Monday, February 2, 2015

Archive Battle of Kobane: Oct. 4 - Feb. 2, 2015

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Feb. 2, 2015




Jan. 27, 2015



Kurdish forces have pushed Islamic State out of Kobani following months of intense fighting, according to Kurdish officials. (Source) Image: EPA



PATRIOTIC CELEBRATIONS IN LIBERATED KOBANE! 





Jan. 26, 2015

Mopping up is still going on, but celebrations can't wait!






BBC Documentary "Inside Kobane." More info on log Jan. 4.


Jan. 19, 2015

Kurdish Forces Re-Take Kobane Hill From IS




Jan. 17, 2015

Yezidis Buying Back Women Slaves From ISIS

An update on the shattered Yezidi community who are trying to 'buy back' their women. The BBC docu Slaves of the Caliphate is airing tomorrow on BBC World Service at 02:30GMT. And the worsening relation between the Kurds and the Assad regime, that refuses so far to accommodate Kurdish desire for autonomy.



Jan. 5, 2015

Turkish Grey Wolves Cells Spotted Near Kobane

The Grey Wolves (wiki) is a virulently Ethnic-Nationalistic organization, that have made a nuisance of themselves from Greece all the way to China. They are fiercely Islamic and anti minorities, specifically the Kurds.



Jan. 4, 2015

(Video) BBC Documentary "Inside Kobani" (top)

The Kurdish border city of Kobane in Northern Syria has been under siege by Islamic State terrorists for more than three months. But Kurdish forces are managing to retain hold of most of the city. As well as keeping IS at bay, they see getting their story out to the rest of the world as a vital part of their mission. An Iranian Kurdish film-maker spent a few days inside Kobane following the men and women risking their lives to publicise the ongoing battle. (Source) H/t @HerBijiMirisk @Hevallo





Jan. 3, 2015


Another Foreigner Joins the Kurdish Fighting Force




Jan. 2, 2015 Dutch fighter, Richard Jansen left two months ago for Syria to join the Kurds in their fight against IS. RTL reporter Roel Geeraedts interviewed him in Syria about his motives and experiences so far. 



Few Europeans are aware that the struggle of the Kurds against IS is also their war. The Kurds are just about the only obstacle between IS and them. Jansen is almost apologetic about his decision to fight at the front against the monsters of IS. He feels it's necessary to explain that he isn't 'trigger happy' or a war monger. Morality is at an all time low in the Netherlands.




Dec. 24, 2014

Fascinating Video Report From Mt Sinjar, Just Days After Its Liberation

This is a fascinating piece of war journalism by WAAR Media from Sinjar (or Shengal) - the holy mountain of the Yazidi people - only days after its liberation, mopping up operations still ongoing. Well worth viewing to the end.



Dec 24, 2014 Video of Peshmerga inside Shengal/Sinjar. Watch another on FB. (Source)




Dec. 22, 2014

Yazidi Women's Harrowing Stories Of Life As Jihadi's Sex Slaves

Now that the holy mountain of the Yazidis has been liberated, the horrible stories about the life of slavery under the Islamic State are emerging.


Pictures & Postings From Besieged Kobane

Danny Gold @DGisSERIOUS correspondent for Vice News was in besieged Kobane for a few days. IS is still controlling some 20 percent of the town. Gold posted the following fascinating tweets:



Dec. 21, 2014

PRESIDENT BARZANI PRESSER ON LIBERATION OF YAZIDIS




REPORTS IS LEADERS FLEEING CHRISTIAN TOWN OF MOSUL




VICTORY CELEBRATIONS ERUPTING ALL OVER KURDISTAN




CELEBRATIONS IN ARBIL AND KOBANE




GRAPHIC VIDEO OF IS ORCS KILLED DURING KURDISH LIBERATION

Watch with discretion.



KURDISH FORCES LIBERATE YAZIDI SACRED MOUNTAIN! MERRY CHRISTMAS! 





IS SURRENDER TO PESHMERGA, INCLUDING COMMANDER





Yesterday the Peshmerga broke through the siege that the anti-human orcs of the Islamic State threw around Mount Singal. That doesn't mean the siege has been lifted. Today fierce fighting is being reported.



Dec. 19, 2014

Peshmerga Break IS Siege on Mt Sinjar

Great Christmas for the Peshmerga, the Yazidis and all the other refugees on Mount Singal and the folks in Kobane! There's some good news, but humanitarian aid is urgently needed.



