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  • Pro-Kurdish US lawmaker to head key House committee

    11/11/2018 10:35:42 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 6 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | November 2018 | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) - On January 3, when the new US Congress takes office, Rep. Eliot Engel (D, New York) will become the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.Engel is a long-time supporter of the Kurds. In 2014, he pressed the Obama administration as to “why the Kurds, as a distinct people, aren’t entitled to the same rights of self-determination the Palestinians enjoy.”The following year, Engel backed legislation authorizing the direct US provision of arms to the Peshmerga.And two years after that, Engel supported the Kurdistan independence referendum, issuing a statement on September 25, the day of the...
  • Turkey sees U.S. backing Syrian Kurdish YPG as support for PKK - spokesman

    11/08/2018 12:50:55 PM PST · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Nov 08 2018 | none stated
    Turkey does not differentiate between what it sees as terrorist organisations and any support for Syrian Kurdish forces means supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), state-run Anadolu news agency quoted presidential spokesman İbrahim Kalın as saying on Wednesday in reference to U.S. backing for Kurdish fighters in Syria battling Islamic State. Turkey sees the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and its political wing, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), that control most of northeast Syria as part of the PKK that has been fighting for self-rule inside Turkey for more than 30 years. The YPG denies being part of the PKK, but...
  • YPG captures Adil Musa Abdouljezar, one of key figures of ISIS (Syria)

    09/04/2018 6:12:21 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 5 replies
    ANF News | Tuesday, 4 Sep 2018, 13:00 | ANF NEWS DESK
    Adil Musa Abdouljezar was captured alive in an operation that was successfully carried out by YPG Anti-Terror Units (YAT). People’s Defense Units (YPG) Press Office released a statement announcing the capture of a key figure of ISIS. YPG provided the following information about the operation; “Our struggle against the ISIS terrorist organization that had emerged as the most brutal group of history and had been calamity for the peoples of the Middle East and for the revolution in Rojava and Northern Syria, is progressing and obtaining great victories. Through our effort and struggle to defend the values and dignity of...
  • ISIS suffers devastating defeat in Deir Ezzor

    08/12/2018 7:22:31 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 32 replies
    AMN ^ | 2018-08-06 | Leith Aboufadel
    The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) dealt a lethal blow to the so-called ‘caliphate’ a week ago, when their troops seized the last border points that were under the Islamic State’s control in eastern Syria. According to the official spokesperson for the SDF, their troops managed to capture the entire desert of eastern Deir Ezzor and secure the Al-Hasakah provincial border that weekend.
  • Family of Kurdish female fighter seen naked, mutilated in graphic viral video speaks out

    07/13/2018 11:44:19 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7-11-2018 | Hollie McKay
    KOBANI, Syria –  As the battle for the northwestern Syrian city of Afrin raged earlier this year, amid Turkey’s eventually successful “Operation Olive Branch” to seize control from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), images of the bloodbath flooded social media. But there was one especially shocking video, captured via cellphone, that ignited international outcry: a fighter with the all-female Kurdish unit known as the YPJ lay dead and half-naked in the dirt, her body mutilated with deep cuts lacerating her exposed breasts. Turkey-backed Syrian rebel fighters in military fatigues can be seen swarming the corpse, groping the pockets of her...
  • In Turkey’s watershed election, it’s the Kurds who could tip the balance

    06/22/2018 9:03:57 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 21 at 12:23 PM | Amberin Zaman
    Sunday, voters in Turkey will face a stark choice between two paths. One, embodied by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, entails a further descent into authoritarianism and a deepening of ethnic and sectarian divides. The other, represented by the opposition, offers the potential for national reconciliation, a return to parliamentary democracy and an easing of tensions with the West. The stakes have never been higher. Opinion polls show a deeply polarized nation, split between the pro-Erdogan camp and an opposition bloc led by pro-secular presidential candidate Muharrem Ince. Not only will the outcome affect the Turkish people. It also will determine whether...
  • Brother: Iranian Kurdish Dissident Has ‘Hours’ Before Execution

    06/22/2018 6:46:37 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    VOA News ^ | June 21, 2018 8:15 | Michael Lipin
    IRBIL, IRAQ — A brother of an Iranian Kurdish man sentenced to death for belonging to a Kurdish nationalist group says the dissident has told a lawyer that he has hours to live after being transferred back to death row.Speaking exclusively to VOA Persian on Thursday, Amjad Hossein Panahi said his detained brother Ramin Hossein Panahi was moved to death row at a prison in the northwestern city of Sanandaj in the past day. Amjad Panahi, who is based in Germany, said Ramin met with defense lawyer Hossein Ahmadiniaz on Thursday and told the lawyer that he expected to be executed...
  • Turkey election board moves ballot boxes in Kurdish provinces, prompts fears of fraud

