28 February 2016
ANF - Delil Dicle
Hours before the recent ceasefire to end the conflict and pave the way for a political solution in Syria was due to come into effect, the Islamic State, Al-Nusra and AKP-backed jihadist groups announced they would not abide by the ceasefire.
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's remarks “We won't recognise the truce in Syria” was followed by a dispatchment of jihadist groups from Idlib to Azaz and Jarablus.
At the same time, IS militants started a fresh occupation campaign by attacking Girê Spî (Tel Abyad) under the supervision of Turkish soldiers at the Akçakale border.
This was an attempt by the Turkish state to regain the reputation it has lost, and to revive its failed Syria-Rojava policy. They activated groups in 25 separate locations against the Gire Spî town centre and the Siluk-Mebruka-Ayn Isa line, just like they had done against Kobanê. Their aim was to open a 'windpipe' for the gangs by means of this aggression.
The attacks were expunged due to an early intervention by People's Defence Units (YPG) and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters. Most of the jihadist militants participating in the attack were killed, reports suggest over 100.
Details provided by reporters on the ground in Girê Spî and at the scenes of clashes expose the dirty dealing behind the attacks.
Turkish soldiers enabled the crossing of jihadist groups
Jihadist groups entered Girê Spî from three directions through paths opened by Turkish soldiers. Turkish soldiers brought the militants to the border and then enabled their crossing into Girê Spî to carry out this attack. The activity at the border was also witnessed by a number of local people. When clashes began Turkish soldiers supported the jihadist militants by shelling YPG and SDF positions with artillery fire.
Turkish soldiers killed a YPG/SDF fighter at the border
The fighting began at 01:00am and continued throughout the next day. The jihadists that survived clashes crossed back into Akçakale through the route opened by Turkish soldiers. Ambulances were also held ready in Akçakale to carry wounded militants.
A YPG/SDF fighter who intervened the ISIS gangs fleeing towards the Turkish border was shot and killed by Turkish soldiers.
Jihadist militants wore HPC uniforms
The groups that attacked Girê Spî on February 26 acted within the scope of a bigger plan in the same way they did in the Kobanê massacre (25 June 2015).
The plan was to attack the Îskan area, Ayn Arûs, Watanî Hospital and Hemam Tirkman village and to gain control over these strategic points before conducting another attack on 25 more locations. Their aim was to cut off the town's connection from its surroundings and thus hinder the access of reinforcements with the final objective of re-occupying the town.
Jihadist groups were wearing YPG uniforms in the attack on Kobanê to avoid attention, those attacking Girê Spî were also dressed in the uniforms of the local Self-Defence Forces (HPC). This tactic enabled the jihadists to reach the locations of attacks.
Civilians targeted after losses
Also similar to the Kobanê massacre, the attackers targeted the civilian population after suffering defeat at the hands of YPG and SDF fighters. In the southern Girê Spî area where they managed to advance, jihadists savagely massacred 15 people from a family of Arab origin. These were children, women and elderly.
In conclusion, the night that the ceasefire took effect in Syria, the Turkish state and groups organised by it attempted to occupy Girê Spî and committed a massacre, exposing once again their heinous plans.
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