Nov. 30. 2014

More Evidence of Turkey's  Involvement In Kobane Attack

Here's again the footage we showed yesterday, this time with the Reuters commentary. Turkey is denying the allegations.



An Islamic State fighter emerges from a grain depot in Turkey, near the besieged Syrian border town of Kobani. That's according to this video released by a monitoring group which tracks the war in neighboring Syria. The British based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says four suicide bombers attacked Kobani, Saturday, and that a vehicle used as a car bomb had come from Turkey. This, as Turkey's main Kurdish party, the HDP, accuses the Turkish government of turning a blind eye to the militants on its home soil. It says Islamic State militants are hiding among the grain depots along the border as a base of operations, even as Turkish security forces patrol the area. The HDP says the presence of the IS fighters in Turkey is a "scandal" but Turkey has strongly denied supporting the militants. Meanwhile, Turkish residents continue to closely watch the incessant fighting in Kobani just across the border, where fighters have been attempting to push back the Islamic State insurgents. (Source)






Nov. 29, 2014

FOOTAGE CONFIRMS IS ATTACKING KOBANE FROM TURKEY



Latest footage of Kurdish defenders fighting off attacks by IS orks on the Turkish side of the border.



The factory site (grain silos) is on Turkish side. IS terrorists are firing from the factory site and Kurdish fighters are returning fire. H/t @TaninKendal

Heavy fighting since last night in Kobane. It confirms that Erdogan is openly supporting IS. Turkish silos can be seen in the direction of fighting and the border crossing is as always guarded by Turkish soldiers to prevent Kurds from Turkey going into Kobane. Today footage shows intense fighting at the border crossing, but the Turkish soldiers have been replaced by IS fighters. Since last night IS has exploded 4 suicide bombs in Kobane, a number of tanks were attacked; 120 mortar and artillery attacks on Kobane were reported from the Turkish side. This may be their last, desperate attempt to take Kobane. So far 52 IS orks have been killed, and 7 YPG KIA.




IS Attacking Kobane From Turkey With Car Bombs

ISIS fighters set off two suicide bombs on the Turkish border with the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani Saturday amid clashes that have killed at least 30 fighters, an activist group said. Kurdish militia have been holding off ISIS fighters for more than two months in the battle for the town, known as Ain al-Arab in Arabic, but neither side has been able to gain a decisive advantage. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIS fighters detonated a suicide car bomb at the border crossing at dawn Saturday and that clashes broke out after.



Turkey-IS cooperation: IS attacking Kobane under the watchful eye of the Turkish military.

A second suicide bomber with an explosive vest later blew himself up in the same area, the Observatory said. Clashes also broke out throughout the town itself, and another car bomb was detonated to the south, the Observatory said. At least 30 fighters from the two sides have been confirmed as killed so far, said Rami Abdul-Rahman, the Observatory's director. Twenty-one of those were ISIS fighters, including four suicide bombers. The remaining nine were from the Kurdish forces. (Source)



Nov. 27, 2014

Taking Out the Garbage In Kobane

Even the garbage man in Kobane is a force to reckon with ;)
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Nov. 22, 2014

French Jihadist Becomes Dog's Breakfast At Kobane





Nov. 20, 2014


Defenders of Kobane Get Help From Foreign Fighters

The ranks of the defenders of Kobane are swelling with foreign volunteers coming out to fight for the cause of freedom against the Islamic orc army! SO PROUD of these plucky young people who're still are able to tell good from evil, and who understand what character is all about!



Nov. 12, 2014

Kurdish Forces Take Strategic Hill At Kobane

More and more foreigners are joining the Kurdish war effort. And the YPG had an important success today!


Nov. 12, 2014

Kurdish Forces Take IS HQ At Kobane




Nov. 7, 2014

YPG Capture Kobane's  IS Chief

A fruitful day!



