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“soft” police state tactics used against anarchists in bristol (UK)

by “soft” police state tactics i mean intimidation, harassment – targeting of loved ones, visits to employers, wide-net investigations that drag in dozens of innocents. all in the effort to find an effective saboteur in the area, but also to squash a thriving anarchist scene.

anarchists in bristol – and the UK in general – gave me a lot of support when i was in prison.

see previous post:

Perpetrator(s) of guerrilla-style sabotage attacks elude Bristol police

and have a look at the website of

Bristol Anarchist Federation

This article originally appeared on VICE UK

English Anarchists Have Been Caught Up in an Anti-Terrorism Police Crackdown

Since 2011, the Informal Anarchist Federation (IAF)—a local division of a much wider, global insurrectionary anarchist group: the Federazione Anarchia Informale—has been carrying out scores of attacks on private property across Bristol, England. Now the cops are out to get them and Bristol’s wider activist community is being caught up in the search.

Signaling cables of National Rail lines have been burned down in order to “paralyze” the local economy. Vehicles at a UK Border Agency crime team building have been torched. And a minibus belonging to local cadets has been set on fire as a protest against NATO. Together with two other insurrectionary groups—the Earth Liberation Front and the Angry Foxes Cell—over 60 different attacks have been carried out since the Bristol riots.

IAFlogoBDS has chronicled a string of even stranger incidents. I was told about three different people that have been arrested and accused of being the Badger, one on two separate occasions. I heard about members of a band that Huw Norfolk was once briefly in, being visited by the police. Even the bassist—who wasn’t in the band when Norfolk was—has, allegedly, been visited at his home and his work.

“The cops don’t have a clue just like 99.9 percent of the anarchist movement in Bristol,” Jim told me. “The people getting knocks on doors are all involved in public, open groups that do protests and campaigns. They aren’t the children of the night. The police just don’t understand the modus operandi of these people.”

Perhaps it’s understandable. Insurrectionary anarchism may have a rich history on the continent but the IAF seem oddly out of place in a relatively docile modern Britain. For a brief period of time in the early 1970s, the London-based Angry Brigade frightened Edward Heath’s government with a series of bomb attacks on embassies, politicians, and military barracks. But they remain the only homegrown insurrectionary group that has ever really existed in the UK and maybe the cops just aren’t prepared.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary, meanwhile, have been on the IAF’s case, desperately searching for the culprits. After no real success and mounting pressure from one particular MP, the local CID and special investigations team are stepping up their efforts.

A team of ten detectives working full-time under the name Operation Rhone has have been set up and the police are searching particularly hard to find a man they consider to be at the center of the network: Huw Norfolk, otherwise known as the Badger.

The trouble is, nobody seems to know anything about him, the IAF, or any of the recent attacks—not the police, not the media, not even local activist groups. The IAF is, after all, an informal network (the clue is in the title). It’s really little more than a banner for those that execute insurrectionary acts, or who think within a certain ideological framework to use and claim. And that makes them particularly difficult to find.

The vast majority of Bristol’s anarchist community aren’t like this. With their status as queen-and-country-hating tabloid pariahs, few people would be aware of any difference between different anarchist groups. But their methods, goals, and targets differ radically. Groups such as the Anarchist Federation (Afed) and Solidarity Federation (Solfed), which constitute a majority of the scene in the UK are involved in open, public-facing, class-based community work—handing out leaflets, helping workers who go on strike, that kind of thing—rather than acts of fly-by night vandalism.

The Kebele co-operative, an anarchist hub in Bristol
The Kebele co-operative, an anarchist hub in Bristol

But these distinctions don’t seem to count for much as far as the police are concerned. Over the past few months, activists from across the anarchist community say the police have been targeting them arbitrarily and indiscriminately. They say individual activists have been harassed, houses raided, workplaces visited, and arrests made without charges.

The police maintain that they are searching for suspects linked to the IAF, but activists say they are targeting anyone that publicly identifies as an anarchist. And they say it’s getting worse by the day. For the last week I’ve been talking to different members of the anarchist scene in the West Country and the impression I’ve got is of a community under siege.

Two years ago, Jon—a Bristol-based activist with Solfed, who asked to be identified only by his first name—became one of the first targets of this police clampdown. One morning he arrived at his workplace to an email from his boss asking for a meeting. When he turned up, he was told the police had visited the office with a dossier of “evidence” citing him as a domestic extremist, and someone that “might not be suitable to work with children.” As a person whose job involves helping young people with emotional difficulties, the suggestion was that he should be fired.

