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  • Kurdish president calls for statehood, new Middle Eastern order

    05/23/2016 3:32:20 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 21 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 Dykes 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 Syrias northern Aleppo city, officials and activists told ARA News. The Kurdish neighborhood of Sheikh Mqsoud in Aleppo held by fighters of the Peoples 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 worlds 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 Israels 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...
  • Free Kurdistan (Kurdistan, an ideal ally of US and Israel in the Middle East)

    04/08/2006 4:00:13 PM PDT · by Wiz · 26 replies · 3,888+ views
    Recent nuances and nudges in government policy as well as tacit support for the most obscene anti-Semitism and anti-Americanism by the ruling political party of Turkey ought to cause the United States to begin to rethink its comprehensive policy toward Asia in general and toward one non-Arab minority in Iraq in particular: the Kurds. What, today, is the most intractable political problem in Iraq? It is the very real political and religious aims of Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish regions of the nation. Since the inception of Operation Iraqi Freedom, President Bush has maintained that the unity of the nation of...
  • Israel should support the YPG and gain a great friend in the Middle East

    07/28/2015 6:49:48 PM PDT · by SJackson · 8 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 07/27/2015 | MACER GIFFORD
    Israeli humanitarian aid should be flowing into Rojava; the message should be absolutely clear: you arent alone against IS. I will always remember my first serious engagement with Islamic State. I joined two westerners and a small group of Kurds on a covert mission. The Peoples Protection Units (YPG) were engaged in fierce fighting in two locations. As the Kurdish units moved south, our right flank began to assault a large village which contained a significant force of IS fighters. On the left flank there was a smaller village where the YPG was also pressing hard. Our job was to...
  • Kurdistan: Russia assisted Peshmergas war against ISIS, says ministry

    03/14/2016 8:45:33 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 5 replies
    Rudaw ^ | 3/13/2016 | Rudaw
    Kurdistan Russia assisted Peshmergas war against ISIS, says ministry By Rudaw 21 hours ago ERBIL, Kurdistan Region The Kurdish Peshmerga ministry says that Russia has helped the Kurdistan Region with arms against the Islamic State (ISIS) following a meeting between the Kurdish president and Russias ambassador to Iraq on Sunday. Chief of Staff of the Peshmerga Ministry Jabar Yawar told Rudaw that more Russian help has been promised. Russia has sent help to the Peshmerga and Kurdistans other defense forces in the fight against ISIS a number of times, Yawar said. And the date is not clear for the...
  • Video: Kurds capture American ISIS fighter [ISIS Deserter]

    03/14/2016 9:39:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/16/2016 | Ed Morrissey
    “Capture” might be too strong a word. Muhammad Jamal Amin apparently wanted to leave the fighting in Mosul, and thought he was heading for the Turkish border. Instead, Amin ran into the front line of the Peshmerga, who fired at him until they realized he wanted to surrender:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO View More: World News|Live News|More News Videos Reports suggested that the peshmerga initially believed the suspect was a suicide bomber, and that they fired warning shots at him, but that he then identified himself as former militant with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)...
  • Vladimir Putin, Godfather of Kurdistan?

    03/01/2016 6:16:05 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 20 replies ^ | March 1, 2016 | Michael A. Reynolds
    Kurdish ambitions fit into Russia's plans for the Middle East. Michael A. Reynolds March 1, 2016 If Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan thought last November that by downing a Russian Su-24 bomber near the Turkish-Syrian border he could contain Vladimir Putins Middle Eastern ambitions, he is certainly regretting that now. An incensed Vladimir Putin vowed that Turkey would come to rue its actions. He warned that Russia would not settle its accounts with Turkey with mere economic sanctions, adding, We know what we need to do. What Putin meant is becoming clear. Earlier this month, in what can only be...
  • Turkish Spokesman: U.S.-Backed Kurds Are In Cahoots With Russia And Syria

    02/29/2016 8:20:48 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 15 replies ^ | Feb. 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. | Borzou Daragahi
    Turkish Spokesman: U.S.-Backed Kurds Are In Cahoots With Russia And Syria Ibrahim Kalin, a top adviser to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, didnt provide evidence for his claim during a discussion with Western journalists. posted on Feb. 26, 2016, at 2:20 p.m. Borzou Daragahi BuzzFeed News Middle East Correspondent
  • 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia

