A statement of condemnation

«Orient News» Media Foundation has exceeded journalism ethics by describing the Kurdish people in Syria by despicable depictions!
In the midst of the major shifts in the Syrian Revolution goals, in which it had become a major issue for both; the local Syrian and the international media. Urged by the systematic killing, abusing and the repeated violations of the Syrian regime, the Islamic State «ISIS», Al-Qaeda affiliated branch in Syria” Jabhat al-Nusra” and many other militant militias, therefore it led some media foundations to exceed the international journalism ethics!
The latest encroachment came out with the leading opposition media foundation «Orient News» within 60 minutes program, entitled: «The Federation of Northern of Syria, backed militarily while opposed politically by the United States».
Aired on 19th of March 2016, the program contained obscene abuse toward the Kurdish people, using racist statements such as: « Kurdish people are barbarians and mercenaries throughout history, a group of criminals and bandits! Kurds in general are dull by their genes!
By speeches full of hatred, there was clear instigation to cleanse Syria out of Kurds, falsely claiming Kurds are occupying the north and the north-eastern parts of Syria, and the Kurdish people should be expelled, cleared out of the mentioned territories»!
According to Human Rights in which:
«inhereted rights for all human beings, regardless of their nationality, place of residence, their sex, national origin, ethnicity, race, color, religion, language, or other status».
We declare as a group of journalists, jurists and intellectual Syrians by our various national, regional and ideological affiliations, our condemnation of these acts that recently turned out into a common phenomenon in some «opposition» media institutions, and according to its vital role in the transmission of toxins which are no less serious than those emitted by the the Syrian regime media channels specifically in increasing the ceiling of the conflict between the Syrian community components, as we consider it a serious violation of journalism ethics, and incitement to violence, hatred and sectarian conflict!
We still believe of the possibility in which this TV channel would play in a very positive way in expressing all of Syrian voices, and their various sects, without becoming a biased, racist part, labelling other Syrian sects, by getting detestable voices in which playing major role in fueling the Syrian conflict!
We also call on human rights organizations, media, and political bodies in Syria and the world to take the necessary procedures in order to confront extremism, and the racial discrimination basically played by some media institutions!
We also assure on putting all of our efforts in the defense all of Syrian people, regardless of their affiliation and race and we will take on all the legal actions against the mentioned TV channel, the host of the TV-show and its guests, as we refuse the apology pledged by the Orient TV administration, measuring it as not conforming to the offense made by the mentioned media institution!

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A call from Kobani for solidarity with the victims of war and immigration!

       We are two journalists from a city torn by war.
A city endured years of the Baathi regime oppression,  stood against terror, defeated it.
A city was besieged by terrorist groups of al-Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front and Islamic State (ISIL) for ongoing 2 years.
It’s Kobani, city that ISIL launched its huge offensive with heaviest weaponry, to witness most crucial battling scenes, a city, paid thousands of martyrs of its young sons and daughters, fell under full destruction only to declare its liberation!
Still, local civilians of Kobani had come back to their city, hoping to create a new life under devastation, but once again, betrayal took its role, and the city suffered the biggest and fiercest massacre ever made by ISIL barbarians, where they slaughtered old women, men and children as well!
Kobani been living the war tragedies since the year of 2012 till today, a soil that couldn’t bear to hold more martyrs, young women and men, in which they deserved a better Living future rather than war!
We’re looking for as much help by journalists around the world, to launch a campaign in solidarity with war victims and people who flee conflict areas ..
We hope for support by making children wear red shirts and blue pants, in memory of toddler brothers Alan and Ghaleb Shnow-Kurdi and their mother, Reyhana.
We’ve given up on hope, of Presidents, Organizations and Intl Community, we are asking for people’s support, around the world.
We need people to put pressure on their governments in order to start moving, put an end to our country’s ongoing tragedies.
We need support to afford more help for refugees, in order to avoid the route of deadly boats!

Mustefa Ebdi
Jack Shahine

Events with dates from the battle of Kobani

September 15 2014: Islamic State ( ISIL ) launched a major offensive on district of Kobani from 3 sides, after besieging it over a year and capturing lots of villages and towns on both eastern and western sides of the city.

September 16 2014: First case of major people fleeing from the outskirts of Kobani towards the city.

September 18 2014: The beginning of major fleeing people from the city of Kobani to the Syrian-Turkish borders, the case resumed till last of September.

September 19 2014: ISIL captured more than 200 Kurdish villages around Kobani, and completed the siege on the city.

September 23 2014: The US-led Intl Coalition conducted several airstrikes on ISIL positions in Syria, a day after, the  Coalition air-fighters targeted ISIL fighting positions around Kobani.

October 6 2014: The Islamic State breaks Kobani’s defending lines from the eastern side of the city, meanwhile, inside Turkish cities, lots of protesters Kurds marched in the streets, calling for the Turkish Gov. to take immediate actions over Jihadi’s assault on the Kurdish city of Kobani, more than 30 civilians were killed in these demonstrations by Turkish authorities.

