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  • Kurdish Forces Free 7 Villages in Iraq From ISI

    08/28/2015 9:41:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Saturday, 29 August 2015
    Western-backed Kurdish fighters freed seven villages from the clasps of ISIS in northern Iraq in recent days, the U.S.-led coalition battling the militants said Friday. But the extremists still control broad swathes of land in the war-torn country, where ISIS has waged a terrifying offensive of forced religious conversions and beheadings. Bolstered by coalition airstrikes, the Peshmerga fighters wrestled back more than 200 square kilometers (80 square miles) near the town of Tuz since August 26, the Combined Joint Task Force said.
  • Kurds Are Surging – America Is Not

    08/28/2015 11:28:42 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/28/15 | Eddie Pedersen
    A tale of two countries, one spurred to greatness by manifest destiny, the other crumbling under the weight of liberal anarchism The Kurds are surging in Iraq again. Kurdish fighters are successfully attacking both the Islamic state and other terrorist factions in Syria and Iraq; as we saw with the Kurdish capture of many Iraqi villages two days ago. The recent Kurdish push in Iraq occurs in spite of Turkey’s President Erdogan and his counterproductive air campaign against Kurdish fighters. To make matters worse Kurdish hopes for autonomy rights in Iranian held areas will more or less cease to be...
  • Is Turkey Going Rogue?

    08/26/2015 5:43:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Atlantic Community ^ | 8/26/15 | Jon Abbink
    Turkey's geo-political maneuvers may urge reconsideration of its NATO membership. While the threat from Daesh grows, Ankara is more focused on the continuing fight with the Kurds. The Erdoğan government is undermining the core values of what NATO stands for, and its anti-Kurdish policy spells problems for its role in the region. NATO has to make a statement and also work behind the scenes to engage Erdoğan to prioritize the war against Daesh. Under the pretext of an anti-Daesh (ISIS) campaign, Turkey's government since late July 2015 is harshly repressing the Kurds, playing the ‘anti-terrorism' card towards NATO. But the...
  • Pentagon: Tests show mustard gas on rounds fired by Islamic State against Kurds

    08/21/2015 12:12:56 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Stars andStrips ^ | 8-21-2015 | Tara Copp
    Initial tests on mortar fragments from an Aug. 11 Islamic State attack against Kurdish forces in Iraq have tested positive for the chemical weapon mustard gas, the Pentagon said Friday. A few days after the attack near Makhmour, the Kurdish Peshmerga forces brought fragments from the mortar rounds to U.S. forces. Makhmour is just south of Irbil, where the U.S. has one of its training center sites. “We were able to take the fragments and do a field test on those fragments, and they showed the presence of HD, or what is known as sulfur mustard. That is a class...
  • Turkish PM Returns Mandate to Erdogan

    08/18/2015 4:24:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/8/15
    Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Tuesday returned the mandate to form a government to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Anadolu news agency reported. Erdogan received Davutoglu at 7.30 p.m. local (1630 GMT) at the Presidential Palace in capital Ankara, according to the news agency. Davutoglu, who is also the chairman of the Justice and Development (AK) Party, told Erdogan that despite his best efforts he could not find any possibility to form a coalition government. The president thanked the prime minister for his efforts, a statement from the Turkish presidency added. Erdogan is now expected to make a decision...
  • 'They rape us. We kill them': Yazidi singer forms all-female fighting unit to take revenge on ISIS..

    08/17/2015 2:10:40 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 34 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/17/15 | OWEN HOLDAWAY
    ...for forcing their sisters into sexual slavery and beheading their brothers 'Sun Girls' brigade was formed by the renowned Yazidi singer Xate Shingali She has 123 recruits aged between 17 and 30 who all want revenge on ISIS They risk being murdered or held as sex slaves if they are caught by enemy Even the youngest recruit, 17, is not worried about being captured in battle ISIS has abducted and abused thousands of Yazidi girls from northern Iraq The women of an all-female Yazidi batallion is risking death - or worse - to fight back against the ISIS thugs who...
  • US reportedly sees possible pattern in ISIS chemical weapons attacks