    02/24/2016 7:32:14 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 43 replies ^ | 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 | Louisa Loveluck
    Hammond: 'Disturbing evidence' that Kurds are coordinating with Syrian regime and Russia Foreign Secretary says UK "uneasy" about Kurdish role in Syria, as YPG forces take advantage of northern offensive to take territory from US-backed rebels By Louisa Loveluck 7:52PM GMT 23 Feb 2016 Britain has seen "disturbing evidence" that Kurdish forces are coordinating with the Syrian regime and the Russian air force, the Foreign Secretary has said. The Kurdish YPG, which has become the West’s main ground force against Isil, has taken advantage of a massive regime offensive in north Syria to seize territory of its own from US-backed...
  • Dozens of ISIS militants escape Iraq's Mosul under fighting pressure

    02/20/2016 9:01:50 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Aranews ^ | February 21, 2016 | Sarbaz Yousef
    Dozens of ISIS militants escape Iraq's Mosul under fighting pressure February 21, 2016 Middle East & World ERBIL - As the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi army troops continue their advance in the northwestern Nineveh province, dozens of militant fighters from the Islamic State (ISIS) have reportedly evacuated their headquarters in Mosul city. "More than 80 ISIS militants have escaped from Mosul on Saturday for fear of attacks by the Kurdish Peshmerga and Iraqi allies aimed at storming the ISIS-held city," spokesman of the Nineveh media center Raafat Zarari reported. Speaking to ARA News, Zarari confirmed that the number of the...
  • America’s greatest alliance is about to end with a whimper (NATO Vs Turkey Vs Russia)

    02/19/2016 1:07:15 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies ^ | February 18, 2016 | 8:19pm | Benny Avni
    <p>Turkey says the Kurds are allied with the butcher of Damascus, Bashar al-Assad — the man whose power Russia fights to preserve.</p> <p>The Turks are angry with us for supporting the Kurds, but it’s Russia’s air bombardments that keep them awake at night. Putin, meanwhile, won’t easily forget that Turkey shot down a Russian plane earlier this winter, and now tells pilots not to await orders when they encounter suspicious aircraft near the Syrian-Turkish border.</p>
  • Turkey says Obama shares Syria concerns with Erdogan, affirms support

    02/19/2016 8:58:48 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/20/16
    Turkey's presidency said U.S. President Barack Obama had shared his concerns over the Syrian conflict and promised his support on Friday, hours after a tense exchange between the two NATO allies over the role of Kurdish militants. In a phone conversation that lasted one hour and 20 minutes, Ankara said Obama had told his counterpart President Tayyip Erdogan that Turkey had a right to self-defense, and expressed worries over advances by Syrian Kurdish militias near Turkey's border. Obama stressed to Erdogan that Syrian Kurdish YPG forces should not seek to exploit recent gains by the Syrian government to seize additional...
  • Kurds celebrate capture of key IS stronghold in Syria (supply route bet Raqqa & Mosul cut)

    02/20/2016 2:05:15 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Middle East Eye ^ | February 19, 2016 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Kurds celebrate capture of key IS stronghold in Syria The Syrian Kurds further weaken IS after taking Shadadi, cutting off a key supply route between Mosul and Raqqa - ERBIL, Iraq - Syrian Kurds on Friday marked the capture of Shadadi in the streets with celebratory gunfire. It was the last town the Islamic state (IS) group controlled in Syria's northeastern Hasakah province. The capture cut off a key supply route for IS between their Iraqi and Syrian "capitals". The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by US air strikes, took control of Shadadi in a three-day operation called Wrath...
  • Turkey says US arms used by Syria Kurds, blamed for Ankara blast

    02/19/2016 1:56:36 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 13 replies ^ | 02/19/2016 |
    Turkey says US arms used by Syria Kurds, blamed for Ankara blast 7 hours ago Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will tell President Barack Obama that US weapons have helped Syrian Kurds, blamed by Turkey for Wednesday's Ankara bombing. He said he had no doubt the Syrian PYD and its military wing were behind the rush-hour blast which killed 28 people. The bombing came as Syrian Kurds threatened to extend their control of territory along Turkey's border. The US backs the PYD in the fight against so-called Islamic State (IS). And yet it sees the Kurdish militant...
  • U.S. says meeting for Syria cease-fire delayed, not canceled, as Russia claims

    02/19/2016 9:18:26 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies ^ | February 19 at 11:07 AM | Hugh Naylor and Michael Birnbaum
    U.S. says meeting for Syria cease-fire delayed, not canceled, as Russia claims By Hugh Naylor and Michael Birnbaum February 19 at 11:07 AM BEIRUT — Russia and the United States appeared at odds Friday about whether a meeting of the international coordinating group charged with implementing a cease-fire in Syria had been canceled, with Russia's Foreign Ministry claiming it was, and the U.S. and U.N. officials saying it was merely delayed. The back-and-forth Friday adds to delays in reducing hostilities and raises even more questions about the workability of the truce. The coordinating group was due to convene in Geneva...
  • 22 Turkish Air Force pilots killed

