AHMED MOHAMMED / NEWS DESK
With the start of the Syrian revolution in March 2011, many regional and international countries rushed to intervene and distort the course of the revolution in Syria with the aim of achieving long-term strategies in the region politically, militarily and economically under the names of Syria's friends and the sponsors of the Syrian revolution, in addition to holding external meetings to be the axis in the Syrian compass. The most countries that were caught up in the Syrian revolution and turned it into a crisis and a point for the international terrorism in order to expand its influence was Turkey and its allies in the area.
In order to facilitate its intervention in the Syrian affair which was turned from a revolution to a crisis, Turkey planned for trading in the refugees' card in order to change the demographics of the Syrian areas, in addition to obtaining some international economic facilities and using that card to intervene directly in the Syrian crisis. Turkey has opened its borders to the Syrian refugees since the start of the revolution due to the great extension of the Turkish geography with the Syrian borders in northeastern Syria which reaches 822 km (511 miles).
To benefit more from the displaced Syrians' card, Turkey has fueled the Syrian crisis by opening the border to the terrorist gangs to enter the Syrian territories, and supported other armed groups in order to implement its colonial and economic plans in the region, especially after the Turkish state's interests and objectives were marginalized due to the American, Iranian and Russian interference more in the crisis which formed a kind of influence on Turkey's role in Syria.
The best evidence of Turkey's attempt to legitimize its attacks on northeastern Syria is the leaks of audio recordings published on social media in March 27, 2017. The audio recording includes a talk held among four senior officials of the Turkish government at a secret meeting conducted in March 13, 2014 between the former Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, Undersecretary of the Foreign Ministry Sinirlioğlu, the Chief of Staff Yaşar Güler and Intelligence Service Chief Hakan Fidan, showing their insistence on invading the Syrian territories under fabricated pretexts by the Turkish Intelligence.
The Turkish officials assure in the recording, among them the Chief of the Turkish Service Intelligence Hakan Fidan saying, "If it would be necessary, I would send four men to Syria and then I would ask them to launch eight mortars on the Turkish side from the border. Thus, we create arguments and pretexts to intervene and invade areas in Syria." The record's validity was confirmed in accordance with the Supreme Court of the Turkish Criminal on 16 January 2019 which confirmed the validity of this audio recording.
It has not been secret that the Turkish state's hands are stained with the blood of the Syrian people through its mercenary gangs that spread throughout the Syrian geography, especially after the reconciliation and the recent economic and military deals held between the Russian and Turkish sides to evacuate some Syrian areas from these groups after holding meetings such as Sochi and Astana and the best example of those areas are Aleppo, Daraa, al-Ghouta, Hama, and others. We may witness the same scenario in Idlib which is currently controlled by the Turkish mercenaries, the so-called Jabhet al-Nusra.
The Turkish state used several policies to achieve its political and economic objectives in Syria, but was rejected in other areas that believed in the peace of the Syrian revolution and the adoption of the legitimate defense right, as is the case with the areas of north and east Syria protected by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that is politically represented by the Syrian Democratic Council (MSD) and its civil administration.
The solidarity and cohesion away from the Syrian crisis, and the non-dependence of the people of that region on the Turkish side did not go along with the interests of the Turkish state in Syria, and did not allow the Turkish state to move according to its interests in the region in a relaxed way. The people of those areas, through their military forces and civil administration, managed to repel all the military operations launched by Turkey on the region which was represented by the mercenaries of Jabhet al-Nusra, then IS mercenaries and currently dormant cells of the so-called Qeyam Movement and as called the National Army.
The Turkish military attempts on the people of north and east Syria to undermine their democratic project did not achieve the objectives that it worked for as a result of the organization and resistance of the people of the region. Therefore and since 2016, Turkey has adopted a new policy in an attempt to disperse the peoples in those areas and instigate some parties against others through the sectarian media war, assassinations of some Arab and Kurdish prominent figures and others representing the people and the components of the established civil administrations.
The assassinations' scenes and forms in the northeast of Syria were numerous and varied in addition to the involved sides with various names whose direct connection to the Turkish intelligence was recently clarified. They varied between targeting with individual weapons and explosive devices through the mercenaries of the so-called Qeyam Movement that was recently turned to Jokor Movement.
On October 15, 2017, Qeyam Movement's cells were formed of Turkish mercenaries through a statement published on social media. They announced the start of their movements against the liberated areas from IS mercenaries, and that they would target north and east Syria by their operations. The Movement has been turned to Jokor Movement (Jokor means the Hole); a name called by one of the most Turkish famous series which acts as a kind of propaganda for the Turkish Intelligence locally and internationally, or what is popularly known as Wadi al-Ziab (the Valley of the Wolves) or Alam Dar.
Not only the name of the Movement that was turned to Jokor Movement shows its direct link with the Turkish Intelligence, and even the confessions of some of its mercenaries detained by the fighters of the People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Euphrates region showed their close and direct link with the Turkish Intelligence, making clear the Turkish support provided to these cells in the region.
The objective of these cells according to detained elements is to target and assassinate national figures, whether Kurdish or Arab to undermine the security and stability provided by SDF and to spread chaos and strife among the components of the northeastern regions of Syria, as well as spreading rumors among the people against the security and military forces related to SDF.
