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French jihadi Thomas Barnouin: “I was trying to go to Turkey” 

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One of ISIS’ most sought jihadis in connection to the recruitment networks in European countries, IS propaganda and suicide attacks led to many civilian deaths, Thomas Barnouin was captured in a special operation carried out by YPG Anti-Terror Units recently.

It is known that Barnouin took part in planning and implementation stages of some terrorist attacks targeting civilians. It is believed that he is one of masterminds of 2012 Touluse attack, which killed seven people, and the 2015 Paris attack which caused 130 people to lose their lives.

YPG’s Anti-Terror Units General Command stated that they have arrested the terrorists as they were trying to cross the border into Turkey, in a village near the Rojava-Turkey border. The smuggler that guided them and 5 other terrorists all of whom are French have also been arrested. General Command revealed the ID information of the terrorists;

Thomas Barnouin (Abu Mohamed al-Fransi), 36

Kevin Gonot (Abu Sufyan al-Fransi), 32

Muhamed Megherbi (Abu Maymuna al-Fransi), 36

Romain Garner (Abu Salama al-Fransi), 31

Thomas Collange (Abu Hussain al-Fransi), 30

Najib Megherbi (Abu Sulaiman al-Jazaeeri), 35

Barnouin tells that he first came to Syria in 2005 but was taken into custody and handed over to France. Barnouin once again came to Syria to join ISIS, saying the trip through Turkey was very easy: “Those who arranged my trip to Syria had provided me with some relations in Turkey. I did not believe I could pass through Turkey so easily. I was arrested on terrorism charges in France, so I thought in Turkey that I would be arrested and sent back to France. But the trip was so easy that I was surprised. I first came to Istanbul and then to Antakya (also known as Hatay, a southern city of Turkey which is located on the border.) The smuggler took me to Latakia. It was so easy. In 2014 we were ordered to retreat from Latakia to Raqqa. We did this through Turkey then, without any problems. Barnouin, according to the information he gives, was in charge of propaganda and media affairs in Raqqa and administrated Shari’a schools. He went to Mayadeen when YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces initiated the Great Battle to retake Raqqa. Barnouin says he was arrested by ISIS in Mayadeen and spent 105 days in jail: “When IS arrests someone, it does it without asking a single question. They don’t tell you what you are accused of. Then I understood that IS has nothing to do with Islam. IS had been established by old BAATHists and some intelligence services. They only fight for oil and money. Now the remaining fighters are realizing the fact and are seeking the ways to go out of it. There are very few people who think that ISIS is an Islamic organization. When I saw that I wanted to defect from them but I was arrested at the Turkish border.

Barnouin tells that so many fighters went to European countries to carry out suicide attacks so far, passing through Turkey: “Crossing the Turkish border is very easy when compared to others. So many people went to Europe. So far, many IS members have gone to Europe through Turkey. I have not heard about anyone crossed the Saudi or Jordanian border so far, but many people done that at the Turkish border. 90 percent of foreign militants of ISIS came to Syria via Turkey, now they want to flee through the same direction. …We thought that if we surrender to YPG we could be tortured and even be killed. We would surrender if we knew that YPG would treat us like this.”

Thomas Barnouin and those who were arrested along with him are blacklisted in so many countries in connection to the recruitment networks in European countries.

Anti-Terror Units General Command stated that the operations are going on successfully. In last two weeks over 20 ISIS terrorists, most of whom are from Tunisia, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Albania, Germany, Sweden, France, England and some other European countries have been arrested as attempting cross the Turkish border.

 

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Turkish state commits a crime against humanity in Afrin 

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The invading Turkish army continues committing a crime against humanity in its airstrikes targeting Afrin Canton of Northern Syria.

Since Turkey’s invasion attacks against Afrin began, 19 civilians were massacred and 23 others were wounded.