    08/15/2015 11:28:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/15/15
    U.S. intelligence agencies reportedly believe the Islamic State used chemical weapons in Syria on Kurdish forces at least two weeks before the group may have used it in Iraq, U.S. officials said on Friday. The reports are fueling concerns that ISIS has acquired an arsenal of banned chemicals that could escalate fighting in the region. “It could be a pattern,” a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the intelligence told The Wall Street Journal. U.S. agencies have believed that the Islamic State aspired to obtain chemical weapons, such as mustard gas, but officials said it was premature to immediately connect...
  • Islamic State confirmed to have used mustard gas against Kurds in Syria

    08/15/2015 9:33:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8/15/15 | Nabih Bulos
    The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil) used mustard agent in its fight against a Kurdish militia in Syria, testing has confirmed. Unnamed US government officials involved in investigating alleged chemical weapon use by Isil in the northeastern Syrian city of Hasakeh confirmed mustard gas had been used, according to the Washington Post and CNN. Mustard gas, used during World War One, can cause blisters, blindness and respiratory damage and is an internationally-banned chemical weapon. Last month, members of a Syrian Kurdish militia, the People's Defence Units or YPG, reported that projectiles fired by Isil's jihadists had released...
  • Pentagon: Reports "credible" mustard gas used in ISIS attack

    08/13/2015 7:12:50 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 27 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 13, 2015
    Pentagon sources tell CBS News that reports are "credible" that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) likely used mustard gas against Kurdish fighters in Iraq. It is unclear if the gas was leftover from Saddam Hussein stockpiles or if they were brought over from Syria, which would be the two likeliest sources of the gas, said a senior Department of Defense official. The official said the reports are credible because of prior information, but did not elaborate. Mustard gas is considered an "antiquated" weapon that must be used in very large concentrations to be lethal, the official told...
  • German army reports chemical attack in Iraq (no WMD?)

    08/13/2015 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 Aug 2015 17:00 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq have reported being attacked with chemical weapons, the German defense ministry said Thursday. “We have indications that there was an attack with chemical weapons” against the Peshmerga fighters that left many suffering from “respiratory irritation,” a ministry spokesman told AFP. […] IS has previously been accused of using chlorine against Kurdish forces in Iraq. In March, the autonomous Kurdish government in northern Iraq said it had evidence that the jihadist group used chlorine in a car bomb attack on January 23. …
  • U.S. Shelves Its $500M Syrian Rebel Army

    08/12/2015 8:27:02 AM PDT · by Navy Patriot · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 11, 2015 | Nancy A. Youssef
    The Obama administration has itself a new proxy force to fight ISIS—but not the rebel army it’s committed half a billion dollars to assemble. The Obama administration is still publicly counting on a $500 million rebel army to beat ISIS in Syria. But privately, the Pentagon brass long ago moved past its own proxy force, The Daily Beast has learned. They’ve found another group to fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State instead. In recent weeks, the handful of fighters in the administration-backed rebel army—the so-called “New Syrian Force”—have been killed, kidnapped, or fallen off the proverbial radar. But the Pentagon maintained...
  • US military official: 'We were outraged' when Turkey pulled a fast one after the anti-ISIS deal

    08/11/2015 7:48:54 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 35 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 11, 2015 | Natasha Bertrand
    An American military source told Fox News that US military leaders were "outraged" when Turkey began launching airstrikes against the Kurdish PKK in northern Iraq just hours after striking a deal with the US opposing the Islamic State, the militant group also known as ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh. A Turkish officer entered the allied headquarters in the air war against ISIS and "announced that the strike would begin in 10 minutes and he needed all allied jets flying above Iraq to move south of Mosul immediately," the source said. "We were outraged." The US special forces stationed in northern Iraq...
  • Turkey's strikes on Kurds could drag US into new front, military sources fear

