Open main menu

The Syria Turkmen Bloc (Turkish: Suriye Türkmen Kitlesi) or Syrian Turkmen National Bloc (Arabic: الكتلة الوطنية التركمانية السورية‎), is one of the two major opposition movements of Syrian Turkmens. The party is headed by Yusuf Molla.[1]

Syrian Turkmen Bloc

Suriye Türkmen Kitlesi
Arabic nameالكتلة الوطنية التركمانية السورية
LeaderYusuf Molla
Founded15 February 2012 (2012-02-15)
Preceded bySyrian Turkmen Group,
Syrian Turkmen Movement
HeadquartersTurkey
Military wingSyrian Turkmen Brigades
(controlling the forces of Latakia and the western front)
IdeologySyrian Turkmens' interests
Turkish nationalism
Pro-Europeanism
National affiliationSyrian Turkmen Assembly,
Syrian National Council,
Syrian National Coalition

The party was founded in Istanbul in February 2012. Still in the foundation phase, it suffered an early split, leading to the emergence of the Syrian Democratic Turkmen Movement. A reconciliatory meeting in December 2012 laid the grounds to the formation of the Syrian Turkmen Assembly. Since then, the Syrian Turkmen Bloc focussed on its remaining strongholds in Latakia and Bayır-Bucak, while the Syrian Democratic Turkmen Movement focusses on Aleppo.

The founding conference was supported by Mazlum-Der, a foundation linked to the Turkish AKP.[2] After its foundation, the party joined the National Change Current (a coalition of smaller opposition parties).[3] The representatives of the Syria Turkmen Bloc participated in the meetings for the Syrian Turkmen Assembly.[4]

The Syria Turkmen Bloc is also associated with the Turkmen troops of Nurettin Zengi, Zahir Baybars, Al Huva Billa, Yavuz Sultan Selim, Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror, Memduh Colha, Bin Tamime, Katip Al Mustafa, Firsan Tevhid, Sukur ul Turkmen (Turkmen Falcons), which are all under the control of Brigade of Turkmen Mountain led by Muhammad Awad in the Latakia province.[5]

ReferencesEdit

BibliographyEdit

  • ORSAM, ed. (March 2013). Syrian Turkmens: Political Movements and Military Structure (PDF). ORSAM–Middle Eastern Turkmen Report. 22 (= ORSAM Report No. 150). Ankara. ISBN 978-605-4615-47-6.