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War Crimes Committed By Turkish Proxy Militias In Syria: UN Investigation

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War Crimes Committed By Turkish Proxy Militias In Syria: UN Investigation

A militant hauls off stolen goods in Afrin during the Turkish invasion of March 2018

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on Turkey to launch an immediate investigation into violations and abuses committed in parts of north, northwest and northeast Syria. The relevant areas are under the control of Turkish military forces and affiliated armed groups. 

Speaking late last week of the findings of a UN report released several days earlier, the director of the UN agency, Michelle Bachelet, warned that the human rights situation in places such as Afrin, Ras al-Ain and Tel Abyad, is grim, with many cases of unchecked violence and criminality.

The UN statement comments that an alarming pattern of grave violations has been documented in these areas in recent months, such as increased killings, kidnappings, and unlawful transfers of people, as well as seizures of land and properties.

Victims include those perceived to be allied with opposing parties, or critical of Turkish-affiliated armed groups, or rich enough to pay ransoms.

“People living in these areas whose rights have been violated are entitled to protection and a remedy. In this regard, I urge Turkey to immediately launch an impartial, transparent and independent investigation into the incidents we have verified, account for the fate of those detained and abducted by the affiliated armed groups, and hold accountable those responsible for what may, in some instances, amount to crimes under international law, including war crimes”, said Ms. Bachelet.

“This is all the more vital given that we have received disturbing reports that some detainees and abductees have allegedly been transferred to Turkey following their detention in Syria by affiliated armed groups.”

In the course of the latest investigation, the U HCHR has verified that since January at least 116 civilians were killed, and some 463 injured, by improvised explosive devices and explosive remnants of war.  Those killed included 15 women and 22 children.

Investigators also documented the abduction and disappearance of civilians, including women and children. The fate of some of them remains unknown.

At the same time, a rise in infighting among the different armed groups in the occupied areas over power-sharing and resources poses a grave threat to civilian lives and civilian infrastructure. The UN statement further notes that:

Turkish-affiliated armed groups have also seized and looted homes, land and other properties without any apparent military necessity, and have occupied many of them with their own families.

Ms. Bachelet remains concerned that warring parties in Syria are using water, electricity and other essential services as a weapon.

She cited the example of Turkish-affiliated armed groups disrupting water supply in Ras al-Ain, affecting access for up to one million people, including displaced people living in camps.

Similarly, the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which controls al-Hassakeh, has been accused of hindering electricity supplies for the pumping station.

“As we have previously warned, impeding access to water, sanitation and electricity, endangers the lives of large numbers of people, a danger rendered all the more acute amid fighting a global pandemic”, Ms. Bachelet said. LINK

The report covered the first half of the current year and was published on Tuesday by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria. The report states that militants of the so-called Syrian National Army, also known as the Free Syrian Army, have detained civilians and transferred them to Turkey for prosecution, adding that such acts could amount to the war crime of unlawful deportation.

The panel also warned that assassinations and rapes of civilians were increasing in occupied areas in Syria’s north.

“In Afrin, Ra’s al-Ayn and the surrounding areas, the Turkish-backed Syrian National Army may have committed the war crimes of hostage-taking, cruel treatment, torture, and rape,” panel chair Paulo Pinheiro told a news briefing.

“Turkey should act to prevent these abuses and ensure the protection of civilians in the areas under its control,” he said.

Panelist Hanny Megally said Turkey wields influence over militants affiliated with the so-called Syrian National Army as it has funded, trained, and allowed the terrorists to enter Syria from Turkish territory.

“Whilst we can’t say Turkey is in charge of them and issues orders and has command control over them, we think that it could use its influence much more to bring them in to check and certainly to pressure them to desist from the violations being committed and to investigate them,” Megally added.

Turkey seized control of the border town of Ras al-Ain last year when it launched a cross-border invasion into north eastern Syria with the help of its armed proxy groups to push Kurdish militants affiliated with the so-called People’s Protection Units (YPG) away from border areas.

The Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union has also denounced the frequent attacks by the Turkish military and allied militants against Syrian civilians and territories.

Turkey has sent thousands of troops and heavy military hardware into Idlib and other areas in northern Syria over the last two years to support the armed militant groups.

