Turkey had repeatedly tried and still to make Tel Abyad as a strategic crossing point to supply Daesh and Jabhet al-Nusra mercenaries in the areas of al-Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor and to separate al-Jazeera from Kobani. It also had targeted Serê Kaniyê to provide support to Daesh and al-Nusra in al-Jazeera to strike the peaceful coexistence of its people. Therefore, hundreds of mercenaries of Jabhet al-Nusra were prepared in 2013-heavily armed with medium and heavy weapons-to attack the city of Serê Kaniyê through its crossing point and from Tel Abyad side, and then attacked Tel Abyad with the support of its intelligence on the border that the two cities were adjacent to its borders.
2013-2015, Armenian churches in Tel Abyad turned into military, legitimate HQs
When mercenaries of Jabhet al-Nusra began the attack on Tel Abyad in July 2013 after the breach of the truce and the kidnapping and killing of citizens and the looting of property, especially the Kurdish neighborhoods of the city, they targeted Kurds and Armenians and every Arab or Turkmen opposed to the establishment of their alleged Islamic state.
More than 1,000 Kurds were forcibly displaced and others forced to flee their homes which were detonated. Including the Armenian families: one of the oldest communities in the region. There were dozens of Armenian families in the city and the Armenian Orthodox Church was situated in the city center, the mercenaries turned it into a legitimate training camp and the headquarters of its leaders after the burning of all its sacred holdings and Christian monuments.
Serê Kaniyê… Destruction of churches, the burning of Yezidi villages, killing under the pretext of "infidelity"
The effects of the Turkish attack and mercenaries of Jabhet al-Nusra on the city of Serê Kaniyê are still a witness, in addition to dozens of documents on how they attacked through the Turkish territory with the support of its army against the city and its people, where they committed war crimes against the city that embraces the oldest civilization and culture in the world.
The Christians of Syriac and Armenian in the city numbered about 150 families divided into four sects and denominations. They have three churches in the small city: the St. Thomas the Syriac Orthodox Church, the Syriac Mary Magdalene Church and the Armenian Church. During the attacks of mercenaries of Jabhet al-Nusra and Daesh and Ghorabaa al-Sham, they were forced to displacement as well as destruction of the three churches and the burning of their belongings, and kidnapped a number of them, including the young Greeks Constantine and Marco Hakop.
In December 2012, mercenaries backed by Turkey attacked private property, stole the empty homes of Christians, stormed the Syriac Church, Armenian Church, desecrated Christian religious symbols, burned their possessions, and destroyed the contents of the Syriac school. As well as the arrest of dozens of Christians accused of dealing with the Syrian regime at the time.
Killing and execution of Yezidis because of religion, burning of their villages in Serê Kaniyê
The Yezidis are the oldest inhabitants of the city of Serê Kaniyê and its countryside for hundreds of years as a point of extension of their historical areas in Bakur Kurdistan on the other side of the border. They have 15 villages in the city's countryside.
On the 17th of August, mercenaries of Jabhet al-Nusra, and Daesh who entered from the crossing between Turkey and Tel Abyad, attacked the village of Asadiya, 6 km south of the city, inhabited by Yazidis and surrounded by heavily-armed cars in preparation for breaking into the city demanding the villagers to convert into Islam, rejecting it, the mercenaries opened fire at the village, and clashes broke out between the youths and the men in the village and the mercenaries. The majority of the villagers displaced, while they kidnapped the citizen Ali Biro after brutally tortured him and killed him. They burned the village almost completely.
After the attack, the mercenaries burned the village of Dardara and displaced the Yazidis, as well. They also burned Java village of Yazidi in the east of the city because it is the village of infidels according to their claim, while the other Yezidi villages, most of which are near the Turkish border, were completely emptied out of fear of terrorists who were taking The Turkish side to launch their attacks.
In the 2013 attacks, mercenaries executed Salah Ayu from the Zoroastrian neighborhood, shot dead at the junction of the village of Alok east of the city, after his capture with another citizen Hassan Khabur also lost his life from the Yazidi village of Lezke, west of Serê Kaniyê. Nidal Abbas from the village of Tal Banat lost his life while trying to flee the village.
In Tel Temir 35 Assyrian villages were burnt, in Tirbe Spiyê, Yazidis and Syriacs in their churches subject to Turkish army's fire
With the beginning of the attacks in al-Jazeera region at the end of 2012, the militants of the so-called Free Army controlled parts of the countryside of Hasakah, Serê Kaniyê and Tel Temir, and are closing the roads to kidnap citizens, and targeted the Christians several times in 2013 on the main road between Tel Temir, al-Raqqa and Aleppo and stopped buses where they threatened and humiliated the travelers cursed their religious symbols, and in February 23, 2015, Daesh mercenaries launched an attack on the Khabour area in the village of Tel Temir, which includes 35 Assyrian villages abducting about 220 Assyrian men, women and children and took them to the areas of Shaddadi and al-Raqqa. They destroyed their villages and burned their shrines and churches.
The road of Yezidi, Christian villages is fraught with danger
In Tirbe Spiyê, which is considered to be the most famous city for religious and ethnic diversity in the region, mostly Syriac and Yazidi, the Syriac and Yazidi villages on the border have been emptied mostly by repeated Turkish army's violations such as Mullah Abbas, Tal Khatunki, Zuraba, Rutan, Khotla, Tel Jihan Inhabited by a mixture of Muslim Kurds, Yazidis and Syriacs and there are several churches in it, they are today almost empty.
Tel Jihan alone has seen over 10 violations by the Turkish army over the past year. The last one was deliberately targeting civilians and the village church with bullets and a mortar shell in 6 November 2018. It destroyed the church, damaged a civilian's car and created a great panic in the village. The citizens of these villages fear working in their agricultural lands adjacent to the border because of the deliberate and indiscriminate targeting of Turkish army elements. A citizen lost his life in 2-11-2018, while crossing the road to the border village of Tel Jihan.
There are more than 20 Christian and Yazidi villages in Jarah area northern Tirbe Spiyê, which is adjacent to the border. The villagers usually are forced to go to their villages at night through the small roads linking the villages and not the main road along the border fearing the Turkish army's fire.