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  • Kurdish forces retake north Iraqi town from Islamic State

    10/25/2014 7:38:20 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10-25-2014
    Kurdish forces retook the northern Iraqi town of Zumar and several nearby villages from Islamic State early on Saturday after heavy coalition air strikes against the Islamist insurgents, security sources said. A Kurdish intelligence officer in Zumar said peshmerga forces had advanced from five directions in the early morning and encountered fierce resistance, but ultimately prevailed. A spokesman for the peshmerga ministry also said Zumar was now in Kurdish hands. Zumar was one of the first Kurdish-controlled towns to be overrun in August by Islamic State militants who went on to threaten the autonomous region's capital, prompting air strikes by...
  • Germany: Holy War Erupts in Hamburg

    10/23/2014 2:24:10 PM PDT · by Bringbackthedraft · 31 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | October 15, 2014 | Soeren Kern
    Parts of downtown Hamburg, the second-largest city in Germany, resembled a war zone after hundreds of supporters of the jihadist group Islamic State [IS] engaged in bloody street clashes with ethnic Kurds. The violence—which police say was as ferocious as anything seen in Germany in recent memory—is fueling a sense of foreboding about the spillover effects of the fighting in Syria and Iraq. Some analysts believe that rival Muslim groups in Germany are deliberately exploiting the ethnic and religious tensions in the Middle East to stir up trouble on the streets of Europe.
  • The Islamic State Decides to Fight for Khobane

    10/23/2014 9:54:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | October 23, 2014 | Austin Bay
    The battle for the Syrian Kurd town of Khobane has emerged as an opportunity to deal the Islamic State a military and political defeat. Maximizing the opportunity, however, requires what has been most grievously missing from the struggle against the terrorists and their so-called caliphate: persuasive, coherent and steadfast American leadership. On Sept. 16, IS fighters attacked Khobane. Capturing the town would have given them direct control of a major Syria-Turkey border crossing. It would also weaken Syrian Kurd resistance by denying Kurd militias a major supply and recruitment center. Seizing Khobane also served propaganda purposes. From Turkish hills overlooking...
  • Have We Reached Peak ISIS? In fight with Kurds, limits of ISIS’s military power come into focus.

    10/23/2014 9:52:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/23/2014 | Jacob Seigel
    For a few months, the marauding jihadis of ISIS might have looked like an unstoppable army. That’s when they were moving at high speeds, their power blurred by hype and velocity. Slowed down by real resistance a clearer picture takes shape and the limits of ISIS’s military power come into focus. At the Caliphate’s edges, in areas like the Syrian border town of Kobani, ISIS’s march has stalled and its armor is starting to crack. We may be reaching the limits of ISIS as a conventional military force. Facing a small Kurdish resistance and Western airpower, ISIS has been unable...
  • ISIS Update: Airstrikes In Syria Kill Over 500 Militants, Iraqi Kurds Send Peshmerga To Kobani

    10/23/2014 9:42:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 10/23/2014 | By Dennis Lynch
    U.S. airstrikes have killed 521 militants and 32 civilians since they began a month ago, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The SOHR said 464 of those militants are part of the Islamic State group, who the U.S. is actively targeting in Syria. The other 57 are part of Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate. The 32 civilians include six children and five women.The observatory group believes casualties amongst Islamic State group ranks are higher, but those figures cannot be confirmed because of “the extreme secrecy” the Islamist group maintains over casualties and the difficulty reaching areas...
  • ISIS Says It Seized U.S. Weapons Intended for Kurdish Forces

    10/21/2014 5:17:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Fox News Insider ^ | Oct 21, 2014 7:32 pm
    ISIS is bragging that it seized weapons that the U.S. airdropped into Kobani to arm the Kurds. CENTCOM acknowledged that at least one of 28 bundles of ammunition, small arms, and medical supplies that was dropped on Sunday ended up falling into ISIS-held territory. The U.S. then performed a follow-up airstrike to destroy the bundle. …
  • Muslim Burial Practices Blamed for Spread of Ebola Virus

