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Old 03-27-2020, 04:54 PM
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March 25 Update

Jerusalem Post/Middle East
Turkish-occupied Syria cuts off water to 400,000 during pandemic

Turkish-backed far right militants cut off the water to 400,000 Syrians, including tens of thousands of children, during the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports in eastern Syria. It comes at the worst possible time for people in Syria, including Kurdish and Christian minorities, who are in lockdowns due to the pandemic and now have no water. The area is already threatened by the virus because the international community has cut off aid and does not provide testing for the virus.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces defeated ISIS a year ago in eastern Syria but now millions of people who live in the area lack access to basic needs. Turkey invaded part of eastern Syria in October 2019 after the US withdrew.
According to human rights reports Turkish-backed extremists attacked civilians, executed at least one female politician in an extrajudicial killing and caused up to 200,000 people to be displaced from their homes. The extremists also threatened minority Christian communities who were recovering from ISIS.

Turkish forces occupy parts of eastern Syria near Tel Abyad but Turkey does not provide its occupied areas with many basic needs. Instead local militias are accused of looting, kidnapping and extortion. Over the last six months that has included attempts to cut off water to other parts of Syria.

On March 21 residents reported that water had been cut off from the Allouk station, affecting 460,000 people. The UN and others have recorded the same incident. People in Hassakah, and neighboring villages, under SDF control, now have no water. Some water can be brought by trucks but at a time when the WHO recommends social distancing, this increasingly leads to threats of the spread of the virus.

Turkey has not provided support for areas it occupies during the crises, as coronavirus rapidly spreads in Turkey, leaving Syrian refugees and internally displaced people, wondering what comes next. The Turkish-backed factions near Tel Abyad now control water supplies to others in Syria that they have switched off.

Turkey, a NATO ally, has not responded to the water shortage and its role in backing groups responsible for it. The Syrian regime does not provide support for Syrians in eastern Syria and with border crossings to Iraq closed due to the pandemic it is unclear how the area will continue to function well amid the crises.

US forces are now stopping movement due to the pandemic and the US is withdrawing from some areas in Iraq as it repositions. ISIS is on the rise and Russia is allegedly pressuring to take control of oil wells in eastern Syria. Turkey has also pressured Russia to cut a deal for a partition of oil resources in eastern Syria as Turkey seeks to get the US to withdraw from more locations.

A year after groups in Eastern Syria, particularly the Kurdish fighters, helped defeat ISIS, they lack even water for their homes during a global pandemic.
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Is Turkey planning a new invasion of eastern Syria? – analysis - The Jerusalem Post
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Top official of Syria's Kurdish-led alliance survives new assassination attempt
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Re: Biden Admin. strategy(?) in the Middle East.

Feb.5, 2021
John Bolton: US should have done more for Kurds; Iran remains biggest threat in Middle East; difficult to return to 2015 nuclear deal

“I’ve thought for some time that Iraqi Kurdistan should be independent,” and “I supported the independence referendum,” Bolton stated. And because of Iran’s strong influence in Iraq now, “I think for the security of the Kurdish people, (Kurds) keeping separate from the government in Baghdad is the only prudent course.”

“I know that’s very difficult,” he continued,” but, alluding to the strong support in Congress for the Kurds, he suggested that now was “a time to put heavy emphasis on talking to the American Congress to get them to help persuade the Biden administration that it’s very much in America’s interest to keep the close ties we have with the Kurds.”
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ERBIL March 5, 2021 – On the 30th anniversary of Kurdish uprising against the former Ba’thist regime in Iraq, the Kurdistan Region’s prime minister stressed the importance of “peaceful coexistence, forgiveness, and humanitarianism,” according to a statement on Friday.

“We should always preserve and grow the high principles of uprising and coexistence, forgiveness, peace, and humanitarianism,” Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said on Friday, extending his “warmest congratulations” to the people of Kurdistan on the occasion.

On March 5, 1991, Kurdish people in the northern part of Iraq rose up against the Ba’thist regime, eventually ousting all its directorates and institutions from the Kurdish region.

The event is considered a pivotal moment in Kurdish history as it facilitated autonomy in northern Iraq, an objective that the Iraqi Kurds long fought for.

The uprising is considered one of the “the biggest achievements” of the Kurdish nation, which came into being as the result of the people’s unity and the rejection of tyranny and oppression, the premier said.

Supported by Peshmerga forces, the district of Raniya in Sulaimani Province was the first area to come under Kurdish control 10 days after the uprising began, which then sparked revolts in other areas until the cities and provinces in Kurdistan were freed.

Read More: The Kurdish Uprising, Part III: 25th Anniversary

A year after the revolt, the Kurdish people headed to the polls to cast their votes in the first democratic election which resulted in the formation of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG).

The newly established government ruled the majority-Kurdish areas in the northern part of the country autonomously. Following the 2003 Ba’th regime collapse, the Kurdistan Region was constitutionally recognized as a federal region of Iraq.

The uprising came following the August 1991 invasion of Kuwait by the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussien, whose forces were later expelled by an international and regional coalition.
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Turkey escalates airstrikes inside Syria and Iraq.

As Afghanistan crumbles, Turkey's airstrikes set up the next disaster
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Greece finishes fence at Turkey border amid warnings of Afghan migrant surge - BBC News
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9-14-21 Turkish backed militias are (still) committing war crimes in Syria.

UN report adds to claims that Turkish-backed militias are committing war crimes in Syria

UN: Multiple Turkish-backed groups in Syria committing sexual assault
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