Raqqa Civilian Council calls for aid for 100,000 IDPs from ISIS-held areas

Published by ARA News on 28th of April 2017 On Thursday, the Raqqa Civilian Council called on the international community to provide more aid to the people of Raqqa. “As the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) continue to achieve overwhelming victories in Raqqa in their war on Daesh [ISIS] terrorism on behalf of the whole world, a massive refugees’ movements have been witnessed in the few past days,” the council ...

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Kurds demand no-fly zone in Syrian Kurdistan after Turkish airstrike

Published by EKurd Daily on 27 April 2017 QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Fighting erupted on Wednesday along Syria’s Kurdish northeastern border between Turkish forces and Kurdish militiamen, as tensions boiled over in the aftermath of deadly Turkish air strikes the previous day. The strikes against the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) have thrown the complexity of Syria’s war into sharp relief and eve ...

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Heavy clashes hit Rojava as Syrian Kurds respond to Turkish attacks

Published by ARA News on April 27, 2017 Artillery of the Turkish army on Wednesday hit the Kurdish town of Derbassiye in Syria’s northeastern Hasakah province, shutting down the road between Derbassiye and Serikaniye. Furthermore, clashes broke out between Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and the Turkish military near the town of Afrin. “The Turkish army is targeted the positions of t ...

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Syrian government forces reach Manbij, Rojava border – reports

Published by Komnews.com on February 2, 2017   The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have reached the lines of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the east of al-Bab and southwest of Manbij on Monday, according to local sources. The Tiger Forces, a relatively small special forces unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), has reached the front lines controlled by the SDF, the sources said. Thus, governm ...

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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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