Wednesday, June 1, 2016

The forgotten child soldiers recruited by Kurdish militants in Turkey and Syria

Not forgotten here. Not forgotten by myself or my readers.
Conveniently forgotten by all the Kurdish militant cheerleaders in the western media.
Main stream and the so called alternatives. Yup, certainly a curious commonality ISIS and Kurdish militants share. Recruiting children and brainwashing them.  Kidnapping them from their families. How many news articles are posted here about that horrid abuse? I've lost count.
And still I read the same sick mind viruses over and over- Secular Kurds. Best fighters on the ground. Promoters of equality. Downtrodden and always done wrong by.  Simplistic, repetitive memes.

Soooo many similarities between the two entities, is there really any wonder why I’ve long used the label KurdIShIS?

Middle East Eye

The international community is turning a blind eye to continued reports of the PKK and YPG recruiting child soldiers
What also appears to be continuing is the PKK's use of child soldiers. Last Wednesday, 25 PKK militants surrendered to the Turkish army in Nusaybin. A day later, another 42 PKK militants surrendered. Some of the PKK militants that surrendered in Nusaybin were reportedly minors. 
In Syria, the PKK’s Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its military wing, the People's Protection Units (YPG), are also reported to be continuing to recruit child soldiers. Of course, this information cannot be easily found in international media, which often ignores negative stories on Kurdish militants and their abuse of children's rights.
In April, a Member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, condemned the use of child soldiers, saying: "War is no excuse for the Kurdish PYD to use child soldiers in the battlefield". He added: "The EU is a values-based community and must not turn a blind eye on this, as much as I have made clear we must condemn all violations regardless of their source."
Smith, who sits on the European Parliament’s foreign affairs committee, also urged documenting human rights abuses "including arbitrary detention, ethnic cleansing and the unacceptable use of child soldiers by Kurdish forces".
But you hardly hear many Western officials expressing outrage at such acts, when carried out by the PKK or YPG, even though they may constitute war crimes.

A history of violence

In the past, the PKK even recruited children as young as 8-12 years. In 2010, a Danish national daily newspaper, Berlingske Tidende, published a story about the PKK’s child soldiers. According to that report, there were around 3,000 young militants in the PKK’s training camps. The youngest child at the PKK training camps was eight or nine years old.
The children were taught the life story of the jailed PKK leader, Abdullah Ocalan, and how to use weapons and explosives. After that story was published, the PKK encountered strong reactions from human rights organizations around the world. The same year, UNICEF released a statement voicing its "profound concern" about the PKK’s recruitment of child soldiers. 
In October 2013, the PKK, represented by Delal Amed, a commander of PKK military wing the People's Defence Force (HPG), signed the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict. This document was drawn up by an NGO called Geneva Call that is is dedicated to promoting respect by armed non-state actors for international humanitarian norms in armed conflict. Despite this commitment, the PKK continues to reportedly recruit minors. 
In July 2015, a Human Rights Watch report, entitled "Syria: Kurdish Forces Violating Child Soldier Ban", provided a list of 59 children, ten of them under the age of 15, recruited for YPG forces since July 2014.

The trend continues

Last week, news emerged of the death of a notorious recruiter of child soldier, Latife Kaya, codenamed "Cahide", at the hands of the Miranda tribe in Derik, Qamishli in Syria. Kaya had reportedly kidnaped a 17-year-old girl who belongs to one of the powerful families there, in a bid to recruit her for the PYD.  

Kurdish Child Recruiter/Abductor

Kaya was wanted by the Turkish police for kidnapping and recruiting children to be child soldiers for more than 10 years. She is accused of recruiting child soldiers for both the PKK and later the PYD in Syria's Qamishli and Afrin. She and her collaborators have reportedly recruited more than 500 minor girls to join the PKK. Kurdish families who refuse to hand over their children to the militants still risk having these children being taken forcibly, and then their losing communication with them. Through conditioning, the PKK ensure these vulnerable childrens' loyalty lies first and foremost with the group's cause, and not their families. 
In the areas controlled by the PYD in Syria, there have been some major feuds between strong families of the region and militants over the kidnapping of minor girls.
In May 2014, mothers from across Turkey whose children had been recruited by the PKK held a sit-in protest in front of the Diyarbakır Metropolitan Municipality building and called on the PKK to release their children. Their children were mostly 14-15 years old at that time. Some families claimed that their sons and daughters were kidnapped by the PKK against their will.
I covered the child kidnapping in Syria about a week ago in the post "conversation with Ally"
with a link to this source

