Stop the Turkish attack against Afrin! Stop the massacre of civilians!

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Stop the Turkish attack against Afrin! Stop the massacre of civilians!

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Stop the Turkish attack against Afrin! Stop the massacre of civilians!

In late January, Turkey started to invade Afrin in North-West Syria, as it wants to eradicate the self-governance of the Kurdish, Arab, Syriac-Assyrian and Turkmen peoples in The Federation of Northern Syria, and to destroy the Syrian Democratic Forces (which were responsible for defeating ISIS in North and East Syria, with help from the US and EU Member States).

Innocent civilians in Afrin have been killed.

But, the speaker of the Turkish Parliament has called this attack a ‘jihad,’ as well as the president of the Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet). The powerful Diyanet resides directly under the office of the Turkish Prime Minister. As these statements from such high-level representatives and officials have not been retracted or contradicted by the Turkish Government, it is clear that Turkey, itself, considers this a jihad. Moreover, there is now clear evidence that Turkey cooperates with Al Qaida and other jihadist forces.

It is, therefore, no surprise that Christians and Yazidi’s in Afrin are crying out for Europe and the US to stop the Turkish invasion in Afrin. They fear these jihadists and the violence from the Turkish forces. They are rightly fearing the loss of their freedom of religion, as well. It is obvious what jihad means for them.

The Turkish airforce has been bombing civilians relentlessly. More and more reports by western journalists in the region are confirming this (Please see the links to news sources, below). Turkey is bombarding civilian targets deliberately, and places far from the frontline are hit by airstrikes. Children and whole families are killed by the Turkish airforce.

Turkey failed so far to provide any evidence for its rhetoric that Afrin threatens Turkey and, therefore, this attack is groundless. Apparently, Turkey cannot accept that the same people, who are treated as second-class citizens in Turkey (such as Kurds and Syriac-Assyrians), have gained full rights and freedoms in Syria. Turkey is determined to impose its oppression in neighboring countries and export its own problems abroad by any means possible. Now Turkey wants to invade all of northern Syria and up to Iraq, and create the same destruction in all these areas that have just been liberated from ISIS.

The EU, EU Member States and NATO Member States need to undertake any effort possible - starting with diplomacy, first - to stop this Turkish jihad against Afrin which has now become a massacre of innocent people. We also call on the Churches of Europe to listen to the Christians in Afrin, and speak out against this violence and demand the EU and EU Member States do what is possible to stop this violence - again, concentrating their efforts on diplomacy, first.

At Sallux, we have seen upfront how the situation in northern Syria has been changed dramatically for the better. Many others have the same experience. Fundamental freedoms and equality for men and women has been implemented. All that has been gained by the International Coalition will be lost if this violence is not stopped.

The people of Europe are angry that their governments do not speak out. Many politicians are starting to pressure their governments but they need your help to make it clear that you want your government and the EU, as well as NATO, to demand an immediate end of this invasion and to achieve that by all reasonable means possible - concentrating their efforts on diplomacy.

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Stop the Turkish attack against Afrin! Stop the massacre of civilians!

For the Kind Attention of:

  • High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy - Ms Federica Mogherini
  • NATO Secretary General - Mr Jens Stoltenberg
  • Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the EU and NATO Member States

You will be aware of the unprovoked violence that Turkey is committing against the people of Afrin as it aims to eradicate the Syrian Democratic Forces from this area.

Since 20 January Turkey is carrying out bombardments against the civilian population of this region in Syria. The attack is threatening the many IDP’s (refugees) that have found shelter in this region in the last few years.

High officials such as the speaker of the Turkish Parliament and the president of the Diyanet (residing directly under the Turkish PM Office) have called this attack a jihad without retraction or having been contradicted by the Turkish Government. A growing number of reports indicate that Turkey is using extremist forces in this attack.

Unsurprisingly the Christian and Yazidi minorities of Afrin are afraid for their life and existence of their communities. It is well-known how they have suffered under the violence in Syria and Iraq. In Afrin and all cantons of The Federation of Northern Syria, they found safety and fundamental freedoms for their congregations and communities. It is an established fact that the situation of these communities has been much safer in areas defended by the the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Furthermore, EU and NATO Member States are actively cooperating with the SDF in the struggle against ISIS, suggesting that they now trust this local force to secure the fundamental freedoms of people living in Afrin.

In addition the Turkish aggression risks to rip apart any possibility of an end to the Syrian war. It is of the utmost importance for the integrity and security of Europe that this war ends.

The EU and NATO as well as their Members can put serious pressure at Turkey. A small international peace force for example would stop the violence. Obviously there are more possible roads - concentrating on diplomacy, first - to end this senseless aggression against Afrin, as Turkey cannot ignore the united will of the EU and NATO member states.

The people of Europe expect serious and substantive action resulting in an end of this invasion in Afrin.

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