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  • Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurds, support for Islamic State: PYD co-leader Muslim

    04/25/2017 6:57:27 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    KOM News ^ | 25 April 2017 07:41 CEST | none stated
    PYD co-leader Salih Muslim Democratic Union Party (PYD) co-leader Salih Muslim condemned Turkish airstrikes targeting Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq on Tuesday morning and said coalition forces should not to remain silent on the matter.Speaking to Europe based News Channel, the leader of the largest Syrian Kurdish party said the attack was expected due to the heavy military deployment at the Turkey-Syria border.“There is a tense situation. There were already aerial attacks at the border and reconnaissance flights [by Turkey]. We were expecting this, it is not a surprise. They cannot scare the people of Kurdistan with these attacks. The people of...
  • ‘Turkey to launch operation on Syrian Kurdish corridor within a month’

    04/24/2017 3:02:24 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    KOM News ^ | 24 April 2017 | source ÖZEL HABER / HİLAL ÖZTÜRK
    A report in pro-government Turkish daily Karar, has claimed that the Turkish army will launch a new military operation to “break up the Kurdish corridor” in northern Syria, within a month.Based on military sources, the report on Monday said the foray will target Tel Abyad town, which is on the border with Akcakale on the Turkish side and held by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG). The operation will aim to sever the connection between Kobani and Jazirah cantons the report claimed.“Military sources in the region have refrained from sharing detailed information due to security and strategy issues, but the operation will target the PYD/YPG...
  • Syrian Kurds set up body to govern Raqqa after IS defeat

    04/19/2017 6:34:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    KOM News ^ | 18 April 2017 | none stated
    Kurds in Syria’s Raqqa province set up a civilian assembly on Tuesday that will govern the region after the ousting of Islamic State (IS) from its capital city, local media reported.“The city will be liberated soon and our assembly will be consolidated. Then, we will be able to deal with all the problems,” Mehmud Sewax Bersan, the administration’s newly-elected co-chair, said as quoted by the Firat news agency.The creation of the assembly was announced at a meeting in the town of Ayn Issa, north of Raqqa, the main stronghold of IS in Syria. It will consist of 14 committees...
  • Woman freed from ISIS captivity wants to join YPJ (Kurd female military)

    04/19/2017 5:38:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 22 replies
    ANF News (English) ^ | Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017, 11:43 | HEYSEM MISLIM
    Fatma Ĺžerif from Raqqa, freed from ISIS who used her as a slave for three years, wants to take up arms and join YPJ ranks now. All those freed from ISIS captivity has a story, mostly a painful one. Fatma Eli Ĺžerif is one of those women. Fatma Eli Ĺžerif, mother of three, is a woman from Raqqa. Her husband lost his life 8 years ago. She has been struggling to save her children from ISIS over the past one year. During the latest SDF offensive in the region, the woman and her children have been freed from ISIS. Speaking...
  • Thousands of fruit trees destroyed for ‘security reasons’ in Turkey’s Kurdish region

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

    03/26/2017 8:17:50 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 24, 2017 | Fehim Taştekin (Translator: Timur Göksel)
    Turkey’s plans to expand its Operation Euphrates Shield in northern Syria and isolate Kurdish forces in the region appear to be backfiring. After Turkey liberated al-Bab from the Islamic State (IS), it turned toward Manbij, which is controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) and its Syrian allies, only to encounter US flags northwest of the town and Russian and Syrian national flags to the southwest. Now a similar scenario is being played out in Afrin. On March 20, YPG spokesman Redur Halil announced Russia would deploy troops to the Cindires district of Afrin province. The statement was followed by...
  • Tillerson to woo Turkey during Ankara visit

    03/20/2017 9:05:53 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Al Monitor ^ | March 16, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    Al-Monitor has learned that US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is expected to travel to Turkey March 30. He will be the most senior US official to formally visit Turkey since the Donald Trump administration took office in January. A senior Turkish official who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed that Tillerson was expected to meet with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, among others. The official was unaware of Tillerson’s full itinerary but said it would not be unusual for the secretary to visit other countries in the region as well. The official declined to elaborate any further. In an emailed...
  • We made an agreement with Russia (Syrian Kurds)

