U.S. increases support for Turkish military operations in Syria

Published by The Washington Post on January 9, 2017 By Karen DeYoung and Missy Ryan U.S. aircraft have begun regular aerial intelligence surveillance in support of Turkey’s offensive against the Islamic State in northwestern Syria, in anticipation of increased U.S. support for the flailing Turkish military operation around the town of al-Bab.The increased support comes after weeks of U.S. military and diplo ...

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Nadia Murad slams Iraqi Kurdistan government over YAZDA closure

Published by Ekurd Daily on 4/1/2017 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Kurdish Yazidi activist and survivor of enslavement by the Islamic State group Nadia Murad has criticized Iraqi Kurdistan government for closing YAZDA group office in Duhok city. Murad called on Iraqi Kurdistan to reverse the decision, writing on social media that it is a “shame to close the (organisation) that supports my campaign ...

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Turkey-backed Syrian rebels clash with Kurdish-led forces near Al-Bab

UPDATE by the Kurdish Institute staff: Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are trying to recaptrure Al-Arima, a city held by Daesh (IS) between Manbij and al-Bab,while Turkish airplanes are bombing them at the same time. Also multiple attacks by Turkish 'FSA'-rebels on SDF positions around Manbij. Published by Ekurd Daily on November 23, 2016 AL-BAB,— Fierce clashes have been reported between Turkey-backed fight ...

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Syrian Democratic Forces launch battle for Raqqa

Published by ARA News on November 6, 2016 Tel Abyad – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday announced the launch of an operation to liberate Raqqa from Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants. “On this occasion, we assure the democratic forces in the world, our great Syrian people and peoples of the region that this operation will be proceeded strictly till its goal is met in isolating the capital of world ...

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US Senator McCain urges Turkey to stop attacking Syrian Kurds

Published by ARA News on October 28, 2016 Erbil – US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Thursday called on Turkey to stop its attacks on Syrian Kurds. His committee will review the participation of US forces in the battle for Raqqa. “The United States has a longstanding relationship with Turkey, but a series of recent events have raised concerns about the fundame ...

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Peshmerga official says Kurds won’t enter Mosul City, denies Turkey part of Mosul operations

Published by Wladimir van Wilgenburg for ARA News on October 28, 2016 Erbil – Lieutenant General Jabbar Yawar, Secretary-General of the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs, told ARA News that after liberating Bashiqa District from Islamic State (ISIS), Kurdish forces will not push on to Mosul city. “According to the agreement with Baghdad, the Peshmerga will create a [defensive] line, while the Iraqi Army will ad ...

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Syrian Kurds say they are ready for Raqqa operation

Published by ARA News on October 27, 2016 US Secretary for Defence Ashton Carter said that the battle for Raqqa would start within weeks, and Syrian Kurds confirmed they are ready to join the offensive on the Islamic State’s (ISIS) capital. Aldar Xelil, a member of the executive committee of TEV-DEM organisation in Syria’s Kurdish region [Rojava], said on Wednesday that the Kurdish People’s Protection Units ...

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Turkey Is Supporting the Syrian Jihadis Washington Says It Wants to Fight – Meredith Tax

And our NATO ally is bent on destroying the Kurds of Rojava, the Syrian force with the most democratic, pluralistic, and feminist vision. Published by The Nation on September 16, 2016 What political choices can the United States make in the Middle East? Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria and subsequent attacks on Rojava—the three autonomous cantons set up by Syrian Kurds—raise this question, but so far the a ...

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Syrian Kurds demand recognition of Rojava federal project as condition to fight for Raqqa

Published by ARA News on September 29, 2016 Syrian Kurds are ready to participate in the looming battle for Raqqa City on the condition that the US-led coalition recognises their federal project in Rojava and directly arms the People’s Protection Units (YPG), officials said. The US-led coalition is planning a fresh offensive aimed at liberating Raqqa –the Islamic State’s (ISIS) de facto capital in Syria. Th ...

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Turkish court documents reveal new details about IS operations

Published by Al-Monitor, 21 July 2016 DIYARBAKIR, Turkey — Diyarbakir was the venue of two important events linked to the Islamic State (IS) in the past 12 months. On June 5, 2015, a bomb blast at a pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) rally killed four people. On Oct. 26, security forces raided 17 addresses used by IS. In a clash at one of them, two police and seven IS militants were killed; many pe ...

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