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  • Oil Politics: How Syrian Kurds Use Oil For Political Leverage

    08/14/2018 3:02:16 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 1 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/14/18 | Sirwan Kajjo
    RIMELAN, SYRIA – “Where does all our oil go to?” my Kurdish driver asked as we drove past more than a dozen hefty trucks loaded with crude oil. The cargo convoy was heading to Syrian regime-held areas. Syria’s seven-year civil war has left the Kurds with increasing power over the oil fields in their territory, adding yet another layer of complexity to the already complicated picture of the war-torn country. The Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main party in Syrian Kurdistan, took control of most Kurdish cities in July 2012. The takeover didn’t involve fighting with Syrian regime forces as...
  • Mapping Kurdish Groups In Iran Clashes With IRGC

    08/13/2018 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Pavegecko · 5 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/13/18 | Seth Frantzman
    Kurdish groups in Iran have been increasing their activities over the summer months of 2018. An uptick in clashes, particularly with the IRGC, has been documented from published reports by the Iranian regime as well as the groups. This includes the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI), the Kurdistan Free Life Party (PJAK) and Kurdistan Freedom Party (PAK). On August 11 the IRGC claimed to have killed 11 “terrorists” or “militants” in Oshnavieh. In addition the PDKI claimed to have killed a dozen of the IRGC. And in Baneh a report indicated the PAK had clashed with Iranian regime forces,...
  • THREE KURDISH GROUPS IN IRAN ARE NOW FIGHTING THE IRGC

    08/12/2018 6:04:26 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 27 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18:23 | 08/12/18 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    Kurdish fighters vow to resist regime's crackdown as groups search for more united strategy amid sanctions on Tehran. The Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said on Sunday that they had killed “10 militants” in the Kurdish region of Iran. The same day the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan (PDKI) said they had engaged in “heavy clashes” with the IRGC near the city of Oshnavieh and had killed 12 “IRGC terrorists.” The battles come amidst a rise in tensions in Iran with US sanctions kicking in and after six months of protests in various parts of the country, including the Kurdish...
  • The Iraqi Army And Kurdish Peshmerga Are Not Coordinating Operations Against Islamic State

    08/07/2018 3:08:55 PM PDT · by Pavegecko · 3 replies
    Tsarizm.com ^ | 8/7/18 | Paul Iddon
    On Monday July 16 the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and the Kurdish Peshmerga conducted an operation in the Makhmour region against the Islamic State (ISIS) group. The operation killed at least 14 ISIS members but also resulted in the deaths of between 5 to 7 Peshmerga troops. The U.S.-led anti-ISIS coalition, which coordinated the raid and gave it air support, hailed what it called “outstanding” coordination between the ISF and Peshmerga. Upon closer inspection, however, it remains clear that neither side directly worked together in the assault and that coordination in general between them remains nonexistent. The Peshmerga have sought...
  • Zanyar Moradi and Ramin Hossein Panahi’s Open Letter on Public Awareness (Iran,political execution)

    07/01/2018 8:40:22 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Kurdistan Human Rights Network ^ | 31.05.2018 (5-31-18) | Zanyar Moradi, Ramin Hossein Panahi
    Zanyar Moradi and Ramin Hossein Panahi, two Kurdish political prisoners sentenced to death by the Iranian government, have published an open letter to the public regarding the implementation of the “death penalty” from the history of Constitutionalism to today and stated that various governments regard such penalty as “the most fearsome tool for the elimination of dissents.”In their letter, these two political prisoners who are at risk of immediate execution called on Iranian political and civil activists to investigate the unfounded allegations and anti-humane sentences against Kurdish political prisoners in order to prevent the government from pursuing its current...
  • As conditions shift in Syria, Kurds open to talks with Damascus

    06/22/2018 12:36:29 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | June 21, 2018 | Fehim Tastekin
    Actions by the United States, Turkey and Russia could be driving Kurds into the awkward embrace of the Syrian regime.First, Russia gave the green light in January for Turkey's Operation Olive Branch against the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in Afrin, Syria. (Turkey considers the YPG a terrorist-affiliated group.) Then earlier this month, the United States and Turkey agreed on a plan for the future of Syria's Manbij, a city the YPG controlled until recently. That future doesn't include the YPG, which had helped a US-led coalition's efforts to drive the Islamic State (IS) out of Syria. Given that Syrian President Bashar...
  • Elham Ahmed: We are fully prepared for direct negotiations with regime (Assad-Syria)

