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  • The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum

    10/01/2017 8:08:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 30 September 2017 19.05 EDT | none stated
    It can be argued that Kurdistan’s regional government (KRG) was ill advised to hold a referendum last week on creating an independent state. It may be the case that Masoud Barzani, veteran leader of the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq, is a foolish dreamer whose desire to bequeath a personal legacy has trumped common sense. It is conceivable that, had Barzani backed down, the government in Baghdad would have abandoned decades of hostility to Kurdish aspirations and entered into good-faith negotiations. This is the Middle East, after all. Anything is possible.
  • Tillerson says Kurdish independence referendum is illegitimate

    09/30/2017 6:14:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sept 29, 2017 | Mustafa Salim, Karen DeYoung and Tamer El-Ghobashy
    BAGHDAD — The United States on Friday declared illegitimate Monday’s Kurdish referendum on independence, as the Iraqi government imposed a ban on international flights to airports operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi troops prepared to seize the semiautonomous region’s border controls. “The United States does not recognize the . . . unilateral referendum,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Washington’s first substantive statement on the vote, in which nearly 93 percent of voters in the Kurdistan region approved declaring an autonomous state in northern Iraq. “The vote and the results lack legitimacy,” Tillerson said, “and we continue to support...
  • Bolton: U.S. Should Support Independence for Kurds, ‘State of Iraq as We Have Known It Doesn’t Exist

    09/28/2017 3:13:32 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2017 | John Hayward
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton joined SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam and co-host Steve Bannon on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily to talk about Kurdish independence and the future of Iraq. “The Kurds are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world that has never had a nation in contemporary times,” Bolton explained. “Just two days ago, they held a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan and voted well over 90 percent for independence. I think the United States should support independence for the Kurds. They’ve been friends of ours in the struggle against Saddam Hussein and the struggle against international terrorism. I...
  • With prophetic implications, the Kurds, known as the Medes in the Bible ... (Not My Blog)

    09/27/2017 7:14:58 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 44 replies
    Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog ^ | June 17, 2014 | Joel Rosenberg
    The Kurds, generally, are Sunni Muslims, but they are not ethnically Arabs. Indeed, many Kurds have a deep hatred for the Arabs. Several decades ago, the world create a special, protected, autonomous region for the Kurds in the north region of Iraq, after Saddam Hussein repeated attacked and tried to destroy the Kurds, including with the use of chemical weapons. Ultimately, many Kurds want to create an independent country of their own, uniting Kurds living in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. Yet each of those national governments strongly oppose the creation of an independent Kurdistan. What’s fascinating is that the...
  • Syrian Kurdish commander: We're ‘ready to engage’ with Damascus (Interview, SDF Chief Commander)

    09/26/2017 5:55:42 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 26, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    RAQQA, Syria — Mazlum Kobane is the chief commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and, as such, the chief interlocutor of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS). The 45-year-old commander, widely known as Gen. Mazlum, is at the helm of the campaign to retake Raqqa, the self-styled capital of IS, which is in its final stages. Kobane, who displays an avid interest in politics beyond his military skills, has earned himself fame in Washington, where his name is frequently mentioned at various panels. Coalition officials who know Kobane are full of praise for the SDF commander, who...
  • Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

    09/25/2017 8:03:08 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 Sep 2017 | BBC
    Large numbers of people have taken part in a landmark vote on independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region, amid growing opposition both at home and abroad. Votes are still being counted, with a big "yes" victory expected. Kurds say it will give them a mandate to negotiate secession, but Iraq's PM denounced it as "unconstitutional". Neighbours Turkey and Iran, fearing separatist unrest in their own Kurdish minorities, threatened to close borders and impose sanctions on oil exports. The referendum passed off peacefully across the three provinces that make up the region, and turnout was estimated at about 72%, according to the...
  • Time for Britain to fix its mistake: how Kurdistan became part of Iraq

    09/22/2017 12:43:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Telegraph Company (UK) source K24 in KRG of Iraq ^ | 21 September 2017 • 8:15am | Noreldin Waisy
    Kurdish journalist Noreldin Waisy explains why Britain should recognise an independent Kurdistan in the upcoming referendum Relations between Kurdistan and Britain go back nearly a century. However, it is a tragic and sorrowful history. Kurds hold Great Britain, more than any other party, responsible for their inclusion in the state of Iraq. We hope that the United Kingdom will support us: that you will correct an old, hoary mistake, when the better judgement of men such as Churchill was circumvented through determined bureaucratic manoeuvre.
  • Story of a Kurd from Raqqa who fights to free his hometown

