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Death of Mihrac Ural not yet confirmed: militia, regime

(Zaman Al Wasl)- A well-informed source told Zaman al-Wasl that the fate of Mihrac Ural, head of the ‘Syrian Resistance Committees’ militant group, is still unknown and death news can not be confirmed.

Senior commanders of the group, which voices hostility to Turkey, said they had lost contact with their leader few days ago but can not assure his death.

Ural, who also known as ‘Ali Kayali, gained notorious fame for committing war crimes against Sunni-dominated towns in coastal provinces of Latakia and Tartus.

On May 2, 2013, the Turkish national played direct role in al-Bayda massacre near Banyas city where 72 people, mostly women and children, had lost their lives. Activists dubbed Kayali a ‘Banyas Butcher’ since that bloody day.

Powerful Ahrar al-Sham movement claimed three days ago the responsibility for Ural’s killing through ‘a specific operation’. No further details have been disclosed by the group.

The Syrian regime and the ‘Syrian Resistance’ militia withheld from issuing any statement to confirm or deny his killing.

 The official page in the midst of its floundering published details about its leader “Kayali” and historical accounts to celebrate his fighting beside Bashar al-Assad and Hafez al-Assad and his long years of service for Assad regime inside and outside of Syria.

According to a detailed statement issued by the militia, Kayali studied philosophy at Istanbul University and formed a mutual front inside the Popular Front for the Liberation of Turkey along with his Arab friends in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Liwa Iskenderun and Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) and Leftist forces in Turkey where they started armed resistance against Turkey fascist rule.

Kayali was detained in 1978 and was transferred between 12 prisons inside Turkey until he arrived in Adana prison where he escaped with 30 persons through a tunnel of 150 meter in the summer of 1980.

Kayali joined the fight in Syria beside the Syrian regime during Hafez rule. He fought beside Hafez in the coast and Idlib and outside borders, according to the statement.

In 1982 with the sponsorship of Hafez al-Assad, Kayali formed the “Unified Front” with other 14 entities including PKK in order to fight the Turkish government. Later on, he moved to Lebanon under the umbrella of resistance to Zionist enemy to centralize in strongholds of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine under the leadership of George Habash.

Kayali remained in close collaboration with Hafez al-Assad especially in terms of training and arming a group of Alawaites from Liwa Iskenderun to mobilize them against Turkey until Kayali was frozen just like others such as leader of PKK Abdullah Ocalan following a big deal between Hafez and Turkey.

Following the outset of the Syrian revolution, Kayali resumed his militia legacy with its sectarian background and it was exactly what Bashar al-Assad wanted especially with the speedy empowerment of the revolution.

During the revolution, Kayali played his favorite part and that is provocation and sectarian cleansing in the coastal area and committed massacres in different areas, but “al-Bayda” massacre in the countryside of Banyas was his signature; hence, he was known later on as “Banyas Butcher”.

The statement issued by “committees of the Syrian resistance” confirmed that Kayali had different sentences made by the Turkish Judiciary that reach capital punishment. He was also arrested in the French prison Fleury-Merogis in 1988 and previously arrested in German prison, Stuttgart in 1982.

The statement did not clarify the duration of arrest in France and Germany or the details of his exit from the prison whether it was by being declared innocent or escape as he did when he was detained in Adana Prison in Turkey.

The militia like many leftist parties concluded its statement manifesting Kayali as the sole inspirational leader. He was the person who was elected since 1986 to lead “the Popular Front for the Liberation of the Liwa of Iskenderun”. He is the same person who wrote 60 thousand books related to regional affairs and 9 thousand articles, according to the statement.

(Translation material by Rana Abdul)

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