    08/11/2015 1:21:55 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 10, 2015 | By Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin
    WASHINGTON – Just hours after a deal last month allowing the U.S. to use Turkey’s air bases to launch sorties against ISIS, Turkey pulled a move that left American military leaders surprised and outraged, and raised questions about the two nations' alliance in the war on the jihadist army. With only 10 minutes notice to their American partners, Turkey launched a massive air strike of its own July 24 against a Kurdish militant group in the northern mountains of Iraq. The U.S. had barely enough warning to make sure its own forces were out of the way, according to a...
  • IRANIAN ARRESTED IN ERBIL IS WANTED IN AUSTRIA

    01/17/2007 6:19:37 AM PST · by Valin · 41 replies · 989+ views
    AKI ^ | 1/17/07
    Tehran, 17 Jan. (AKI) - One of the five Iranians arrested last week by the US army in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil is wanted in Austria in connection with the assassination of Kurdish leader Andol Rahman Ghassemlu in 1989. Mahommad Jaafari Sharoudi was one of five Iranian officials detained last week in the Kurdish-controlled city on charges of being connected to a faction of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, the Pasdaran, that funds and arms insurgents in Iraq. Abdol Rahman Ghassemlu, the historic leader of Iranian Kurds, was killed in an apartment in the outskirts of the Austrian capital...
  • Mulla Krekar: Only ISIS can fulfill Muslim ‘ambitions and dreams’

    03/14/2015 4:05:31 AM PDT · by piasa · 12 replies
    By RUDAW ^ | 5/2/2015
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Only the Islamic State (ISIS) can “fulfill our ambitions and dreams,” said firebrand Kurdish cleric Mulla Krekar, who was recently freed from a Norwegian jail. “The Islamic State is not something strange; it is the only element that can fulfill our ambitions and dreams,” he said in an Al Jazeera interview. The 58-year-old preacher added that all Muslims calling for resistance to the extremist Sunni ISIS “Caliphate” are “cowards,” and accused them of following orders from the United States and Shiite Iran. He called upon ISIS to appoint someone “with the courage to fight the infidels...
  • 400 Kurds killed by Turkey's air raid (Obama's friend) vs 3 Raids against ISIS

    http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/08/09/close-to-400-pkk-fighters-killed-in-two-weeks-of-airstrikes/ The Turkish state-run Anatolia news agency has on Sunday reported that 390 members of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) have been killed in the two weeks of airstrikes since the Ankara government announced it was launching operations against the PKK and Islamic State (IS).
  • The Upcoming Turkish Civil War?

    08/08/2015 8:09:30 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | August 8, 2015 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Last month the American main stream media announced that Turkey is bombing ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. If it were not for the foreign press, Americans would have blindly believed that Turkey has joined the fight against this group of inhuman sub-human terrorists. But the truth is they are using ISIS as an excuse to renew their long held, bigoted campaign of hatred against the Kurds, killing them wherever they may be found. The Spiegel reported that Turkish President Erdogan will do anything to stay in power, including derailing a peace process with Kurds in his own country. The...
  • US, Turkey To Form Anti-ISIS "Coalition" With Saudi Arabia, Qatar

    08/05/2015 9:34:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/05/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Some observers have noticed something rather peculiar about Turkey’s new bombing campaign against Islamic State positions. The curious thing about the airstrikes on ISIS targets, Ankara’s critics say, is that they aren’t really occurring. Instead, Turkey is aggressively hitting PKK targets and although Turkey made it clear in its appeal for NATO support that it doesn’t discriminate between one "terrorist" group and another, commentators say the air raids have been noticeably one-sided. "Opponents [of] President Tayyip Erdogan [have] pointed out the air strikes against the PKK have so far been heavier than those against the Islamist radicals," Reuters notes.As we’ve...
  • U.S., Turkey Agree to Keep Syrian Kurds Out of Proposed Border Zone