HDP indifference

The Diyarbakır Municipality, administered by the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), used water cannon to disperse the mothers. HDP Co-Chair Selahattin Demirtas even claimed that these mothers were hired by the Turkish National Intelligence Organization. Despite the resistance coming from the PKK and the HDP, the families continued their protest, and some families’ children were released by the PKK.
A search of the PKK’s official gazette, Serxwebun, reveals many stories about child soldiers that have died in battle. The paper used to give the birth dates of these children but discontinued the practice because they want to hide the ages of these children to prevent reaction from human rights organizations. Also, if they use the birth dates of these children, it will reveal the fact that the PKK breaches the Geneva Deed of Commitment. But the photos published in both Serxwebun and show that these children look no older than 14-15 years.
As Turkish commentator Mehmet Solmaz wrote in Middle East Eye: ''Unlike [with Islamic State militants], where the world rightly condemns its recruitment of child soldiers, the international community seems to be less concerned when Kurdish children are tasked to fight for the PKK or for its other linked groups."
"They think they are doing the Kurdish cause a favour by burying news of the abuse that Kurdish children are undergoing at the hands of PKK militant leaders,'' he added.
The PKK provides two options to Kurdish children: either go to the mountains and die or be killed in there, or surrender to the Turkish state and be imprisoned for many years. The US government sees the PYD as a "reliable partner" in the region. EU countries such as Belgium allows pro-PKK public demonstrations, and Germany and France allow PKK affiliates to open offices in their capitals, yet both the PKK and the PYD commit war crimes by recruiting child soldiers. The international media sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil when it comes to the PKK and the PYD’s child soldiers.
  Never mind just the international media the dis/misinfo alternatives pay no mind to these abuses.
The PKK is very cult like in it's kidnapping and brainwashing techniques
Three cheers for these freedom lovin' militias- Of course I'm being facetious


  1. New PM Yinali Bildirim declares coalition between Turkey, Russia and Iran "could be realistic."

    On another note, under no circumstances am I able to post comments from my desktop pc to your blog. All attempts fail and all text disappears, even if I attempt only to preview. I wonder how many people give up after one or two tries.

    They screw with you continuously Penny. I would seriously consider avoiding anything to do with the googleoctupus and their assorted platforms like blogger -- if indeed possible.

    1. I saw the news of Turkey and Russia looking to mend their relationship- This is what needs to happen to block NATO tyranny- Iran and Turkey have a good relationship to my knowledge- I've got posts here regarding that.

      This was the news item I had saved from May 31/2016 about Russia and Turkey (Didn't get it posted, lack of time)

      "Relations between Turkey and Russia can be restored, Turkey's deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus said Monday, following Russian President Vladimir Putin's recent statement on normalization of the relations between two countries.

      "We have always said that neither Russia nor Turkey can sacrifice each other. Two countries are neighbors, rivals from time to time, but always friends. They are countries hat developed relations on all fields," Kurtulmus told reporters at a press conference after a cabinet meeting"

      My own personal belief was always that the discord between the two nations was overblown for reasons of manipulating beliefs of the masses

    2. "On another note, under no circumstances am I able to post comments from my desktop pc to your blog. All attempts fail and all text disappears, even if I attempt only to preview. I wonder how many people give up after one or two tries.

      They screw with you continuously Penny. I would seriously consider avoiding anything to do with the googleoctupus and their assorted platforms like blogger -- if indeed possible."

      I've also had trouble with my own comments disappearing among other issues with the blog- I've confided with other bloggers some who have also noticed oddities

      Google is the net behemoth- It's doubtful I or anyone could avoid them.

      Plus I have no money to pay for a site or anything like that.