Turkish aerial attacks on Ardema Shorka, Meydana Ekbe and Kurdo villages of Afrin’s Rajo district have once again targeted civilians within the past 24 hours.

We publish images from the crime against humanity Turkey has committed in Afrin’s Rajo district.

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SDF: Turkish army has made no advance for three days 

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The General Command of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) issued a statement about the attacks of the Turkish invasion attacks on Afrin and the general areas of Rojava and Northern Syria. The statement of the Syrian Democratic Forces General Command is as follows:

“Attacks of the Turkish state and its gangs on Afrin are continuing ceaselessly. Although this invasion has failed to achieve any progress on the ground till now the Turkish state media claims that its invading army has advanced by 8 km. On the contrary, violent clashes are taking place between SDF fighters and the invading Turkish army with its mercenaries along the border line.

In the early hours on Monday morning (January 22), our forces carried out simultaneous actions against two positions where the Turkish army’s gangs were situated. At least 6 gang members were killed in one of the positions, in addition to other casualties in other actions, the exact number of which couldn’t be clarified by our side.

In the morning of the same day, Turkish warplanes accompanied by scout planes carried out a large-scale attack alongside tanks. Fierce clashes erupted and continue between our forces and the gangs that want to invade Afrin with the support of aerial bombardments.

Repelled in northern Afrin, the gangs attempted an attack on Azaz line and intense clashes erupted in and around Dikmedas, Ayn Daqne and Minix villages upon the retaliation of our forces. Intense fighting continues.

In Afrin’s Bilbile district that was hit by airstrikes, Turkish army affiliated gangs attempted to capture Hill Bilbile and fighting erupted after the harsh response of our fighters. Violent clashes are ongoing.

In Rajo district, civilians were targeted once again.

Separately, attempts of the Turkish army affiliated gangs to capture Shiye district’s Xelile village and Hill Izahe were foiled. Fierce clashes are ongoing in this region as well.

During the clashes, three tanks of the Turkish army were damaged and 40 members of the Turkish army and allied gangs were killed.

The invading Turkish state, which could make no advance despite intense airstrikes, is spreading fabricated news of propaganda. Severe clashes are taking place in the villages the Turkish state claims to have captured. Along the border line, SDF, YPG/YPJ fighters, Asayish, Self Defense, Civil Defense forces and our people are mounting historic resistance shoulder to shoulder.

The invading Turkish army launched attacks against civilian settlements and positions of our forces in Serêkaniyê with snipers, tanks and missiles on January 22. Our forces retaliated the attack in kind. As a result of this attack, three fighters of ours were martyred and one other got wounded. In the same attack, three civilians suffered injuries.”

We emphasise once again that we, Syrian Democratic Forces, will not remain silent on the aggression of the Turkish state whatever the cost may be.

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“We will give Turkish state gangs an unforgettable lesson” 

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Jaysh al-Thuwar Press Spokesperson Dilşer Idlib made a statement about the Turkish state’s invasion attacks against Afrin and Rojava.

Idlib stressed that they will keep the promise they made to the resisting people of Afrin and Syria, saying; “The allegations of Turkish invading gangs that claim to be Syrian people and label us and our Kurdish brothers and sisters separatist, are lie and far from reality. Our attitude on the Syrian revolution has not changed.”

Idlib said they have been the first force to answer the call of people, and continued; “Look at our wounded and aggrieved people and see what has happened. While we have liberated Aleppo and Shehba with the blood of martyrs, they went under the command of Erdogan that led ISIS and Al-Qaeda into Syria to derail the sacred revolution.”

Idlib pointed out that the groups that attacked their honor in Hama and Homs did nothing but attacked the people of Afrin, saying; “All these show their lack of conscience. They sold out their people and land, became the mob of Turkish invasion and they are working only for Turkey.”

Jaysh al-Thuwar Press Spokesperson Dilşer İdlib underlined that; “We will give an unforgettable lesson to the Turkish state gangs that sold their honor and land.”

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