October 9 2014: The implementation of a full evacuation of the remained civilians and local officials of Kobani Canton.

October 10 2014: Islamic State militants take control of many Kurdish fighting positions inside Kobani from the eastern side, 3 days later, ISIL declares the control of almost half of the city of Kobani.

October 10 2014: Some Media agencies and ISIL claim the fall of Kobani to ISIL militants.

October 19 2014: The United States air-fighters supply the besieged Kurdish fighters inside Kobani with ammunition, light weapons and medical needs.

Turkey announces the letting of Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga forces to use its lands to reach to the city of Kobnai.

October 28 2014: Small group of the Free Syrian Army fighters led by General “Abdul Jabbar al-Oqaidi” announces   entering Kobani in order to assist the local Kurdish fighters, People’s Protection Units ( YPG ), in their fight against ISIL.

October 31 2014: A group of Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga forces, estimated by 150 fighters with heavy weaponry and       ammunition enter Kobani in order to back up the local Kurdish fighters of YPG in their fight against ISIL.

November 29 2014: The Islamic State militants fail to enter Kobani from the northern side, The Murshid-Pinar border-gate in a suicidal vehicle bombing brought into area from the Turkish territories.

January 19 2015: The Kurdish forces of YPG backed by 2 FSA battalions and Peshmerga fighters liberate the strategic Mishtanur Hill south-east Kobani.

January 26 2015: The Kurdish forces of YPG, People’s Protection Units, declare the full liberation of the city of Kobani.

February 2 2015: The liberation of the biggest towns of Kobani, Sheran.

February 15 2015: The beginning of return of local civilians to Kobani from the Turkish territories.

February 17 2015: The liberation of some towns and villages in western side of Kobani, Kurdish fighters advance towards outskirts of Raqqa Province under retreatment of ISIL militants.

February 22 2015: Turkish military operation inside the Syrian territories, in the outskirts of Kobani district, and moving the remains of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman-Shah into the Kurdish village of Ashmah, west of Kobani 25 km.

March 6 2015: The joint forces of YPG and FSA liberate the Euphrates overlooking town of Shuyuk with the bridge, west of Kobani 35 km.

March 14 2015: The full liberation of western and south-western villages of Kobani, with the strategic Qera-Quzack bridge, south-west of Kobani 35 km.

April 7 2015: The return of the Kurdish National Council to Kobani to resume its political work.

April 10 2015: Burkan al-Fourat ( Euphrates Volcano ), joint forces of YPG and FSA liberate the town Jalabiyah south-east of Kobani 50 km.

April 12 2015: The full liberation of the French Lafarge Cement Plant, south-east of Kobani 55 km.

April 14 2015: the accomplishment of digging a full trench around the city of Kobani.

April 16 2015: The implementation of the controversial decision of converting almost 40 % of the city of Kobani into a museum,  / 80-100 ha /, by the Local Administration of Kobani Canton.

April 29 2015: The return of Iraqi-Kurdish Peshmerga forces with their heavy weaponry form Kobani to “Iraqi Kurdistan Region” by the Turkish territories.

 

Jack Shahine and Mustefa Ebdi

The new issue of Kobani, the museum

The new real issue facing poor people of Kobani is the changing of city’s houses and people’s property into a museum!

By a self-made decision, the local administration of the city is heading to make a far from people’s wish decision, which probably will face objection and disapproval by the locals.

According to many witnesses from the streets of Kobani, people are furious over this unjust move expressing their disapproval even if they are paid back for their lost houses into a museum!

People of Kobani are convinced of the idea of making a memorial, commemorating the great and historical sacrifice and resistance, the brave fighters have made during the city battle.

Still, civilians are expressing the attitude of city’s martyrs to defend the city for which people could come back to their houses and property, not to change the ruins and destruction of the city into a place where foreigners and tourists would come and take photos over their destroyed houses.

Sources from the local administration of Kobani Canton, told me earlier that the decision of the establishing a museum honoring the heroic resistance of local Kurdish fighters of YPG and YPJ will be opened for discussion in North of Kurdistan’s Diyarbakir ( Amed ) meeting for the reconstruction of Kobani, which will be held on the second and third of the upcoming month.

Anwer Muslim the chairman of Canton of Kobani stated that the local government has proposed three locations inside the city in which they witnessed heaviest battles and most destructed areas:

1- The security area, in the middle of the city, which includes the municipality building, old governmental house and the Asayish ( Police ) building.

2- The area of Vegetable Market to the mosque of Haj-Rashad, northern neighborhood of the city.

3- The Azadi ( freedom ) square and its surroundings including the Cultural Center, southern neighborhood of the city.

Mr. Muslim acknowledged that one of the three mentioned locations will be chosen as the new place for the museum, in Diyarbakir meeting for the reconstruction of Kobani on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2015.

Views from Kobani

Kobani nowadays is only suitable for foreign journalists, foreign activists, foreign politicians to visit the devastated city and take pictures in front of ruined buildings.

