Armenian Guerrilla Fighter Nubar Ozanyan Killed in Rojava while Fighting ISIS

Nor Zartonk: ‘Unger Nubar has been one of the important bearers of the Armenian revolutionary tradition’

ROJAVA (A.W.)—Nubar Ozanyan (code name “Orhan,” in honor of the famous Turkish-Armenian Marxist-Leninist Armenak (Orhan) Bakirciyan) was killed while fighting ISIS/DAESH forces Rojava on Aug. 14, according to several sources. Ozanyan was a member of the Communist Party of Turkey/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML) and the Liberation Army of the Workers and Peasants of Turkey (TIKKO).

Nubar Ozanyan (Photo: IRPGF/Twitter)

Following his death, the Istanbul-based Nor Zartonk movement released a statement in Turkish praising Ozanyan’s fight against ISIS.

“We have learned with great sadness that Armenian revolutionary commander unger (comrade) Nubar Ozanyan died when fighting against ISIS/DAESH with TKP/ML and TIKKO in Rojava, on Aug. 14, 2017. With revolutionary modesty, commitment, resolve, courage, and internationalist spirit, unger Nubar has been one of the important bearers of the Armenian revolutionary tradition. We are deeply saddened to have lost a genuine revolutionary who has succeeded in becoming an agent of the revolution. May the light illuminate your path. Your struggle will live on through our struggle. Long live the revolution and long live socialism. Long live international solidarity,” read the Nor Zartonk statement, as translated by the Armenian Weekly.

According to some reports, Ozanyan had taken part in the Nagorno-Karabagh (Artsakh) Liberation War in the 1990s. “From Lebanon and Palestine to Nagorno-Karabagh and Rojava, we are so honored to have known Orhan, who showed us what it means to be a guerrilla,” the International Revolutionary People’s Guerrilla Forces (IRPGF) tweeted on Aug. 15.

The IRPGF is a militant, armed, self-organized, and horizontal collective of anarchist fighters from around the world.


  1. These are the people who deserve state medals and not to every Tom,Dick,and Harry who do not deserve any medals but are given in order to shut the eyes and mouth of the Diaspora so that they don’t dissent against this corrupt regime.

  2. New revolutionaries will always be born long live orhan & Armenian revolutionaries .we are waiting new Sun on them . We need to continue the justice work .justice for all .justice for Armenians. Long live

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