  2. Have you heard of the Kurdish Revolutionary Brigade, splinter group of FSA?

    1. No I have not Ally- Would you please enlighten me?
      Thanks a bunch!

    2. Kurdish group allied to fsa jihadists, don't know too much about them though. Happy to see that Germany has finally recognised the Armenian massacres as 'genocide' but what will this mean for german-turkish relations? Why is Germany only recognising this now and not before? Do you think Erdogan will open the borders for refugees to come to Europe? Or will there be another terrorist attack in Germany where they will try and frame Erdogan again and say he is plotting attacks because Germany recognises the Armenian massacres as 'genocide'?

    3. So you think they are just manipulating the masses? Erdogan gave a speech 2 days ago demanding Russia and Iran's withdrawal from Syria. Like you said, it could just be for show...

    4. Hi Ally: apolgies for my tardiness

      Erdogan, like any politican has speeches for the domestic audience, for the international audience and for the insiders-

      Turkey never joined in to sanction Russia re: Ukraine
      Turkey continues to be probably the largest customer for Russian oil
      Russian tourists come to Turkey
      And Turkey and Russia did trade in their own currencies and/or gold.
      So.... Lots of talk but look at the actions, often they are very different
      and thanks for your patience :)

      The sanctions after the jet was downed weren't very hard hitting

  3. What do you think about the Armenian Genocide recognition? Will erdogan flood europe with refugees?

  4. what about the Armenian Genocide recognition? Will Erdogan flood Europe with refugees?

    1. Hi Ally:
      the recognition of the Armenian genocide was a political cheap shot at Turkey, particularly if Germany failed to mention the role of the kurds in that genocide.

      Ally, Erdogan is one man, he didn't flood Europe with refugees- that was a NATO operation from start to finish and it still is- the refugees are entering Europe through Italy now and no one says a word about it, except me.

      Plus, Erdogan or Italy for that matter, couldn't flood Europe with refugees without Europe allowing this to happen- and the EU is allowing this to happen.

      Erdogan's role in the refugee flow to Europe was neither her nor there, he is just the man at the top and he is getting the blame.

      Erdogan can't flood Europe, because Europe is allowing themselves to be drowned under the weight of these refugees

      I posted this on March 30th 2016

      "In plain talk: The United Nations and the NGO’s choose, by simply refusing, to get involved with the right of return of ethnically cleansed persons, under the deal made with Turkey.

      This has nothing to do with Turkey not abiding by the agreement. Rather the UN, which is the shiny happy face of NATO, simply ignored the agreement made and the compliant No Good Operations went along with the plan!

      The people moving operation shipped out to the next base of operations in order to continue the free flow of ethnically cleansed persons into Europe. That new base is Italy. Yup!"

      then I followed up with this post

      as the msm finally caught up to my blog...

  5. Thanks for your infos!
    So then why did they give Turkey money to stop them from coming to Europe?

    1. Well they offered Turkey money. But has any money changed hands? I'm not so sure.
      If you can find out let me know?

    2. What do you mean by changing hands? You mean if they have actually given the money?

    3. Hi Ally :)
      Sorry, yes I mean has Turkey actually been given money?

      In my previous post it was quite clear the UN wasn't going to go along with the deal made between the EU and Turkey

      And picked up and moved their entire operation through Italy- So, I'm not sure that Turkey has been paid anything at all?

  6. I think you're right. People are now going on about the EU doing everything for Turkey when they have actually done nothing. The EU haven't actually given Turkey any money, they have refused, including the visa-free access. Turkey threatened to cancel the deal if the EU didn't give them the money, but no deal has been made anyway. But I read that when Erdogan and Merkel were discussing the deal, Erdogan asked for an extra 2.3 billion in refugee aid and threatened to send refugees on planes if the money wasn't given. Did this really happen? I have Italian friends that I met in Paris a few years ago and one of them has been telling me that refugees are coming to Italy. But why have they changed their operation? Why not just keep it in Turkey/Greece?

    1. Why Italy?
      Because the vast majority of refugees NATO is smuggling into Europe are African- They always were.
      Look at a map- look at Italy
      It's simply ease of operation
      My heritage is Italian on one side and I soooo want to see the land of my Dad's birth :(