Nov. 6, 2014

Turks Kill 28 yod Activist




IS Release 20" Film With Kobane War Propaganda

In addition to the pictures released yesterday, the SS IS Ministry of Information has now produced a 20 minute film, including an English translation. A must see for every student. For those who are prepared to see it, interviews with military brass touches on the essence of the problem: in an existential war, it couldn't be worse. A lack of weapons would have been preferable to this: a demoralized leader. The will to fight is missing. This handful of vermin could be destroyed in a jiffy. The nonsense that "there is no military solution" speaks volumes of the mindset on the Western side caused by the inability of Obama to fight Muslims. The film makes another thing crystal clear: why IS and Turkey share the same hatred for the Kurds, specifically the Marxist PKK/YPG/J. It's not because they are a terrorist organization: Islam hardly understands the concept of terrorism. It's because they are Godless apostates!


Nov. 5, 2014

IS Releasing Pictures of the Front Within Kobane

Inside Kobane: First pictures from the Syrian front line battle between Kurds and Islamists emerge after ISIS reveal images of their fighters within the city.
  • ISIS media office in Raqqa released the images of the war-torn Syrian town 
  • The pictures show jihadis firing rocket-propelled grenades and assault rifles 
  • It has also emerged that ISIS fighters tortured Kurdish children from Kobane 




Nov. 1, 2014

KOBANE DAY: DEMOS FOR LIBERTY AROUND THE WORLD

The Kurds have been following Marxist doctrine for decades. But in recent years in Iraq, many have been in contact with Americans, who's culture convinced them that Liberty can't be achieved by coercive altruism, but rather by the protection of rights and respect for the autonomy of the individual. But Marxism has taught the Kurds two important things that are rare in their parts of the world: sexual equality and secularism in governance. Centuries of Turkish, Arab, Persian and Iranian oppression has taught them perseverance and the value of freedom and autonomy. If they manage to choose constitutional nationalism over ethnic nationalism and steer clear of the dangers of altruistic utopianism, there's no reason why these great people won't be able to succeed in building the second free state in the Middle East after Israel. The entire region would benefit. But first the evil, black power of IS must be defeated, and a great number of other orc tribes in its wake.

Today in many places around the world, Kobane Day was celebrated in demos in solidarity with the beleaguered Kurdish border town. Perhaps the professional activism of the Kurds has even been able to convince a number of Leftists that the appeasement of Islam is leading to our doom. The combined forces of the Nihilism of Islam and the Nihilism of Postmodernism are the cause of the ultimate Islam: the Islamic State, which is now worse than the plague in the Middle and Near East and a threat to every civilized human being on the planet. And the war won't wait: also today the fighting continued.






FINALLY! PESHMERGA JOIN THEIR BROTHERS IN KOBANE



Today at Kobane



Oct. 30, 2014

Peshmerga Advance Team Arrives  in Kobane

The progress today of the Peshmerga into Kobane was quite confusing. Here's the latest.
An advance team of 10-15 officers entered Kobane through the Turkish border on Wednesday afternoon to plan a collective strategy with the People’s Protection Units (YPG). The Peshmerga team is also exploring an entry strategy for the approximately 150 Iraqi Kurdish soldiers that will provide artillery support to the YPG in Kobane. Those men await orders to deploy at a temporary camp at Pirsus, seven miles from Turkey’s border with Syria, where they are being guarded by the Turkish military. Kurdish commanders said ISIS had intensified attacks over the last 48 hours in expectation of the Peshmerga’s arrival. US-led coalition jets hit several targets Wednesday night and Thursday morning to facilitate a safe crossing. (Source)


Oct. 29, 2014

Details Of The Kobane Defense Deal 

Today there has been plenty of speculation over the role for the FSA in this equation. Apart of being Obama's sockpuppets, the FSA is also Erdogan's Muslim Brotherhood vanguard. It may have been Erdogan who demanded their presence to offset the power of the Peshmerga from Iraqi Kurdistan. It has also been suggested that the purpose of the FSA is to jump into the power vacuum the moment IS is defeated preempting the YPG from taking control of the city. All that is making sense. But below is how the Kurds themselves look at this deal.



PESHMERGA'S FESTIVE ENTRANCE INTO KOBANE

Enjoy the video. More serious news later on. Watch this space.




Oct. 28, 2014

YPG Carries Out Raid Against IS Outside Kobane

In other big news from Kobane today the YPG launched a raid on eastern settlements against IS:



PESHMERGA CONVOY ETA KOBANE EARLY A.M.




