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Syriac Orthodox Church - Qamislo, Kurdistan/Assyria

Turkey’s ongoing bombing campaign against the Kurds has continued with a predictably deliberate policy of targeting civilians. In the early hours of this morning (starting from 4 am) the village of Zergelê was targeted for several hours. The jets targeted the village and literally bombed house by house. At least 9 people are confirmed dead. Dozens more are injured. 15 of the injured are in critical condition and taken to the local village health clinic. When the surrounding villagers attempted to provide help to the killed and injured they were also targeted and prevented from providing adequate aid to the villagers. Due to the high numbers of critically injured the number of deaths is likely to increase.

Turkey is justifying this bombing campaign on the grounds of defending itself against terrorism, but the deliberate targeting of villagers and civilians is an act of state-terrorism, not ‘self-defence’. But empowered by NATO’s public statement of support for Turkey, it is unlikely that Erdogan will stop its massacre of Kurds in and outside of Turkey any time soon. Overnight three unarmed Kurdish civilians were killed in a house 'raid’ in Turkey. The true terrorist is Turkey, who is using the full force of its military might, the second largest in NATO (after the USA by the way which is the world’s biggest military might) against innocent civilians and the Kurdish guerilla forces. Each bombing rounds consists of FIFTY to SIXTY F-16 and F-4 jets targeting the same location repeatedly for hours.

The disproportionate levels of military might, the deliberate targeting of civilians and the complete lack of a similar attack on ISIS demonstrates who the real, and only, targets of Erdogan’s 'war on terror’ are.

‪#‎terroristturkey‬ ‪#‎terroristerdogan‬ ‪#‎WeAreAllPKK‬ #InTurkeyOnlyKurdsDie

sputniknews.com
Kurdish Militants Blow Up Tracks in Front of Train in Turkey
Turkish security services are chasing militants who detonated a mine in front of a train with railway workers.
By Sputnik

Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) militants detonated a mine on the railway tracks in front of a train transporting railway workers in Van Province in southeastern Turkey, Sabah newspaper reported Friday.

The incident is the third reported PKK act of sabotage on Turkish railway lines since Thursday amid escalating violence in the country.

The train driver sustained light injuries in the explosion. It is estimated that 17 Iranian and three Turkish nationals were reported to be on the train at the time of the explosion. None of the passengers were reported to have been injured, although the train and the railroad track were damaged.

businessinsider.com.au
Links between Turkey and ISIS are now 'undeniable'
A US-led raid on the compound housing the Islamic State’s ‘chief financial officer’ produced evidence that Turkish officials directly dealt with ranking ISIS members, Martin Chulov of the Guardian reported recently.
By Natasha Bertrand

Islamic State official Abu Sayyaf was responsible for directing the terror army’s oil and gas operations in Syria. Islamic State (aka ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh) earns up to $US10 million per month selling oil on black markets.

Documents and flash drives seized during the Sayyaf raid reportedly revealed links “so clear” and “undeniable” between Turkey and ISIS “that they could end up having profound policy implications for the relationship between us and Ankara,” a senior western official familiar with the captured intelligence told the Guardian.

NATO member Turkey has long been accused by experts, Kurds, and even Joe Biden of enabling ISIS by turning a blind eye to the vast smuggling networks of weapons and fighters during the ongoing Syrian war.

The move by the ruling AKP party was apparently part of ongoing attempts to trigger the downfall of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

Ankara officially ended its loose border policy last year, but not before its southern frontier became a transit point for cheap oil, weapons, foreign fighters, and pillaged antiquities.

In November, a former ISIS member told Newsweek that the group was essentially given free reign by Turkey’s army.

“ISIS commanders told us to fear nothing at all because there was full cooperation with the Turks,” the fighter said. “ISIS saw the Turkish army as its ally especially when it came to attacking the Kurds in Syria.”

But as the alleged arrangements progressed, Turkey allowed the group to establish a major presence within the country — and created a huge problem for itself.

“The longer this has persisted, the more difficult it has become for the Turks to crack down [on ISIS] because there is the risk of a counter strike, of blowback,” Jonathan Schanzer, a former counterterrorism analyst for the US Treasury Department, explained to Business Insider in November.

Displaced ISIS victims in Kurdistan

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July 20 2015 - Protesters angry about the IS bomb attack in Suruç, which killed 32 young activists who were going on a humanitarian mission to help rebuild Kobane, held rallies in several Turkish and Kurdish cities. They were also protesting the Turkish government’s lack of action against ISIS. Turkish riot police attacked rallies in multiple cities with water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas. [video]/[video]

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beautiful photos of western başûr (southern kurdistan) – can’t find original photographers so if you find the credits, please add.

  1. wild poppies near shirin mountain
  2. snow-capped mountains near soran
  3. unconquered mountain-top city of amêdî
  4. natural spring called gelî zenta outside of akrê
  5. the great zab river on the outskirts of the famous şaneder cave
  6. mountainous range near the haji umran border (turkish-iraq border)
  7. zê river between the bilî and piras mountain ranges
  8. autumn outside barzan
  9. duhok dam
  10. foothills of mergasur
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July 21 2015 - Protesters set fire to an ISIS flag tied to the flag of the ruling Turkish AK party.

Thousands of people gathered in London in solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attack in Suruç, Northern Kurdistan, and to express their anger about the Turkish government turning a blind eye to IS. [video]