    09/19/2017 5:45:10 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    ANF News ^ | Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017 | HIVDA HEBUN
    Ezed Mihemed Ehmed is a Kurdish youth from Raqqa. He was 15 years-old when his family fled Raqqa after ISIS invasion. At that time he wanted to join the YPG ranks but was refused because of his young age. His family sent him to Turkey because they thought the conditions were better than Syria. After only 5 months Ehmed returned to his country. As soon as he turned 18 he joined the YPG and now all he wants is to return to the city where he was born and raised. “Real heaven for a person is the land where he...
  • Take Turkey's Kurdish group off the US terror list for good

    09/19/2017 5:20:14 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/17 01:37 PM EDT | Kenneth R. Timmerman, opinion contributor
    A Belgian appeals court on Thursday upheld a lower court ruling tossing out an 11-year old complaint against a number of Kurdish politicians because of their alleged ties to the Kurdish Workers Party, the PKK. The 2006 complaint, filed at the behest of the Turkish government, sought to jail 36 Kurdish politicians, many of them living as political exiles in Belgium, under Belgium’s counter-terrorism laws. A lower court tossed out the case last November, but the Belgian state prosecutor lodged an appeal following vigorous protests from the Turkish government, which leaks bullets whenever someone mentions Kurds. The court found that...
  • Turkish gov’t jails 47-year-old Kurdish bus driver in Agri; for wearing ‘Kurdistan’ T-shirt

    08/26/2017 1:52:30 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    Stockholm Center for Freedom ^ | 26 Aug 2017 | SCF
    Turkish government has arrested Mahmut Kahraman, a 47-year-old Kurdish bus driver, for wearing a T-shirt with the inscription ‘Kurdistan’.  Kahraman was accused by a Turkish court in Doğubayazıt district of Ağrı province of ‘propagating for a terrorist organisation.’It was reported that Kahraman was stopped by Turkish police as he passed by the municipality of Ağrı’s Doğubayazıt district because he was wearing a T-shirt with the inscription ‘Kurdistan’. Anti-terror police units were dispatched to the scene afterwards and detained Kahraman.Following three days in detention, Kahraman was referred to a local court with a demand for his arrest, and he was jailed...
  • Interview with Arash Saleh, the Representative of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan

    07/01/2017 3:47:34 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    Washington Kurdish Institute ^ | June 27, 2017 | Ari Goldman
    WKI: Could you tell us about the status of Kurds in Iran?Arash Saleh: Let’s briefly view some information about Kurds. The majority of Kurds are residing in four western provinces of Iran. Sanandaj, Kermanshah, West Azerbaijan, and Ilam are the main Kurdish populated provinces in Western Iran. Kurds are 12% of Iranian population. Sometimes 14% have been mentioned which tells us that Kurds in Iran could be more than ten million. There are about two million Kurds in other places of Iran, Eastern Iran, Northeastern Iran and Northern Iran. So there have been Kurds that have historically immigrated.They still are...
  • YPG Commander Hemo: We don’t accept Turkey's presence in any form (Syria)

    06/30/2017 11:22:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News ^ | Friday, 30 Jun 2017, 12:06 | News Desk
    YPG Commander Sipan Hemo said: “We don’t accept the Turkish state’s presence or invasion in this region in any form. I want to stress that we don’t recognize their alliances either. Our goal and struggle to liberate the Azaz-Jarablus area will continue.” YPG Commander Sipan Hemo spoke to the Yeni Özgür Politika newspaper and, stating that the Turkish state’s presence in Rojava/Northern Syria is illegitimate and to the disadvantage of the peoples therein, said: “They are invaders in every way. Nobody can turn away from this reality. The fact that their goal is to defeat the Rojava Revolution does not...
  • Europa Nostra statement on endangered heritage site of Hasankeyf (Turkey flooding history)

    06/29/2017 7:56:56 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    ANF News ^ | Thursday, June 29, 2017 | THE HAGUE
    The Board of Europa Nostra deeply deplores the decision of the Turkish government to build a dam that would lead to the flooding of a site of world significance, without proper and transparent justification and without adequate compensation measures. The Board of Europa Nostra, the leading heritage organisation in Europe, made a statement about the Ancient city of Hasankeyf and its surroundings in Turkey, listed among the 7 Most Endangered heritage sites in Europe in 2016, following a nomination by the Cultural Awareness Foundation. In their statement, the Board of Europa Nostra deeply deplores the decision of the Turkish government...
  • Operation to liberate Raqqa city will start in few days: Kurdish official