Oct. 27, 2014

Volunteers Flocking To Kobane To Fight Islamists

Volunteers are flocking to Kurdistan to join battle against the Islamic State. Here are some reports:

Oct. 26, 2014

BRITISH SPECIAL FORCES ACTIVE IN KOBANE

Laser guided bombs need boots on the ground to guide the bombs to their targets. We didn't have those in the early days of the defense of Kobane. But now we do:


A team of British special forces were dispatched to the Turkish- Syrian border to help brave Kurdish fighters battle against Islamic State (IS) gunmen. The British troops called in several air strikes, killing dozens of IS fighters and halting their advance towards Kobane, just inside the Syrian border. In one attack, SAS guided warplanes into an area where IS fi ghters were massing for an attack The US jets dropped several 500lb bombs into the area, killing and injuring dozens of fighters. In another strike the SAS pinpointed the location of a large convoy of tanks, armoured personnel carriers and ammo trucks heading towards the area. An SAS team hiding in the surrounding hills directed two US combat planes into the area. The pilots then swooped on the convoy, destroying the vehicles with missiles and bombs. One source last night said: “The SAS deployed to the area around Kobane a couple of weeks ago and have done themselves proud. (Source)
Great story! But it's not over yet.
The SAS have been involved in the military action against IS for the past two months. The troops have been based mainly in Iraq where they have co-ordinated air strikes and have helped to train local militia forces. Around 200 Kurdish fighters trained by the SAS will join the battle for Kobane in the next few days. The British troops have taught the Kurds how to use heavy machine-guns and direct mortar and artillery fire on to enemy positions.

READ OUR EXCLUSIVE ON THE FSA, OUR PARTNERS IN SYRIA, THE FREE SYRIAN ARMY. WHO ARE THEY? 





Oct. 24, 2014

Kurds Cold On 1300 FSA Fighters to Kobane

Last night we reported here that the Free Syrian Army (FSA) had confirmed it is sending 1300 fighters to Kobane to help the Kurdish forces combat Islamic State. This weekend we posted a special feature on the subject of the FSA. (Source) The architect of this plan is Turkish President Erdogan. Yesterday Erdogan announced during a press conference that the Kurds had accepted the proposal. But today the Kurds have become skeptical: two top Syrian Kurdish officials told AFP that it would be better if Syria's rebels opened fronts against the Islamic State in other parts of the country:
"If they really want to fight Daesh, they can attack from Azaz and Ifrin (in northern Syria) eastwards," said Bulat Jan, a Kurdish spokesman. "Any force that enters our areas without our permission would be considered an enemy force." 

He stopped short of saying whether the Kurds would turn away rebel reinforcements. (...) On Thursday, veteran Syrian rebel commander Colonel Abdel Jabbar al-Okaidi said he would send fighters into Kobane across the Turkish border to support its Kurdish defenders. Jan voiced suspicion about Okaidi's intentions saying the Kurds would not "allow him to play the role of a Trojan horse". Some sinister game is going on here to bring in a Trojan horse and defeat Kobane from within . (...) (Source)



Oct. 23, 2014

FSA Confirms Sending 1300 Fighters to Kobane

So the FSA (Free Syrian Army) has confirmed reinforcements will be sent to Kobane. Now this FSA is contentious. The Americans have long proposed to train and arm them, but they may not all be the moderates they hope for. The US is now going to the long process of vetting them. We'll get back on this all important issue.


WOW! DON'T MISS THESE PICS!


Kurdish Forces Lose and Retake Strategic Hill Over Kobane

Earlier the rats reclaimed the Tal Sheir Hill. (Tweet) Kurdish Forces Lose and Retake Strategic Hill Over Kobane But it didn't last long. Here's the current update:



Oct. 22, 2014

Situation on Sinjar Precarious; Kobane Awaits Peshmerga

The situation on Mount Sinjar is still precarious. Kobane is eagerly waiting the arrival of the Peshmerga. The matter about the rumors of the mustard gas attack is still unresolved. An info chart of the coalition is reminding us of the political intricacies: the green countries are largely responsible for the very existence of IS and why this war must be fought in the first place. The hero patriots in this war must be honored and remembered. There are quite a few by now who died for liberty and civilization. We are reminded of the words of Thomas Jefferson that makes clear that Freedom is never free: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."