    05/28/2018 7:40:23 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) News ^ | 5-27-18 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Citing “security reasons,” Turkey’s top electoral board decided on Sunday to move some ballot boxes in at least 19 provinces from which the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) traditionally gets most of its votes, party officials said. Moving or merging the boxes meant that hundreds of thousands of voters in different villages, towns, and city centers would have to go elsewhere to cast ballots instead of their local polling stations on June 24, the day Turkey’s challenged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan set for snap general and presidential elections. On Saturday, HDP lawmaker Mithat Sancar of Mardin visited...
  • Turkey bans nine books on Kurds, ranging from genocide, Barzani, and Mahabad to Ezidi faith

    05/14/2018 5:57:32 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Kurdistan 24 ^ | 5-13-18 | Ari Khalidi
    ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Turkish authorities recently banned nine translated books of various scholarly subjects about the Kurds, the owner of an Istanbul-based publishing house that released them told Kurdistan 24 on Sunday.A local Turkish court in the Idil district of the Kurdish province of Sirnak deemed the books’ content in contravention of the anti-terror and press laws, citing articles that deal with “terrorist propaganda.”Editor and founder of the publisher Avesta, Abdullah Keskin, said over the phone that a ruling by the court dated back to September last year. However, he was notified of it on Friday.“To be seized, collected,...
  • Turkey’s pro-Kurdish HDP names jailed leader as presidential candidate

    05/07/2018 3:19:44 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | May 6, 2018 | Cengiz Candar
    Turkey’s top Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas, one of the few names who proved he could challenge President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s charisma, has decided to run in the June 24 presidential elections, seemingly undaunted by the bars of his prison cell.Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) announced Demirtas’ candidacy May 4. “Our candidate is Selahattin Demirtas, who is being held as a hostage in Edirne Prison,” HDP Co-chair Pervin Buldan was quoted by Hurriyet Daily news as saying in a statement. Turkey’s westernmost province of Edirne is the farthest point from the predominantly Kurdish southeast where Demirtas’ main constituency is located. Demirtas ran...
  • Kurdish parliament speaker declares resignation in protest of misgovernment

    12/26/2017 7:22:14 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 2017-12-26 20:52:09 | Editor: Yurou
    The parliament speaker of Iraq's semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan declared resignation on Tuesday, protesting the deterioration of political and economic situation in the region and the use of force against anti-government demonstrations. "I officially announce my resignation from the post of Parliament Speaker, and will continue my work in the parliament within the opposition group," Speaker Yousif Mohammed from the Gorran Movement said at a press conference in the city of Sulaimaniyah in northeastern Iraq. Mohammed accused the Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) of using force to suppress the demonstrations that erupted in the Kurdish region amid widespread anger over unpaid...
  • Baghdad Agrees To Ship Kirkuk Oil To Iran

    11/12/2017 1:35:44 AM PST · by BeauBo · 22 replies
    OilPrice ^ | 10 Nov 2017 | Zainab Calcuttawala
    Tehran and Baghdad have reached an agreement on a plan to export oil from Kirkuk in northern Iraq to Iran... Until recently, all oil from the fields around Kirkuk was shipped to the Turkish port of Ceyhan via a pipeline owned and operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government. ...With the Kurdistan autonomous region heavily dependent on oil revenues, chances are the government will seek to come to a mutually beneficial agreement with the central government in Baghdad.
  • Armed Conflict in Syria: Overview and U.S. Response

    10/20/2017 5:42:30 AM PDT · by Retain Mike · 6 replies
    U.S. Naval Institute ^ | October 19, 2017 | Carla E. Humud, Christopher M. Blanchard, Mary Beth D. Nikitin
    Since late 2015, Syrian president Asad and his government have leveraged military, financial, and diplomatic support from Russia and Iran to improve and consolidate the Syrian government’s position relative to the range of antigovernment insurgents arrayed against them. These insurgents include members of the Islamic State, Islamist and secular fighters, and Al Qaeda-linked networks in Syria. While Islamic State forces have lost territory to the Syrian government, to Turkey-backed Syrian opposition groups and to U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish and Arab fighters since early 2016, they remain capable and dangerous. The IS “capital” at the Syrian provincial capital of Raqqah has been...
  • The Observer view on the Kurdish referendum