    08/03/2015 8:22:07 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 3, 2015 | DION NISSENBAUM
    ISTANBUL—The U.S. and Turkey have reached an understanding meant to assure the Ankara government that plans to drive Islamic State militants from a proposed safe zone in northern Syria won’t clear the way for Kurdish fighters to move in. Officials from both countries on Monday disclosed details of the discussions that grew out of Turkey’s recent decision to step up its cooperation with the U.S. in the fight against Islamic State. The U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist group has conducted numerous airstrikes over the past year to back the Kurdish YPG militia in northern Syria, which has proved to be...
  • Turkey Launches All-Out War: 260 Kurds Dead in a Week

    08/01/2015 4:39:47 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/8/15
    Turkey has killed 260 Kurdish militants in a week-long air offensive on targets in northern Iraq, official media claimed Saturday, as regional Iraqi authorities said it was time the rebels pulled out with concerns growing over civilian casualties. Ankara has launched a two-pronged "anti-terror" offensive against Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists in Syria and Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militants based in northern Iraq after a wave of attacks inside Turkey. But so far the bombardments have focused far more on the Kurdish rebels and a report by the official Anatolia news agency of 260 alleged PKK militants killed was the first...
  • TURKEY INTO THE ABYSS

    07/29/2015 5:08:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | July 29, 2015 | Robert Ellis
    Turkey is at war with its own Kurds and ISIL. The bomb attack on the Turkish border town of Suruc in southeastern Turkey, targeting a group of activists planning to help rebuild Kobane across the border in Syria, came at an opportune moment for Turkey’s interim AKP (Justice and Development Party) government. Unlike a bombing in another border town, Reyhanli, two years ago, which failed to attract U.S. support for Turkey’s campaign against Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, this time the bombing has done the trick. The suicide bomber was a member of an Islamist group linked to ISIL (the...
  • Turkey Hits Kurdish Militants in Iraq in Largest Airstrike Yet

    07/29/2015 11:19:38 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | July 29, 2015 | DION NISSENBAUM And Biography @DionNissenbaum Dion.Nissenbaum@wsj.com YELIZ CANDEMIR
    ISTANBUL—Turkey’s renewed conflict with Kurdish militants intensified on Wednesday as the government launched a new wave of airstrikes in northern Iraq and a blast temporarily crippled a key oil pipeline in southeastern Turkey. Turkish jets hit a half dozen targets in Iraq in the single largest strike on the Kurdish separatist group PKK since the latest campaign began. Lawmakers met in Ankara for a special parliamentary session to discuss the deepening crisis. Some lawmakers urged the country to salvage a three-year-old peace process with the Kurdish militants, who have sought greater autonomy from the Turkish state. “The peace process is...
  • Thousands will die as Obama continues to throw our allies to the wolves in Kurdistan

    07/30/2015 5:36:03 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 19 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/29/2015 | Rebel Media
    Ezra Levan of TheRebel.Media reports yet another example of Obama's inept and dangerous negotiating skills as he sacrifices the Kurds in order to have the right to do what he has a right to do anyway. Even though Turkey is a member of NATO, they hate the Kurds more than they oppose the Islamic State terrorists. Obama has just given the Islamic government of Turkey permission to attack our allies in Kurdistan, who are the only liberal Muslims in the region. Obama will be gone in eighteen months but in the meantime, thousands will die as he continues to throw...
  • Turkey launches heaviest air strikes yet on PKK, stoking Kurdish ire

    07/29/2015 6:35:52 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-29-2015 | Humeyra Pamuk and Nick Tattersall
    Turkish jets launched their heaviest assault on Kurdish militants in northern Iraq overnight since air strikes began last week, hours after President Tayyip Erdogan said a peace process had become impossible. The strikes hit Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets including shelters, depots and caves in six areas, a statement from Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu's office said. A senior official told Reuters it was the biggest assault since the campaign started. Iraq condemned the air strikes as a "dangerous escalation and an assault on Iraqi sovereignty", saying it was committed to ensuring militant attacks on Turkey were not carried out from...
  • KURDS, PALESTINIANS AND DOUBLE STANDARDS

    07/27/2015 4:22:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | 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...
  • STUNNING=> Obama Gives Turkey Green Light to Bomb Former US Soldiers Fighting ISIS

