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  • Turkey Bombs U.S.-Backed Kurds in Syria's Aleppo Province

    10/20/2016 4:57:05 AM PDT · by kimtom · 11 replies ^ | Oct 20 2016 | Alexander Smith
    Link Only Turkey (Nato ally) bombs US backed Kurds!!! (My lead in)
  • Turkey attacks YPG positions north Syria, Kurds respond

    10/15/2016 8:47:58 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Ara News ^ | October 13, 2016 | Ahmed Shiwesh
    Turkey attacks YPG positions north Syria, Kurds respond ARA News Tel Abyad – Turkey’s military targeted a headquarters of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) near the city of Tel Abyad in northern Syria. “The Turkish artillery bombed the YPG-held village of Khenitiya in Tel Abyad countryside, targeting a YPG security office,” YPG officer Salih Watti told ARA News. The attack, which took place in the afternoon on Wednesday, only caused material damage. No casualties were reported. However, the Kurdish YPG responded to the fire by launching artillery shells at Turkish Army installations near the Syrian border. It was not...
  • Head of Zoroastrian temple says people are returning to their roots

    09/16/2016 7:15:44 PM PDT · by odds · 41 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | 1/2/2016 | Rudaw
    There has been a recent surge in conversions to Zoroastrianism among Kurds at home and abroad. Andaz Hawezi, chief of the Zoroastrian Temple in Sweden says thousands have joined the faith. In 2011 he was elected to lead the temple. Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest religions to which most Kurds trace their ancestral faith. Hawezi says not all the new converts or followers are Kurds. There are Arabs, Turks, Persian, Swedish, Polish, British and other nationalities. “We hope to come back to Kurdistan. That’s why we named the Temple Kurdish Zoroastrian.” Hawezi says. The Temple in Sweden is...
  • The changing face of Islam in Kurdistan

    09/16/2016 7:11:45 PM PDT · by odds · 8 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | July 2, 2016 | Hannah Lynch
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — “We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion, for a lot of reasons,” the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan Region who struggle with questions about their faith. Many Muslims are confronted by the violent extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and wonder how to reconcile their personal beliefs with the actions of the extremist group. The Kurdish population is approximately 94% nominally Muslim. Recently, however, there have been many reports of Kurds leaving Islam or converting to other religions....
  • Republic of Fear

    03/21/2006 5:03:23 PM PST · by Dog · 18 replies · 674+ views
    weeklystandard ^ | 03/21/2006 | Dan Darling
    WHEN THE IRAQI REGIME collapsed in April 2003, few observers saw reason to mourn the loss of Saddam's brutal dictatorship. While a great deal of information about the former Iraqi regime's assorted atrocities has been uncovered since the invasion, newly-released documents go even further in demonstrating its manifest depravity. One such document is CMPC-2003-012666, a letter from Qusay Hussein that directs as follows: Transfer all Kuwaiti POW's / a total of 448 captured Kuwaitis who are located at the Al-Nida Al-Agher Prison and the Intelligence / General Center and Kazema Prison in Al-Kazema, to make them human shields at all...
  • Kuwait Draws Up Charges Against Saddam

    05/11/2005 3:49:33 PM PDT · by WmShirerAdmirer · 5 replies · 395+ views
    Associated Press via Newsday ^ | May 11, 2005 | Diana Elias
    KUWAIT CITY -- Kuwaiti prosecutors have drawn up a list of charges against ousted Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and hundreds of his officials for alleged war crimes committed during Iraq's occupation of the Gulf nation, the prosecutor general said Wednesday. The list will be delivered to the Iraqi court that will try Saddam and other former regime members and the new charges will be added to the existing allegations, prosecutor general Hamed al-Othman said, according to the state-owned Kuwait News Agency. Saddam, who was captured in December 2003, already faces charges in Iraq that include killing rival politicians during his...
  • 'Chemical Ali' could be on trial next week