Oct. 21, 2014

Arrival of Peshmerga at Kobane Delayed

All eyes are currently on the Peshmerga reinforcements from Iraq. Turkey has agreed for the convoy to cross Turkish territory (see map). There have been reports the convoy is on the way, but no one is holding his breath. And ah yes, IS' claim they are in possession of part of the airdrops is misinformation. (Tweet)





VIDEO OF PESHMERGA ON THE WAY TO KOBANE


More on the Yazidi heritage: article Conflict AntiquitiesWiki



AIR STRIKES AGAINST IS ADVANCING ON SINJAR

IS advancing on Mount Sinjar. First coalition air strikes reported. Threat of ethnic cleansing is real.



Oct. 20, 2014

Islamic Orcs Attacking Kobane, Sinjar and Serekaniye

This isn't over, not by a long shot. Please consider donating to the effort. The Kurds are fighting for their lives on behalf of civilization. There's a link to a paypal account in the next segment.



Serious Rift Between West and Ankara over Kobane

There's plenty of political fall out, specifically in the relationship with Turkey. Here are the tweets:



US Aircraft Dropping Weapons, Supplies to Kobane

Two major developments today. US planes have dropped supplies and ammo from the Kurdish  capital in Iraq, Erbil. In a major shift, the Turks have said they will allow the Peshmerga to deploy to Kobane, crossing Turkish territory. More later on today. Watch this space.


17 okt. 2014

Damage Assessment in Kobane, a Town in Ruins

With  80 percent of Kobane back under Kurdish control the time has come for some damage assessment. Another head rat dies. And the Americans for the first time admit they are directly coordinating with the Kurdish political party, PYD.


Oct. 16, 2014

Kurdish Forces Holding 80 Percent of Kobane

Really, really good news today! Kobane has been cleansed for eighty percent of IS thugs. Kobane, with the assistance of US air support, will probably go down in history as the graveyard of the Caliphate. But we're not out of  the woods yet. The orcs keep bringing in fresh shipments of supplies and ammo. Here are the main tweets of  the day:


Oct. 15, 2014

Free Kurdistan: the Only Hope For the Middle East

Let's have a look now at the broader picture of Kurdistan. Twitterkurds yesterday skyped with Kobane spokesman Idriss Nassan Nassan who extended an urgent appeal! The Kurds are waaaay ahead of the curve when it comes to civilization in the Middle East. Read WITH KURDISTAN, A NEW MAP. H/t @sun_warm_rays





Stunning Photos From Inside Kobane Under Siege





US Increases Air Strikes on IS in Kobane

Again a very good day in the bombing department. The men of the YPG and the girls of the YPJ are making good progress taking back real estate from the orcs. Have a look at these whoppers!



Oct. 14, 2014

Kobane's Wounded Heroes Die At Turkish Border

It may have been a brilliant day for the defenders of Kobane, but it did not end well for all of the heroes of the battle.
With medical supplies depleted in the war-ravaged north Syrian town of Kobani, Kurdish activist Blesa Omar rushed three comrades wounded in battle against Islamic State fighters straight to the border to dispatch them to a Turkish hospital. He said he spent the next four hours watching them die, one by one, from what he thinks were treatable shrapnel wounds as Turkish border guards refused to let them through the frontier.
(Source)


Kobane Defenders Retake Strategic Hill

Today was a brilliant day for the defenders of Kobane. Under heavy air strikes by the coalition, the YPG/YPJ forces were able to retake an important hill overlooking the town. The hated black flag of the Caliphate was taken down and the Kurdish flag is once again proudly flying over Tall Shair.



Why Kobani Should Be a Strategic Objective

Beyond symbolic significance it's not well understood why Kobane is so important to Islamic State. Contrary to what John Kerry may say, the capture of Kobane would offer IS control over the Euphrates River, from the Turkish border upto the final goal, Baghdad.



Oct 7, 2014 Why is Kobani so important to ISIS?

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Oct. 13, 2014

A very ugly story is taking shape. We'll be breaking it later on today. Watch this space. As long suspected, the world is presented with another confidence trick, a false choice between radicals and moderates.



Oct. 12, 2014

TWITTER STORM: OPERATION #AIRDROP2KOBANE

The defenders of Kobane don't want Turkish troops, who are at this stage acting more like the enemy than as an ally. What they need are supplies and ammo. Help organize a twitter storm, for what it is worth at this point.


THE PEOPLE IN THE BATTLE OF KOBANE

The Islamic orcs are coming from all over the place. The commander of IS at Kobane happens to be a Turk. Amazones at the front are the Kurds best PR asset. The IS fighters they kill are deprived of their prized 72 huris. Foreigners are fighting on both sides. And the casualties of the day.