    10/21/2014 12:48:55 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 10-21-2014 | Jim Hoft
    <p>Muslim burial practices are being blamed for the spread of Ebola.</p> <p>Remains of Secretary General of The Nigeria Supreme General for Islamic Affairs and Seriki of Egbaland, Alhaji Lateeef Adegbite at his burial in 2012.</p> <p>Islam requires family members to personally wash the corpses of loved ones from head to toe. This practise is putting more Africans at risk to catch the disease that is spread by body fluids.</p>
  • Got goat milk? Kurds mock ISIS with SNL-like video (Watch Video)

    10/21/2014 8:53:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    CSM ^ | 10/21/2014 | Husna Haq
    A new music video from Iraqi Kurds mocks the terrorist group, Islamic State aka ISIS. It's the latest effort by Iraqis fighting horror with humor. How to combat the ruthless tactics and gruesome crimes of the terrorist group ISIS? For a group of Iraqi Kurdish entertainers, it's not with guns, bombs, or munitions. They're fighting back with humor. Iraqi Kurdish KurdSat TV broadcast a new musical parody video on Oct. 12 that mocks the terrorist group ISIS in Saturday Night Live fashion: a group of bearded men pretending to be ISIS fighters play air guitar on rifles, pretend to sword-fight,...
  • Peshmerga to Reach Kobani on Wednesday

    10/21/2014 7:46:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    BasNews, Erbil ^ | 21.10.2014 | Hemin Salih
    BasNews, Erbil The first squad of Kurdish Peshmerga forces, heading to Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan via the Turkish border, are expected to arrive on Wednesday. Turkey approved requests to let the Peshmerga enter Kobani on Monday. Kurdistan Peshmerga fighters say that it is the responsibility of the Peshmerga to help and support Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG), which has been fighting the Islamic State (IS) militants for more than a month. The BasNews source said that the only condition Turkish authorities made was that the Kurdish force should be under the command of the Kurdistan Regional Government...
  • Other than Egypt, name one Muslim nation intent on destroying ISIS.

    10/20/2014 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 29 replies
    Allen ^ | 10/20/2014 | Allen West
    Besides combat, what’s happening in northern Syria around the town of Kobani offers some interesting indications about the nature of the conflict with ISIS amid the Muslim world. I’m glad to see some dedicated U.S. air strikes in that area, but ISIS reinforcements are pouring in and the Kurdish forces aren’t receiving much in the way of supplies or weapons support. But what I find most interesting are the pictures of the Turkish Army tanks just sitting on a hilltop taking it all in – as interested bystanders. Furthermore, we know the Turks are now bombing the Kurdish people in...
  • Officials: ISIS attacks Kurd forces in Iraq [15 simultaneous attacks in Northern Iraq]

    10/20/2014 12:59:55 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    KCCI News ^ | 10/20/2014 | Brian Walker CNN
    ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory. The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location. First, an ISIS-commandeered military truck loaded with explosives targeted a Peshmerga checkpoint along the security belt circling the dam, killing six Peshmerga security forces and injuring seven others critically, according to Peshmerga forces spokesman Said Mamazeen. At almost the same time, ISIS militants launched an attack on the Nineveh Valley near the...
  • Turkey helps Kurds cross into Syria to defend border town

    10/20/2014 7:57:22 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Breaking News ^ | 20/10/2014
    Turkey’s top diplomat has announced that his country is helping Iraqi Kurdish fighters cross into Syria to “give support” to fellow Kurds defending the border town of Kobani from Islamic State militants. The remarks by Turkey’s foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, at a press conference in Ankara, followed the announcement by the US military that it had for the first time airdropped weapons, ammunition and medical supplies provided by Kurdish authorities in Iraq to the Kurdish forces in Kobani. Sunday’s airdrops followed weeks of US and coalition air strikes in and near Kobani, along the Syrian-Turkish border. There was no immediate...
  • US Airdrops Weapons to Kurds Despite Turkish Opposition