“They said I was unsuited to my job because of my politics,” he told me over the phone. “The stuff they provided as evidence was articles I’d written anonymously, on whether prison was an effective form of rehabilitation and whether underachievement in working class communities was down to the education system. No connection between me and any group was alleged or mentioned. It really seemed that their main concern was that I held anarchist views.”

A year later Jon was targeted again. One afternoon he received a phone call out of the blue from a police officer asking about underground anarchist groups. He told the officer he had no idea and asked how his number had been found.

“The officer told me that my partner was being stalked and had put in a number of phone calls to the police,” he said. “They did nothing but saved the number because they knew who I was and thought it would be useful. I’d question a lot of the ways they’ve gone about finding information. I think they are using what’s been happening as a pretext to attack the wider anarchist community. A lot of this feels like an opportunity to drag the movement through the mud and see if they can push a few people out of activism.”

What Jon went through seems to have become much more widespread under Operation Rhone. At a ramshackle bookstore called Hydra in Old Market, the scene of a famous riot in the 1930s, law enforcers have been turning up at on a fortnightly basis, asking questions and grilling staff. It’s a strange situation. Volunteers at the store say they do little more than sell lefty literature. When I visited last week, a group of old locals were sat happily on old sofas in a dimly lit room sounding off about the 1970s oil crisis. It didn’t seem all that extreme.

One of the bookstore’s volunteers, who gave his name at Mat and identified as neither an anarchist nor an activist, told me he’s been the subject of extensive police surveillance. One day last year he received a phone call from administrators of Hydra Book’s server, notifying him that local police had been reading the content of his emails. The only reason given, he says, is that he had—a few years earlier—helped set up Bristol Indymedia, an open-source independent news website, which the IAF has, on occasion, used to publish communiques about its attacks.

“I’m not involved in any of this,” he told me, serving drinks to customers and sounding simultaneously baffled and irate. “I make coffee and occasionally I sell the odd book. I’ve got no links to international anarchist organizations and despite having no involvement with the website anymore either, the police have been reading my emails. It’s terrifying and I’ve spent a long time being very worried about it. I now don’t put personal thoughts in emails in case I get asked about it in an interview at a police station.”

One group that has been actively chronicling the police clampdown over the last few months is Bristol Defendant Solidarity (BDS), a defendant support group set up after the riots in 2011 to help those that had been arrested with a range of legal services. I went to meet two of their activists—Jim and Alan who both asked to be identified only by their first name—at Kebele Community Center, a well known anarchist hub in Easton.

As well as collecting information on Operation Rhone, and talking to those that have been arrested, Alan has himself been targeted by the police. Last July, at seven in the morning, his house was raided and a friend that was temporarily staying over arrested.

“I woke up and found my house full of police,” he told me from a small library room in the 20-year-old center. “And when I say full I mean literally—it was hard to move around. They took away a friend that was staying at my house and went through all the communal areas for hours. As well as taking electronic stuff like a hard drive and laptop, they seemed to be bagging anything that looked political. The arrested guy came back two hours later released without charge on police bail. They had no evidence at all. The whole point was to intimidate people and build up a sense that you are being watched the whole time.”

For the anarchist movement, which has been growing in Bristol since 2005, the crackdown won’t be putting them off. Two months ago, 20 local activists visited the CID and Special Investigations building in Bristol to protest. A few weeks earlier a number of the same groups clubbed together to publish a statement outlining their experiences.

“The message is we’re not going to be intimidated,” Jon from Solfed told me. “We’re still here for everyone to see, and we’re not going to driven underground.”

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assembly movement creates space for autonomy in greece

The assembly movement owes a great deal to what took place in Argentina. Although there is no direct connection, the influence is real. During the first general strikes, we were inspired by the Argentinian experience, and later also by the Tunisian and Egyptian events. Another important influence was the self-reduction movements in Italy during the seventies: groups organized to not pay rents, electric bills or transport fares. In our assembly, particularly, many people were inspired by the Zapatista struggle in Mexico and its quest for autonomy. We participate in solidarity actions with these struggles in our neighborhood.

One factor that all these different sources of inspiration have in common, which is present in the assemblies, is the will to organize horizontally, without political parties: although there are party militants in the assemblies, they only participate in the assemblies as individuals, without labels. The political foundations of the assemblies are autonomy and the will to create structures outside capitalism, based on sharing and solidarity. In our assembly, there are basic positions that have been arrived at after long discussions. We are always seeking a consensus in order to find a way to move forward together.

