Kurdistan Monitor report August 2021

The Kurdistan Monitor monthly report tracks all conflict, war and occupation related crimes committed by all present forces in Rojava (Syria), Bakur (Turkey), Rojhelat (Iran) and Bashur (Autonomous Region of Kurdistan;Northern Iraq).
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All data used in this report have been gathered by an anonymous network of local and independent activists:

Rojava:
Kurdistanmonitor in Rojava has counted:

  • Over 20 heavy shellings by the Turkish army and their occupation forces
  • 4 assassinations against high ranking SDF personnel by the Turkish army
  • 1 Russian bombardment on Kurdish soil against elements of the Turkish occupation forces

 

The shellings carried out by the Turkish army and their occupation miltias throughout the AANES and Afrin have significantly increased throughout the month of August 2021.

Kurdistan Monitor has tracked that at least 13 civilians, among them at least 5 children, have been killed by the shellings of the Turkish army and their occupation forces.

Data and local reports of these shellings show a concerning rise in shellings which are directly aimed at civilians in contrast to the previous nature of the shellings by the Turkish army and their occupation forces in which villages and regions were randomly shelled.

This rise in directly targeted attacks against civilians in the AANES can be verified by data collected by Kurdistan Monitor.

On August the 3rd 2021 at 22:30 MEZ the Turkish occupation forces launched 1 rocket propelled grenade (RPG) towards a civilians house near Ain Issa. The civilian has been killed on impact.

On August the 4th 2021 at approximately 02:30 MEZ the Turkish army and their occupation forces launched artillery shells at another civilian house in Ain Issa. 3 Children and their father has been killed on impact. The surviving mother and 1 surviving child have been critically wounded.

On the August the 17th  2021 at approximately 23:00 MEZ a small village near the town of Serekaniye/Ras al Ain has been targeted by the Turkish army and their occupation forces with artillery shells. 1 child has been killed on impact and dozens of civilians have been critically wounded.

All 3 named shellings underline the alarming rise in shellings directly aimed at civilians. These shellings share the disturbing characteristic of attacks which serve no strategic or tactical military aim but rather indiscriminate murder.

On August 26th 2021 as a result of these shellings the SDF has ordered more than 100 families from villages near the Tal Tamir frontline to be displaced.

 

The Turkish army and their intelligence apparatus have increased their aggressive stance against the SDF and chose a more direct way to confront the SDF. Throughout the month of August 2021 the Turkish army has attempted to assassinate several leaders of the SDF.

On August the 19th at approximately 18:30 MEZ a Turkish drones has carried out an airstrike against a communication center of the Tal Tamir Military council (part of the SDF) in the city of Tal Tamir. The Target of the attack was a prominent SDF leader of the Tal Tamir MC, who survived. 4 members of the Tal Tamir MC have been martyred.

On the same day a vehicle has been struck by the Turkish air force on the road between Hassakeh and Qamishlo. A high ranking member of the SDF has been killed.

On August the 21st 2021 at approximately 22:45 MEZ the Turkish air force has carried out another drone strike against a vehicle on the highway south of Kobane. The Turkish intelligence assumed that the vehicle belongs to another SDF leader. The targeted civilian in the car has survived the attack.

On August the 22nd 2021 at approximately 11:30 MEZ the Turkish air force and intelligence have resumed their assassination campaign and struck a vehicle south of Qamishlo city. Casualties have been reported but the identity of the individual is not known yet.

These assassination attempts are a direct breach of the deal between Russia/Assad regime and the SDF and also violate the agreement between the USA and the SDF. In both instances the SDF is reaching out to each partner in order to reimplement these agreements.

Furthermore the intelligence apparatus of the SDF is heavily reinforcing their presence in the northern regions of the AANES and has conducted a multipronged security operation across the Jaziraa region on August the 25th. As a result of this operation several members of the Turkish intelligence (MIT) have been arrested and several other collaborators have been arrested as well.

 

On August the 30th 2021 at approximately 12:00 MEZ the Russian air force has started to carry out a raid against a base of the Turkish led occupation forces in Afrin. This attack marks the first time that the Russian air force has carried out such an attack inside the Afrin region.