    02/25/2005 11:05:44 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 5 replies · 494+ views
    UPI ^ | 2/25/05
    BASRA, Iraq, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- More than 50 bullet holes in the wall of the empty swimming pool at "Chemical Ali's" house here indicate just how violent the former Saddam Hussein operative could be.Border police who have taken over the house don't go out to the pool much, said Col. Ali Hussein Jabar, commander of about 30 men working there. Bad things happened there, Jabar said. The relatively modest two-story house is built on an artificial hill surrounded by concrete. It looks out over flat, desolate desert sands inhabited only by sheep herders and oil pipeline guards for as...
  • Kurdish 'Angelina Jolie'

    09/12/2016 2:01:45 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 26 replies
    BBC World News ^ | Sept. 12 , 2106 | BBC
    She was, according to Western media, a poster-girl for her people, admired as much for her striking good looks as her military prowess. The 19-year-old, from the Syrian Kurdish city of Qamishli, was killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in northern Syria last month.
  • Syrian Kurds, allies to approve federal plan despite Turkey

    09/08/2016 7:54:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin ^ | Thu Sep 8, 2016 8:40am EDT | Tom Parry
    Syrian Kurdish groups and their allies will approve a constitution for a new system of government in northern Syria next month, a top Kurdish politician said, defying a Turkish incursion aimed at curbing Kurdish influence in the area. The new system will be established in parts of the north where Kurdish groups have already carved out autonomous regions since the start of the Syrian conflict in 2011, alarming Turkey which fears the rise of Kurdish influence on its border. "We have decided to convene a meeting of the founding assembly of the federal system at the start of October, and...
  • Three Americans Backing Kurdish Forces Killed in Syria

    09/01/2016 7:43:19 AM PDT · by onona · 14 replies
    Tasnim News Agency ^ | 31 Aug 2016 | Unknown
    The bodies of the three soldiers killed last week were transferred to the US Consulate in the Iraqi city of Erbil to be flown to the US at a later time, the source said late on Tuesday. The source named the slain servicemen as Levi Johnson, Jordan Andrew and Will Savage adding that they had been assisting Kurdish forces for around a year in northern Syria.
  • US Urges Halt to Turkish, Kurdish Clashes in Northern Syria

    08/30/2016 3:48:16 PM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 11 replies
    The New York Slimes ^ | August 29, 2016 | Associated Presstitiues
    The U.S. on Monday urged Turkish troops and Kurdish forces in northern Syria to halt their fighting, saying it hinders efforts to defeat the Islamic State group. But Turkey's president vowed to press ahead with the military operation until the IS and Kurdish Syrian fighters no longer pose a security threat to Ankara. It was the first U.S. criticism of its NATO ally since it launched a U.S.-backed incursion into northern Syria to help Syrian rebels seize the town of Jarablus from the Islamic State group. They have been clashing with Kurdish Syrian forces around the town to try to...
  • Sultan Erdogan Pulled Trigger on Syrian Offensive Unilaterally, Did Not Warn U.S.

    08/31/2016 4:37:03 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 08-31-2016 | Michael van der Galien
    When Turkey invaded northern Syria last week in an attempt to "cleanse the border of ISIS," most commentators and observers assumed that the operation was coordinated with the United States. In fact, the U.S. itself said so, declaring that it was the result of U.S.-Turkish coordination. Well, apparently, not so much: But behind the scenes, cooperation between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization partners broke down at senior levels, according to officials on both sides. The two countries weren’t as aligned on the operation as their public statements indicated. While the White House was preparing to consider a secret plan to...
  • Turkey targets Kurdish forces south of Syria's Jarablus

    08/27/2016 5:22:08 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Al-Jazeera ^ | 28 August 2016 | Dylan Collins
    Turkish jets and artillery have targeted Kurdish forces south of the strategic town of Jarablus, according to a monitor and local sources, as Turkey continues a major military offensive inside northern Syria. Turkey first sent tanks across the border on Wednesday as part of a two-pronged operation against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters, as well as Kurdish-led forces. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday's air strikes and shelling hit the village of Amarneh, ...