Oct. 11, 2014

KURDISH FSA GROUP JOINT BATTLE FOR KOBANE





WHERE'S THE FLOTILLA FOR KOBANE? 

Another phenomenon standing out here is the absence of the lefty groups that never fail to show up for Gaza and Hamas. One genocide is not quite like another, it seems. And since this is the prevailing ideology in many parts of the West, it explains much of the hypocrisy we touched on on Oct. 9 (scroll down) that attracts young Muslims to radical fundamentalists groups, like IS.



TURKEY BEHAVING LIKE AN ENEMY, NOT AN ALLY

Since Turkey, under the rule of Muslim Brotherhood is moving away from Western values, the question is popping up, should the country be in NATO? And shouldn't the programs to bring Turkey into the fold of the European Union, which benefit Turkey enormously, not be ditched? Turkey is behaving like an enemy instead of an ally.



DEFENDERS OF KOBANE STILL FULL OF COURAGE

Today Kobane is still standing. The weather is bad. There's not been much fighting and air strikes but few.



Oct. 10, 2014

IS RELEASE NEW VIDEO OF RATS INSIDE KOBANE





EMERGY CALLS FROM KOBANE

Kobane may be in serious trouble now. It's hard to say. We've been here before. Although air support has been stepped up in the last couple of days, that does not mean that the strategy is any better. Jenan links to an article that analyses some of the problems. No support on the ground is just one of them.



UPDATE FROM KOBANE YPG CHIEF ON CURRENT SITUATION

Jenan Moussa talked this afternoon to Kobane YPG Chief Anwar Moslem. Reported as follows:



STRATEGIC ANALYSIS: WHAT'S AT STAKE AT KOBANE?

In day 26 of  the siege of Kobane fights continued during the night. Battles intensified east of the town. Unconfirmed reports say 30 orcs killed in an YPG ambush. And now, 2 pieces of strategic information:


AIR STRIKES AT KOBANE NOW HIGHEST, EXCEPT MOSUL DAM

It looks like Kobane has now been recognized as a strategic target. But then again, knowing the Obama admin. it may be just optics.


Oct. 9, 2014

ON KOBANE, THE WEST IS GUILTY OF HYPOCRISY

This accusation on the face of it, looks like a grotesk, postmodern piece of slander:

On Kobanê: inaction of Western World and Turkey is more brutal than IS. (Source)

But the author has a point. The Islamic orcs are following their fundamental beliefs to the letter, however disgusting these may be for free human beings. But the West and ostensibly also Turkey - as a NATO member and an aspiring member of the EU - are betraying their own highest values. It's a general problem in the decadent West. The moral standard over the last few years has shifted towards group equality and peace at any price. This has led to Nihilism: there is no value left fighting for, lest some group will be offended or the peace is disturbed. It's very sad. As it happens, this hypocrisy is also what drives young Muslims in the West into the hands of the Islamic State in the first place. Watch this video.


DEFENSE OF KOBANE IS HOLDING, FOR NOW 

Here's @r3sho's commentary of what happened this morning at Kobane:



STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE OF THE WAR ON ISLAMIC STATE MUST BE ITS DESTRUCTION

The view from Turkey is, that there is nothing to choose between the Communist leaning Kurdish minority of the PKK and the criminal gangs of the Islamic State, which has a large number of followers within the country. From the perspective of the Muslim Middle East, the Islamists are legitimate 'freedom fighters' resisting Western hegemony. And that view is the problem. First, IS is a product of Islam, not of the West. Secondly, political Islam is an objective, universal enemy of the whole of humanity because it denies man individual rights, freedom, and even life itself. The Islamic marauders are thus a moral problem for everyone concerned. Faced with evil, there's no middle ground. You can't appease this evil as some in the West are willing to do; or to compromize, as Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE are trying to do; because evil will turn you into an accomplice. There is just one solution to this problem we will have to accept: it must be destroyed or it will destroy us.