    02/18/2016 8:26:05 PM PST · by amorphous · 74 replies
    South Front: Analysis Intelliegence ^ | 19 Feb 2016 | Translation by J.Hawk
    According to Turkish Ulke TV station, the victims of the February 17 terrorist attack in Ankara include 22 Turkish Air Force pilots, out of 28 total fatalities. Turkish government has not issued an official confirmation but, according to Turkish media, Erdogan is deliberately trying to conceal that fact. The explosion took place next to the Turkish Armed Forces headquarters building, as well as the parliament and government buildings. The fatalities included 26 military and 2 civilians. Another 60 people were wounded. No terrorist organization accepted responsibility.
  • EU, US call on Turkey to stop hitting PYD (Syrian Kurds)

    02/18/2016 2:44:13 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 2 replies ^ | February 15, 2016, Monday/ 11:21:33 | TODAY'S ZAMAN
    EU, US call on Turkey to stop hitting PYD February 15, 2016, Monday/ 11:21:33/ TODAY'S ZAMAN | ANKARA As Turkey continued to shell Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces near the Syrian town of Azez for a third day on Monday, the European Union and the US have called on Turkey to stop hitting Syria and refrain from further complicating the efforts of world powers to halt the hostilities within a week. ....snip.... Official: Turkey to face Russia, Iran if intervenes in Syria A senior Russian official threatened Turkey, saying that it will face Russia and Iran if carries...
  • White House says no evidence Kurds Bombed Turks. Won't support Turks against Russians

    02/18/2016 2:14:52 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 37 replies
    Conflict News ^ | 11:13 AM - 18 Feb 2016 | Conflict News
    MORE: US Spox Kirby says #AnkaraAttack is an open question. Rejects Turkish PM "certain link with #YPG” assertion - @WashingtonPoint— Conflict News (@Conflicts) February 18, 2016 @Conflicts @WashingtonPoint The US is signaling Turkey that we will NOT support them in the event of a Turkish Invasion/Russian Intervention— Krispyjc (@Krispyjc) February 18, 2016
  • Syrian rebels say reinforcements get free passage via Turkey

    02/18/2016 10:47:11 AM PST · by BeauBo · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 18 Feb 2016 | Suleiman Al-Khalidi
    Syrian rebels have brought at least 2,000 reinforcements through Turkey in the past week to bolster the fight against Kurdish-led militias north of Aleppo, rebel sources said on Thursday. ...Turkish forces facilitated the transfer from one front to another over several nights ..."We have been allowed to move everything from light weapons to heavy equipment, mortars and missiles and our tanks," Abu Issa, a commander in the Levant Front, told Reuters ..."We are getting fresh supplies of everything from missiles to mortars to armoured vehicles. Almost everything is now being delivered to us," said the rebel source.
  • Kurds warn Turkey of ‘big war’ with Russia if invades Syria

    02/18/2016 9:05:45 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 28 replies
    Hamilton Spectator ^ | 2/18/2016 | Henry Meyer and Stepan Kravchenko
    Russia has promised to protect Kurdish fighters in Syria in case of a ground offensive by Turkey, a move that would lead to a "big war," the Syrian group's envoy to Moscow said in an interview on Wednesday. "We take this threat very seriously because the ruling party in Turkey is a party of war," Rodi Osman, head of the Syrian Kurds' newly-opened representative office said in Kurdish via a Russian interpreter. "Russia will respond if there is an invasion. This isn't only about the Kurds, they will defend the territorial sovereignty of Syria." Conflicting interests in Syria have created...
  • Hundreds of armed rebels cross from Turkey into Syria, says monitor

    02/18/2016 6:16:08 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 12 replies ^ | Wednesday 17 February 2016 23.22 EST | Agence France-Presse in Beirut
    Hundreds of armed rebels cross from Turkey into Syria, says monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reports 500 insurgents and Islamist fighters headed for town of Azaz where anti-Assad forces have lost ground At least 500 rebels on Wednesday crossed the Turkish border, a monitor said, and headed for the Syrian town of Azaz in northern Aleppo province where opposition forces have suffered setbacks at the hands of Kurdish fighters. “At least 500 rebels have crossed the Bab al-Salam border crossing on their way to the town of Azaz, from which they want to help the insurgents in the face...
  • Explosion strikes Turkey's capital; casualties reported