    08/26/2016 9:01:42 AM PDT · by Lera · 3 replies
    Jerusalem Journal ^ | August 26, 2016 | Boaz Bismuth
    Two days ago, Turkey launched an unprecedented attack on Syria. Ostensibly it is an effort to liberate the town of Jarablus from the clutches of an Islamic Sate stronghold. Ankara also wants to distance terrorists from its borders to prevent future attacks on Turks. This is the official version. But there are other reasons too. When it comes to Turkish military operations, always look for the Kurdish angle. Wednesday's military action is Turkey's most significant mission in Syria since the beginning of the civil -- and religious -- war there, a conflict that has now entered its sixth year. Since...
  • Turkey warns Syrian Kurds to withdraw east of Euphrates

    08/25/2016 9:07:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 08/25/2016
    Turkey has threatened further intervention in northern Syria unless Kurdish-led forces fully withdraw east of the River Euphrates within a week. On Wednesday, Turkish forces helped Syrian rebels take the border town of Jarablus from so-called Islamic State. Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik said on Thursday the operation had two goals - to secure the border area and ensure the Kurds "are not there". Ankara fears Kurdish gains in Syria will fuel an insurgency at home. As Mr Isik spoke, a column of some 10 Turkish tanks and a similar number of armoured vehicles reportedly crossed the border near Jarablus....
  • BREAKING: Turkish military launches operation to Jarablus (Syria, With US Air Support)

    08/23/2016 10:24:38 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 21 replies
    DHA ^ | 8-24-2016 | DHA
    The Turkish military and the U.S.-led coalition forces launched an operation in the Jarablus region of Syria to clear its borders from the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group early on Wednesday. The operation began at around 4 a.m. with the Turkish artillery launching intense fire on the region followed by Turkish warplanes bombing IS targets. The military operation aimed at clearing the Turkish border from "terrorist elements," halting the new wave of refugee flows and delivering humanitarian aid to civilians in the region, the last significant town held by the jihadist group on the border with Turkey.
  • Turkey sends tanks into northern Syria

    08/24/2016 8:16:33 AM PDT · by Lera · 89 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/24/16
    urkish tanks and other vehicles have rolled across the Syrian border after heavy shelling of an area held by so-called Islamic State (IS). Military sources told Turkish media 70 targets in the Jarablus area had been destroyed by artillery and rocket strikes, and 12 by air strikes. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels who are following the advance say they have entered the town of Jarablus itself. The operation is aimed against both IS and Kurdish fighters. Turkey shelled Syrian Kurdish forces in the region this week, determined not to let them fill the vacuum if IS leaves. US Vice-President Joe Biden warned...
  • WATCH: Boy Suicide Bomber Stripped of Explosive Belt in Iraq

    08/22/2016 9:03:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Breitbart Jerusalem ^ | August 22, 2016 | Alexander Jones
    Frightening footage has emerged purporting to show Kurdish security forces removing an explosive belt from an alleged Islamic State teenage suicide bomber moments before it was about to be detonated in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Sunday. The chilling scene, caught on camera and uploaded to YouTube by Kurdish channel Kurdistan24, shows the boy’s hands being held by two law enforcement officers as another member of the security establishment attempts to disarm the device. Wearing a Barcelona football shirt before it was cut off, the boy, believed to be 12 or 13 years old, according to Kurdish media...
  • Ankara sent deputy intel chief to Assad

    08/22/2016 12:14:29 PM PDT · by mvonfr · 2 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | Aug 22, 2016
    A deputy of Hakan Fidan, head of Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) met with high level Syrian intelligence officials in Damascus, As-Safir claimed. The meetings reportedly focused on recent developments in northern Syria, reported the daily basing its story on “credible sources.” The alleged visit by the Turkish intelligence official to Damascus came a day after Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım gave warm messages acknowledging a role for Syrian President Bashar Assad during a transitional period in Syria.
  • How The Hasakah Clashes End Kurdish Nation Dreams