    07/26/2015 7:31:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | July 26, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Forty to fifty Americans are fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS– Retired US Marine Jordan Matson joined the YPG Kurdish fighters to fight ISIS in September 2014. Jordan told Greta Van Susteren in February that there are 40-50 Americans fighting with Kurdish forces against ISIS. He also said the Kurds are very hospitable to Christians and Yazidis. (VIDEO-AT-LINK)[continued]
  • Turkey Uses ISIS ( Islamic State ) as Excuse to Attack Kurds

    07/26/2015 8:22:22 AM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | July 26, 2015 | Uzay Bulut
    Turkish government is using ISIS as a pretext to attack the PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party). Turkey just announced that its air base at Incirlik will soon be open to coalition forces, presumably to fight ISIS. But the moment Turkey started bombing, it targeted Kurdish positions in Iraq, in addition to targeting ISIS positions in Syria. In Turkey, millions of indigenous Kurds are continually terrorized and murdered, but ISIS terrorists can freely travel and use official border crossings to go to Syria and return to Turkey; they are even treated at Turkish hospitals. If this is how the states that rule...
  • Turkey says parts of Syria to become 'safe zones' (25 Mile Buffer Zone)

    07/25/2015 10:33:27 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 9 replies
    Al Jezeera ^ | 7-25-2015 | AJZ
    Turkey has said areas in north Syria cleared of fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group will become safe zones. Saturday’s announcement made by Mevlut Cavusoglu, the Turkish foreign minister, came after Ankara announced it had begun bombing ISIL positions in Syria and and Kurdish fighters' camps in northern Iraq. "When areas in northern Syria are cleared of the (ISIL) threat, the safe zones will be formed naturally," Cavusoglu told a news conference. The conflict in Syria has displaced more than 10 million people, with many residing in makeshift camps near the Turkish border.These...
  • Turkey confirms attacks on PKK militant camps in Iraq: statement

    07/24/2015 11:12:41 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7-25-2015 | Reuters
    Turkish fighter jets launched attacks on camps of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in northern Iraq overnight SNIP---- Turkey simultaneously launched ground attacks against the PKK and Islamic State in northern Syria
  • A Personal War (America’s Marxist Allies Against ISIS)

    07/24/2015 9:57:10 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 2 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/25/2015 | MATT BRADLEY AND JOE PARKINSON
    SINJAR MOUNTAIN, Iraq—Nine years ago, Zind Ruken packed a bag and left her majority-ethnic-Kurdish city in Iran, escaping a brutal police crackdown and pressure to marry a man she’d never met. Now the 24-year-old is a battle-hardened guerrilla, using machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to fight Islamic State extremists in Syria and Iraq. She has deployed to reverse their advances on self-governing Kurdish communities. Last summer, she says, she helped rescue Kurdish-speaking Yazidis besieged on Sinjar Mountain. Her unit has fought Islamist insurgents and conventional armies in Syria, Turkey, Iran and Iraq—countries where an estimated 30 million Kurds live.
  • Syriac-Assyrians welcome US statement on self-government and self-defence [Christians]

    07/21/2015 4:57:52 AM PDT · by huldah1776
    Middle East Monitor ^ | July 21, 2015 | N/A
    Christians in Syria have welcomed the statement by US General John Allen, the special coordinator of the International Coalition against ISIS, in which he recognised the need for all peoples in Syria to have some degree of autonomy when they are freed from tyranny. The Syriac-Assyrians made their comments in a press release in which they also welcomed the continuing efforts of the coalition against ISIS. "This demonstrates," they said, "that the war against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." against the militant group is a war to defend the whole of humanity." There...
  • Lindsey Graham Wants 10,000 Troops in Syria: Slammed Rand Paul & jabbed Ted Cruz in a hawkish speech

