Legislators Called to Stop Jihadists
Afrin, part of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, is being attacked by jihadists & the Turkish state, with the aim of genocide. The Federation is an oasis of secular democracy and pluralism in a region plagued by brutal dictatorships, religious and ethnic persecution, and jihadist militias and their sponsor states. The Federation has ensured equal rights and representation for all ethnic and religious groups within. Until Turkey and its jihadist mercenaries launched their invasion of Afrin, it was an oasis of stability in war-torn Syria, doubling its population in refugees.
The Federation is among few reliable allies of the US in the region. The Federation’s coalition of democratic forces, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has liberated northern Syria from ISIS. The SDF fight for democracy and it’s in line with North American interests and core values to continue to support our allies.
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is the current “president” of Turkey. Since he seized the Turkish state, he has imposed genocidal attacks and extreme repression against Turkey’s Kurdish population, in the occupied Kurdish region, known as Bakurê Kurdistanê, which constitutes about 20% of Turkey’s population. Since Erdoğan seized the presidency, he has used a questionable coup to arrest political opposition, more than 110,000 people, and to advance a referendum for sweeping dictatorial powers, and to target anyone who opposes his tyrannical rule as “terrorists.” This wolf is the boy who cried “terrorist,” while supporting actual terrorists.
Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, Turkey has cooperated closely with the Salafi jihadist Ahrar al-Sham, whose leaders were al-Qaeda members in Afghanistan. Turkey lent support to jihadists from al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate, Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (formerly the al-Nusra Front). Until recently, Erdoğan’s state allowed foreign fighters through its borders to join ISIS in Syria, who were often found with Turkish passports and clear material support from Turkey.
Now, Erdoğan is using the same jihadist groups to wage a war on Afrin, which could end the same as the massacre as we saw in Şingal, when Salafi jihadists of DAESH murdered, enslaved, and raped the Yazidi people. Erdoğan’s operation has already committed numerous war crimes, human rights violations, and has predominantly killed civilians in indiscriminate attacks.
Indifference Enables Genocide, Take Action Now!
The North American Kurdish Alliance asks legislators in the US Senate and House of Representatives if they support the following measures:
- Immediate condemnation of the Turkish and jihadist invasion of Afrin
- Demand for the immediate withdrawal and cessation of hostilities against Afrin and the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, with economic sanctions imposed until the Turkish state complies.
- Immediate cessation of arms sales to Turkey.
- Immediate implementation of a no-fly zone over northern Syria and Afrin in particular.
- Arm the YPG/YPG in Afrin with MANPADS to defend against Turkish bombings of civilians.
There is a Kurdish saying that the Kurds have “no friends but the mountains.” Let’s be the friends beyond the mountains, as there couldn’t be a more clear friend for secular, democratic values against tyranny.
NAKA is currently contacting all legislators in the US House and Senate. We are asking if they support the measures outlined in this release. We will be writing an article informing our members and a press release informing the public on the position of Congress.
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