    10/19/2014 11:22:58 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 4 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 10-20-14 | Ari Yashar
    American C-130 military transport aircraft made "multiple" airdrops of weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters fending off Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists in the strategic Syrian town of Kobane, despite Turkey labeling the Kurds "terrorists." According to US Central Command on Monday, the drops consisted of equipment from Kurdish authorities in Iraq, and were "intended to enable continued resistance against Isil's (ISIS - ed.) attempts to overtake Kobane," reports BBC. The US-led coalition against ISIS has already conducted over 135 airstrikes against ISIS over the past several weeks to defend Kobane, located strategically along the Syrian and Turkish border....
  • Inside Kobane: 'We are winning. The town will be a cemetery for ISIL'

    10/19/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 10/19/2014 | By Ruth Sherlock, in Urfa, Yilmaz Pasha, in Suruc, and Magdy Samaan
    Hunkered in scrubland at the western edge Kobane, their clothes stained with sweat, and the blood splatters of wounded comrades, the rebel commander and his men believed they had made their last stand. But then the US Air Force struck: a bombardment that turned the tanks of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) into smoking wrecks and transformed the inexorable advance on this Syrian town into a rout. Firas Kharaba, 39, the leader of Liwa al-Kassas, or “Retribution brigade”, who was returning wounded fighters for treatment in Turkey, provided a first-hand, account of the epic battle for...
  • Kurdish Women Fight on Front Lines Against Islamic State

    10/19/2014 8:59:11 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 17, 2014 | By AYLA ALBAYRAK
    When 19-year-old Dilar and her girlfriends learned last spring that a woman who taught at a local school had died fighting Islamic State, they made a pact: They would join an all-female Syrian Kurdish brigade named in the teacher’s honor. Her unit, the Martyr Warsin Brigade, saw action this summer in a tough battle against the extremist fighters for Ras al-Ayn, a town along the Turkish border. Dilar came away without injury and returned home to a hero’s welcome. Now, during her downtime, she and her female comrades stride with a swagger through their villages east of the embattled city...
  • Women warriors terrifying the jihadis who believe if they're killed by female they won't make heaven

    10/18/2014 6:33:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 112 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/18/2014 | By SAM GREENHILL
    Exclusive: Savage women warriors terrifying the jihadis who believe if they're killed by a female they won't go to heaven Army of women in desperate battle to defend Kobane from Islamic StateNesrin Abdi carries rifle in case she is captured and needs to shoot herselfThe medical student is a part of an all female wing of the Kurdish armySays ISIS militants are terrified of being killed by a woman and fear they won't go to heaven You wouldn’t know it from her sweet smile, but the reason why Nesrin Abdi carries a rifle is in case she needs to shoot...
  • Kurdish official: ISIS and their flag gone from Kobane

    10/18/2014 1:44:04 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies
    RUDAW ^ | 17 hours ago
    “YPG fighters are now searching the homes for bombs and explosives that the Islamist militants might have left behind,” Photo: AFP KOBANE—Islamist militants have been pushed out of Kobane and fighters of the Peoples Protection Units (YPG) are now in control of the town, a Kurdish official in Kobane told Rudaw. “There is no ISIS in Kobane now,” said Omar Alush, co-chair of the TEV-DEM movement in Kobane. Alush said that following the recent air strikes on positions of the Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, the YPG managed to drive the rest of the jihadis out of town...
  • US-led air strikes hit suspected Isis targets near Kobani

    10/18/2014 7:02:44 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 4 replies
    Guardian ^ | 10/18/14 | staff
    US-led coalition jets struck suspected Islamic State (Isis) targets at least twice in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani on Saturday, after fierce shelling by the insurgents hit the town centre. Shelling continued after the strikes, according to witnesses. Isis militants have been battling Kurdish fighters for a month to take control of the town near the Turkish border, but stepped-up coalition air strikes have helped Kurds fend off the advance. The coalition, which has been bombing Isis targets in Iraq since August, extended the campaign to Syria in September.
  • FAS (Fed Am Scientist) Report: Iraqi Precursor Chemicals Stored Separately for Weapon-side Mixing