Qeyam Movement, which has been active in various parts of northeastern Syria, has not stopped its terrorist operations against the people of the region and has not hesitated to reveal its identity in every operation within the region. It targeted Arab and Kurdish figures and leaders, including the commander of Manbij Military Council (MMC) Muhammad Abo Adel, al-Raqqa Reconstruction and Development Committee's official Ibrahim al-Hassen, the official of the Diplomatic Relations Committee in al-Raqqa Omer Alloush, the spokesman of the MMC Shervan Darwish, the co-chair of the Health Committee in Manbij Dr. Fateh al-Meshhed, the sheikh of al-Afdelah clan al-Sheikh Faisal al-Huwaidi, the general commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces Mazloum Abdi, the co-hair of the Legislative Council in Deir ez-Zor Merwan al-Fetih, the co-chair of al-Arisha town south of al-Hasakah canton Hamoud al-Sayer, the Mukhtar of al-Jarazi village south of al-Hasakah Ibrahim al-Musallet.
The first operations of Qeyam Movement mercenaries launched by targeting the general commander of MMC Mohammed Abo Adel on 2 November 2017 through an explosive device stuck to the car which was carrying him on the old road to Aleppo at night in the Syrian city of Manbij, Qeyam Movement mercenaries immediately adopted it through a written statement published on Social media. Mohammed Abo Adel survived, but suffered from several injuries in his body.
A few days later, Qeyam Movement mercenaries targeted the official of al-Raqqa Reconstruction Committee Ibrahim al-Hassen in January 12 by launching 8 bullets at al-Hassen directly at his home in al-Raqqa countryside, and that resulted in paralyzing some of the lower extremities of al-Hassen's body. Qeyam Movement also adopted it with several lines as a statement published on social media outlets.
A third assassination carried out after the appearance of Qeyam Movement (Jokor) mercenaries was of the officer of the General Relations of the al-Raqqa Civil Council, Omer Alloush, in March 16, 2018 by targeting Omer Alloush at his home in Girê Spî town with several shots of a pistol, and al-Alloush lost his life in the result of that operation. The incident's circumstances referred to the same side that targeted Ibrahim al-Hassen, the officer of the Reconstruction and Development Committee in al-Raqqa.
These gangs returned to carry out an operation in the Syrian city of Manbij. The operation targeted the official spokesman of MMC Shervan Darwish on 25 March at his home in Manbij city, north of Syria. Then, Qeyam Movement posted a video in which it made clear its responsibility for Darwish assassination. Darwish's family managed to take him to the hospitals as he survived the assassination.
In the same city, the Euphrates Shield mercenaries tried to target the co-chair of the Health Committee in Manbij Dr. Fateh al-Meshhed with an explosive device planted in his car on 26 September 2018 which led to losing his life after several medical attempts to save him.
In November 2, 2018, Qeyam Movement targeted one of al-Afadela clan's sheikhs, al-Sheikh Basheer Faisal al-Huwaidi within al-Raqqa city as al-Huwaidi lost his life. Qeyam Movement has not adopted it this time in an attempt by the mercenaries to instigate a strife among the clans of the Arab and Kurdish regions.
The mercenary gangs sought to reach greater military commands according to the Turkish Intelligence instructions. A group of the so-called Qeyam Movement (Jokor) attempted to target the commander-in-chief of SDF, Mazloum Abdi, with an explosive device on 5 October 2018 in Ain Issa town, north of al-Raqqa Syrian city which failed to assassinate al-Abdi, but one of his companions lost his life within that process.
The Syrian city of Deir ez-Zor and its administrations' officials were not far from the assassination operations that aimed at dismantling the cohesion among the components of northeastern Syria. This time, the mercenaries have targeted the co-chair of the Legislative Council of Deir ez-Zor Merwan al-Fetih on 29 December 2018 using a Kalashnikov while he was returning from work on the road between al-Hasakah and Deir ez-Zor.
There are many examples of assassinations targeting prominent Arab and Kurdish figures in northeastern Syria, the latest of which was not long ago, as the mercenaries targeted the co-chair of al-Arishah Council, south of al-Hasakah Ibrahim Hussein al-Musallet on 27 January 2019 who was found killed on the outskirts of the town with several shots in the head and chest.
The total assassinations were planned for at the Turkish Intelligence offices as confirmed by the mercenaries of Qeyam Movement (Jokor) who were arrested by the Anti-Terrorist Units in the ranks of the People's and Women's Protection Units in various areas, including Kobanî, Girê Spî and Ain Issa at different times last year according to a statement published by the People's Protection Units on their official website on 4 January 2018 as the number of detainees has reached 5 mercenaries so far.
In addition to the daily threats received by Arab and Kurdish figures in the region, as well as the threats that reach the people's representatives in the Democratic Autonomous Administrations of North and East Syria. According to the information received by ANHA form those who receive threats that most of them are trying to distance them from their role in managing the region, and the threats emanate from Turkey and its mercenaries.
Despite the evidence, the existence of dozens of proofs and live confessions on the involvement of Turkey in the assassination of the people of north Syria, the clear false pretexts launched by Turkey to intervene in Syria, the invasion of some areas, in addition to issuing hundreds of media reports that proved that Turkey's hands are stained with the blood of the Syrian people, the international community remains silent about these violations, and this encourages Turkey to continue the bloodshed in Syria.