KOBANE, AND OTHER STRATEGIC MISTAKES IN THE WAR ON IS

The Pentagon on Tuesday said that airstrikes alone won't be enough to halt ISIS' advances and admitted a central flaw in its four-part plan: "no boots on the ground" and it won't, perhaps, for more than a year. Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters Wednesday the administration has been providing limited assistance to various rebel groups on the ground, but has not coordinated airstrikes with them. As for Kobani, Kirby said that people "need to understand we need a little strategic patience here. This group is not going to go away tomorrow, and Kobani may fall. We can't predict whether it will or it won't. (...) Kobani is representative of the larger problem. (...) As part of his strategy, Obama requested and was granted the authority to train and equip moderate elements of the Syrian opposition. But there's been "no vetting started yet and no recruiting at this point" of those Syrian forces, Kirby said Wednesday. (...) the administration doesn't consider Kobani a strategic objective of its campaign against ISIS, it could spell trouble for other key Syrian towns in which the US does not have ground partners.

 "What's to stop ISIS from grabbing more land in Syria? (...) what is really needed from them is on-call air support to pound ISIS any time it comes into view, 24/7," Garrett Khoury, Garrett Khoury, the director of research at The Eastern Project. "ISIS isn't some shadowy guerrilla group; it has tanks and artillery. Kobane is a tragedy in the making, but the key is that it is still early enough for the opponents of ISIS to reverse the situation. The tide could be turned within a matter of hours if the Kurds there received effective air support and reinforcements. ISIS is not invulnerable; it has faced defeats before."

Fred Hof, a former special adviser for transition in Syria under then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, predicted to The New York Times in August that the US would find itself "maneuvered into a very uncomfortable position. He added that the US is “unconsciously walking into an ambush" if the remaining Syrian nationalist opposition is squeezed out by ISIS and the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad before significant US help arrives.

US officials put the blame for Kobani's seemingly impending fall squarely at the feet of Turkey. "There’s growing angst about Turkey dragging its feet to act to prevent a massacre less than a mile from its border," a senior administration official told The New York Times. "After all the fulminating about Syria’s humanitarian catastrophe, they’re inventing reasons not to act to avoid another catastrophe." "This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s throw from their border," said the official, who spoke anonymously to avoid publicly criticizing an ally. Read all:



TURKEY HAS BETRAYED THE COALITION AT KOBANE 

Coalition bombardments are ongoing. The orcs of IS are now holding about one third of the town. Air support is not enough to lift the siege. Erdogan is still preventing supplies of men and ammo to reach Kobane. Turkey has betrayed the coalition. (Source) Whereas the other Middle East members, who are as much to blame for the existence of the Evil Empire as Turkey, have at least accepted the approach of destroying IS before taking the work at hand of removing the Assad regime from Syria, Erdogan is holding the war to randsom, supporting in effect the cause of the Islamic orcs. Which frankly, is no surpise. The protection of minorities is a Western value.


Oct. 8, 2014

DETAILED PICTURES FROM INSIDE KOBANE

Headlines @MailOnline 'Hell is unfolding': First chilling pictures INSIDE war-torn Syrian border town of Kobane show ISIS fighters prowling the deserted streets and their flag still flying - despite two days of airstrikes.


COALITION UNLEASHING BARRAGE OF AIR STRIKES ON IS IN KOBANE

There is more than one layer of defense in Kobane. IS is trying to break through the first.


PRESS RELEASE FROM KURDISH FORCES YPG




UNDER COVER OF FIGHTING IS, TURKS ARE CRACKING DOWN ON KURDS

Let's be blunt about it: under cover of flighting IS at #Kobane, Turks are cracking down on the Kurds instead, arresting some 200 defenders. @JenanMoussa just clarified something else for us;  for obvious reasons the Kurds don't want the Turks to come in; they want the border open for men and ammo. (Tweet) The ongoing air attacks made IS pull back from certain parts of Kobane, but there is no sign of a retreat as such. (Tweet)


H/t @sociologyworld (Source)


Here are a few very noteworthy tweets from @r3sho updating us with news from inside Kobane, so read this carefully:


“This isn’t how a NATO ally acts while hell is unfolding a stone’s throw from their border,” said a US spokesman (...) John Kerry has had multiple phone calls in the last 72 hours with Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, and foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu (...)".

This is another clear indication of the nature of the so-called Syrian moderate rebels, who appear to be rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood. Turkey is obviously blackmailing the US into cooperating with them:
While Turkish troops watched the fighting in Kobani through a chicken-wire fence, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that the town was about to fall and Kurdish fighters warned of an impending blood bath if they were not reinforced — fears the United States shares. But Mr. Erdogan said Tuesday that Turkey would not get more deeply involved in the conflict with the Islamic State unless the United States agreed to give greater support to rebels trying to unseat the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad. That has deepened tensions with President Obama, who would like Turkey to take stronger action against the Islamic State and to leave the fight against Mr. Assad out of it. (...)


