19 May 2018 - 5 Sivan 5778 - 4 Ramadan 1439
Special Edition - Ramadan Mubarak
This Week in the Middle East is a bi-weekly column edited by Revan Filiaexdeus regularly published on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We draw our information from a wide network of citizen reporters who are often the very ones fighting these conflicts. Our reporting aims to be as objective and fact-based as possible. The opinions expressed herein belong solely to the author.
A note on terminology: We refuse to use any such terms as "Islamic State", "the Caliphate", "ISIS", or "ISIL" when referring to the terror group. Instead, we use the derogatory term Daesh, an abbreviation from the transliterated Arabic. Additionally, we recognize all UN-recognized nationstates, a few micronations, and definitely Kurdistan.
This information was faithfully translated from the original Kurdish.
Kurdistan continues to bravely resist the Turkish occupation of Afrin. In the past 82 days, there have been many attacks against the people and many violations of human rights. The YPG and YPJ continue to struggle against Turkish aggression on behalf of all of the people of Afrin.
Twelve heroes with the YPG/J have been martyred in Afrin. These comrades fought in occupied Afrin's Western regions in the hardest and most difficult conditions of the war.
The struggle for Afrin's freedom from Turkey and ongoing resistance for Afrin's self-determination continues today. These twelve comrades are part of the legacy of that great struggle.
They, of their own free will, chose to take on great responsibilities in the areas where they were commanded and fought in the field, wherever they were mobilized. Rojhat Gewda was in the Afrin area when he became the leader of the co-ordination of his own commanders from the first day of the Afrin resistance in some of the thickest fighting. This became a great symbol of the Revolution. Rojhat's friends, who has been fighting for all the areas of the West and North Syria, took part in a number of active operations against Daesh. Rojhat's was martyred on 4th March in the city of Raqqa, when he was captured as a commander in the battlefield.
As a result of these 12 comrades in our lives, the People's Protection Units (YPG) and the Women's Protection Units (YPJ) have remembered all these fascinating epic resistance fighters with the utmost respect for their bravery and courage.
We promise ourselves to stay connected with their memories, to survive their heritage and continue to end this resistance.
Codename: Asin Kardox Goyî
Real Name: Rehan Urr
Name of Mother: Sharkiye
Name of Father: Adil
History and Date of Martyrdom:' Afrin / 15 March 2018
Codename: Asrin Cudi
Real name: Leyla Cavlak
Parens: Zeynep and Omer
History and Date of Martyrdom: Afrin / Cindirês / Village of Missouri / 7 March 2018
Codename : Avesta Cow
Real Name: Halimi Acu
Mother's Name: Gul
History and Date of Martyrdom:' Afrin / Bilbil / Villages Village / 12 March 2018
Codename: Axin Viyan Antimamam
Real Name: Esra Güngormus
Parents: Tough and Abdulrezaq
History and Date of Martyrdom:' Afrin / Mabeta / 15 March 2018
Codename: Brusk Tolhildan
Real Name : Yükssel Er
Parents: Music and Ramazan
History and Date of Martyrdom: Afrin / Raco / Villages Village / 1 March 2018
Codename: Ciwan Al-Qamishli
Real Name: Mihemed El Abbas
Parents: Hewa and Ebdilrehman
History and Date of Martyrdom:' Afrin / Bilbil / Kota Village / 10 March 2018
Codename: Destination Ciwana
Real Name: Sevgie Deniz
Name of Father: Turan
History and Date of Martyrdom: Afrin / Raqqa / 26 February 2018
Codename: Ali Çiçek
Real Name: Mûsa Koştî
Parents: Gulseren and Abraham
History and Date of Martyrdom:' Afrin / Shayrawa / Age of Village / 20 March 2018
Codename: Region Focus
Real Name: Nac Abo
Name of Mother: Hayat and Seid
History and Date of Martyrdom: Afrin / Cindirês / Leader of the Caste / 10 March 2018
Codename: Kawa Farnishin
Real Name: World Ertus
Name of Mother: Sarya and Selahaddin
Name of Father: Selahaddin
History and Date of Martyrdom:' Afrin / Şera / 4 March 2018
Codename: Rojhat Gewda
Real Name: Fahrettin Koç
Parents: Antika and Cumali
History and Date of Martyrdom: Afrin / Raqqa / Kurundo Village / 4 March 2018
Codename: Job Gabar
Real Name: Azad Ergin
Parents: Pak and Khaled
History and Date of Martyrdom:' Afrin / Mabeta / Badin Village / 1 March 2018
Originally released in Kurdish by the YPG Information Center, 11 April 2018
Revan Filiaexdeus is a freelance journalist and social activist who has been following the Syrian Civil War since it's origins in the Arab Spring of 2010. He is passionately dedicated to an objective covering of these events and works with organizations such as syriancivilwarmap.com and southfront.org