Allegations have been made by an ISIS jihadist, captured by Syrian Kurds/SDF, that he and other ISIS jihadists have been masquerading as a unit of the FSA (Free Syrian Army) funded by Turkey. If these allegations are correct, that begs the question, just how many more anti-Assad militias are, in fact, ISIS gangs, funded by Turkey (and its NATO allies)? Also, are these militias included in David Cameron’s infamous ‘70,000’? Details of the allegations are given below…
(Note: the above video is of a member of ISIS who was captured by Syrian Democratic Forces combatants and who confessed the financial support of the Turkish state for jihadist groups.)
UPDATE: Turkish military are in the Mosul region (Mosul is an ISIS stronghold) ‘advising Peshmerga’: some reports say with permission of Iraqi Government; others deny this. The coordinates of the Bamerne Airbase are 37°05′52″N, 43°15′58″E. Also, there are unconfirmed reports that Turkish military are present in Sinjar, a province populated by Yezidis and liberated from ISIS by Kurds.
A member of ISIS, captured by the Kurd-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has confessed that Turkey has been financing his jihadist group. Ceyş El-Siwar (Revolutionaries’ Army) official website has published the confession by Al-Sahaba Brigade member Ebdullah El-Ubeyd, who was captured in the village of Mariamın, liberated by SDF only days ago. Ebdullah El-Ubeyd confessed that his brigade is controlled by Jabhat Al-Nusra Ahrar Al-Sham and ISIS gangs, which were responsible for attacks on the SDF villages of Keshtaar and Mariamın. Ebdullah Mihemed El-Xazî El-Ubeyd stated that this group is led by Ebû Mihemed El-Newêjî, and all its leading figures are affiliated with the ISIS. He explained that the Turkish state supports their groups financially
Ceyş El-Siwar (Revolutionaries’ Army) official website has published the confessions by Al-Sahaba Brigade member Ebdullah El-Ubeyd who was captured alive in the village of Mariamın which was liberated by QSD forces three days ago.
Ebdullah El-Ubeyd member confessed that they are ruled by Jabhat Al-Nusra Ahrar Al-Sham and ISIS gangs, noting that they attack the QSD-held villages of Keshtaar and Mariamın under the name of FSA (Free Syrian Army).
Ebdullah Mihemed El-Xazî El-Ubeyd stated that this group is led by Ebû Mihemed El-Newêjî, and all its leading figures are affiliated with the ISIS. He explained that the Turkish state supports their groups financially.
Ebdullah El-Ubeyd added that members of the Al-Sahaba Brigade, Jabhat Al-Nusra, Ahrar Al-Sham and ISIS are conducting attacks against Aleppo’s Azaz region under the name of the Free Syrian Army.
Meanwhile (source: Sendika.org) …
The city of Diyarbakir (AMED) is under attack again from Turkish forces. Police started their assault on the town early on Tuesday morning. Gun shots could be heard from the neighbourhood of Balikcilarbasi, where the Diyarbakir Bar Association’s head lawyer, Nihat Elci, was murdered by the police only few days ago. It has been reported that four people were shot by the police. There are videos of police kicking and hitting the stretchers of the wounded who were able to make it to the hospital. Many ambulances and drivers have been targeted by the police as they tried to transport the wounded to a hospital.
Above: Women in the Sûr district of Diyarbakir, where attacks by Turkish security forces have killed 9 people in recent months, have declared their intentions to take part in the self-defense of the neighborhood, saying that ‘It will be Kurdish women who destroy the AKP’s power”
To protest the curfew, a progressive youth organization, Dem-Genc, staged a protest. Pro-Kurdish and progressive electoral parties HDP and DBP called for action in the city centre. However, when the residents started to gather for the protest, “unknown” assailants began firing at the crowd. In a separate incident, a 13 year old youth was killed when the Turkish police gunned him down.
For a list of all the armed groups in the conflict, click here.