    08/21/2016 8:31:27 AM PDT · by mvonfr · 9 replies
    Moon of Alabama ^ | Aug 21, 2016 | Moon of Alabama
    Severe fighting in Hasakah, in north-east Syria, continues between Syrian government forces and U.S. advised Kurdish YPG groups. It is still unclear why these clashes broke out after years of mostly peaceful co-existence in the city. These clashes convince Turkey that the danger of a Kurdish state creation is imminent. This will unite the Turkish, Syrian, Iranian and Iraqi hostile positions towards such plans. This unity ends the dreams of an independent Kurdish nation. The YPG declared that it wants all Syrian government forces to leave Hasakah. But those forces are the sole protection of the large Assyrian (Christian) and...
  • Syrian regime jets hit Kurdish positions, even after US warning

    08/19/2016 9:42:09 PM PDT · by amorphous · 112 replies
    DailyMail UK ^ | 19 August 2016 | AFP
    Syrian regime jets pounded US-backed Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria for a second day, even after the US-led coalition scrambled jets to protect its military advisers working on the ground. In another escalation of Syria's bloody conflict, warplanes from President Bashar al-Assad's regime were bombarding the city of Hasakeh -- targeting Kurdish forces that for months have worked closely with coalition military advisers helping local fighters combat the Islamic State group. On Thursday, the United States sent fighter jets to head off air strikes conducted by regime planes and to protect coalition advisers, but the Syrian planes had left by...
  • Pentagon sends jets, warning as Syria bombs near US-backed Kurds

    08/19/2016 12:11:41 PM PDT · by amorphous · 32 replies
    RT.Com ^ | 19 August 2016 | Jamie McIntyre
    Two Syrian Su-24 jets struck Kurdish positions in and near Hasakah, in northeastern Syria, on Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters. The US-led coalition scrambled planes near the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakah, after Syrian SU-24 airplanes dropped bombs “dangerously near” the US Special Forces operators embedded with the Kurdish YPG militia in the area. The strike came close to US Special Forces operators, who were embedded with the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), comprised of the Kurdish YPG and local Arab militias. When the strikes began, the “coalition forces on the ground” tried reaching the Syrian jets...
  • Kurdish forces launch fresh thrust to retake Mosul from Islamic State

    08/14/2016 3:54:11 PM PDT · by Mariner · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 14th, 2016 | By Saif Hameed
    Kurdish Peshmerga forces launched a fresh attack on Islamic State (IS) forces early on Sunday as part of a campaign to capture Mosul, the militants' de facto capital in Iraq, Kurdish officials said. The advance began after heavy shelling and air strikes by a United States-led coalition against IS forces, a Reuters correspondent reported from Wardak, 30 km (19 miles) southeast of Mosul. The militants fought back, firing mortars at the advancing troops and detonating at least two car bombs. A Peshmerga commander said a dozen villages had been taken from the ultra-hardline Sunni militants as Kurdish forces headed toward...
  • Syrian rebels 'seize key town Manbij from IS'

    08/06/2016 5:42:40 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 Aug 2016 | BBC
    A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters has seized most of a key Syrian city from so-called Islamic State (IS), activists and commanders say. Small numbers of IS militants are still resisting, using civilians as human shields, the alliance says.
  • More Turks are seeking asylum in Germany

    08/05/2016 3:32:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies ^ | 05 Aug 2016 15:42 GMT+02:00 | Emma Anderson
    Official figures show that more Turkish people are applying for asylum in Germany — most of whom are from the Kurdish minority. In just the first six months of this year, 1,719 Turkish people applied for asylum in Germany, which was close to the total number of Turks who applied in all of last year (1,767), according to figures by the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) sent to The Local. What is not yet known is the number of people who have applied for asylum since the failed coup attempt in Turkey last month, and since President Recep...
  • Palestinian Nationalism and the Case for Kurdish Statehood

    07/12/2016 4:32:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | 7-15-16 | Noah Beck
    An Israeli Orthodox Jew protesting in front of the US Embassy, in Tel Aviv, for Kurdish independence. Photo: Twitter / Screenshot.Why has the West been so supportive of Palestinian nationalism, yet so reluctant to support the Kurds, the largest nation in the world without a state?The Kurds have been instrumental in fighting the Islamic State (ISIS); have generously accepted millions of refugees fleeing ISIS to the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG); and embrace Western values such as gender equality, religious freedom and human rights. They are also an ancient people with an ethnic and linguistic identity stretching back millennia and have faced decades...
  • Phony Kurds in Syria