    03/20/2017 9:00:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    YPG Rojava ^ | March 20, 2017 | Rędur Xelîl
    The existence of the Russian army units in the Cindy's of the Ephrin Canton was the result of an agreement made between our forces and the Russian army. The agreement was based on the fight against terrorism and on the basis of military training of the Russian army's warriors. We have direct relations with Russia. This step is a positive and good step in the fight against terrorism in Syria. After our forces prove themselves against terrorism, many forces are willing to help us and make a deal with us.
  • Turkey’s Erdogan vows to continue attacking Kurds in northern Syria

    03/15/2017 9:48:31 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 28 replies
    ARA News ^ | March 13, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Sunday said in a speech in which he criticized the Dutch government, that Turkey will still attack the town of Manbij, which was previously liberated from ISIS by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).“We won’t allow a terror state, controlled by the PKK and YPG, to be established in northern Syria,” he said.“After Jarablus, Dabiq and Al-Bab, now it’s Manbij’s turn,” he added.Moreover, the Turkish president said following his meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Friday, that Turkey wants to work with Russia and the US-led coalition in Manbij, requesting help to...
  • Turkey kills 71 US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria: Army

    03/10/2017 11:41:39 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 32 replies
    Kurdistan24 ^ | 3/10/2017 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) - Turkey's army, a key NATO ally, announced on Friday the killing of 71 US-backed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) who are fighting the Islamic State (IS) in Syria. In a press release, the Turkish General Staff said the figure belonged to the dates March 2-9, as a ground incursion into northern Syria largely halted due to an encounter with the US and Russian armies in a strip of land crowded with competing forces. In total, Turkey killed 425 and wounded 37 YPG fighters in the area since the beginning of the Operation Euphrates Shield in...
  • Turkey accuses Germany of providing succor to its enemies

    03/03/2017 7:04:34 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Mar 3, 2017 | Tulay Karadeniz
    Turkey accused Germany on Friday of scandalous behavior in cancelling rallies of Turkish citizens in two German towns due to be addressed by Turkish ministers and said Berlin provided a "shelter" for people committing crimes against his country. The comments by Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag, who had been scheduled to address a meeting in the southwestern town of Gaggenau until it was canceled on Thursday, reflected a broader souring of relations between the two NATO allies. "Let them look back at their history," Bozdag said in a speech suggesting a deeper rooted chauvinism in Berlin. "We see the old illnesses...
  • U.S. general says no evidence of YPG attacks from Northern Syria on Turkey

    03/01/2017 1:04:16 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | Wed Mar 1, 2017 | Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali; Editing by James Dalgleish
    The top U.S. commander in the campaign against Islamic State delivered a robust defense of America's Kurdish YPG allies in Syria on Wednesday, saying he had seen no evidence linking them to attacks on Turkey from Northern Syria in the past two years.
  • ‘Turkey will close Incirlik airbase to US if support for YPG continues’ (Erdogan threatens US?)

    03/01/2017 7:19:58 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 37 replies
    KOM News ^ | 1 March 2017 | none stated
    Pro-government Turkish daily Yenisafak, has claimed that Turkey will use the Incirlik Airbase as a bargaining chip to stop the US from backing the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), a prominent force in the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) leading the Raqqa operation.According to Yenisafak, “Turkey is prepared for possible scenarios with the YPG. Considering the logistical contribution to US air operations, the utilisation permit of Incirlik Airbase is an important leverage to convince the US against working with the YPG.”Incirlik Air base, located in the Incirlik province of the southern city of Adana, has strategic importance to the US. Most of the US’ air operations...
  • Why America should support the Syrian Kurds

    02/27/2017 4:35:17 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 18 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Sunday, June 19, 2016 | Gary Bauer
    Syria’s Kurds offer a glimmer of hope in a region otherwise defined by death and destruction ANALYSIS/OPINION: With every beheading, crucifixion and execution, Judeo-Christian civilization is under assault. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Middle East, where non-Muslims who encounter the rapid advance of the Islamic State face a cruel choice: confrontation, subjugation, or annihilation. Until recently, ISIS has achieved success spreading its militant Islamic creed. The West’s politically correct response — some of its leaders, including President Obama, refuse even to link the Islamic State to Islam — has only emboldened ISIS and aided its propaganda and...
  • United States fulfill their promises to the Kurds and the Turkish army to protect them from attacks