    07/08/2015 3:16:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    US News & World Report's The Run 2016 ^ | July 8, 2015 | David Catanese
    Calling Iraq and Syria a "single battle space," Sen. Lindsey Graham said he'd place around 10,000 troops in Syria today if he were president, in order to eradicate the heart of the Islamic State group's attempted caliphate. That call amounted to one of the most aggressive proposals by a 2016 presidential candidate regarding dealing with Syria, which has been engulfed in years of fighting between the government, rebels and Islamic militants. In remarks before The Atlantic Council on Wednesday, Graham, R-S.C., said half-measures like arming the Kurds to fight the Islamic State group were insufficient, and name-checked two of his...
  • Fog of War - Obama’s Trojan horse emergent

    07/08/2015 7:39:37 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/15 | Eddie Pedersen
    This colossal screw up is primarily Obama’s fault, Obama + Maliki + Hillary = Islamic State. This is the inescapable reality. Backing the Arab Spring, gun running from Libya to Syria, this whole thing is their mess Yesterday American Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and General Martin Dempsey, revealed millions of tax payer dollars yielded America only 60 Syrian anti Assad fighters. Thusly conservatives world wide, feel vindicated by left wing press articles that seem to echo nearly every warning conservatives have been prognosticating for months. We see articles that contain a somber almost cryptic infomercial quality to them. Bad...
  • Iraq, Kurdistan Oil Deal Close to Collapse

    07/06/2015 4:57:49 AM PDT · by thackney · 1 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 3, 2015 | MATT BRADLEY
    An oil-sales deal between Iraq and the semiautonomous Kurdistan Regional Government is close to collapse about six months after it was signed, undermining the country’s unity as it struggles to fight Islamic State and contain an escalating financial crisis. Months of acrimony between Baghdad and Erbil, the KRG’s capital, came to a head in June, when the Kurdish side reduced the amount of oil it sold through Iraq’s state-owned Oil Marketing Company, known as SOMO, and began ramping up its independent sales of oil through the Turkish port at Ceyhan. The sales undercut an agreement struck in December that gave...
  • ‘We Have Suffered Like the Jews': Kurds Ready to Build Own State ‘Whether US Likes It or Not’

    07/03/2015 11:54:27 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 29 replies
    Breitbart ^ | July 3, 2015 | Frances Martel
    As a variety of Kurdish forces continue containing the Islamic State’s (ISIS/ISIL/IS) advance in Syria and Iraq, leaders are becoming increasingly vocal about the establishment of an independent Kurdistan, with some sources close to the ground telling Fox News that Kurds are dedicated to the formation of a new state–“whether the U.S. likes it or not.” Security sources speaking to Fox News note that the Kurdish forces–the YPG/YPJ in Syria and the Peshmerga in Iraq–have made significant advances in the past months, keeping ISIS from recapturing the Turkish border town of Kobani and even making inroads in Raqqa province, home...
  • Obama Administration blocks attempts to fly heavy weapons to Kurds to fight the Islamic State

    07/02/2015 2:53:46 PM PDT · by blueyon · 23 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 7/02/15 | Robert Spencer
    obama-finger-“There is simply no strategic approach. There is a lack of coordination in selecting targets, and there is no overall plan for defeating Isil.” Indeed. The President keeps forcing people to ask the question, Which side is he on? “US blocks attempts by Arab allies to fly heavy weapons directly to Kurds to fight Islamic State,” by Con Coughlin, Telegraph, July 2, 2015: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack...
  • Report: U.S. blocking shipments of heavy arms to the Kurds fighting ISIS

    07/02/2015 8:14:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/02/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Does President Obama even want to defeat ISIS?  If so, why is the United States blocking shipments of heavy armaments to the Kurds?  They should be our best friends in the Muslim world and have demonstrated their capacity as excellent fighters with boots on the ground in fighting ISIS.  Which, not so incidentally, wants to kill their men and make sex slaves of their women. Con Coughlin of the U.K. Telegraph reports: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph...
  • Reality versus Fantasy - Obama’s Proxy War In Syria