    06/04/2003 6:47:53 AM PDT · by HatSteel · 69 replies · 1,549+ views ^ | Federation of American Scientists
    FAS | Nuke | Guide | Iraq | CW |||| Index | Search | Join FAS Chemical Weapons Programs Iraq started research into the production of chemical weapons agents in the 1970s and started batch production of agents in the early 1980s. At that stage, production was heavily reliant on the import of precursor chemicals from foreign suppliers. In 1982, early in the Iran-Iraq War, the Iraqis used riot control agents to repel Iranian attacks. They progressed to the use of CW agents in mid-1983 with mustard, and in March 1984 with tabun (the first use ever of a nerve...
  • UK Student Union Boycotts Israel—But Won’t Condemn ISIS (or support Kurds against them)

    10/17/2014 10:50:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    INN ^ | 10/16/2014, 11:29 PM | Ari Soffer
    The UK’s National Union of Students (NUS) has rejected a motion condemning the radical Islamic State terrorist group—also known as ISIS or ISIL—on the grounds that it could be considered “Islamophobic,” sparking a row over the dominance of radical-left groups within the student body. The decision by NUS’s National Executive Committee to shoot down the motion is all the more shocking given that the same body adopted an aggressive bill just over two months ago condemning Israel and calling for a boycott of the Jewish state. The anti-Israel motion was adopted despite objections that it risked alienating Jewish students, who...
  • 'We've reduced ISIS to just two pockets of hold-outs' boast Kurds after bloody fightback

    10/17/2014 9:48:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/17/2014 | John Hall
    Remarkable fightback by Kurdish troops forces ISIS militants out of KobaneAssisted by U.S. and Arab airstrikes, Kurds are reclaiming the besieged citySustained bombing raids have killed scores of militants over the past weekNow ISIS only has two small pockets of resistance in the east of the city Islamic State militants have been almost entirely driven out of the Syrian city of Kobane following a remarkable fightback by Kurdish forces who vowed to either defeat the terrorists or die trying. The extremists have abandoned all of their positions in the city, except for two small pockets of resistance in the...
  • YPG Kobanę commander: We are close to victory

    10/17/2014 8:37:46 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Firat News ^ | 17.10.2014 10:30:10 | ANF - KOBANĘ
    Mehmud Berxwedan, the YPG Kobanę General in Command, has said: “After a one-month resistance we have launched a step-by-step advance towards victory. In the last week in particular Kobanę has become a graveyard for ISIS.” YPG Kobanę Commander Mahmut Berxwedan spoke to Ronahi TV. He said that, as watched by the world, Kobanę had resisted for 32 days, adding that they were now close to victory. Berxwedan emphasised that the Kobanę resistance had begun in the villages, where there had been a great resistance from house to house, hamlet to hamlet and from village to village. He added that for...
  • Kurdish female soldier gains internet fame for allegedly killing more than 100 ISIS Jihadis

    10/17/2014 6:22:03 AM PDT · by Bratch · 44 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | October 16, 2014 | Frances Martel
    A woman known as "Rehana" has become a hero across the internet as news spread that the Kobani soldier has reportedly killed more than 100 Islamic State terrorists single-handedly. Rehana became famous in Kurdish Twitter circles after a photo of her giving a peace sign began to circulate on the social network. Rehana has killed more than a hundred #ISIS terrorists in #Kobane . RT and make her famous for her bravery— Pawan Durani (@PawanDurani) October 13, 2014 According to the International Business Times, Rehana is a YPJ (Kurdish female Peshmerga) soldier under the command of famed female soldier Mayssa Abdo, who herself has become famous...
  • US Officials Hold Talks With [Syrian Kurd] PYD In Paris

    10/17/2014 5:45:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 1 replies
    United State government said that it has met directly with a main Kurdish political party in Syria for first time since the Syrian crisis began more than three years ago. The State Department has revealed that in the past week US officials in French Capital Paris have held talks with the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, known as the PYD. This is the first time US government has met with PYD, which has been linked to Kurdish Worker’s Party (PKK), a guerrilla group considered by the U.S. and Turkey as a terrorist organization. The reports of US meeting PYD official is...
  • Urgent Prayer Requests for ISIS Victims, Christians