    02/27/2017 12:24:18 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    XEBER 24 ^ | February 27, 2017 | Akram Hammou
    He said a special field source of our "News 24" of the countryside Manbej for the stationing of US troops in the countryside Manbej to put an end to the attacks carried out by the Turkish forces and elements of the shield of the Euphrates on Monday, the military council Manbej sites, in case of any wider or provocative operations carried out by Turkey's ally the direction of new attacks Washington on Syrian territory. This and had confirmed Gen. Joseph Votel turn, and during his visit to Kobani on the twentieth of January last we Kqguat international coalition committed to...
  • US struggles to maintain two key allies in Syria: Kurds and Turkey

    02/23/2017 4:09:15 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    ARA News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Wladimir van Wilgenburg
    The Pentagon’s top military officer on Thursday underlined that one of the complex challenges the US will face in the future is how to navigate the animosity between the two key US allies in Syria: Turkey and the Syrian Kurds.It comes as the Trump administration debates plans for an increased military campaign against ISIS and future operations to oust ISIS from Raqqa.The Turkish government has suggested that the Kurds should be excluded from the Raqqa operation, while the Kurds argue that Turkey should not play a role in northern Syria and consider Turkish intervention as occupation of Syrian territory.The US military...
  • Kurdish forces capture large chunks of northeast Raqqa

    02/23/2017 8:24:06 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    AMN ^ | 23/02/2017 | Leith Fadel
    BEIRUT, LEBANON (1:00 P.M.) – The Kurdish-led “Syrian Democratic Forces” (SDF) liberated several sites from the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization on Thursday, killing and wounding several militants amid their large-scale advance in northeast Al-Raqqa.According to the SDF’s official media wing, their forces liberated the villages of Al-Qandeel Al-Sharqi, Abu Jandal, and Mahbash in the northeastern countryside of the Al-Raqqa Governorate.With their latest advance in northeastern Al-Raqqa, the Syrian Democratic Forces have managed to clear much of this region, paving the way for their comrades in the west to push closer to the provincial capital.
  • Aleppan Armenians visit home liberated by YPG/YPJ (Armenians support Kurds)

    02/23/2017 6:31:36 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    ANF News ^ | February 23, 2017 | MAHİR YILMAZKAYA
    Years later, Armenians who left their homes after their neighborhood fell under gang groupsÂ’ invasion have returned for a visit to the neighborhood they grew up in after YPG/YPJ forces liberated the eastern neighborhoods of the city. Most of the Armenians in Syria lived in Aleppo, but they had to leave the lands they were born in after the war broke out in 2011 and gang groups like Al Nusra, Ahrar Al Sham, Jaysh Al Islam and Sultan Murat Brigade started their attacks and massacres. The primary place Armenians sought refuge in was the zones under YPG/YPJ control in Aleppo...
  • John McCain Makes Secret Trip to Syria in Midst of U.S. Assessment

    02/22/2017 5:21:20 PM PST · by Candor7 · 78 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Updated Feb. 22, 2017 4:13 p.m. ET | Dion Nissenbaum
    WASHINGTON—Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) secretly traveled to northern Syria last weekend to speak with American military officials and Kurdish fighters at the forefront of the push to drive Islamic State out of their de facto capital of Raqqa, according to U.S. officials. The unusual visit, which officials said was organized with the help of the U.S. military, came as the Trump administration is debating plans for an accelerated military campaign against Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL. Mr. McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, first traveled to rebel-controlled Syria in 2013, when he met...
  • US refutes Turkish claims it will drop Kurdish force in Syria

    02/17/2017 11:41:07 AM PST · by Texas Fossil
    KOM News ^ | February 2017 | none stated
    The US State Department has dismissed claims by Turkish Defence Minister Fikri Isik that the Trump administration is not adamant on carrying out the Raqqa operation with Kurdish forces.“The new US administration has a different approach to the issue. They are not insisting anymore that the operation should definitely be carried out with the YPG. They haven’t yet made up their minds,” Isik told reporters in Brussels on Thursday.Speaking to the Middle East Eye, a US State Department spokesperson referred to a press briefing given on Wednesday by Major General Rupert Jones, a deputy commander in the coalition fighting against...