pass, the use of chemical weapons by Iraq during the Iran-Iraq War gave coalition forces great concern as they prepared for the liberation of Kuwait. Soldiers were issued full-body NBC (Nuclear-Biological-Chemical) suits, and regularly trained in their use. As it turned out, Iraq never utilized their chemical weapon stores during the Gulf War.

(All photos IWM)

But the fact that Russia, Iran and Saudi Arabia are attempting to control the fate of the Syrian people does not mean that other foreign actors should also attempt to do so for their own benefit. The United States should not go to war to overthrow Assad. It should also not carry out “symbolic” military strikes, which would be undertaken purely to maintain its own credibility - but which would also tarnish Syrian revolutionaries as being proxies of Western powers. The only moral course of action is to return the power of self-determination to the Syrian people themselves, instead of continuing to use them as pawns in a broader geopolitical power struggle.
—  Don’t steal Syria’s revolution: It’s not too late to save Syria, but Western powers will not accomplish this by rushing into another ill-advised war. by Murtaza Hussain for Al Jazeera English
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 This kitty got hit in her right hand by one of the regime snipers in Halab (Aleppo). The guys in Bustan Al Qasr neighbourhood saw ‘her’ .. one of them has experience in veterinary ..

The cat was treated under anaesthetic and the surgery was successful ..

Noting that there is a lack of medicines and doctors in this neighborhood .. 

The cat was treated in one of the make-shift field hospitals in the city .. This field hospital is in fact where the locals of the neighborhood are treated when injured by regime fire or regime shelling ..

So much beauty in one picture. So much beauty lost because of #Assad’s indiscriminate destruction. We lost a lot in this revolution, but we gained so much more than we lost. We regained our dignity, respect, humanity, and love-love for our country, our future, and our children. We have faith again in our Lord and we are coming back to him. This is the new Syria. 
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خائفــة..جائعـــة تشرب من ماء المطر ..

أشفق عليـها و جثـى على ركبتيـه لعلها تشعر بالأمـان ..

لأنـه ينتمي لجيش فـهم ما معنـى أن تكـون إنـســـان ..


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Jordan Matson, American from Sturtevant, Wisconsin has joined the Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG) to fight against ISIS.

"For all who didn’t know I’m in Syria fighting for the YPG against ISIS. I am ok, won’t be able to get on the net very often. I was hit by a mortar a few days ago during a 6 hour firefight but I’m fine. Delivered an ISIS bastard to hell. Please keep me and the other americans and kurdish fighters in your prayers. I appreciate it. I’ll try and have some photos to upload when I get a chance.

Rock steady.”

(Via Facebook)

Respect & Many thanks