    02/17/2016 10:46:03 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 82 replies ^ | Updated 1:16 PM ET, Wed February 17, 2016 | Jason Hanna and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN
    Explosion strikes Turkey's capital; casualties reported By Jason Hanna and Hamdi Alkhshali, CNN Updated 1:16 PM ET, Wed February 17, 2016 turkey ankara explosion damon phoner_00010401 (CNN)An explosion rocked the Turkish capital of Ankara on Wednesday evening, killing five people and injuring 10 others, Turkey's semiofficial Anadolu news agency reported, citing Ankara Gov. Mehmet Kiliclar. The explosion happened as a convoy of military vehicles was passing by, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported. Video aired on CNN Turk showed large flames reaching toward the night sky from an area on the ground. Lights from numerous emergency vehicles flashed nearby. Who is...
  • Kurds' advance in Syria divides U.S. and Turkey as Russia bombs

    02/17/2016 7:37:30 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 13 replies ^ | Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:19am EST | Daren Butler
    World | Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:19am EST Kurds' advance in Syria divides U.S. and Turkey as Russia bombs ISTANBUL | By Daren Butler The rapid advance of U.S.-backed Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, taking advantage of Russian air strikes to seize territory near the Turkish border, has infuriated Ankara and threatened to drive a wedge between NATO allies. Washington has long seen the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and its YPG military wing as its best chance in the battle against Islamic State in Syria - to the chagrin of fellow NATO member Turkey, which sees the group...
  • US urges Turkey to halt strikes against Kurds in Syria

    02/16/2016 8:23:47 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies ^ | 02-14-2016 19:16 BJT |
    US urges Turkey to halt strikes against Kurds 02-14-2016 19:16 BJT The United States is pressing Turkey to halt military strikes on Kurdish targets in Syria. State Department spokesman John Kirby says Ankara and the YPG both understand the serious threat posed by ISIL, adding Washington is working to de-escalate tensions. He urged all parties to focus on the common threat, and work towards a cessation of hostilities, which was agreed in Munich on Friday among world powers. Russia has warned that the world has plunged into a new Cold War over the Syria issue.
  • Why are Syrian Kurds pivoting toward Moscow?

    02/16/2016 7:22:41 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 26 replies ^ | Morgan L. Kaplan
    Why are Syrian Kurds pivoting toward Moscow? By Morgan L. Kaplan February 12 On Wednesday, an affiliate of the largest and most powerful Kurdish party in Syria, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), opened its first official mission abroad — in Moscow. Given the amount of military and political support the PYD has received from the United States, this decision is likely to be received with some shock and confusion in the West. But a closer examination of the PYD’s historical experience and core interests suggests that the politics behind a potential realignment with Moscow makes strategic sense. ...snip... As an...
  • Syrian army gains ground around Aleppo, looks to Raqqa

    02/13/2016 8:41:37 PM PST · by Mariner · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 13th, 2016 | By Paul Carrel, Shadia Nasralla and Tom Perry
    Russia said on Saturday a Syria ceasefire plan was more likely to fail than succeed, as Syrian government forces backed by Russian air strikes took rebel ground near Aleppo and set their sights on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa province. International divisions over Syria surfaced anew at a Munich conference where Russia rejected French charges that it was bombing civilians, just a day after world powers agreed on the "cessation of hostilities" due to begin in a week's time. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reiterated accusations that Russia was hitting "legitimate opposition groups" and civilians with its bombing...
  • Military Analysis: The Turkish 2nd Army. Invasion Force for Syria?

    02/13/2016 8:57:24 PM PST · by amorphous · 39 replies
    SouthFront: Analysis & Intelligence ^ | 12 Feb 2016 | Brian Kalman
    Recent public comments by the Turkish government have hinted at a possible invasion into Syrian territory to “stabilize” the situation and secure Turkey’s national security. Significant clashes between Turkish army and security forces with elements of the YPG and PKK, which have exacted a costly toll on the Kurdish civilian population have been raging in southern Turkey and northern Syria in recent months. Russian satellite surveillance and human intelligence employed by both Russian and Syria in the region have confirmed the build-up of troops and material on the border. It is reasonable to believe that Turkey is preparing to salvage...
  • Davutoğlu signals Turkish action after fall of Aleppo corridor