    06/03/2017 1:02:07 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 15 replies
    ARA News ^ | June 3, 2017 | Helin Saeed
    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) prepare to launch a major operation aimed at liberating Raqqa city from ISIS militants. The key operation will start in a few days, the official spokesman of the Kurdish Peope’s Protection Units (YPG) said on Saturday. The YPG is a leading force within the US-backed SDF. ...After the fall of Raqqa, Deir ez-Zor province in eastern Syria will be ISIS’s last major foothold in Syria and Iraq.
  • Erdogan calls on Trump to reverse decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters

    05/10/2017 5:43:00 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    Fox news ^ | May 10, 2017 | Fox stated, AP contributed
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said he hopes the United States will reverse its decision to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters who are perceived as terrorists by Ankara. Erdogan said the "fight against terrorism should not be lead with another terror organization" and that "we want to know that our allies will side with us and not with terror organizations." Erdogan's plea came the same day U.S.-backed Syrian Kurd forces said they've taken Syria's largest dam and a nearby town from ISIS. The U.S. announced Tuesday it would arm Syrian Kurdish fighters in a bid to recapture the ISIS...
  • Putin not keen on Kurdish state in Syria: Erdogan

    05/04/2017 11:16:17 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    KOM News ^ | 4 May 2017 12:10 CEST | none stated
    Turkey's President Erdogan meets with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow, 4 May 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said Russia’s Vladimir Putin did not look favourably on a Kurdish state in Syria.Responding to questions on his return flight following a meeting with Putin in Moscow, Erdogan said he had told the president of his displeasure at photos of Russian soldiers alongside Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) fighters in northwestern Syria’s Afrin canton.Erdogan claimed that Putin had told him Russian soldiers “cannot be involved in something like this, I will look into the matter.”The Turkish president also added that Putin...
  • Kurdish official: US does not have to choose between the Kurds and Turkey

    04/30/2017 11:23:17 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News ^ | April 30, 2017 | Ilham Ahmed
    Ilham Ahmed, the co-president of the Democratic Council of Syria. File photo Ilham Ahmed, the co-president of the Democratic Council of Syria, said that the United States should not choose between Turkey and the Kurds in Syria.Ahmed accused Turkey of turning a blind eye to terrorism. “Erdogan is trying to force the United States to choose between us [Syrian Kurds] and Turkey. We don’t think such a choice is necessary, but it is worth considering what that choice entails,” she said.“The Turks said they bombed our headquarters because they claimed our territory is being used to launch attacks against Turkey, but those...
  • Latest situation in Tabqa: SDF hits hard, ISIS on its last legs (Raqqa, Syria)

    04/24/2017 7:51:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 24 Apr 2017, 12:24 | none stated
    The Tabqa operation launched by the Democratic Syrian Forces has entered day 32. SDF is tightening the siege step by step, and the gangs are trapped inside. They attacked again to break the siege, but they were pushed back and 72 gang members were killed. At 05.00 yesterday, ISIS gangs carried out simultaneous attacks in Ayid Kebîr and Cub al-Abű Cabir villages to the south of Tabqa, the Military Airport and the surroundings of Icęl village to the southwest and SDF positions in Îbad, Safsafah and Sahil El Xesheb villages to the east with heavy weapons and suicide bombers. ISIS...
  • Thousands of fruit trees destroyed for ‘security reasons’ in Turkey’s Kurdish region

    03/27/2017 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 29 replies
    KOM News ^ | 27 March 2017 | none stated
    Trees destroyed in Turkey's Kurdish province Sirnak, 27 March 2017, (Photo: Evrensel) Thousands of fruit trees have been destroyed for the “security of the villagers” by local village guards allegedly acting with orders from the local Gendarme Commander in Sirnak province, Turkey’s southeastern Kurdish region, reported the daily Evrensel on Monday.The trees were cut within the last month in the Besta region of Uludere district, located near the border with Iraq.The trees are being cut daily in the early hours of the morning by village guards (state paramilitary force) accompanied by soldiers who stand back and do not participate in the...
  • Close to a 1000 HDP administrators behind bars in Turkey

    03/27/2017 11:41:41 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    KOM News ^ | 27 March 2017 | none stated
    HDP supporters protest the arrest of their members in Istanbul with a poster reading, "We are not afraid of you." People’s Democratic Party (HDP) spokesman and Urfa Deputy Osman Baydemir shared data about HDP members under detention in a press conference on Sunday. Close to a thousand HDP administrators are currently in prison in addition to 13 deputies, said Baydemir.A thousand administrators behind bars“37 province co-chairs and 97 district co-chairs have been arrested since July 2016. 27 province co-chairs and 84 district co-chairs who are members of the party administration are currently in prison. A total of 13 deputies, two members...