In Greece, there is much less belief in institutions, in the idea of the social contract and representation, than in France. It is fertile ground both for anti-authoritarian ideas as well as for hyper-authoritarian ideas. Here, it is much easier than it is in France to associate on common bases with people from diverse political backgrounds. On the other hand, however, the danger of becoming a closed group also exists: finding a way to keep the assemblies open to recent arrivals is a never-ending task.

After the revolt of 2008-2009 we were continuously trying to keep abreast of what was happening. What the neighborhood assemblies have once again contributed, as a possibility, was precisely not to restrict our demands to things that were taken away from us and instead to move towards the world we want to create. But the obstacles are numerous and the repression suffered by the political militants, the rise of Golden Dawn, the explosion of unemployment and the constant violence against immigrants prevent us from devoting ourselves to a program as if nothing else was happening.

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One of the weak points of the movement is the fact that the moments of resurgence have never obtained any concrete results. The general assembly of the neighborhood assemblies was one of those moments. In November 2011 all the existing assemblies convened in one assembly: forty in Athens, with four hundred representatives and a good dynamic. But it quickly ran out of steam. It obtained no concrete victories and this was a source of discouragement, creating a feeling of defeat that is very acute at the present time. This feeling is also in part caused by the fact that the neighborhood assemblies do not appear to be viable solutions for the organization of everyday life.

The will to create structures based on self-organization and autonomy poses numerous questions: how can they be built while simultaneously going beyond the logic of charity and philanthropy? How can we create our own autonomy in an environment in which everything has been stolen, where we cannot produce anything for ourselves, especially in the urban setting? What do we have to do to get people to really participate? When we organize collective kitchens or barter markets, we have to constantly explain that they are not ordinary distribution services.

I do not think there is a really convincing answer to these problems, we have to be patient. The way I see it, in the very large assemblies people are inclined to delegate tasks to others and to accept the representation of a small group, whereas when there are more personal relations and more contacts, there is correspondingly greater equality in participation. It is a question of relations. There are not many people who think that we can live without anyone’s help, without a basis of consensus and dialogue, and that we can reclaim our lives on an individual basis.

I get the impression, however, that, as the State and the economic system decline and fall, more “grey zones” will arise and other modes of organization and relations will become possible. The role of the assemblies will be crucial in this. Not only do we have to keep the home fires burning, but we also have to make the fire last longer. New structures appear in Greece with each passing month. From this perspective, the movement is on the right path.

to read about the nitty-gritty of organizing autonomous communitites, see the rest of this post, from Robert Graham’s Anarchism Weblog

The Assembly Movement in Greece

Translated in December 2014 from the Spanish translation published in the Spanish journal, Argelaga, No. 5, Fall 2014 (Available online at: https://argelaga.wordpress.com/2014/10/22/en-grecia-el-estado-se-hunde-los-barrios-se-organizan/).

Originally published in French under the title, “L’etat s’effondre, les quartiers s’organisent”. Retour sur le mouvement des assemblées de quartier. La revue Z, No. 7, 2013. Dossier Grèce: Thessalonique dans la dépression européenne. Bricolages quotidiens et résistances insolvables.

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Terrorism is not a barbarian praxis, rather a highly civilized one.

From Non Fides

Everybody plays on their heartstrings, every party, every organization, of every possible and imaginable tendency, libertarian included, spews out the predigested discourse of the “barbarians” which assail our “peaceful coexistence”

But what is a barbarian?

Let’s consider the term for a moment. From the greek bárbaros (“stranger”), the ancient Greeks used the word for those populations that were not a part of their civilization, as defined by the Hellenistic language and religion. The barbarian is thus the other, those that don’t eat the same soup, or simply those that don’t eat at the same table. Montaigne said “Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own custom.” As we’ve already said elsewhere, we know not barbarians, only individuals who survive in the midst of this morbid civilization. We know of no outside, we know outsiders, yes, but they could not be any more inside than they already are.

no-borders-no-banksThe “barbarians” of today are far from being outside of civilization, even though advocates of this assertion may feel reassured in thinking so. Just like the famous “Affair of the Gang of Barbarians” back in 2006, they are a pure product of civilization. They know its codes, use its tools, and are not so far apart from those that pillory them hypocritically. Because it essentially makes little difference whether the killers wear a green or black uniform, whether they shout “long live democracy” or “Allahu akbar”, whether they carry tricolor or jihadist flags, whether they’re sanctioned by public opinion or not, whether their massacres are legal or illegal, whether they massacre us to bring us enlightenment or obscurity. Committing their macabre atrocities, they all condescend to the same level, from the moment they deny the individual the ability to realize itself how it wishes.