    05/31/2016 6:19:07 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 11 replies
    National Interest ^ | 27 May 2016 | Paul Pillar
    Creeping escalation characterizes U.S. military involvement in Syria. What had been fifty American troops on the ground expanded to three hundred beginning last month. Official descriptions of this contingent as not being directly involved in combat become increasingly difficult to swallow as piecemeal reports of the Americans' activity become available. The latest detail, which is disturbing on multiple grounds, is that some of the U.S. troops have been wearing on their uniforms the insignia of the Kurdish People's Protection Unit, or YPG, ...
  • Kurds: Peshmerga eye Mosul in advance on ISIS territory

    05/29/2016 10:10:36 PM PDT · by Cronos · 3 replies
    CNN ^ | 30 May 2016 | Euan Mckirdy
    Thousands of Kurdish Peshmerga troops are involved in an offensive to regain formerly Kurdish villages near the ISIS-held town of Mosul, Kurdish officials say. The Peshmerga-led ground offensive, backed by international coalition air support, was launched early Sunday to retake several villages near Khazir, east of Mosul. The operation includes approximately 5,500 Peshmerga fighters. The move comes ahead of a joint offensive by Kurdish forces and Iraqi troops to retake Mosul, Kurdish media says. Kurdish media outlet Rudaw reported that the Peshmerga troops, accompanied by Zeravani Special Forces -- a Kurdish paramilitary outfit -- picked their way across ISIS-held territory,...
  • Turkey offers US joint Syria operation - without the Kurds

    05/29/2016 11:50:28 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/16
    Turkey is offering to "join forces" with Washington for a special operation inside Syria on condition it doesn't include a Syrian Kurdish militia blacklisted by Ankara but seen as an ally by the US, the foreign minister said. Washington's support of Kurdish fighters in Syria in the fight against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists has angered Ankara, especially after AFP pictures last week revealed US commandos wearing patches of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) outlawed by Turkey. "If we join forces, they (the US) have their own special forces and we have our special forces," Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told...
  • Reversing Course on U.S. Soldiers Wearing Kurdish Rebel Insignia (thanks to Turks)

    05/29/2016 12:59:48 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 11 replies ^ | MAY 27, 2016 | KRISHNADEV CALAMUR
    Reversing Course on U.S. Soldiers Wearing Kurdish Rebel Insignia On Thursday, the Defense Department said that in order to blend in, special-operation forces often don the insignia of forces they accompany. On Friday, after Turkey complained, a spokesman called the action “unauthorized and inappropriate.” KRISHNADEV CALAMUR MAY 27, 2016 Updated on May 27 at 2:31 p.m. ET The U.S. Defense Department has ordered American special-operations forces to take down the insignia of a Kurdish rebel group that Turkey regards as a terrorist organization—after angry complaints from Ankara and despite justifying the patches a day earlier. “Wearing those YPG patches was...
  • Op-Ed: Iran is an artificial country

    05/28/2016 4:01:37 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/5/16 | Dr. Mordechai Kedar
    Iran is an artificial country which includes a large number of ethnic groups: Persians, Azars, Kurds, Turkmen, Baloch, Arabs and more.... Southwestern Iran, the Khuzistan region, is home to the Arab minority group, but that is where most of the oil and gas resources are to be found underground, right under the feet of that Arab minority. They are Shiites, exactly like the majority Persians, but are treated with disdain by the government. In the past, the region was called Arabistan to allude to the ethnic group living there, but after the 1925 Persian Conquest, the Persians changed its name...
  • A Look at Life on the Front Lines in the War Against Islamic State