Oct. 7, 2014

After the Fall of Kobane

Audio commentary on World View on WBEZ:

 





IS and Kurdish Defenders Battling in the Streets of Kobane

Absurdity continues: besieged Kurds, shelled by IS, teargassed by the Turks, overhead halfhearted air support by coalition fighters. @JenanMoussa is reporting an uptick in airstrikes today. Netto effect still negative. IS is advancing towards to town center. (Source)


Oct. 6, 2014


Kobane May Fall To IS At Any Moment



Decisive Battle For Kobane Ongoing

The orc army of Islamic State has planted its black flag of death on the Eastern outskirts of the Kobane. The fight of control of the town is ongoing. Turkey doesn't lift a finger: It is by now apparent that Turkey sees the Kurds as an even greater threat thans IS. Perhaps even more so. There is after all no ideological difference between Turkey's rulers and the Caliphate. Intrepid reporters on the spot @HaraldDoornbos and @JenanMoussa only just reported the sounds of an airplane in the skies over Kobane. There has not been any air support today. At all. The true intentions of this coalition are in serious doubt.



Oct. 5, 2014

Misinformation About the Stand Off At Kobane

In the meantime @r3sho has been sorting out truth from fiction. Bad examples of  misinformation: "ISIS has entered Kobane", "ISIS has taken over Kobane", "Turkey shelling ISIS." And claims such as "50 US marines now in Kobane", "Pesh anti-terror now in Kobane", etc.


Map of Kobane With Overview of Current Situation



Also of keen interest is the Twitter Timeline of Central Command. Tweets stress the importance of the Sunni coalition (just so we know that Obama didn't go this alone) and an indepth explanation of the Hajj, highlighting that "this is not a war against Islam". TL hasn't changed since Oct. 3. Disgusting politicizing of a war! Even Iran thinks it's a joke!



Turkish Police Attack BBC Crew At Kobane

Must see! BBC crew come under attack near Kobane. Turkish police have fired two tear gas canisters at a vehicle carrying a BBC reporting team as it was leaving the border area near Kobane, Syria. The second round was fired at point blank range though the rear window, filling the van with tear gas and briefly setting fire to the vehicle. Correspondent Paul Adams was being filmed shortly before the attack, and the camera kept rolling during the next few minutes. The team is on the Turkey-Syria border to cover Islamic State's siege of the nearby town. Nobody was injured in the incident. (Source, includes video)


Latest Reporting About the Situation At Kobane

Turkey has evacuated the villages in the Kobane vicinity. The media have been moved to safe places near Pirsus. There are some reports that IS fighters have free access to the country. (Source)









Reporting by www.ronahitv.com TV


Coalition Airstrikes at Kobane Aren't Working

Each of the participating members of the coalition have different agenda and priorities. Surely Sun Tze must have said something about that, but it stands to reason that under such circumstances combatting IS from the air isn't working. (Source) A Kurdish spokesman told The Guardian:
“Air strikes alone are really not enough to defeat Isis in Kobani. They are besieging the city on three sides, and fighter jets simply cannot hit each and every Isis fighter on the ground.” He added that Isis had adapted their tactics to military strikes from the air. “Each time a jet approaches they leave their open positions, they scatter and hide. What we really need is ground support. We need heavy weapons and ammunition in order to fend them off and defeat them.”


Airstrikes Against Islamic State at Kobane

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitoring group is reported as saying to @AFP that "seven new coalition strikes against IS positions were carried out in the area late Saturday and the strikes were hindering the jihadists' advance". (Source) This has also been reported by another source, MEE. (Source) Following tweets are witness to  the coalition's halfhearted policy with regard to IS. Too many other interests are at stake. Turkey for example thinks its fight against Kurdish independence and against Assad's rule in Syria far outweigh the importance of destroying the ideologically aligned Islamic State.


Oct. 4, 2014



Oct. 4, 2014 Video released by the Kurdish Command.

Great photo reporting by Right Now. (Source)

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UPDATE: After teargassing the Kurdish defenders...


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