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  • CBS Report from USSF base in Rojava with Gen. Votel

    02/26/2017 8:03:37 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    CBS Video via Twitter ^ | 2-26-17 | none stated
    http://twitter.com/RojavaRev/status/835816148063105024 Rojava Revolution‏ @RojavaRev CBS Report from USSF base in Rojava with Gen. #Votel, who heads US Central Command (Centcom), training the #SDF #YPG #YPJ for #RaqqaOp.
  • The State Department shouldn’t target Kurds to appease Turkey

    11/11/2018 6:22:17 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 10, 2018 12:58 PM | Michael Rubin
    On Nov. 6, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara posted a notice that “The Department [of State] has authorized rewards for information leading to the identification or location of the senior Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members: Murat Karayilan (up to USD $5 million), Cemil Bayik (up to USD $4 million), and Duran Kalkan (up to USD $3 million).” Such bounties are not uncommon when it comes to master terrorists. In years past, the U.S. government, for example, issued bounties for Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, Islamic State head Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and Boko Haram head Abubakar Shekau.But the three men...
  • Turkish defence minister says Syrian Kurdish forces will be buried in their own trenches

    11/01/2018 11:50:01 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 9 replies
    Ahval (Events) ^ | Nov 01 2018 | none stated
    Syrian Kurdish forces around the town of Manbij will be buried in their own trenches, Turkish Defence Minister Hulusi Akar warned on Thursday, blaming the United States for failing to make them withdraw, Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency said. Tensions have risen between Turkey and the United States in recent weeks as Turkish leaders have renewed pledges to launch a new offensive against the People’s Protection Units (YPG), a Syrian Kurdish force that controls most of northeastern Syria. The Turkish government says the YPG and its political arm, the PYD, is a terrorist group linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party...
  • Washington intensified its moves on Syria, nationalists dealt blow to Erdogan's party

    10/28/2018 3:47:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 11 replies
    ANHA Hawar News ^ | 28 Oct 2018, Sun - 10:46 | NEWS DESK
    Washington has intensified its moves on the Syrian file and talk about a new strategy, while the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) managed to break into an IS’ stronghold in Deir ez-Zor countryside. Erdogan's party has received a political blow after the nationalists had disbanded the alliance with it. 28 Oct 2018, Sun - 10:46 NEWS DESKThis week, the Arab newspapers discussed the American moves regarding the Syrian file and the battles of the Syrian Democratic Forces against IS mercenaries, and other topics of interest to the region.Al-Sharq al-Awsat: Bolton presents a new strategy about Syria in MoscowThe Arab press published...
  • Turkey Strikes Kurdish Positions in Northern Syria

    10/28/2018 12:45:38 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 13 replies
    Voice of America (from AP) ^ | October 28, 2018 11:49 AM | Associate Press
    ISTANBUL, TURKEY — The Turkish army struck Kurdish targets in northern Syria east of the Euphrates River on Sunday. Turkey's official Anadolu news agency said that artillery strikes hit positions belonging to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units, or YPG, in Zor Moghar. The village in northern Aleppo's countryside is across the Euphrates that separates Turkey-backed Syrian opposition forces and the YPG, which Turkey considers a terror organization linked to an insurgency within its own borders. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and Kurdish Hawar news agency also reported the shelling, saying Turkish artillery targeted other villages east of...
  • It's time for the US to delist the PKK — here's why

    10/25/2018 2:09:41 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 10 replies
    The Region (Middle East) ^ | (10-23-18) 23/10/2018 12:44 | Meghan Bodette
    This November will mark 40 years since the founding of an organization that has gained greater geopolitical prominence than most non-state actors ever will. Millions of Kurds— the world’s largest nation without a state, oppressed by the autocratic states that occupy their lands— support it and consider it their political representation on the world stage. In the struggle against occupation and denial of Kurdish identity, it has evolved an ideology based on direct democracy, ecology, pluralism, and women’s liberation that poses answers to questions asked by political movements around the world for generations. This is the PKK— Partiya Karkeren Kurdistan...
  • Censorship: Twitter silences Kurdish journalism while claiming commitment to free speech