    05/26/2016 12:29:56 PM PDT · by milton23 · 5 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Nolan Peterson
    The Daily Signal foreign correspondent Nolan Peterson recently visited the Kurdish peshmerga’s front line positions surrounding the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul—Iraq’s second biggest city. The peshmerga, which translates to “one who faces death,” are an ally of Operation Inherent Resolve, the U.S.-led international coalition combatting Islamic State, the terrorist army also known as ISIS. Kurdish commanders say the U.S.-led airstrikes have been a game changer, degrading their enemy and boosting the Kurds’ morale. And despite a lack of heavy weapons and ammunition, the peshmerga soldiers are determined to keep fighting.
  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 29 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 23/5/16 | David Rosenberg
    Speaking on the 100th anniversary of the Sykes-Picot Agreement last week, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, Masoud Barzani, declared that the old Middle East created by European imperialism was dead – and that an independent Kurdish state must be part of the emerging new order. Referring to the secret arrangement by the Allied Powers in World War I to divide the Middle East into “spheres of influence”, Barzani blasted the Sykes-Picot Agreement, saying that it denied the rights of the inhabitants and carved up populations with arbitrary lines. The agreement served as the basis for the establishment of the modern...
  • Kurdish militants reportedly shoot down Turkish security forces helicopter

    05/16/2016 4:15:18 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 14, 2016 | Erin Cunningham
    ISTANBUL — They were used to stalk Russian helicopters in Afghanistan, and the United States has worked hard to keep them out of chaotic Syria. But now Kurdish guerrillas battling Turkey's security forces may now have shoulder-fired missiles — an acquisition analysts say will seriously challenge Turkish air power and potentially intensify fighting in the region. About four minutes into the video, the fighter, clad in camouflage fatigues, crouches on a verdant hillside with the weapons system on his shoulder. When the launcher locks on its target — a helicopter whirring noisily on the horizon — the fighter stands to...
  • British SAS capture 3 Isis chiefs in daring lightning raids around Mosul

    05/08/2016 11:10:43 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 23 replies ^ | May 7, 2016 | William Watkinson
    British SAS troopers have successfully kidnapped three Islamic State (Isis) chiefs in daring lightning raids in Mosul, according to reports. The city is the largest in Iraq still under Isis (Daesh) control, but is facing increased pressure from the north, south and east by the Iraqi army, Kurdish Peshmerga forces and US-led Western airstrikes. British special forces, including the Special Air Service (SAS), have been operating in Iraq in conjunction with other western forces to help plot attacks on the militants, with snipers taking out high-level members of the terror group on several occasions.
  • SEAL Dies Defending Christian Town in Iraq

    05/04/2016 5:56:57 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 4 replies ^ | May 3, 2016 | Lori
    Reports surfaced Tuesday that ISIS had attacked the Christian city of Tel Askuf in Iraq. An intense firefight ensued involving local Kurdish Peshmerga troops and training forces from the Sons of Liberty International (SOLI), a group founded and run by Matthew Van Dyke. Unfortunately, one Navy SEAL gave his life defending the Christian city. His name has yet to be released. Jason Butrill, head researcher for The Glenn Beck Program and a former member of counterintelligence with U.S. Special Forces, received communication from Van Dyke’s team as the fighting went down. “This area that has been attacked is the Christian...
  • 'Mad Max'-style ISIS truck blown apart by Syrian Kurds in viral video

    04/27/2016 6:43:34 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 27, 2016
    VIDEO: No, this is not a scene out of the action film “Mad Max”. An explosives-laden pickup truck driven by an Islamic State suicide bomber was turned into a rolling fireball by Syrian Kurdish fighters – and dramatic video footage of the attack released Monday has gone viral. “A suicide bomber tried to attack us but my comrades managed to kill him,” one fighter says in the video obtained by France 24.
  • Syrian rebels massacre Kurdish civilians in Aleppo (CIA vs Pentagon?)

    Syrian rebels massacre Kurdish civilians in Aleppo April 6, 2016 Syria ARA News ERBIL – Dozens of civilians, including women and children, were killed on Tuesday in attacks by Arab rebel groups on a Kurdish neighborhood in Syria’s northern Aleppo city, officials and activists told ARA News. The Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Mqsoud in Aleppo –held by fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG)– was exposed to heavy shelling by Islamist rebels on Tuesday. At least 70 civilians were reported dead in the bombardment of Sheikh Maqsoud. “The situation in Sheikh Maqsoud is very bad, the attacks of these rebel...
  • After declaring autonomy, Syrian Kurds ‘open to ties with Israel’