    06/17/2018 12:28:08 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    ANHA Hawar News Agency ^ | 11 Jun 2018, Mon - 13:50 | ANHA
    Elham Ahmed confirmed that we are fully prepared for dialogue and starting direct negotiations with the Syrian regime if the latter is already ready to initiate such a step. Hawar news agency (ANHA) interviewed with the Co-chair of Syrian Democratic Council (SDC), Elham Ahmed about recent events that are taking place, said we are fully prepared to negotiate. Where Elham Ahmed said that the war and military option will not solve the Syrian crisis. "We from the beginning said and still say that we are ready for dialogue and start direct negotiations with the regime." Elham Ahmed said they were...
  • SDF encircles the last ISIS stronghold south of Heseke (in Eastern Syria)

    06/11/2018 10:13:39 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    ANF News ^ | Monday, 11 Jun 2018, 13:56 | ANF HESEK
    SDF forces have encircled the last ISIS stronghold southeast of Hesekê (Hasakah). YPG-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have resumed the Operation Cizire Storm one week ago to clear the Dashisha area from the DAESH (ISIS) mercenaries and secure the Iraq-Syria border. Before reaching the Dashisha town, SDF forces have liberated dozens of villages since. The town of Dashisha southeast of Hesekê (Hasakah) is the last ISIS stronghold in the region. Reports suggest that many top ISIS officials are deployed here and attacks carried out by the organization in the region are planned in this town. SDF forces have liberated the...
  • Senior State Department Officials on the U.S.-Turkish Working Group on Syria

    06/05/2018 4:57:17 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    The U.S. Department of State ^ | June 5, 2018 | Senior State Department Officials
    Special BriefingSenior State Department Officials Via Teleconference June 5, 2018 MODERATOR: Good morning, and thanks so much for joining us for today’s background call on the U.S.-Turkish working group on Syria. Joining us today we have [Senior State Department Official One]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official One. Also joining us is [Senior State Department Official Two]. He’ll be referred to as Senior State Department Official Number Two. As a reminder, the call is on background and the contents of the call are embargoed until the call ends. With that, I’ll hand it over to our Senior...
  • HDP's Buldan: Kurds will not forget

    06/03/2018 7:45:58 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    ANF News (Igdir) ^ | Saturday, 2 Jun 2018, 16:00 | ANF IGDIR
    HDP co-chair told people in Iğdır that 24 June is the day for change. HDP co-chair, Pervin Buldan, was in Iğdır on Saturday as part of the elections campaign.  Buldan presented the party’s candidates Habib Eksik and Kıznaz Türkeli to the thousands of people who joined the meeting. Addressing the crowd, Buldan said: “Today we are not making a rally, we are only having a meeting. Yet, thousands of people gathered here showed that we will enter the Parliament from Iğdır on June 24. This enthusiasm, this determination prove this”.  Buldan said that the “HDP today represents a hope for...
  • Pentagon warns Syria’s Assad against attacking Kurdish forces

    05/31/2018 6:19:20 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    Arab News (from AFP) ^ | May 31, 2018 20:33
    <p>Remarks came after Assad told Russian broadcaster RT he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).</p> <p>The SDF, dominated by the militia of a self-proclaimed Kurdish autonomous administration, has air support from the US-led coalition against Daesh and backing from US and French special forces on the ground.</p>
  • KURDS ATTACKED IN GREEK CAMP, ACCUSED OF NOT FASTING ON RAMADAN

    05/27/2018 7:15:47 AM PDT · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | MAY 27, 2018 | SETH J. FRANTZMAN
    Accused of being “infidels,” a group of Kurdish asylum-seekers say they were attacked at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos on Friday. Local reports on Saturday said six persons were wounded in the clashes. One Syrian Kurdish refugee said four Kurds had been killed when they were set upon due to “sectarian and ethnic hatred against Kurds.” Reports corrected the numbers on Sunday to indicate ten had been injured and none killed.
  • The West Betrays the Kurds (US did help Kurds, Efrin is Turk war crime)

    05/08/2018 4:32:13 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 7, 2018 at 5:00 am | Giulio Meotti
    The Western media have ignored the fate of the Kurds, the people who defeated ISIS for us. UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted, "Turkey is right to want to keep its borders secure". The West gave the Turks a green light to massacre the Kurds. The Kurds today, like the Czechs in 1938, were sacrificed in vain. The West has betrayed the Kurds three times in the last three years. They were our ideal allies. They opened their cities, such as Erbil, to tens of thousands of Iraqi Christians expelled by ISIS from Mosul. Iraqi Kurdistan is today the...
  • Rep. Steve King supports Kurdish independence; suggests Pompeo, Bolton will be friendly to Kurds