    07/02/2015 7:53:05 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/02/15 | Eddie Pedersen
    Funding alleged Freedom Fighters aka Magical Fighters who historically fall prey to swapping allegiances increases the risk of genocide to astronomical proportions, unwarranted The Kurdish people are fighting our terrorist enemies and losing their lives in the process, and its not just men, 30% of Kurdish fighters are now female fighters, who can never be captured alive. Think about that the next time you cant find a shopping cart at the local grocery store. Think about it when you’re grilling hot dogs and burgers this Fourth of July, or when you hear the national anthem this weekend. These men and...
  • Obama and Cameron in on blocking heroic Kurds from fighting ISIS

    07/02/2015 7:50:21 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/02/15 | Judi McLeod
    Blame the next gruesome ISIS video on the deadly duo polluting the news stream with their self-serving empty rhetoric that continues to enable the bloody trail of Islamic terrorism. Courageous Kurds are a minority of one in standing up to ISIS and now the most self-centered friendship in the world is seeking to block them. “The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds fighting Islamic State jihadists in Iraq, The Telegraph has learnt. (Telegraph, July 2, 2015) “Some of America’s closest allies say President Barack Obama and other Western...
  • Barack Obama BLOCKS SUPPORT to Kurds to Fight ISIS

    07/02/2015 6:04:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 42 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/01/15 | Jim Hoft
    Evil has a friend… Barack Obama blocks support to the Kurds to fight the Islamic State. ** It’s bad enough that he pulled US troops from Iraq. ** It’s bad enough he created the vacuum that allowed ISIS to flourish. ** It’s bad enough he is unable to comprehend true evil. ** It’s bad enough he lacks the will and courage to battle evil. But now he won’t support the people who are battling ISIS on the ground. Telegraph UK reported: The United States has blocked attempts by its Middle East allies to fly heavy weapons directly to the Kurds...
  • Turkey Is Now Set On Invading Syria. Soon We Will See Syria Becoming An Islamist State

    06/29/2015 4:03:58 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 9 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    We have been saying for the last two years that Turkey will invade Syria and now the media is all over the issue of a serious possible invasion by the second most powerful army in NATO: Turkey. The spark and excuse for this invasion is simple. As Kurdish rebels in northern Syria rack up wins against ISIS, Turkish media is abuzz with talk of military intervention guised under the claim to push ISIS back from the Turkish border. Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains...
  • Turkey Plans to Invade Syria, But to Stop the Kurds, Not ISIS

    06/29/2015 1:35:07 PM PDT · by BBell · 9 replies
    The Turkish military is not enthusiastic and Washington may have its doubts, but President Erdogan appears determined to set up a buffer zone.ISTANBUL—Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is planning a military intervention into northern Syria to prevent Syrian Kurds from forming their own state there, despite concerns among his own generals and possible criticism from Washington and other NATO allies, according to reports in both pro- and anti-government media. In a speech last Friday, Erdogan vowed that Turkey would not accept a move by Syrian Kurds to set up their own state in Syria following gains by Kurdish fighters against...
  • Syria Kurds seize town from Islamic State near its 'capital'

    06/23/2015 4:33:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 06/23/2015 | BY TOM PERRY AND LAILA BASSAM
    Kurdish-led forces in Syria seized a town from Islamic State on Tuesday after capturing a military base overnight, aided by U.S.-led air strikes in some of the most dramatic gains yet against the militants. The Kurdish march deep into the heart of Islamic State territory follows their capture of a town on the Turkish border last week, reversing the momentum of militants who had seized major towns in both Syria and Iraq last month. The Kurdish YPG-led forces had taken full control of Ain Issa, said YPG spokesman Redur Xelil. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which reports on the...
  • The Kurds are pushing into Islamic State's Syria stronghold

    06/22/2015 7:31:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/22/2015 | TOM PERRY, REUTERS
    BEIRUT (Reuters) - Kurdish-led forces advanced on Monday deep into territory in Syria held by Islamic State, showing new momentum after they unexpectedly swiftly seized a border crossing from the jihadists last week. The Kurds, aided by U.S.-led air strikes and smaller Syrian rebel groups, had pushed to within 7 km (4 miles) of Ain Issa, a town 50 km (30 miles) north of Islamic State's de facto capital Raqqa city, said Redur Xelil, spokesman for the Kurdish forces. The rapid advance into Raqqa province has defied expectations of a protracted battle between the Kurdish YPG group and Islamic State...
  • BOOM: Obama Takes Credit for Kurds’ Victory Over ISIS… But Kurds Fired Back With BRUTAL Response

