Turkish army, tied gangs planting drugs in al-Bab

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SHAHBA – According to the information obtained from a local source in the town of al-Bab, the occupying Turkish army planted cannabis in the city of al-Bab, which then is passed into Turkey.

Another source pointed out that the occupying Turkish army and its gangs planted cannabis in al-Bab. The source stated that the occupying Turkish army transfers the drugs into Turkey.

The source stated that the occupying Turkish army and its gangs made drug propaganda in the region in order to encourage youths to participate in the gang formation, and sold drugs to the locals.

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Kurdish leader Demirtaş prosecuted on charge of humiliating Erdogan’s government, Turkish army

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After 8 months of imprisonment by the Turkish authorities, the leader of the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Selahattin Demirtaş is appearing in Ankara court on Friday for the third hearing of his lawsuit.

The Kurdish leader Demirtaş is being tried on charge of “public humiliation of the Turkish government, the judiciary, the military or law enforcement agency”. The charge is based on one of his social media sharing.

The following phrases are included in aforementioned social media sharing: “All armies are desperate against the people. The army of Tayyip Erdoğan’s palace has been already defeated, they will be defeated again”.

“The most fundamental foundation of the AKP government is to create an atmosphere of fear, and to make everyone feel that fear. During such periods, to feel afraid of the government and the power it wields is no doubt quite natural, and human; however, do not forget that courage, too, is human, and the only way not to pass on this fear to our children is to act with courage,” Selahattin Demirtaş said in a statement in April.

Some 5,000 HDP party officials, including 85 mayors and 13 parliamentarians, are reportedly jailed on terror charges. The crackdown went into overdrive since last July’s coup attempt against Erdogan.

The HDP informed Human Rights Watch that since the July 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, 5,471 of its party officials, including heads of provincial and district branches, had been detained, with 1,482 sent to pretrial detention.

Moreover, under emergency law, the authorities shut down many Kurdish radio stations and TV channels and banned the HDP’s campaign song, “Say No”, claiming that it incited “hatred and enmity”.

“It’s deeply damaging to Turkey’s democracy that the government is locking up the leaders and MPs of an opposition party that received five million votes in the last election,” said Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch in late March.

“The government’s crackdown on pro-Kurdish parties is robbing millions of voters of their parliamentary representatives, and in a vast swathe of the eastern and southeastern parts of the country it is robbing voters of their local representatives as well,” Williamson added.

Also Iraqi Kurdish president Masoud Barzani in February called on the Turkish government to release the politicians.

“In the interest of peace in Turkey, it would be better for him [Demirtas] and other arrested politicians to be released,” Barzani told the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Reporting by: Wladimir van Wilgenburg | Source: ARA News

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Eight Kurdish YPG fighters killed in clashes with ISIS, Turkish army

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The general command of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Wednesday announced the death of eight of its fighters in northern Syria.

“Five YPG fighters were killed in clashes with ISIS in Raqqa province,” YPG officer Habun Osman told ARA News.

Three others Kurdish fighters lost their lives after the Turkish army hit a YPG security office in the Jinderis area of Afrin district, northwest of Aleppo.

“As our fighters continue their struggle to liberate Raqqa from ISIS terrorists, Turkey’s military intensified its attacks against our headquarters in Rojava. The Turkish shelling caused the death of three YPG fighters and the injury of several others in Jinderis area of Afrin,” the Kurdish command said on Wednesday.

In an official statement, the YPG leadership identified the fighters who were killed in Raqqa and Afrin as Talal Heseke, Siwar Shekho, Bashar Ebdulla, Ehmed Shekhmus, Khaled Eliko, Arsin Mardoyan, Mihemed Ali and Basel Ibrahim.

The YPG is a leading faction within the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that are locked in fierce fighting against ISIS in the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa.

Reporting by: Dilber Issa | Source: ARA News

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At least 82 Kurdish YPG fighters killed in recent clashes with ISIS, Turkish army

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The central command of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on Monday announced that 82 of their fighters were killed in recent clashes with Islamist militants and the Turkish military in northern Syria.

“As our units continue their operations against ISIS terrorists and the Turkish Army in northern Syria, we have lost dozens of our bravest fighters during the past few weeks,” the YPG leadership said in a statement to ARA News.

At least 63 Kurdish fighters were killed in March during clashes with ISIS near Raqqa city. The YPG is a leading member of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), that are locked in fierce clashes with ISIS in the vicinity of the group’s de facto capital of Raqqa.

Another 19 YPG fighters were killed by Turkish fire near Kobane and Afrin.

“The Turkish military targeted Kurdish positions in Kobane and Afrin 47 times in March, using heavy artillery shelling and airstrikes. The bombardment caused a massive destruction to civilians’ houses, beside killing and wounding dozens, mostly civilians,” the YPG leadership said.

The Kurdish forces reportedly responded to the Turkish attacks on 27 occasions, where the Turkish military suffered losses in manpower and equipment, according to the YPG.

Reporting by: Hozan Mamo | Source: ARA News

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Turkish army, gangs target villages in Shahba region

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SHAHBA – Forces of the occupant Turkish army are shelling villages in the Shahba region, it has been reported.

According to reports from the region, occupant Turkish forces deployed in Azaz alongside backed gang groups launched bombardment targeting Malikiya and Maranaz villages of the Shahba region Friday evening.

The ongoing bombardment has caused damage on civilian settlement areas.

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Turkish army, gangs attack Manbij

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MANBIJ – Turkish occupation forces and affiliated gangs attacked villages southwest of Manbij, it has been reported.

According to the information from ANHA reporters, the occupying Turkish army and affiliated gangs attacked Gorhîko, Holash and Xalîde villages, 29 km southwest of Manbij. Clashes which broke out when fighters of the Manbij Military Council responded to the attacks continues.

Simultaneously with the attacks of the Turkish occupation forces, the ISIS gangs attacked Mesterîhe and Cedîde villages, 20 km southwest of Manbij. The clashes that started with the response of the fighters continue with the full intensity.

According to the information received, Manbij Military Military fighters responding to the attacks of the ISIS gangs stated that a large number of gang members were killed and 5 gangs member bodies were seized by fighters.

It is reported that the fighting continues.

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Turkish army, backed gangs shell Tell Rifat and Sheikh Issa

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SHAHBA – Turkish occupation forces and gangs are shelling Tell Rifat town and Sheikh Issa village with Kayusha-type missiles, it has been reported.

According to ANHA reporters on the ground, the Turkish occupation forces and affiliated gangs deployed in the town of Mare’ have begun shelling the town of Tell Rifat and the village of Sheikh Issa in the Shaba region.

It has been reported that the shelling resulted in material damage to the civilians’ residential areas and that the shelling continues.

Turkish occupation forces and gangs have been shelling the Shahba region and Afrin since August 24, 2016, after Jarablus came under their occupation.

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Turkish army, FSA shelling Afrin villages

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AFRIN – The Turkish army and affiliated gangs tonight have began shelling the villages of Maranaz and Fîlan al-Qadi in the Shera district of Afrin, it has been reported.

According ANHA reporters, the Turkish forces and affiliated gangs stationed in the Azaz region began bombing the Merenaz and Fîlan al-Qadi villages at 19:15 local time. No clear information on the outcome of the attack could be reached.

On the other hand, the Turkish forces occupied 160 meters of the Afrin border line in the village of Dîk Medaş.

The attacks of the Turkish army continues.

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