    03/20/2016 5:32:47 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | March 18, 2016 | Dov Lieber
    Israeli professor says Jerusalem should endorse Kurdish aspirations in war-torn Syria, can help defeat Islamic State After the main Syrian Kurdish group officially declared areas under its control in northern Syria a federalized autonomous region this week, the Syrian regime and opposition, as well as Turkey, immediately rejected the declaration. Get The Times of Israel's Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign up! The group was also not given a seat at the table of peace negotiations taking place in Geneva. Despite not being recognized, the Syrian Kurds have fully governed their region for two...
  • ISIS Prepares to Attack Israel in North and South Pincer Movement

    12/26/2014 8:17:04 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 86 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 24, 2014 | Chriss W. Street
    With ISIS continuing to hold the upper hand in Syria and Iraq, it appears that the terrorist network is planning what military strategists call a pincer movement to attack the Israeli homeland from the north and south. Three Syrian rebel groups switched loyalties to gain ISIS support for attacks on the Israeli occupied Golan Heights, according to a report by the Fiscal Times. ISIS is now able to coordinate with Egyptian ISIS-aligned terror group Ansar Bait al-Maqdis in Sinai to simultaneously pressure Israel's northern and southern borders... Although the U.S. led Coalition Joint Task Force named "Operation Inherent Resolve" claims to...
  • Arab racism VS Israeli worries

    12/11/2010 8:38:43 PM PST · by PRePublic · 4 replies
    While anti-Israel bigots, Arabs, Muslims have for so long tried to cast Israelis' legitimate concern over a growing racist Arab threat that seeks its annihilation - in a bad light, the recent phenomenon is that radical leftysts inside Israel cast at times these worries and subsequented defensive actions also with such bombastic -unfair- definitions, though their aim is political, the damage is horrific. Now, why don't we talk about the real racism in the area, outside or even inside Israel, the Arab racism of course, that which since (at least the 1920s) tried to commit genocide on the Jewish population...
  • Iraq's fleeing Christians find safe haven in Kurdistan

    06/18/2014 2:34:23 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    France 24 ^ | 6-17-2014
    Mosul, in northern Iraq, had a substantial Christian population of around 10,000 until Sunni Islamist militants belonging to the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) took the city in their lightning offensive last week. Most of them have fled, seeking refuge in nearby Kurdistan, an autonomous Kurdish territory where they feel protected from the hard-line Sunni fighters by the local Peshmerga army. Unlike the rest of Iraq, Kurdistan has succeeded in preserving co-existence between its diverse communities, and for now it's a safe haven for oppressed minorities. The Peshmerga have taken advantage of the power vacuum in northern...
  • Canadian woman who went to Syria to fight WITH Kurdish army 'has been captured by jihadists'

    12/01/2014 9:25:13 AM PST · by dennisw · 10 replies
    dailymail ^ | 30 November 2014 | Kieran Corcoran
    Gill Rosenberg, 31, left to fight in Syria with all-female Peshmerga unit Jihadist sources say she was captured in contested town of Kobane Canadian government says it is investigating the reports A Canadian woman who flew to Syria to join the fight against ISIS has reportedly been captured. Gill Rosenberg, 31, left North America to join the ranks of the Kurdish Peshmerga fighting force, which has elite all-female units. Rosenberg, a joint citizen of Israel who served in the Israeli Defense Force, went to fight against the so-called Islamic State earlier this month, while they were locked in combat over...
  • KURDS, PALESTINIANS AND DOUBLE STANDARDS-Who really deserves statehood?

