Khabat Abbas is an independent journalist and video producer based in northeast Syria. Since 2011, she has covered the conflict in Syria, working as a frontline journalist for local agencies such as Firat and Hawar News, and as a stringer for The Sunday Times (of London), The Washington Post, and Der Spiegel, among others. She has also worked for the UNHCR, and as a translator and a security coordinator for MSF. (October 2019)

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‘This Is Ethnic Cleansing’: A Dispatch from Kurdish Syria

Mourners attending the funerals of Syrian Democratic Forces’ fighters killed in battles against Turkish forces, Qamishli, Syria, October 14, 2019

Turkey’s plan is to wipe out the Kurds from the border region and, in their place, resettle millions of Syrian refugees, mainly from other parts of the country, such as Ghouta near Damascus, Homs, and Aleppo. They are not Kurds, they are Arabs. If Erdoğan succeeds in this scheme, there will be a vast and radical demographic change. We Kurds will be forced out of our homes, and we have no place to go. Approximately 200,000 people have already been displaced, the latest refugee crisis of the Syrian civil war, thanks to America’s president. And whether Erdoğan wins or Assad regains control, thousands of ISIS prisoners will have fled.