Terrorism is not a barbarian praxis, rather a highly civilized one. Was not democracy born from the Reign of Terror? For this reason, terror must be fought just as the civilization which begot it and needs it, from the “septembriseurs” of 1792 to the exterminating prison penalties or Daesh of today. Who are these pigs with ties who send off their armies to attack the populations of central Africa, Afghanistan or elsewhere, who give us lessons of pacifism when twelve people are murdered in Paris? They are exactly the same ones that appear on television at the moment to shed some cheap tears in order to win (or not to lose) a few miserable percentage points in their equally miserable opinion polls.

noBordersToday, we are no more Charlie than we were yesterday, and death doesn’t transform our opponents or enemies of yesterday into our friends of today. We abandon our relationship to the world of hyenas and vultures. It is not our custom to cry on the graves of the (so-called vaguely alternative or libretarian) journalists or cops, for we’ve long since recognized the media and the police as the two essential weapons of this civilizing terrorism: by manufacturing consent on the one hand, and by repression and imprisonment on the other. That is why we refuse to cry wolf with other wolves, or even with sheep.

Those predators who exhort us to cry in unison with them today, to declare “Je suis Charlie”, are the same predators in suits responsible for the emergence of terrible groups and movements such as al-Quaeda or Daesh, former allies of western democracies against the previous perils before they took a central place on the podium of the geo-strategic perils of today. In their courts, their police stations, their prisons, these same scumbags kill, incarcerate, mutilate and sequestrate all those that don’t follow the path imposed upon them with truncheon blows and education. The same civilized beings that let people croak every day at their borders for trying to escape the misery and wars that they themselves and their enemies of the day- Salafistas or consorts- created.

We have absolutely no desire to let these same exact scumbags civilize and eradicate us any further, still less to stand shoulder to shoulder with them. Because it is against them that we want to stand shoulder to shoulder, against all those that regard us under different religious, political, communitarian, interclassist, civilizing and nationalist pretexts as pawns to be placed for sacrifice on an absurd and squalid chessboard.

Afghanistan-US-marines-guarding-poppies-3why is it that civilizations are so obssessed with poppy cultivation? this NY Times article can only be read as satire: Afghan Opium Cultivation and Production Seen Rising

It is appropriate, today as well as yesterday, to remember the words of Rudolf Rocker, when he says that “national states are only churches political organizations; the alleged national consciousness was not born in man but instilled in him. It is a religious concept, one is a German, a Frenchman, an Italian, just as one is a Catholic, a Protestant, or a Jew.”

However, the point is not to diminish the danger these fools of Allah represent, those lovers of self-submission and moral masochism. And although we are completely overwhelmed by their ability to recruit anywhere, to blast here and there into kingdom come, we will have to ask ourselves questions relating to these matters in order to get out of that incomprehension. In this case, we certainly shouldn’t acquiesce to every siren that only wants to divide us further, that would like to stigmatize an entire population because of an infinitesimally small fraction of Muslims, only in order to achieve the supposed ‘clash of civilizations’ they so fervently dream of, which in fact is a civil war whose consequences for all of us are not entirely known to them.

And what should we say about that member of the cleaning staff, who was riddled with bullets, executed in cold blood, without having asked for anything? Who concerns themselves with him? He probably had no twitter account, no entry ticket to the modern spectacle, no name, no face, no pal that can go on tv and bawl for him. He was not Charlie. He was only a collateral damage of a god crazy few shooting amok. He is exactly like so many right now, exactly like the millions of collateral victims of states all over the world. Our thoughts go out to him tonight.

Something is certain, there’s no choice to be made between the plague and cholera, between any god with his slaughtered, crucifying, or massacring prophet and any shit state with its murderous cops and soldiers. We still refuse the demand to choose between different forms of slavery and subjugation. The choice we will make will come only from ourselves, that is the choice of freedom.