    04/28/2018 9:07:46 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 15 replies
    Kurdistan 24 (K24) ^ | 4-28-18 | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) - Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) spoke with Kurdistan 24 late on Thursday, following the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo as the new US Secretary of State. The Kurdistan independence referendum, King said, “should have been honored,” as he noted that 92 percent of voters had chosen independence. “The Kurdish people have earned their independence,” he continued, “by defending themselves and by defending others who needed their defense,” in both Iraq and Syria. “They have a unique language, unique culture” and are a “people tied together” by a common bond. Kurdistan “was the only” area in Iraq,...
  • US bolsters existing military presence in Syria, suggesting indefinite stay

    04/26/2018 7:28:04 PM PDT · by mrsmith · 7 replies
    The National ^ | April 26, 2018 | David Enders
    "The SDF and YPG control about a quarter of Syria, while Turkey backs a rival Syrian militia known as the Free Syrian Army (FSA) that has recently taken over much of the Syrian side of the Syrian-Turkish border. That campaign has been accompanied by widespread reports that the FSA forcibly displaced large numbers of Kurds, and in some cases is already repopulating towns and villages with Arabs from other parts of the country. “The American presence aims at deterring any attack on the area and preventing clashes between FSA and SDF,” said Mr Al Ahmed. ... “The stabilisation effort is...
  • Attendance at Iraqi Kurdistan’s Quran schools in decline

    04/23/2018 10:35:51 PM PDT · by Cronos · 1 replies
    eKurd ^ | 18 April 2018 | ekurd
    , Kurdistan region ‘Iraq’,— Attendance at Qur’anic schools, religious centers and mosques has declined in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, according to an official at the ministry of religious affairs. “Less learners have these days been seen visiting the Quran learning centers,” Mariwan Naqshbandi, spokesperson of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs at the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), told Rudaw He said that attendance at centers where students learn the Quran has declined by about 70 percent, and that the number of people visiting mosques and other religious centers has dropped by some 20 percent “Not only the Quran centers, but...
  • Ex-official in Bremen suspected of illegally approving 1,200 asylum cases [Germany: Yazidis]

    04/20/2018 6:46:04 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 20 April 2018 12:32 CEST+02:00 | DPA/The Local
    A senior official at the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) allegedly granted asylum to more than 1,200 applicants without valid legal reasons for their approval. She has since been removed from her position. The employee headed the BAMF office in Bremen and worked with three lawyers who assisted her in wrongfully granting asylum to refugees from other federal states, according to joint research conducted by Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ), NDR and Radio Bremen. Many of the applicants were said to have been Yazidis, a Kurdish religious minority living mainly in northern Iraq and northern Syria. During the reign of...
  • Syrian Kurds: We captured terrorist who planned 9/11 attacks

    04/19/2018 12:09:30 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 43 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/4/18 | Ben Ariel
    A Syrian-born German national accused of helping to plan the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States has been detained by Kurdish forces in Syria, a senior Kurdish commander told AFP on Wednesday. “Mohammed Haydar Zammar has been arrested by Kurdish security forces in northern Syria and is now being interrogated,” the top official said, but did not provide further details. Zammar, who is in his mid-fifties, has been accused of recruiting some of the September 11 hijackers. He was detained in Morocco in December 2001 in an operation involving CIA agents, and was handed over to the Syrian...
  • TEV-DEM co-chair: A new phase has begun in Syria

    04/18/2018 9:37:40 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    ANF News (Shehba) ^ | Wednesday, 18 Apr 2018, 00:00 | HIVDA HEBUN - ERSIN CAKSU
    “The Turkish state is playing on a few tables at the same time. There is no politics that is so solid and primal. Turkey tries to protect its interests by building relationships with one of the other depending on the day.” After the accusation made by the US, England and France against the Syrian regime which, they said, had used chemical weapons in Duma, there was a new turn in the Syrian crisis, which saw new attacks carried out by US-UK and France while the Turkish state has been siding with Russia and Iran for the last two years. Aldar...
  • [OPINION] Turkey deals yet another blow to the anti-ISIL battle

    04/03/2018 8:38:07 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 8 replies
    Turkish Minute ^ | April 2, 2018 | Abdullah Bozkurt
    The declaration of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, ISIS or Daesh by its Arabic acronym) as a “project terror organization” by the National Security Council (MGK), the nation’s top military and security institution, on March 28 is nothing but a reflection of a long-held view by Turkey’s Islamist rulers that has often downplayed the threat of religious extremism and radicalism in the 80-million-strong predominantly Sunni nation in a dangerous and unstable neighborhood. The MGK statement, which is a recommendation, or rather an order in practice to all government agencies, reveals the troubling mindset among Turkey’s rulers....