    07/27/2015 5:37:44 AM PDT · by SJackson · 13 replies ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joseph Puder
    The Washington Post headline on June, 2, 2015, read: “Obama Makes an Impassioned Case for a Palestinian State.” While President Obama and his administration are eager for the establishment of another unstable and likely terrorist Arab (there are 21 Arab states, and Palestine is the 22nd) state called Palestine, they have largely ignored if not betrayed the Kurds in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Turkey. The Kurds are one of the largest national groups globally without a state of their own, and they are yearning for one independent Kurdish state. Justice for the Kurds, it seems, is subjected to the whims...
  • Genetics, DNA - strong Proof of Jews' roots to the land of Israel, not so for Arabs / "palestinians"

    10/18/2008 7:49:39 PM PDT · by PRePublic · 11 replies · 638+ views
    Genetics, DNA - strong Proof of (almost all) Jews' roots to the land of Israel, not so for Arabs /"palestinians" [The "palestinian" Arabs as "cousins" MYTH]Jews and their neighbors: The Middle East With Jews looking increasingly like a relatively cohesive population largely of Middle Eastern origin, the logical next question is how close a genetic relationship exists with other Middle Eastern groups. A study of Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs published in 2000 by Israeli researchers revealed what the authors described as "a relatively recent common ancestry." It was greeted with euphoric proclamations that Palestinians and Jews are "brothers." A...
  • Israel gets oil from Iraqi Kurdistan's independent pipeline

    06/20/2014 6:48:23 PM PDT · by Trapper6012 · 5 replies
    Reuters via ^ | 20.6.2014 | By Julia Payne - Reuters
    LONDON,— Iraqi Kurdistan looked set to unload its first cargo of disputed crude oil in Israel from its new independent pipeline after weeks of seeking an outlet as Iraq's central government has threatened legal action against any buyer. The SCF Altai tanker was anchored near Israel's Ashkelon port early on Friday morning, ship tracking and industry sources said. The tanker is expected to dock early on Saturday, local sources said. Securing the first sale of oil from its independent pipeline to the Turkish port of Ceyhan is crucial for the Kurdish Regional Government as it seeks greater financial independence from...
  • Cut of ties with Israel prompted local development of weapons by Turkey

    08/04/2015 5:40:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    iHLS ^ | Aug 1, 2015
    The complete cut of ties between Israel and Turkey has accelerated the development of advanced weapon systems in Turkey. When the “Honeymoon” between the two countries was on, Turkey purchased and planned to purchase all types of Israeli made weapon system. The Turkish military does not boast the world’s most advanced gear for precision strikes, but a number of local programs are progressing, signaling reduced future dependence on foreign systems. That has changed. According to Defense News Turkish officials recently reported “critical progress” in three systems they have been developing over the past years. Procurement officials said the first critical...
  • Israel supports Kurdish independence to stop ISIS infiltration into Jordan

    06/29/2014 3:19:25 PM PDT · by Zenjitsuman · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/30/14 | Tovah Lazaroff
    Netanyahu explained that recent events have shown the dangers of a security strategy that is overly dependent on Western powers. It is important to build a regional axis of cooperation with moderate forces in the Middle East, Netanyahu said, explaining why he supports Kurdish independence.
  • What the American Withdrawal From Iraq Means for Israel

    12/18/2011 3:38:13 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 5 replies
    JINSA ^ | December 12, 2011 | Gabriel M. Scheinmann
    snip American allies, such as Israel, are similarly nervous about the precipitous departure. A weak and America-less Iraq will have demonstrably negative consequences for Israel’s security environment. First, no country with an American military presence has attacked Israel. U.S. forces stationed in Turkey, Egypt, and the Gulf States have deterred or prevented those states from embarking on military action. In fact, the presence of U.S. forces has generally signaled the strategic orientation of those countries, first as anti-Soviet and now as anti-Iranian. snip Overall, the American withdrawal from Iraq portends ill for Israel. Iranian domination of Iraq is likely to...
  • Kurds support relations with Israel, Massoud Barzani

    06/09/2005 4:43:02 AM PDT · by Wiz · 2 replies · 269+ views
    BAGHDAD -- UPI-June 8, 2006- The president of Iraq's Kurdistan province, Massoud Barzani, says he has no objection to establishing diplomatic relations with Israel. "Establishing relations between the Kurds and Israel is not a crime since many Arab countries have ties with the Jewish state," Barzani said in an interview with the Saudi daily al-Hayat. He said when the time comes and an Israeli Embassy is opened in Baghdad he will ask that an Israeli consulate be also established in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan. Barzani, who heads the powerful Kurdistan Democratic Party, said the disputed oil center of...