In this hopeless age, as opposed to the alleged “national unity”, civil war, the jihads of the fanatics and the “clean wars” of the states, we must put the social war at the fore again, until the stage burns.

translated from the german- Übersetzt aus dem Französischen von Kommunisierung.net

french - i’m not charlie, and FUCK YOU!

during the gulf war of bush I, entire generations of iraqi families were wiped out in one of the greatest mass slaughters in human history - i raq's highway of death. who are the barbarian savages?
during the gulf war of bush I, entire generations of iraqi families were wiped out in one of the greatest mass slaughters in human history – iraq’s highway of death. who are the barbarian savages?

the struggle against prisons is not based on theory, but personal experiences

this is only one part of an interview with vikki law, from mask magazine

I was born in Flushing, Queens, and grew up in Forest Hills. Forest Hills is a place usually thought of as fancy houses and rich people. But there’s a dividing line at 71st avenue, and on the other side there are many smaller, connected houses, often inhabited by immigrant families who moved here to buy their first house. So the part of Flushing where I lived was full of people of different races and cultures.

One of the funny things about the New York City school system is that, even if you’re a couple of blocks away from a high school, it may not be the high school you’re zoned for. You might be zoned to go to a totally different school. My mom didn’t have the kind of social capital that would have enabled her to navigate these social and political systems. She didn’t realize she should be asking people how to make sure I went to the school two blocks away from my house.

So I went to Hillcrest High School, which is in a section of Jamaica that is predominantly people of color, predominantly low-income. The school itself is massively overcrowded. Outside the school, what used to be a track is littered with crack vials and occasionally bullet dontLeavecasings, so nobody actually goes outside for gym. It’s the kind of school where a lot of students don’t see the point to engage, they don’t feel like they need an education. It was a great recruiting ground in the 1990s for a lot of the street gangs. Gangs would send somebody in to recruit, or they’d have one of the students recruit. They’d be like, “Do you really wanna do this? Or would you rather make a few hundred dollars at night?” To most teenagers, the answer is pretty clear. Of course you’d rather make a couple hundred dollars in the night rather than sit in a classroom where nobody cares. Maybe be able to buy a new pair of sneakers and have some money leftover to give to your mom who’s working two jobs. Be able to take your girlfriend out. Be able to hang out with your friends and not have to be like, okay, “Who’s gonna buy the hamburger this time so all five of us can sit at McDonalds?” At that age, you don’t think, “Oh wait, I might get arrested, and I might spend a lot of time in prison, and it’ll fuck up my life forever.”

One thing that’s perverse about New York City is that supposedly we can’t afford quality education for everybody, but we do have money for an entire jail – Rikers Island. Rikers Island is right by La Guardia airport, just across the Rikers Island Channel. It’s an island that’s devoted to mostly pre-trial detention, people who can’t afford bail, and people who’ve been sentenced to less than a year. So this is where we put our resources. And this is where a lot of my friends ended up.

I was dating a guy who was in a gang, and he convinced me that it would be a fine idea to participate in a robbery. Me being 16, there was no disclaimer that I might get arrested, I might go to prison. It’ll be easy, he said. This was a guy who’d already been in jail and had been to prison upstate, so you’d think he’d have an understanding of the risks. The plan was to go in, rob the place, our friend waiting outside in a car. I was the one with the bag, and it had a gun inside. He pulled out the gun and robbed the cashier. The cashier totally freaked out. When we go outside the car is gone, because our supposed friend had taken off. And then the cashier was outside on the street, screaming she’s been robbed. A group of people started to form, and started chasing us all around. Eventually we got arrested.

I spent 48 or 72 hours in jail, in central booking. Because I was 16, I wasn’t allowed to mix with the adult population, so they put me with the other people who were under 18. Until recently, when you go upstate, they’d allow you to mix. But now, under the Prison Rape Elimination Act, 16 and 17-year-olds have to have their own separate space so that they can’t be prayed upon by older people, supposedly. So I was stuck in a tiny little cell. I don’t want to glamorize it, it was a pretty dismal experience, but it also wasn’t the worst awful thing to be in a cell for 48-72 hours, given that people spend years, if not decades, in cells.

Then I got out. Luckily for me, because I was 16, because I had good grades in school, because I was small, because I was Asian – the combination of all of these factors led the judge to adjudicate me as a juvenile rather than as an adult. In New York State, once you’re 16, you’re considered an adult in the criminal punishment system. This means they will charge you as an adult unless you can argue that you should be charged as a juvenile. New York is one of two states – the other one is North Carolina – that does that automatically. In other states, the prosecutor has to argue that they should be able to charge you as an adult.