    10/16/2014 8:09:29 PM PDT · by TurkeyLurkey · 20 replies
    email | October 16, 2014 | Precept Ministries International
    Dear FReepers, These are posts made to the PMI group wall asking for urgent prayer. Thank you so much for praying for these people: Part 1 > Prayer Request from Dan and Marilyn Wilson, Missionaries who are in the areas that are being attacked by ISIS are asking to be showered in prayer. ISIS has taken over the town they are in today. He said ISIS is systematically going house to house to all the Christians and asking the children to denounce Jesus. He said so far not one child has. And so far all have consequently been killed. But...
  • Islamic State 'being driven out of Syria's Kobane'

    10/16/2014 8:53:51 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 October 2014 Last updated at 14:55 GMT
    The Islamic State (IS) militant group has been driven out of most of the northern Syrian town of Kobane, a Kurdish commander has told the BBC. Baharin Kandal said IS fighters had retreated from all areas, except for two pockets of resistance in the east. US-led air strikes have helped push back the militants, with another 14 conducted over the past 24 hours. ... Speaking by phone, Kurdish commander Baharin Kandal told the BBC's Kasra Naji that she hoped the city would be "liberated soon". Ms Kandal said her militia group had been receiving arms, supplies and fighters but she...
  • ISIS Retreating from Kobani, Says Kurdish Official

    10/16/2014 7:47:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    TIME ^ | 10/16/2014 | Rishi Iyengar
    The radical Islamist militants now reportedly control only 20% of the border town, as opposed to about 40% before The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has suffered setbacks and has begun retreating from parts of the Syrian border town of Kobani, according to a local official, who said Kurdish forces were advancing against the militant group. Idris Nassan told the BBC that ISIS had previously controlled almost half the town but currently occupies “less than 20%.” The retreat comes after the U.S. stepped up the intensity of air strikes in the region, with al-Jazeera quoting U.S. officials...
  • Dutch biker gang grabs rifles, joins Kurds in fight against ISIS

    10/15/2014 10:46:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/15/2014
    Members of a massive Dutch motorcycle gang, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, recently joined Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq, vowing to “exterminate the rodents.” The leader of No Surrender -- which has dozens of chapters in the Netherlands and across Europe -- told state broadcaster NOS on Friday that three of its members have traveled to Mosul in Northern Iraq to take up the fight against ISIS, AFP reports. A photo posted on a Dutch-Kurdish Twitter account last week shows a heavily-tattooed man in military garb flashing the “victory” sign alongside a Kurdish fighter inside a bunker. “Ron...
  • The great Kobane fightback: Kurdish fighters take back swathes of city as US steps up air strikes

    10/15/2014 9:50:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/15/2014 | John Hall
    Kurdish fighters have launched an unlikely comeback against Islamic State terrorists besieging the Syrian town of Kobane, amid claims the resistance forces have now reclaimed swathes of the city. Images this morning showed Kurdish YPG soldiers triumphantly raising their flag above Tel Shair hill in the west of the city, where ISIS' own black jihadist flag had recently been flying. Assisted by sustained U.S. and Arab airstrikes, the massively outgunned Kurdish troops have managed to do what looking impossible only a week ago - force ISIS to abandon strategic locations in the west of Kobane and pin them back elsewhere...
  • Targeted airstrikes allow Kurds to gain ground in Kobani [Kurds giving the coordinates to US]

    10/15/2014 9:20:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Al Bawaba ^ | October 15th, 2014 - 17:06 GMT
    U.S.-led air strikes killed at least 32 ISIS fighters in direct hits in Kobani this week because of closer coordination with Kurdish forces on the ground, activists said, after bombing of the Syrian town intensified. Kurdish officials said the main Kurdish armed group, the YPG, was giving the coordinates of ISIS fighters in Kobani to the U.S.-led alliance that is bombing the group in both Iraq and Syria. "The senior people in YPG tell the coalition the location of ISIL (ISIS) targets and they hit accordingly," Polat Can, a YPG spokesman, told Reuters, using an acronym for ISIS "Some of...
  • Outlaw bikers fighting ISIS in Iraq

