YBŞ: Shengal will not become like Afrin

The Turkish drone attacks on Shengal did not reach their goal. The Yezidi resistance units YBŞ announce to call all collaborators of the Turkish state to account.

The command of the Shengal Resistance Units (YBŞ) has released a statement on the Turkish drone attacks on August 23 and 25 on the Yazidi settlement area Shengal in Southern Kurdistan:

"While the commemoration for the dead of the ISIS massacre on August 3, 2014 in Tilezer, Siba and Kocho is still going on, the fascist Turkish state has carried out two drone attacks. Neither the attack of August 23 nor yesterday's attack has produced results.

The attacks show that the Turkish state has started a new concept in Shengal. This is to continue the massacre of August 3, 2014. Today's attacks are carried out by those who wanted to cause a massacre through the ISIS in 2014. The attacks are planned by the Turkish secret service MIT and regional collaborators. We know that they were carried out on the basis of information provided by collaborators.

The attacks of the last days were directed against our forces as well as against the population. The desired goal was not achieved. Only fires broke out at the bombed places. As YBŞ we continue to fight for the freedom of our people. Until our struggle is crowned with victory, we continue our way with great determination.

Nechirvan Barzani, the head of the government of Southern Kurdistan, has recently made statements in which he calls Shengal an unofficial territory and illegal. The YBŞ and YJŞ are official forces according to the Iraqi legislation. So, if there is an illegal situation, it is the statements of Nechirvan Barzani and his help in that the fascist Turkish state and institutions of MIT are present on Iraqi territory. In many regions of Iraq and especially in the main Turkish base Bashika there are occupiers stationed. Thus the Iraqi territory is occupied. The intelligence facilities of the MIT are illegal. It is Nechirvan Barzani himself who brings these forces to Iraq and Southern Kurdistan, lets them occupy the region and does not act officially.

The Turkish military, MIT and Roj gangs have no official status in Iraq. Recently, an HPG commander and two Iraqi commanders were killed in a Turkish air attack. In Southern Kurdistan, dozens of people have died in Turkish attacks. Dozens of villages have been depopulated. The population is wantd to be driven from their land. Nechirvan Barzani and the collaborators of the Turkish state have their fingers in all these incidents.

The remarks of Nechirvan Barzani legitimize the Turkish attacks on Southern Kurdistan and Iraq. The presence of the Turkish state in Southern Kurdistan increases unemployment and suffering. It is a dirty policy of the Turkish state. The population of Southern Kurdistan should see who Nechirvan Barzani's declarations serve. The people and especially the youth should be on the side of the forces that fight for the people and the country.

We call on our people to stop taking the side of the collaborators. The defense forces in Iraq are acting like the Turkish MIT. People should be aware that MIT is a historical enemy of our people. It has committed numerous massacres against our people throughout history. Those who stand on the side of MIT and the collaborators should give up treason. There is nothing to gain with MIT and the collaborators. We call upon the families whose children are acting together with the traitors to stand up for their children. Otherwise we cannot take responsibility for them. In accordance with the calls of tribal elders, religious leaders and our families to return home, we call on everyone to participate in the liberation struggle. We call for the support of the units of YBŞ and YJŞ consisting of Yazidi women and men. The attacks on YBŞ must be understood as an attack on Yazidism.

Since the occupying forces know that their attacks do not produce results, they are trying to destroy the peace and security in Shengal. The demographic structure of Shengal is to be changed. What happened yesterday in Afrin is to wanted to be realized in Shengal today. This is the goal of MIT and the forces working with it.

Those who collaborate with these forces must be aware of these goals. Shengal will not become like Afrin. Those who act in concert with the collaborators and the Turkish state betray their faith, their soil, their culture and their freedoms. The fascist Turkish state has committed dozens of massacres on our people. It wants to destroy our people and our faith. Nobody should forget this. Who forgets his past, loses his future and his faith. We call on the collaborators once more to stop their actions. We will call to account all those who collaborate with the attackers on our people and our forces".