“The fact that the attack was planned for 6-7 months in Serêkaniyê which has been occupied by Turkey and also the simultaneous attacks in Derbesiyê, Til Temir and Eyn Isa is evidence that Turkey’s new strategy is one of ‘ frustrate, weaken, then attack’ ” writes Nazım Daştan for Yeni Özgur Politika.
Evidence indicates Turkey [in Haseke attack]
Journalist Nazım Daştan wrote about the back ground of the attack by ISIS against the Sina’a Prison in Haseke of North East Syria. Nazim’s anslysis is focused on an organised attempt of a revival of ISIS and according to him, Turkey is behind it.
“Turkey has been ISIS’s biggest friend in Syria so far. Turkey had been seeking permission for an invasion and attack in recent months and said it would act with new strategies and methods if it gets the permission. These were the words of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan himself. Turkey’s new strategy has been revealed by the ISIS attacks on Haseke. This new strategy is ‘frustrate, weaken, then attack.’ The fact that the attack was planned for 6-7 months in Serêkaniyê which has been occupied by Turkey and also the simultaneous attacks in Derbesiyê, Til Temir and Eyn Isa is evidence of this new strategy.”
The aim was the capture of Haseke
According to Daştan one of the main goals of the attack was to capture the city of Haseke with the mobilisation of 5 thousand ISIS prisoners and than opening a road from Til Temir to Serêkaniyê.
“If ISIS had became succesfull in the first two days of the attack in Haseke, hundreds of ISIS cells would have moved in Hol, Shadadê, Dêra Zor and Reqa immediately afterwards, and there would have been major massacres with ISIS dreams of reigning in the holy ‘territory of Sham” for ISIS.’
Syrian regime was pleased
Daştan also wrote about the position of the Syrian regime regarding the attacks.
“Gassan Halil, the Syrian regime’s governor in Haseke, who has been targeting Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) since the first day of the attack, defined what happened as an “organised event.” The Syrian regime’s main policy in the city was the weakening of the SDF, so they are please with the attacks of ISIS.”
Silence of international powers
According to Daştan international powers remained silent in the face of the attacks and this can also be observed by how the attacks were reported in the international press.
“Although Sina prison, where ISIS militants were held, was built by Britain and its intelligence belongs to France along with the SDF, however these countries have not broken their silence until now.”
“Agencies such as France’s Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Britain’s British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have focused on the attack only by reporting on the 800 children being held captive by ISIS. This proves their approach to the attack, they do not take any responsibility.”
Nazım Daştan concluded that there are ISIS prisoners in the regions controlled by AANES from 54 nationalities.
“AANES has been repeatedly calling for everyone to take responsibility for these ISIS militiants. It’s not just the ones in prisons; Camp Hol, where more than 70,000 ISIS families are living today, is continuing to be a threat for the whole world.”
Daştan also gave information that the SDF is planning a wide-ranging operation involving 10,000 fighters, including Dêir Ezzor and Raqqa regions and mainly in Hasekê.