The reason for this attack is most likely unrelated to the SDF and the AANES and solely serves the purpose of demonstrating russias power to turkey due to their upcoming talks.

Bashur:
Kurdistan Monitor in Bashur has counted:

  • 7 Heavy air raids by the Turkish air force resulting in at least 10 dead civilians
  • 2 Attacks by Iranian led forces
  • Severe escalation of political infightings

 

 

The Turkish air force has resumed their month long operation against the PKK in the mountains of Kurdistan. This operation has been further expanded into urban areas of the KRG, marking an increase in aggression by the Turkish air force.

On the August 4th 2021 the Turkish air force has carried out an operation against the PKK with attack helicopters near Dohuk city. The helicopters have targeted mountainous sites as well as small villages along these mountains resulting in material damages to these villages.

On August 13th 2021 at approximately 12:00 MEZ the Turkish air force has carried out airstrikes against assumed PKK targets near Kani Masi region (Amedi). As a result of these air strikes, 1 civilian has been martyred.

The Turkish air force has in the middle of August switched their attention from the Qandil regions to the Shingal region and has started a very aggressive air raid campaign against Ezidi resistance fighters.

On August 16th 2021 at approximately 12:00 MEZ the Turkish air force has struck a busy marketplace in Shingal city. Several civilians have been killed  and wounded.

The air raids by the Turkish air force then resumed on August 17th 2021 when the Turkish airforce carried out an airstrike against a hospital in the town of Sikeniye (Shingal region) at approximately 14:00 MEZ. The number of dead and wounded civilians couldn’t have been verified by Kurdistan Monitor.

On August 22nd 2021 at approximately 11:00 MEZ the Turkish army has killed iraqi 2 tourists ,who were hiking in the mountains of Dohuk, for unknown reasons.

 

The Iranian led forces have attacked the sovereignty of the KRG in August 2021 in two occasions.

On August the 5th 2021 agents of the Iranian intelligence have carried out an abduction mission against a politician opposition figure of the PDKI in Hawler/Erbil city. The politicians identity has been later revealed to be Musa Babaxani. The Iranian agents have executed him after torturing him.

On August the 24th 2021 at approximately 16:30 MEZ the Iranian led Hashd al shaabi have launched 4 mortar shells towards the southern region of Hawler/Erbil governate. No damages have been reported.

On August the 1st at approximately 20:00 MEZ the coup attempt started by Bafel Talabani has further escalated, when Bafel Talabani has informed Lahur Talabani that he will be exiled from the Kurdistan Region. As a direct answer to this escalation, Lahur Talabani has challenged Bafel with he statement where he proclaims that he will not leave the KRG on August 2nd 2021.

This dispute between Bafel and Lahur Talabani has triggered a highly sensitive situation as Asayish forces led by Bafel Talabani have been deployed throughout Slemani city. The followers of Lahur Talabani have then mobilized armed civilians to guard Lahurs house in Slemani.

All throughout August 2021 these civilians have stood guard near Lahur Talabanis house resulting in a highly tense situation throughout the city.

Bakur
Kurdistan Monitor in Bakur has counted:

  • 1 fascist motivated massacre against Kurds in cooperation with the Turkish police
  • 2 fascist motivated manhunt for Kurds in cooperation with the Turkish police

 

On August 1st 2021 turkish mobs have been formed along the major highways across turkey. These mobs have armed themselves and stop random cars to look for kurds who then get attacked by these mobs. Several Kurdish families have been attacked and are injured.

These Mobs have been formed on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of August as well with the most aggressive mob forming on the 5th of August near Marmaris who tried to kill and destroy anyone and anything of Kurdish origin.

The Turkish police has refused several times to stop and arrest these mobs.

The Turkish mobs blame the kurds for the naturally occurring wildfires across turkey.

 

On August the 4th 2021 at approximately 17:45 MEZ an ultra-nationalistic turk known as Mehmet Altun has been arrested by Turkish security forces. Mehmet Altun has massacred a Kurdish family of seven people on July 30th 2021.

 

 

Rojhelat:

Kurdistan Monitor has no confirmed conflict related data from Rojhelat (eastern Kurdistan/Iran). For non conflict related information please visit https://hengaw.net/de


 





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