    10/15/2014 7:53:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | October 15, 2014
    A biker only known as Ron (right) hunkers down with a Kurdish comrade in Iraq. They put their motorcycle boots on the ground! Outlaw Dutch bikers have joined forces with Kurdish fighters battling ISIS fanatics in Iraq — and authorities in the Netherlands say that’s just fine with them. Klaas Otto, head of the No Surrender motorcycle club, told Dutch broadcasters that three members from the cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Breda recently joined the fight outside Mosul in northern Iraq, Agence France-Presse said. A photo on a Dutch-Kurdish Twitter account showed one of the men — a heavily tattooed...
  • Kurds make grisly discoveries after retaking ISIS-held territory

    10/14/2014 4:52:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Hot ^ | October 14, 2014 | NOAH ROTHMAN
    There is mixed news from the two fronts in Iraq and Syria where coalition airpower and indigenous partner forces on the ground are fighting Islamic State militants. Near the Syrian border city of Kobani, reports indicate that Kurdish defenders are beginning to make some gains as they continue to defend the city against the ISIS onslaught. A key hill atop which ISIS fighters famously planted their flag late last week has reportedly been retaken by Kurdish forces. “The advance came as the US said it had conducted 21 air strikes near the town, slowing down the IS advance,” the BBC...
  • Anger as wounded Kurdish fighters die stranded at Turkish border

    10/14/2014 1:28:18 PM PDT · by keat · 17 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Oct 14, 2014 2:55pm EDT | Ayla Jean Yackley
    SURUC Turkey (Reuters) - With medical supplies depleted in the war-ravaged north Syrian town of Kobani, Kurdish activist Blesa Omar rushed three comrades wounded in battle against Islamic State fighters straight to the border to dispatch them to a Turkish hospital. He said he spent the next four hours watching them die, one by one, from what he thinks were treatable shrapnel wounds as Turkish border guards refused to let them through the frontier. "To me it is clear they died because they waited so long. If they had received help, even up to one hour before their deaths, they...
  • US “ally” Turkey bombs Kurds opposed to the Islamic State

    10/14/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 10/14/14 | Robert Spencer
    The old Cold War web of alliances is badly outdated. Rapidly re-Islamizing Turkey is no friend of the United States. But to admit the patently obvious reality would be “Islamophobic.” Turkey wants to take advantage of the chaos to reestablish its own caliphate, and for that goal the Islamic State may be useful. “Mideast crisis widens as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants,” by Daren Butler and Humeyra Pamuk, Reuters, October 14, 2014 (thanks to Jerk Chicken): (Reuters) – War against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq threatened on Tuesday to unravel the delicate peace in neighbouring Turkey after the Turkish...
  • Mideast crisis widens as Turkey bombs Kurdish militants

    10/14/2014 9:31:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/14/2014 | BY DAREN BUTLER AND HUMEYRA PAMUK
    War against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq threatened on Tuesday to unravel the delicate peace in neighbouring Turkey after the Turkish air force bombed Kurdish fighters furious over Ankara's refusal to help protect their kin in Syria. Turkey's banned PKK Kurdish militant group accused Ankara of violating a two-year-old cease-fire with the air strikes, on the eve of a deadline set by the group's jailed leader to salvage a peace process aimed at halting a three-decades-long insurgency. At least 35 people were killed in riots last week when members of Turkey's 15-million-strong Kurdish minority rose up in anger...
  • Kurdish fighters retake strategic Kobani hill

    10/14/2014 9:21:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | Tue, Oct 14, 2014
    Kurdish fighters have retaken control of a strategic hilltop overlooking the town of Kobani near the border with Turkey. News of the advance emerged after activists confirmed the US-led coalition had launched several air strikes on positions of Islamic State group militants in northern and eastern Syria. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and the Local Coordination Committees say some of the air strikes targeted the eastern town of Mayadeen. The Observatory said the bombardment hit oil refineries near Mayadeen, sparking a huge fire. Idriss Nassan, a local Kurdish official from Kobani, added that intense air strikes had hit...
  • Turkish Fighter Jets Bomb PKK Positions

