The Turkish invasion and aggression against Afrin was one of the most horrific crimes of war in the history of humanity, especially it involved more than 30 salafist, racist and nationalist organizations in its battle. Most of them were classified on the lists of international terrorism.
The Turkish state, with its support for listed internationally terrorist organizations, has been able to distort the social and cultural heritage of the Syrian people in most areas and is still working to drag other areas to this change. In this dossier, we will focus on the coastal area of Kasab and Idlib governate align to the Turkish border and the most important war crimes Turkey and the mercenaries it supports committed against the prominent religious communities there.
The resistance of Kobanî was a key point in the war against IS. The attack of IS which controlled every region failed to occupy Kobanî. This opened the way for the Global Coalition to cooperate with the People's and Women's Protection Units (YPG and YPJ) and later the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to eliminate this global threat, but despite IS' defeat, Turkey-supported groups in Syria adopt the same mentality which the whole world must be cautious about.
The bad reputation of IS mercenaries who used to slaughter their opponents and blast the booby-trapped vehicles spread speedily. This has prompted many regional and international forces to plant their cells within it and they provided them with support to achieve their objectives in the region, especially the Turkish state which sent IS to the Kurdish areas of Syria and Iraq committing massacres.
When Abo Baker al-Bagdadi undertook ISIS command, he was not known to anyone, but taking advantage of the region’s circumstances that the area witnessed, particularly revolutions and the regional support: Turkey and Qatar to get the money and arms required to expand its control, thus it moved from Iraq to Syria, too.
Manbij Military Council (MMC) increased its ranks' organization after the entry of thousands of young men and women to its ranks, which began since the announcement of the liberation campaign of Manbij, and thus the council managed to form an integrated military structure that promotes to the level of the organized forces internationally, and it undertook the responsibility of continuing to defend the region basing on the right of legitimate defense.
Turkey, by it threats to the city of Manbij, violated what was agreed upon in the Turkish Incirlik base, in violation of the international consensus on the future of the city and its administration by its people. Manbij Military Council (MMC) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) committed to all the agreements and conventions between them, the Global Coalition and Turkey.
143 thousand displaced people in the city of Manbij fear a new displacement in the case of the Turkish occupation military operation on Manbij which became a safe area for them, and the displaced noted that the goal of the Turkish occupation is to undermine the stability of the region, displace the people to settle the families of mercenaries instead, and change the demographic of the region, hoping that the international powers will intervene to limit the violations of Turkey and its mercenarie
The people of Afrin and the fighters of the People and Women Protection Units (YPG, YPJ) presented the most expensive sacrifices together, and they have faced the unification of the world powers for the first time in the Syrian crisis. They did not accept the humiliation and the occupation of the Turkish aggression of their lands to form another way of resistance and draw a map for Afrin liberation by organization and steadfastness in every spot in al-Shahba canton.
The Turkish occupation has killed hundreds of civilians, abducted at least 3,000 civilians, including 850 whose fate is still anonymous, looted olive and vineyard crops, kidnapped and assaulted women, seized property, abandoned their inhabitants and thousands of mercenaries and their families have been resettled and changed the area demographically, as well as pressured on the refugees to enter their settlements in Afrin and other North Syria’s areas.
Throughout history, the Kurdish people have been characterized by resistance impression. They have always preferred martyrdom to surrender to the occupiers. In Afrin, history repeated itself within 58 days of resistance of the peoples of the region and their cohesion to stand up against the occupiers so that struggle was called "The Resistance of the Age."
The crimes of the Ottomans against the peoples of the region are countless and classified as one of the most heinous crimes against humanity. During their rule of the region, robbery, looting and murder were a priority of what they were doing, and in the Levant they also committed atrocities against the population, the most prominent of which was the pole which they brought to each neighborhood and lane.
The Turks follow all their periods in which they invaded the countries of the area a brutal and harsh policy towards the peoples and worked to divide them. Their history was filled with massacres against the minorities of the region at any time and place as they were trying in various ways to exterminate these components and eradicate them as happened in Iraq.
Some may believe that the Holy Land remained safe from the practices of the Ottomans, but the inhabitants of Madina were forcibly displaced to Syria, Turkey and the Balkans. The Sultanate changed the population structure in this city during the days of Seferberlik, and stole the valuables of the Holy Prophet's Chamber, including the brilliant planet jewel, the Prophet’s garment and a copy of Quran belonging to Othman Bin-Affan.
Under the umbrella of Syrian Democratic Forces(SDF), about 5,000 fighters have been able to participate in all liberation campaigns in northern Syria, and have made great sacrifices to free women from the oppression of IS mercenaries.
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to liberate 55,000 km2 and 3,000,000 civilians north and east of Syria.