Proper for Intl organizations to come and see the outcome of the great battle inside the city.

Kobani also is a fine place for those who like to practicing power.

In general, it’s suitable almost for everything, only for its locals to live in it!

Normal life begins in the city of Kobani at 8 o’clock, where groups of people come out of intact houses, and everyone heads to his/her ruined house to try to collect some things or objects they spent their entire life on buying or having it.

It comes to an end at around 6 o’clock, when the city wears blackness, because of lack of power and fuel to run electricity generators.

The tragedy is above our imagination, that we really can’t put the right words to describe it, and to image the pain of a martyr’s mother or a baby of a martyr.

It’s the city where the whole humanity collapses at its tragedies.

Inside Kobane: The Ruin That Ruined ISIS

Last month, following continuous fighting since September 2014, the battle for Kobane, a small city in northern Syria was won. A combined force made up of the Syrian Kurdish YPG, the Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga, as well as several Free Syrian Army groups managed to achieve the unthinkable: a complete rout of ISIS. Prior to the Battle of Kobane every single engagement ISIS had be involved in resulted in overwhelming victories for the so-called ‘caliphate’. But what enabled Kobane to hold out and eventually defeat ISIS?

Conflict News spoke to local freelance journalist and Kobane resident Jack Shahine to find out more…

While he was not a fighter in the YPG or the Peshmerga, Jack Shahine was a witness to much of the fighting within the city. He explains: “I was a teacher and translator before the ISIS attack, fled from the city into Turkey with my family during the offensive, then I got back inside the city through the Turkish-Syrian border so many times, for photographing and reporting”

Asked about how the battle began to turn in the favor of the defenders, he described the beginning of Coalition air-strikes as a crucial turning point.
“ISIS was so close to almost controlling the city, when they were close to the main crossing-border point ( Murshit-Pinar), when the aid from airstrikes began to affect the battle on the favor of Kurdish forces. […] All people here know that the biggest aid for fighting ISIS was the airstrikes by the Coalition Jets, not forgetting the will and resistance of Kurdish fighters.”

He also accused the Turkish government of either aiding or failing to stop the terrorist group’s fighters during one of the most dangerous attacks of the battle: “I was at the border looking from a far point into the main crossing-border point […] when ISIS got a SVBIED – a bombing vehicle – into the border-crossing point by the Turkish land. It was like a very tricky plan by the Turks to help ISIS to let them use Turkish land to enter Kobani from a non-fighting area.”

Clearly the Coalition bombing played a large role in stopping the forces of ISIS from continuing their attacks against the city. Hundreds of strikes were undertaken by mainly US aircraft. These strikes managed to kill huge numbers of ISIS fighter, and destroyed the vast majority of their armoured fighting vehicles and tanks. This came at a heavy price however: vast swathes of Kobane now resemble the famous ruins of Stalingrad and Gronzy, with barely a single undamaged building still standing.

Some of this wide scale devastation can be seen in these photos taken by Jack Shahine from within the city:

Regardless, the spirit of the defenders in Kobane remains unbroken. With Jack noting: “Kobane locals are so happy and cheerful that ISIS is out of the city even though the city is completely destroyed.”

Furthermore, the defeat of ISIS has managed to severely dent the fighting capabilities of the terrorist group, at least in the area of northern Syria.“There were thousands of ISIS militants killed, that’s for sure, because you see lots of their bodies in the city streets and under buildings, Kurdish fighters were saying that there are around 3000 ISIS [fighters] killed.”

Since they withdrew from the city, ISIS’s front lines have completely collapsed in Kobane Canton, and YPG and FSA fighters have made massive gains in the past weeks. “The YPG command issued a statement that they will continue fighting until they liberate the whole of Kobane Canton and all the outskirts around it.”

The extent of these gains can be seen in the map below. Kurdish forces have now reached the banks of the Euphrates River and are close to liberating the the entire region from ISIS.

By Michael Cruickshank interviewing me about Kobani and how the city defeated ISIS for conflict-news.com

From Kobani heroic resisting days: 29/ 11/ 2015

After just failing to break-down ‪#‎Kobani‬ and the Kurdish forces defending fronts in the Syrian-Kurdish territories, the Turkish military is letting the ISIL terrorists thugs to use it’s own land to break the border crossing point Murshid Pinar by a SVBIED early this morning at 5 am, though it was repelled once again by the city defenders the Kurdish fighters ‪#‎YPG‬ ‪#‎YPJ‬ and the #Peshmarga.

The border crossing point ( Murshit-Pinar ) area is under the control of the Kurdish forces, while heavy fighting continues on all other fronts.


The US led Intl-coalition air-crafts continue it’s flying over the city targeting ISIS locations north-east and east of the city in that day.

On the other hand, Sanliurfa Governor Izzettin Küçük admitted to HDP MP Ibrahim Ayhan that the ISIL gangs were on the Turkish territories and they had attacked the city of #Kobani from there.