Armenian Brigade Formed in Rojava

Published April 23, 2019

Armenian Brigade Formed in Rojava

Armenias, who have fought in many different military formations in Rojava, have formed their own battalion with assistance from the Turkish guerrilla organization, TIKKO.

The brigade has been in the works for a long time, and preparations are almost officially complete.

The formal announcement of the brigade will coincide with the annivesary of the Armenian genocide which began on April 24th.

While the Turkish state still emphatically denies the genocide occurred, the movement in Rojava is, intentionally highlighting the legacy of Armenian adversity.

The brigade is named after the revered TIKKO guerrilla fighter, Nubar Ozanyan (Orhan Bakirciyan), who fell during the Raqqa campaign, on August 14th 2017.


Orhan trained in Lebanon, before and during the Civil War, and fought for the liberation of Palestine against Zionism and reactionary factions. Under the nom de guerre Martager, he would become a commander in Palestine from 1988-1990.

Orhan, as an ethnic Armenian, fought against ethnic chauvinism and had a close relationship with ASALA.

While fighting in Palestine his attention was drawn to the escalating situation in the Nagorno- Karabakh region, and there Orhan commanded Armenian forces from 1991-1992.

He returned to the guerrilla forces in Dersim, in Turkey, and eventually took command in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2014, and in Rojava in July of 2015 as part of TKP/ML’s Middle East command.

TIKKO has maintained a close relationship with anarchists in Rojava. The autonomous anarchist brigade in Rojava, the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF), for instance, was based with TIKKO, and spent considerable time with Orhan. Furthermore, anarchist fighter Lorenzo Orsetti was a fighter in TIKKO and the anarchist unit Tekoşîna Anarşîst.

Orhan exemplified non-secterian revolutionary internationalism. He passed away in an operation with an anarchist fighter, and through ths new brigade his memory will live on.