The Syrian government has vowed to liberate all of its national territory from the invaders, including Idlib, which remains the last major bastion for foreign-backed Takfiri terrorists in the country.

Syria has repeatedly denounced Turkey’s military activities in the Arab state as a violation of its sovereignty, urging Turkey to withdraw its troops and stop backing the armed militant groups. LINK

There have been many reports of such incidents since the conflict in Syria intensified, often corresponding to major military offensives. For example, BBC reported in March 2018 in the midst of a major Turkish offensive into northern Syria:

Turkish-backed Syrian rebels who seized the northern Syrian city of Afrin from a Kurdish militia on Sunday have been looting properties, reports say.

A UK-based monitoring group said shops and military and government facilities had been raided.

A rebel commander blamed ‘thieves’ for the looting and said a unit had been set up to prevent further incidents…

Pictures showed soldiers flying a Turkish flag from a building, and rebels tearing down a statue of the Kurdish hero Kawa Haddad.

AFP news agency journalists in Afrin also saw rebels break into shops, restaurants and houses, and leave with food, electronic equipment, blankets and other goods. They were then transported out of the city…

Turkey’s president (has) vowed to expand its military campaign to all Kurdish-held border areas to the east.

“The military operation will go on until the terror corridor through Manbij, Ain al-Arab [Kobane], Tal Abyad, Ras al-Ain, Qamishli has been wiped out,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara.

Mr Erdogan described the fall of Afrin following a two-month offensive as a “comma” in its efforts to counter the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) militia…

The Turkish government says the YPG is an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has fought for Kurdish autonomy in south-eastern Turkey for three decades, and considers it a terrorist group.

The YPG denies any direct organisational links to the PKK – an assertion backed by the US, which has provided the militia and allied Arab fighters with weapons and air support to help them battle the jihadist group Islamic State (IS). LINK

Occupying Turkish military forces and proxy militia groups have also been accused of plundering other valuable resources from occupied areas, including olive oil and wheat, industrial machinery and in some cases entire factories. LINK1, LINK2, LINK3

As it has habitually done, Turkey denied the findings of the investigation.

Turkey has denied charges levelled by United Nations investigators who say that Syrian rebels backed by Ankara carried out possible war crimes this year…

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said Friday in response: “We categorically reject the baseless allegations of human rights violations claimed against the Syrian opposition… and concerning our country in relation to them.” LINK

Turkey has taken advantage of the intense conflict in Syria to invade and occupy vast swathes of territory along the two countries’ border. While it claims it has invaded only to push back Kurdish militia groups and establish a buffer zone, all indications suggest that the Turkish political and military leadership have no intention of leaving the occupied areas.


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I think that Jihadist farmer has just stolen my old motorcycle !


<> is making very bad influence over you ; you don’t have old motorcycle in Afrin.
Upvoted for “Jihadist farmer”.


lol, I piss on the U.N human rights and all the hypocrites there. They claim the same about Israel day and night, no one takes them seriously here. The U.N soldiers are the biggest criminals anywhere they are, they do drug trafficking and rapes. Don’t lecture to anyone, sit down and shut up U.N bastards or go help people who actaully need it like in China, NK, Iran and Vanezuela.


UN against “killings, kidnappings, unlawful transfers, seizures of land & properties & forcible evictions”
It is plain to see why you are not happy with them. :/


Is that so? go tell it to the Africans or even in Europe (Kosovo) where they do those crimes you mentioned. The U.N is not innocent at all, on the contrary they are part of the problem.


You forgot to mention the jew state and their subjects the US/UK. If you going to waffle garbage then at least get some facts right it would give you some credibility, slightly above a zero. You are correct about the UN.


I would love to meet you,i would put my fist right in your fascist mouth,you are a fucking disgrace.


Then just like Icarus, you are welcome to meet me in Israel. Don’t talk so much when you have no idea who I am, I only need to decide which body part of yours I break first.


But we know who you are: an internet warrior and a barking little bitch. Loser troll, probably a fat kid from Kentucky with a multiple personality disorder & inferiority complex.


take it to ICHR


To be fair the UNHR has to include the US and UK in their investigation; it is common knowledge and verified that the US/UK supporting, training and arming terrorist organizations in Syria; the US and coalition are also in direct violation of Syrian sovereignty.

