HPG: 22 Turkish soldiers were killed in guerrilla offensive in Zap
YJA Star commander Nalîn Firat fell a martyr in a guerrilla offensive on Girê FM. In the course of the offensive in the Zap region, 22 members of the Turkish occupation forces were killed within two days.
The People's Defense Forces (HPG) have launched an offensive against the Turkish army in the Girê FM and Girê Cûdî areas in the Zap region of the guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) where the Turkish army has been conducting an invasion operation for over a month now.
The guerrilla offensive is named after commander Savaş Maraş (Mehmet Soysüren), who led the guerrillas' self-sacrificing units for years and was martyred in Heftanîn in March 2019 along with three other guerrillas.
The HPG statement released on Sunday said, "Our forces launched the Şehîd Savaş Maraş Revolutionary Offensive in the Girê FM and Girê Cûdî resistance areas in Zap and dealt heavy blows to the Turkish occupation forces. Actions in the course of the offensive killed 22 Turkish military personnel, including one officer, and two soldiers were injured. A transport helicopter and two attack helicopters were hit and damaged by guerrilla fire.”
HPG provided the following information about the guerrilla actions carried out within the framework of the offensive at Girê FM:
On May 25, guerrillas targeted attack helicopters that attempted to enter the airspace, damaging two of them. A transport helicopter attempting to airdrop troops was also hit hard and forced to leave the area without carrying out its mission.
On May 26, guerrillas struck a Turkish unit with firearms, including snipers, killing six soldiers. A short time later, three soldiers were killed in an sabotage action, and two others were injured.
On May 27, an HPG sniper targeted a soldier carrying a jammer device, killing the soldier and destroying the device.
The same day, guerrillas carried out a coordinated action that killed twelve members of the occupation forces, including an officer. Nalîn Firat, a commander of YJA Star (Free Women’s Troops) fell a martyr in the course of the action.
Nom de Guerre: Nalin Fırat
Nalîn Firat: A courageous and selfless commander
HPG stated Nalîn Firat was born in the Cizre district of Şırnak and belonged to the Harûnî tribe. As an adolescent, she was active in the Kurdish youth movement for three years. She joined the guerrilla ranks in 2015 in response to the Turkish state's concept of annihilation. Her first area of practice was Girê Hakkarî in Metîna. From there, she went to Şengal to liberate the region from ISIS. She participated in many offensives and stood out for her courage. During this time, she learned the professional use of various weapons. After completing her task in Şengal, the defense of the region was transferred to the YBŞ/YJŞ (Şengal Defense Units / Women’s Defense Units) and Nalîn went back to the Medya Defense Zones with her unit. After stays in Gare, Metîna and Zap, she joined the special unit Hêzên Taybet and became a commander who played an important role in the life and struggle of the guerrillas with high intelligence and practical creativity.