Because the judge is willing to let me get adjudicated as a juvenile rather than as an adult, I was able to plead out and get five years of probation. But had I been, say, a C-student, or dropped out of school, had I been larger, had I been darker-skinned, had I been black, the judge might have decided differently.

Around the same time, a lot of my friends dropped out, joined gangs, got arrested, went to jail. They were sent to Rikers Island and I started visiting them. That’s how I started understanding more about jail and prison. Just going to Rikers, meeting the same women over and over in the waiting room, meeting at the bus stop, getting to know them. They’d ask me, “Who are you here to visit?” and we’d start talking. Unlike the taboo among those incarcerated, there’s no taboo among family members or loved ones preventing them from telling you what their man is in for.

If you ever go to visit somebody at one of these facilities, you’ll end up waiting several hours for your one-hour visit. You’re just sitting there, waiting, without anything to do. It’s not like they have a TV set like in a doctor’s waiting room. You have to lock up all your things in a locker, so you can’t bring anything. But you’ll be surrounded by other people coming to visit. So you turn around and you start talking to people.

I got to hear a lot of stories about people getting locked up. Nobody was Jeffrey Dahmer or Bernie Madoff or any of those horrible people you read about in the newspapers. They were all in for drugs, some dumb gang thing, some dumb property thing. Around the same time, I decided to start reading about prisons and incarceration. Nobody had ever talked to me about jail or prison before. Even in the gangs, it was never talked about. You don’t lure somebody into a gang by saying, “Here’s the flip side: you might go to prison.” They’re just like, “It’s a great life. You get money, you don’t have to do much.”

Victoria Law, who goes by Vikki, is an anarchist, a prison abolitionist, a freelance writer, author, editor, and a mother.

Vikki grew up in Flushing, Queens in the 80s and 90s, and at the age of 16, she was arrested for participating in an armed robbery. After avoiding a jail sentence on probation, she became a prison abolitionist and writer. She is a rare individual who has made a career writing about women’s prison organizing and resistance after seeing her social circle trapped in the prison-industrial complex. She’s the author of the book Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women (PM Press 2009) , and co-editor of Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Concrete Ways to Support Families in Social Justice Movements and Communities (PM Press 2012). She’s a regular contributor to Truthout and BitchMedia, where she covers mass incarceration and women’s prison issues, among other things.

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War against Daesh: Latest reports from YPG Media Centre (Kurdistan)

the original post from 325 has a shit-ton more info than i’m reposting here – good reading if you’re interested!

ANF – 24 December ongoing battle in Sinjar.

For the Media and Public Opinion
People’s Defense Units (YPG) – Media Center

ROJAVA, KOBANI – The brutal attacks by terrorists of ISIS group are ongoing on the resistant Kobani city for the 99th day consecutively.

Meanwhile, our fighters of People’s Defense Units (YPG) and Women’s Defense Units (YPJ) are heroically defending the city and expelling the terrorists of ISIS group.

Wide mop-up operation was carried out yesterday by our fighters on the eastern south of the city around the culture centre recently liberated by our heroes. Another military operation was launched in that area where the number of terrorists dead was not confirmed,as one of our fighters was seriously injured and in spite of all medical bids to save his life, he was martyred.

Elsewhere, yesterday, on the northern front of Tel Hamis town, clashes erupted near Qassib village between YPG/YPJ fighters and the terrorists of ISIS continued till this morning. Four of our fighters courageously repelled the terrorists and martyred in the battle field.

YPG Media Centre

KOBANI– The barbaric attacks by the ISIS terrorists attempting to occupy Kobani continued yesterday on the 89th day. Yet our forces inside the city are continuing their operations against the terrorists who are on the defensive.

On the southern front of Kobani, our forces yesterday conducted an operation against the terrorist-occupied areas. In this operation our units managed to retake the control of the southern road to Kobani (Tarmik village’s road), the second strategic road to Kobani.

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Following this operation, the extent located amid the Aleppo and Tarmik roads was utterly liberated from the terrorists. All the southern routes used by the terrorists to deploy reinforcements towards Kobani were cut and controlled by our units as a result of the operation. Since mop up operations are still ongoing in this region, the final results for the battles are yet to be verified.

In the meantime, an operation was carried out by our forces against the terrorist groups in the Kaniya Kurda neighborhood, on the eastern front. The operation on this front resulted in the killing of 3 terrorists.