Lone Ranger

Not surprising.
But the main culprits are CIA/MI6 funded terrorists.


What do they expect from criminals and gangsters?they are asking the Turds to investigate,what they should be doing is telling the turds to get the hell out of Syria.


Turkiye should finish off the dumb Arabs and kurds and capture that land

Servet Köseoğlu

Things that don’t change go extinct. Syrians,palestinians,ıraqis deserves extinction.


Let me tell you something.Never trust the pakis.I think pakistani migrants are making Turkey a hell already.I like Turkish people.But be careful with the pakistani assholes.They only want your women that’s why they are pretending to be your muslim brother.

Servet Köseoğlu

there is not pakistani migrants in Turkey…we have plenty of afghan migrants ..

Fog of War

Same difference.


lol is this supposed to be a joke ? you fucking cunts are good for nothing but stealing and exploiting, you never fought a war in your history , you exploited arabs and their ressources and religion to fight your ottoman wars just like you do today …you couldn’t stand a few months in libya …just remeber how your special operations soldiers were crying and hugging eachother in that room in idlib r after the russian-syrian airstrikes, you’re nothing but a bunch of pussies that would not a stand a chance against arabs, if their is anyone made for war it’s us after all the years and experience both syrian arab army, allies and iraqi army have accumulated over the years from fighting zionists to terrorists, to kurds, turks and yankees ….we fought the whole fucking world and we’re still standing….you brought cunts from all over the world and couldn’t even take aleppo …but i’ll give you one yes we’re reaching the lowest of lows now and our leaders are dumb but just wait…i promise the arabs will be united from the atlantic to the red sea …from the maghreb to east we will rise the baath w’ill rise and we will be coming for you mark my words

Servet Köseoğlu

lol..good try…….you dont deserve an answer..you are not even arab..sentences stink..bla bla exploiting resources lol..what a joke..


im not even arab ? are you retarded ? i feel like im talking to a mad 11 years old turkroach inbred….are you still angry from yesterday haha

Servet Köseoğlu

angry from what?this community is joke dude..and syria is already f.cked up…you are created to serve to everyone in the world..baas regime is over…kaputtt…forget already..

Servet Köseoğlu

Turkey has taken advantage of the intense conflict in Syria to invade and occupy vast swathes of territory along the two countries’ border. While it claims it has invaded only to push back Kurdish militia groups and establish a buffer zone, all indications suggest that the Turkish political and military leadership have no intention of leaving the occupied areas.Good Morning..noone can dictate us what to do its historically belongs to us…

Concrete Mike


Ladies and gentlemen, there we have it , the justification for sponsoring jabhat al nusrah: it doesnt matter it belongs to us.

It does not belong to you, because we whooped your ass in WW1.

We will whoop your ass again. You know that. So you use jabhat al nusrah instead, like a coward.

Servet Köseoğlu

naah…bitch ı commented to your reply abot palestinian issue two days ago…

Jim Bim

What to expect from orcs.


what about the un doing an investigation into the war crimes and crimes against humanity perpetrated by the disunited states of morons, aka usa! that would be a day to remember. meanwhile lets hope the ICC can get their investigation going full steam ahead and that the jews in palestine will be included.


ICC was founded and financed by US and their main clause is that they can’t ever prosecute US citizens.
ICC and similar institution are only INSTRUMENTS in US hands just like many other international institutions

Rodney Loder

Trump has all but invalidated the UN.

Unfortunately now the UN can only be one thing -Globalist- as was explained to me in 1978 by a maggot Jew, – the Internationalist lense was bifocal, normal vision is being replaced by magnification, he got that right, but the pox Sid Loder and his Jew Freemasons used me to achieve it, normal has now been replaced by Jew Plutocrats, if Biden wins it’s literally game over.

Plutocrats don’t need the UN but China Russia and Iran still do, Biden will make synthetic concessions but the UN will still be history because the Jew maggots won’t need the US any more.

Maggots are changing their focus now magnifying the East behind Biden and China is loving it.

Maggot Jews love Kurds.


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Great documentary. Wonderful night from Canada.


Great documentary. Wonderful night from Canada.


Good luck with that, Erdogan gives his full support to these terrorists. He doesn’t even know the meaning of the term ‘human rights.’

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