    02/12/2016 7:46:40 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 16 replies ^ | February 12, 2016, Friday/ 14:40:4 |
    Davutoğlu signals Turkish action after fall of Aleppo corridor February 12, 2016, Friday/ 14:40:40/ TODAY'S ZAMAN | ANKARA Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has implied that Turkey will take action after the capture of the town of Azez in Syria, a strategic corridor between Aleppo and Turkey for rebel groups, by Syrian regime troops backed by Russian airstrikes. Speaking to reporters en route to Turkey from the Netherlands, Davutoğlu said that he had told German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the need to stop Russia in Syria in order to prevent further influxes of refugees to Turkey and Europe from the region,...
  • Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation

    02/10/2016 12:48:56 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 5 replies ^ | February/10/2016 | Agence France-Presse
    Syrian Kurds open Moscow representation MOSCOW - Agence France-Presse Participants pose for a picture during a ceremony opening a representative office of Kurdish groups in Syria, in Moscow, Russia, February 10, 2016. REUTERS Photo Kurdish groups in Syria on Feb. 10 opened a representation in Moscow amid a push by the Kremlin to have them included in Syria peace talks despite Turkey’s objections. “This is a historical moment for the Kurdish people,” Merab Shamoyev, chairman of the International Union of Kurdish Public Associations, said at the opening ceremony for the office in an industrial neighborhood in southeast Moscow. “Russia is...
  • Turkish leader: U.S. responsible for 'sea of blood' for supporting Syrian Kurds

    02/10/2016 12:43:58 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 12 replies ^ | 12:29 PM ET, Wed February 10, 2016 | Greg Botelho, CNN
    Turkish leader: U.S. responsible for 'sea of blood' for supporting Syrian Kurds By Greg Botelho, CNN Updated 12:29 PM ET, Wed February 10, 2016 (CNN)Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has had no shortage of harsh, withering words for enemies involved in the bloody civil war in neighboring Syria. Now, he's turning his verbal barrage on a key NATO ally: the United States. Erdogan ripped into Washington on Wednesday, claiming it's responsible for a "sea of blood" in Syria for what he called its ignorance about dangers posed by other groups, not just ISIS, in the region. Specifically, he slammed America's...
  • Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner (Kurds now in Moscow)

    02/09/2016 1:46:10 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 11 replies ^ | Tuesday 9 February 2016 10.16 EST | Simon Tisdall
    Turkey's rising tension with Russia over Kurds puts Erdoğan in a corner Syrian Kurdish party opening a Moscow office marks new nadir in relations, and could lead to Turkish forces crossing border Escalating tension between Russia and Turkey will reach a new high when the Democratic Union party (PYD), the leading Kurdish political organisation in north-eastern Syria, which Ankara regards as a terrorist group, opens a representative office in Moscow on Wednesday at Vladimir Putin’s personal invitation. The development comes amid a dangerous tug-of-war between Russia and the US for power and influence in strategic areas along the Turkey-Syria border....
  • Turkey summons US envoy over State Dept comments on Syria Kurds

    02/09/2016 12:38:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/2/16
    Turkey's foreign ministry summoned the US ambassador on Tuesday, according to media reports, after State Department spokesman John Kirby angered Ankara by saying that Washington did not consider the main Syrian Kurdish party to be a terrorist organization. Turkish authorities, who consider the Democratic Union Party (PYD) a terrorist group, have expressed their "unease" over the remarks by Kirby....
  • Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces

    02/09/2016 6:38:59 AM PST · by Trumpinator · 23 replies ^ | February 7, 2016 | Associated Press
    Erdogan: US should choose between Turkey, Kurdish forces By Associated Press February 7 ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s president lashed out at the United States a week after President Barack Obama’s envoy visited a northern Syrian town that is under the control of Syrian Kurdish forces, which Ankara considers terrorists. In comments published Sunday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Washington should choose between Turkey and the Kurdish Democratic Union Party, or PYD, as its partner. That came after envoy Brett McGurk’s visit to Kobani, where the PYD’s military wing, aided by U.S.-led airstrikes, drove back Islamic State militants a year...
  • Riot police separate hundreds of Kurds and Islamist supporters in Germany

    02/08/2016 11:05:35 AM PST · by Tennessee Nana · 28 replies
    DailyMail ^ | Feb 8, 2016 | Sarah Malm
    Ethnic Kurds clashed overnight with alleged members of a hardline Islamist movement in Hamburg last night, as ISIS clashes spread far from Syria. Police in the northern German city say 14 people were injured overnight in the violence involving hundreds of demonstrators before riot police were able to quell the disturbance. Police spokesman Karina Sadowsky said this morning that fighting began after hundreds of Kurds held a protest against the Islamic State group. SNIP Fighting broke out at about 11pm, prompting police to block all roads and try to drive vehicles between the two groups. After midnight police moved in...