    10/14/2014 8:18:40 AM PDT · by yldstrk · 16 replies
    Hakkari Daily News ^ | October 14, 2014 | Fevzi K&#305;z&#305;lkoyun
    Sub Categories: » HOMEPAGE / TURKEY/ LOCAL Tuesday,October 14 2014, Your time is 10:15:56 AM Turkish fighter jets bomb PKK positions for first time since start of peace bid Fevzi Kızılkoyun Ankara Print Page Send to friend » Share on Facebook The targeting of PKK positions is the first such bombardment since the start of the Kurdish peace process at the beginning of 2013. The targeting of PKK positions is the first such bombardment since the start of the Kurdish peace process at the beginning of 2013. Turkish fighter jets have bombarded positions of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK)...
  • Turkey 'bombs Kurdish rebels' as tensions rise over Isil advance

    10/14/2014 5:23:37 AM PDT · by McGruff · 20 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Oct 2014
    Turkish jets bombed targets in the southeast of Turkey where members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) are based, the first strikes on the outlawed group since a 2013 ceasefire, a security source said.
  • Gruesome photos may show ISIS using chemical weapons on Kurds, report says

    10/13/2014 1:22:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/13/2014 | Paul Alster
    <p>Disturbing new photos of ethnic Kurds killed by Islamic State fighters are stoking fears the terrorist army may be using chemical weapons seized from Saddam Hussein’s old arsenals, according to a Middle East watchdog.</p> <p>The pictures, obtained by the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA), show the bodies of Syrian Kurds who appear to have been gassed by ISIS in the besieged Kobani region this July. That fighting came just one month after Islamic State forces surged through the once-notorious Muthanna compound in Iraq, the massive base where Hussein began producing chemical weapons in the 1980s, which he used to kill thousands of Kurds in Halabja in northern Iraq in 1988.</p>
  • Islamic State said to use chemical weapons on Kurds

    10/13/2014 12:08:10 PM PDT · by Dave346 · 33 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 13, 2014, 9:04 pm
    Kurdish health officials and activists in the besieged town of Kobani claim to possess evidence that Islamic State operatives have used chemical agents as a weapon on at least one occasion during clashes with Kurdish fighters along Syria’s northern border. According to several reports, which were compiled by the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center’s Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center, the use of the toxins by the Islamic State took place on July 12 in the village of Avdiko, 10 days after the rogue Jihadi group launched an offensive on the Kobani enclave, near the Turkish border. Nisan Ahmed, the health...
  • Abandoning Kurds and Jews

    10/13/2014 10:54:45 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/13/14 | Alan Caruba
    Kurds and Jews shared a common history. No nation has come to their aid when they have been under attack. Both have asked “Where is the world?” Watching the events affecting the Kurds in Kobani, Syria, under attack from the Islamic State (ISIS), it occurred to me that they have much in common with Zionists, Jews who established Israel in 1948. Turkey’s president Recep Tyyip Erdogan dislikes Kurds and Jews with equal fervor. The Kurds, estimated to be some 30 million in the Middle East, are spread out between a large enclave in northern Iraq, virtually an autonomous nation, and...
  • Kurdish fighters claim advances in Kobane

    10/13/2014 8:12:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies ^ | October 13, 2014, 8:28 pm
    Kurdish fighters have gained ground in their defence of the besieged town of Kobane against Islamic State jihadists, a senior Kurdish official says. Idris Nassan, deputy foreign affairs minister in the Kobane administration, said that, following fierce clashes overnight, the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) managed to advance into a commercial zone northeast of the city. He added that the Kurdish fighters were also able to advance into an area southwest of Kobane "where they managed to push away Islamic State fighters from the area". The YPG claimed its forces had killed 138 jihadists in the last 48 hours in...
  • The eyes of the world look to Kobani

    10/12/2014 7:46:31 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Oct. 13, 2014 | 4:34 AM | By Oudeh Basharat
    The Arabs have appropriated Saladin, the Kurdish leader who defeated the Crusaders; yet while they embrace him they have turned their backs on his grandchildren. Four wolves fight each other all day, but at night they unite in their desire to take a bite out of the Kurdish nation. Each one claims the Kurds as if they were its private property, with slogans of nationalism, history and unity, but at the moment of truth they all turn their backs on them. Less than a month after the 2011 revolution began, Syria granted citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Kurds 50...
  • Kurds tell of battle for Kobani