    10/20/2018 9:24:56 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 26 replies
    The Region ^ | 19/10/2018 19:48 (10-19-18) | Meghan Bodette
    The debate over free speech and content policy on Twitter– like on other social media sites— is often centered on issues relevant to political and cultural debates in the United States, where the company is headquartered. Yet this discussion of hypothetical censorship obscures the fact that company policies today are already used to silence important voices— journalists reporting from Kurdistan, who provide key information on political and military developments there at great personal risk.  While Twitter is a safer platform for Kurdish reporters and supporters of the Kurdish cause than sites like Facebook— which ban pages and accounts for posting photos of the...
  • Pastor Brunson ‘Immediately’ Expressed His Gratitude With Display of Patriotism After Being Freed...

    10/13/2018 2:39:05 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    IJR.com ^ | 13 OCT 2018 | Carlin Becker
    FULL TITLE: Pastor Brunson ‘Immediately’ Expressed His Gratitude With Display of Patriotism After Being Freed From Turkey After Pastor Andrew Brunson was released from Turkey following two years of detainment, he expressed his gratitude in the most patriotic way — even before he touched down on American soil. Before the pastor landed at Joint Base Andrews outside of Washington, D.C., on Saturday, his plane made a stop in Germany on Friday to refuel. While there, he and his wife were greeted by U.S. Ambassador Richard Grenell, who presented Brunson with a folded American flag. The pastor, moved by the gesture,...
  • Mike Pompeo: Syrian Kurds are 'great partners;' We’ll ensure them a 'seat at the table'

    10/12/2018 10:48:09 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 20 replies
    Kurdistan24 (K24) News ^ | Laurie Mylroie
    WASHINGTON DC (Kurdistan 24) – Syria’s Kurds “have been great partners,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday evening in Washington DC, as he addressed a conference of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America (JINSA.)Pompeo affirmed that the Kurds would be party to negotiations over Syria’s political future.“We are now driving,” he said, stressing that last word, “to make sure that they have a seat at the table.”Pompeo is the most senior US official to affirm a long-term commitment to Syria’s Kurds.Previously, Amb. James Jeffrey, who was appointed Pompeo’s Representative for Syria Engagement in late August,...
  • Turkey’s Authoritarian Legacy (AKP, CHP, Gulen, HDP, Kurdish, PKK struggle)

    09/30/2018 7:40:13 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 3 replies
    For years, explaining Turkey’s democratic travails seemed an easy task. There was the persistence of an authoritarian tradition, whose source was identified as Kemalism—the secularist-nationalist founding ideology of the Turkish republic—and which the military embodied. According to the conventional narrative on Turkey, with which anyone who has only casually followed international politics during the last decades will be familiar, the Turkish military had a mission—to “protect secularism”—which explained, so we were taught, its habit of overthrowing governments. All that was needed for Turkish democracy to flourish was the emergence of a force strong enough to end the tutelage of the...
  • UN rights experts call on Iran to halt imminent executions of Iranian Kurds

    09/08/2018 5:34:42 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 4 replies
    Kurdistan Human Rights Network ^ | 7 September 2018 | KHRN
    GENEVA (7 September 2018) – UN human rights experts* have appealed to Iran to halt the imminent executions of Iranian Kurd prisoners Zanyar and Loghman Moradi, amid serious concerns that they did not receive a fair trial and were tortured during pre-trial detention. They also reiterated calls to halt the execution of Mr. Ramin Hossein Panahi. “We urge the Government of Iran to immediately halt their executions and to annul the death sentences against them in compliance with its international obligations,” the experts said in a joint statement, following reports that they will be executed on 8 September.“We are alarmed...
  • 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...
  • 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 Hesekę (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 Hesekę (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.