    06/21/2015 4:35:29 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 33 replies
    Recently, the Kurdish Peshmerga won a major victory against the Islamic State group in northern Syria, taking back a town known as Tal Abyad. Amazingly, the Obama administration took credit for this hard-fought victory, even though it had next to nothing to do with it. White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Kurdish victory was “actually a direct consequence of an earlier military operation that President Obama ordered” to break the siege of the Syrian city of Kobani last fall. This laughable claim was quickly shot down by the Kurds themselves, who stated that they could have taken the town back much more...
  • The State of the Kurds

    06/20/2015 6:27:18 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 21 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | June 19, 2015 | YAROSLAV TROFIMOV
    It is a time of good news for the Kurds, a people more accustomed to tragedy than to triumph. Just last week in Turkey, a political party rooted in the struggle for Kurdish rights vaulted over the 10% threshold for parliamentary representation, giving the Kurds their biggest say ever in Turkish politics. Days later, allied Kurdish fighters in Syria seized a crucial border crossing from Islamic State, thus uniting Kurdish areas that now stretch from Iraq halfway to the Mediterranean Sea. In Iraq, the Kurds repelled an assault by Islamic State last year, and their budding autonomous government in northern...
  • Islamic State forces routed by Kurdish Forces from stronghold on Syria-Turkey border

    06/16/2015 10:09:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/16/2015 | Liz Sly
    BEIRUT — The Islamic State was routed Monday from one of its key strongholds on Syria’s border with Turkey after its defenses crumbled and its fighters either defected or fled, raising new questions about the group’s vaunted military capabilities. The fall of the town of Tal Abyad to a Kurdish-Syrian rebel force backed by U.S. airstrikes came after just two days of fighting during which the militants appeared to put up little resistance, focusing instead on escaping to their nearby self-styled capital of Raqqa or fleeing across the border to Turkey. The force — led by Kurdish units of the...
  • ISIS Dealt 'Biggest Setback' Since its Founding

    06/16/2015 7:17:14 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 13 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 6-16-2015 | Arutz Sheva Staff
    Kurdish fighters seized control Tuesday of a key border town from the Islamic State (ISIS) group, cutting a major supply line in the biggest setback yet for the jihadists in Syria. From across the frontier in Turkey, the Kurds and allied Syrian rebels could be seen raising their banners in place of the black ISIS flag and taking up positions at the Tal Abyad border post, reports AFP. Fighters with the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia waved their yellow banner as Turkish troops looked on from the other side of the frontier.
  • Erdogan Suffers Serious Setback in Elections

    06/07/2015 3:40:00 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 20 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 7/6/15
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suffered a serious setback in the parliamentary elections Sunday, according to initial reports. Four hours after the ballots closed, it appeared that Erdogan's AKP party will not have the required majority for passing reforms in the Turkish constitution. With 90% of the votes counted, the Kurdish HDP party received about 11% of the votes, according to Turkish-language CNN. This places it past the 10% threshold required for entering parliament and would give it about 80 MPs. The party has never before passed the threshold. According to reports, AKP received 42 or 43% of the...
  • Zoroastrian faith returns to Kurdistan in response to ISIS violence

    06/03/2015 6:04:53 PM PDT · by odds · 39 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | June 3 2015 | Judith Neurink
    SULAIMANI, Kurdistan Region — After over a millennium, the Zoroastrian faith is returning to its original habitat. The Ministry of Religion in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital Erbil has registered the religion, locally known as Zardashti, and suggested to the Kurdish government the ancient faith should be given its own directorate general and its believers be allowed to build new temples. “Now it’s time,” says Nouri Sharif, one of the initiators of the movement that established a Zoroastrian organization in Europe in 2006 and in March announced in Erbil its official return to Kurdistan. In April, a Supreme Council of Zoroastrians...