    10/12/2014 7:20:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Daily Hampshire Gazette ^ | Sunday, October 12, 2014 | By RYAN LUCAS
    SURUC, Turkey — The shells were already roaring down on the Kurdish fighters from the hill above Kobani when more than 30 Islamic State militants backed by snipers and pickups mounted with heavy machine guns began their assault across the dusty fields. Holed up in an industrial area of squat, concrete buildings on Kobani’s eastern edges, the outgunned Kurds could do little to repel the attack, recalled Dalil Boras, one of the defenders during the Oct. 6 assault. The Islamic State group’s firepower proved too much, so the Kurds withdrew through the gray streets to a tree-lined park, ceding a...
  • The Kobani slaughter (Kurds)

    10/12/2014 6:12:21 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/11/2014 22:44 | By JPOST EDITORIAL
    Nations intone “Never again,” but we are watching a human catastrophe happen as Western powers fail to employ their massive resources. It is time for the world to wake up and do something to aid the Kurds in their battle with Islamic State before it is too late.
  • Three Dutch Citizens Join Peshmerga to Protect Kurdistan

    10/12/2014 9:31:50 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    Dutch citizen fighting alongside Peshmerga near Mosul Media / Kurdish Media Three Dutch Citizens Join Peshmerga to Protect Kurdistan 12.10.2014 BasNews, Amsterdam  Three members of the Dutch motorcycle club No Surrender have joined Peshmerga forces to fight against Islamic State. Ron, one of the members of the club, was interviewed by Kurdish local TV (Kurdistan TV), and told the Kurdish station that he joined the Peshmerga forces, because “Kurds have been oppressed for a long time.” The president of No Surrender Klaas Otto, confirmed that three members from the cities of Breda, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam joined the Kurdish fighters...
  • Kurds thwart Islamic State IS in Syria's Kobani town

    10/12/2014 7:31:58 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 17 replies
    AFP | ^ | October 12, 2014
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey's Kurdish region,— Islamic State jihadists met dogged Kurdish resistance in the high-profile Syrian battleground Kurdish town of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan Sunday. In Kobani, where IS is battling Kurdish fighters under the gaze of the international media massed just across the border with Turkey, the jihadists were taking heavy losses, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. On Saturday alone, the jihadists lost at least 36 fighters in the battle with Kurdish militiamen for the Kurdish town, said the Britain-based monitoring group, which has a wide network of sources inside Syria. ... "It's a decisive battle for them,"...
  • Kurdish Woman Leading Battle Against Islamic State in Kobane: Activists

    10/12/2014 6:56:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    AFP via NDTV ^ | October 12, 2014
    Beirut: A Kurdish woman fighter is leading the battle against Islamic State jihadists in the Syrian battleground town of Kobane, a monitoring group and activists said Sunday. "Mayssa Abdo, known by the nom-de-guerre of Narin Afrin, is commanding the YPG in Kobane along with Mahmud Barkhodan," Syrian Observatory for Human Rights head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
  • Source: Secret deal could doom 160,000 to ISIS

    10/12/2014 6:04:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 54 replies
    Worldnet Daily ^ | Oct. 11, 2014 | F. Michael Maloof
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – A secret decision apparently has been made by the United States, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and even Iran to let the strategic Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani on the Turkish-Syrian border fall to ISIS fighters, jeopardizing the lives of some 160,000 Syrian Kurds, WND has been told by a well-placed Middle East expert. In letting Kobani fall to ISIS, the source said, there was agreement “to deal with ISIS later.” The apparent decision aims to diminish the influence of the Kurds in Syria and weaken the prospect of creating a sovereign Kurdistan, which is sought by the Kurds...
  • Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Statement - Have We Lost Our Mind & Sense Of Respect For Our Military?

    10/11/2014 6:39:04 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 35 replies
    Judge Jeanine Pirro Opening Statement - Have We Lost All Sense Of Respect Of Those Who Risk Their Life For Us? Kurdish Fighters Say They're Outgunned As ISIS Gains Ground In Kobani