On the south-eastern front of Kobani, our forces led an operation against the terrorists near the Cultural Center, in this operation 2 members of the terrorists were confirmed killed.

QAMISHLO - At the morning hours of December 12th, our forces of the YPG/YPJ conducted an operation against the terrorist groups near the village of Til Ahmad, 24 kilometers south-west of Qamishlo. One terrorist was confirmed killed in the operation.


YPG Media Centre

December 13, 2014

http://www.ypgrojava.com/en/

American YPG Fighter Dean Parker

see also:
American YPG Fighter Jordan Matson Speaks to Zana Omer of the VOA Kurdish Service

Thomas van Linge on Twitter: "#Kurdistan: #YPG fighters opening the road between #Rojava and #Şengal http://t.co/o6aVL4nodo http://t.co/KSIDSRVQgl"
Thomas van Linge on Twitter: “#Kurdistan: #YPG fighters opening the road between #Rojava and #Şengal http://t.co/o6aVL4nodo http://t.co/KSIDSRVQgl”

the seige of kobani drags on, in the cold of the approaching winter

YPG Media Center reports from the frontlines of the fight for the city of Kobane

URGENT APPEAL FOR THE VICTIMS OF ISIS

The UN and other agencies have no presence in the Kurdish refugee camps along the border and Kurdish Red Crescent is the main charity aiding Kurdish refugees.

Many Kurds, mainly women and children, face bitter winter. Help the displaced Kurds to survive the winter by donating to Heyva Sor a Kurdistanê (Kurdish Red Crescent).

Visit the website www.heyvasor.com/en or https://wwww.justgiving.com/HeyvaSor

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KOBANI, Rojava, DEC. 4, 2014 – The attacks by the ‘ISIS’ terrorists to occupy Kobani continued on the 80th day. The terrorists on the eastern front of the city are now totally on the defensive whereas our forces are continuing their operations against the terrorist groups.

An operation was conducted by our units last night against several positions which were occupied by the terrorists on the south-eastern front. In the operation near Kobani’s Cultural Center 9 terrorists were confirmed to be killed.

Advancing towards the occupied areas on the southern front, our forces last night led an operation against the terrorists, and managed to take control of 2 neighborhoods. In this operation 13 terrorists were killed while 5 bodies were captured.

One of our comrades who actively participated in the last night’s operations, fought courageously, and was martyred on the fields of battle.

KOBANI, Rojava, DEC. 6, 2014 - The attacks by the ISIS terrorists aiming the occupation of Kobani continued on the 82nd day. Having the initiative on all the fronts of Kobani, our forces of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Women’s Defense Units YPJ are incessantly conducting operations against the areas that have been occupied by the terrorists.

Our units last night led an operation against the terrorist groups who were positioned near the Botana Rojhilat neighborhood on the southern front. In this operation which lasted until this morning severe blows were inflicted to the terrorists.

According to what has been confirmed from this area, 22 terrorists were killed, 14 bodies of the terrorists, and a large number of weapons and ammunition were captured by our forces.

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KOBANI, Rojava, DEC. 5, 2014
- The brutal attacks by the ‘ISIS’ terrorists aiming the occupation of Kobani have passed the 81st day. The terrorist groups who have been situated on the defensive due to the operations led by our forces, are now expected to be calling for more weapons and mercenary reinforcements.

Our units last night conducted an operation against a group of the terrorists who were on the movement on the eastern front, the operation resulted in the killing of 5 terrorists.

On the southern front of Kobani, fighting between our forces and the terrorist groups erupted on several positions. In these battles 6 terrorists were confirmed to be killed.

I. KOBANI, Rojava, DEC. 7, 2014 – Eighty-three days have passed since the launch of the brutal attacks by the ISIS terrorists who aim to occupy the city of Kobani. Leading the initiative on all the fronts of the city, our forces of the People’s Defense Units (YPG) and the Women’s Defense Units YPJ are advancing on a daily basis.

Last night on the eastern and southern fronts of Kobani sporadic clashes between our forces and the terrorist groups were experienced on several positions. However the number of dead or wounded of the terrorists was not immediately confirmed.

II. JAZ’AH – A number of operations were conducted by our forces against the terrorists who were positioned near Qadesiyah Bichuk (Jadidiyah) village in the south of Jaz’ah region. Yesterday evening our troops carried out two separate operations against the terrorist groups in that village, killed two terrorists, and injured another one.