    10/01/2017 8:08:28 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 2 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 30 September 2017 19.05 EDT | none stated
    It can be argued that Kurdistan’s regional government (KRG) was ill advised to hold a referendum last week on creating an independent state. It may be the case that Masoud Barzani, veteran leader of the Kurdish enclave in northern Iraq, is a foolish dreamer whose desire to bequeath a personal legacy has trumped common sense. It is conceivable that, had Barzani backed down, the government in Baghdad would have abandoned decades of hostility to Kurdish aspirations and entered into good-faith negotiations. This is the Middle East, after all. Anything is possible.
  • Tillerson says Kurdish independence referendum is illegitimate

    09/30/2017 6:14:20 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Sept 29, 2017 | Mustafa Salim, Karen DeYoung and Tamer El-Ghobashy
    BAGHDAD — The United States on Friday declared illegitimate Monday’s Kurdish referendum on independence, as the Iraqi government imposed a ban on international flights to airports operated by the Kurdistan Regional Government and Iraqi troops prepared to seize the semiautonomous region’s border controls. “The United States does not recognize the . . . unilateral referendum,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Washington’s first substantive statement on the vote, in which nearly 93 percent of voters in the Kurdistan region approved declaring an autonomous state in northern Iraq. “The vote and the results lack legitimacy,” Tillerson said, “and we continue to support...
  • Bolton: U.S. Should Support Independence for Kurds, ‘State of Iraq as We Have Known It Doesn’t Exist

    09/28/2017 3:13:32 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Sep 2017 | John Hayward
    Former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton joined SiriusXM host Raheem Kassam and co-host Steve Bannon on Thursday’s Breitbart News Daily to talk about Kurdish independence and the future of Iraq. “The Kurds are one of the largest ethnic groups in the world that has never had a nation in contemporary times,” Bolton explained. “Just two days ago, they held a referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan and voted well over 90 percent for independence. I think the United States should support independence for the Kurds. They’ve been friends of ours in the struggle against Saddam Hussein and the struggle against international terrorism. I...
  • With prophetic implications, the Kurds, known as the Medes in the Bible ... (Not My Blog)

    09/27/2017 7:14:58 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 44 replies
    Joel C. Rosenberg's Blog ^ | June 17, 2014 | Joel Rosenberg
    The Kurds, generally, are Sunni Muslims, but they are not ethnically Arabs. Indeed, many Kurds have a deep hatred for the Arabs. Several decades ago, the world create a special, protected, autonomous region for the Kurds in the north region of Iraq, after Saddam Hussein repeated attacked and tried to destroy the Kurds, including with the use of chemical weapons. Ultimately, many Kurds want to create an independent country of their own, uniting Kurds living in Iraq, Iran, Syria and Turkey. Yet each of those national governments strongly oppose the creation of an independent Kurdistan. What’s fascinating is that the...
  • Syrian Kurdish commander: We're ‘ready to engage’ with Damascus (Interview, SDF Chief Commander)

    09/26/2017 5:55:42 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | September 26, 2017 | Amberin Zaman
    RAQQA, Syria — Mazlum Kobane is the chief commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and, as such, the chief interlocutor of the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State (IS). The 45-year-old commander, widely known as Gen. Mazlum, is at the helm of the campaign to retake Raqqa, the self-styled capital of IS, which is in its final stages. Kobane, who displays an avid interest in politics beyond his military skills, has earned himself fame in Washington, where his name is frequently mentioned at various panels. Coalition officials who know Kobane are full of praise for the SDF commander, who...
  • Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

    09/25/2017 8:03:08 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 Sep 2017 | BBC
    Large numbers of people have taken part in a landmark vote on independence for Iraq's Kurdistan region, amid growing opposition both at home and abroad. Votes are still being counted, with a big "yes" victory expected. Kurds say it will give them a mandate to negotiate secession, but Iraq's PM denounced it as "unconstitutional". Neighbours Turkey and Iran, fearing separatist unrest in their own Kurdish minorities, threatened to close borders and impose sanctions on oil exports. The referendum passed off peacefully across the three provinces that make up the region, and turnout was estimated at about 72%, according to the...
  • Time for Britain to fix its mistake: how Kurdistan became part of Iraq

    09/22/2017 12:43:51 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Telegraph Company (UK) source K24 in KRG of Iraq ^ | 21 September 2017 • 8:15am | Noreldin Waisy
    Kurdish journalist Noreldin Waisy explains why Britain should recognise an independent Kurdistan in the upcoming referendum Relations between Kurdistan and Britain go back nearly a century. However, it is a tragic and sorrowful history. Kurds hold Great Britain, more than any other party, responsible for their inclusion in the state of Iraq. We hope that the United Kingdom will support us: that you will correct an old, hoary mistake, when the better judgement of men such as Churchill was circumvented through determined bureaucratic manoeuvre.