An estimated 60,000 Kurds fled Syria for Turkey within a 24-hour span this weekend, as Islamic savages known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) seized dozens of Syrian villages near the border.
“ISIS came and attacked, and we left with the women, but the rest of the men stayed behind,” 24-year-old Abdullah of Shiran told Reuters on Saturday. “They killed many people in the villages, cutting their throats. We were terrified that they would cut our throats too.”
Witnesses attest to seeing large numbers of women, children and elderly Kurds fleeing on foot.
“Islamic State is killing any civilian it finds in a village,” Mustefa Ebdi, the director of local radio station Arta FM, added. “People prefer to flee rather than remain and die. [ISIS wants] to eliminate anything that is Kurdish. This is creating a state of terror.”
The Kobani area near the Syrian/Turkey border seems to be the hardest hit.
“Kobani is facing the fiercest and most barbaric attack in its history,” Mohammed Saleh, head of Syria’s Kurdish Democratic Union, told reporters. “Kobani calls on all those who defend humane and democratic values … to stand by Kobani and support it immediately. The coming hours are decisive.”
Approximately 300 Kurdish fighters from neighboring Iraq and Turkey have rushed to the area out of their desire to fight the Islamists rather than allow them to attack their people. Forces, however, are also asking for international assistance to push back the insurgents that threaten their land.
According to reports, as Kurdish refugees sought to cross the border into Turkey, officials were initially hesitant to allow the masses to enter, but changed their minds and welcomed those escaping the violence in Syria. Daily Sabah reports that Turkey’s prime minister, Ahmet Davutglu, has remarked that the nation should provide security for the oppressed Kurds.
“Because of a sudden development, our friends are trying to swiftly get organized,” he said. “These, our brothers, will be settled within the shortest time possible and their needs will be met.”
But Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc spoke on private television on Friday, stating that “[i]f a similar flow brings more refugees including Kurds from northern Syria, it could create a catastrophe for Turkey, both financially and emotionally.”
“We must supply both humanitarian and food aid to them and secure them in their homelands,” he said.
As previously reported, Barack Obama has vowed continued airstrikes on the Islamic terrorist group, but states that there will be no American “boots on the ground.” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has remarked that ISIS “is an organization that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision and which will eventually have to be defeated.”
“What ISIS and virtually all Muslims anticipate is for Jesus to return on the white Eastern Minaret of Damascus (Syria) gliding in on the wings of two angels and then through much blood and carnage will convert the whole world to Islam including killing all of the Jews, break all of the crosses and live as a Muslim for 40 years, before dying and thus heralding the final countdown to Judgment Day when Muslims expect to enter paradise,” outlined writer Nadeem Walayat of the Market Oracle.
ISIS specifically seeks to establish an Islamic state in the areas that it conquers, placing the regions under Shariah law.