Yet again in the Qadesiyah village our units last night conducted an operation. In this operation as confirmed, a vehicle of the terrorists was destroyed, 2 terrorists were killed, and 4 others were wounded.

KOBANI, Rojava | December 8, 2014 – The brutal attacks by the ISIS terrorists aiming the occupation Kobani continued on the 84th day. The terrorists are seeking to reach their objectives by shelling the town with mortars. Yet our forces of the People’s Defense Units / Women’s Defense Units YPJ are continuing to advance inside Kobani.

On the eastern front of the city, a short-time fight was erupted last night between our forces and the terrorist groups. The number of dead and wounded of the terrorists for this battle was not confirmed.

Our units’ operations on the southern front of Kobani are regularly continuing. Our forces last night conducted an operation against several positions on this front which were occupied by the terrorists. In this operation 3 occupied sites were retaken from the terrorists, however the number of casualties are not confirmed due to the ongoing patrol process in these areas.

KOBANI, Rojava | December 9, 2014 - The terrorist attacks by the ISIS mercenaries to occupy Kobani continued on the 85th day.

On the eastern front of Kobani, our forces last night conducted several operations against the terrorist-occupied positions. The operations were carried out in the Kaniya Kurda neighborhood and the Sukul Hal area where 6 terrorists were confirmed to be killed. A small number of weapons were captured by our forces.

On the south-eastern front, an operation was conducted by our forces against the terrorist groups last night near the Azadi (Freedom) square. The operation resulted in the killing of 2 terrorists.

Our units are extending the initiative in the newly liberated areas of the southern front. The terrorist groups attempted to launch an attack in this front but they were sharply repulsed. This attempt took place near the very strategic site of the hospital of Kobani where 5 terrorists were killed in the clashes, also a number of weapons were captured by our troops.

Our forces led an operation against the terrorist groups positioned near the village of Salim, 10 kilometers west of Kobani. In this operation a vehicle of the terrorists was destroyed, yet the number of casualties was not immediately verified.

One of our comrades who aggressively joined the operations on the eastern front, fought bravely and was martyred in the battle.

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Rojava, December 10, 2014
I. The brutal attacks by the ISIS terrorists to occupy Kobani continued on the 86th day. Our forces yet are continuing their operations against the terrorist-occupied areas inside the city.

On the eastern front of Kobani, our forces last night carried out two separate operations in the Sukul Hal and the municipality areas. The both operations were successfully conducted where 6 terrorists were killed in the clashes. Our forces safely returned to their positions.

On the southern front, a short-time fight was experienced between our forces and the terrorist groups, one terrorist was confirmed to be killed as a result of the battle.

II. Our forces of the People’s / Women’s Defense Units did conduct an operation against the terrorist groups near the village of Manajir, south Serêkaniyê (Ras al-Ayn). In this operation which was conducted yesterday overnight 4 terrorists were killed.

Yet again last night near the Piriza region 20 kilometers south-west of Serêkaniyê a short-time battle was erupted between our troops and the terrorists. The results for this battle were not immediately confirmed.

III. In a failed attempt, the terrorist groups shelled yesterday evening Shermukh village located 23 km south-west of Qamishlo, our units swiftly intervened to confront the attackers. In this process 2 terrorists were killed while the others fled their positions.

IV. An operation was conducted by our units near the village of Khanamiyah (of Qamishlo) against a group of the terrorists who were on the movement. This operation resulted in the killing of one terrorist.

KOBANI, Rojava | December 11, 2014 – The attacks by the ISIS terrorists aiming the occupation of Kobani continued on the 87th day. Yet our forces are pushing the terrorists back inside the city while the operations outside the town are ongoing.

On the south-eastern front of Kobani, the terrorist groups last night attempted to launch an attack near the Cultural Center. Our forces intervened in this attempt and managed to inflict severe blows to the terrorists. In this region 7 terrorists were killed where the other attackers were only able to collect their casualties and flee the location.

In south-west Kobani, our forces carried out an operation against the terrorist groups in the Rahbe area. The operation resulted in the killing of 2 terrorists. Another operation was also conducted by our troops against the terrorist groups on the Aleppo road, 2 terrorists were killed in this operation.

Our units last night managed to lead an operation between the villages of Sosan and Siftik, 15 kilometers west of Kobani. In this operation a vehicle of the terrorists was targeted and destroyed, yet the number of dead or wounded was not verified.

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