De keerzijde van het Raqqa-offensief… (Bart Rombouts)

De afgelopen maanden schetsten de internationale media een rooskleurig beeld van de strijd tegen de Islamitische Staat. Zo werd het territorium van de groepering bijna gehalveerd door de inspanningen van de internationale coalitie. Tevens werden verschillende sleutelfiguren van de organisatie uitgeschakeld en werd het aanzienlijk moeilijker voor de groepering om nieuwe rekruten aan te trekken. De indrukwekk ...

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Indringende getuigenis van een jonge Yezidi-vrouw die ontsnapte uit de klauwen van IS

Parween Rasho Ibrahim Alhinto (19) is een van de vele duizenden Yezidi-meisjes die door de Islamitische Staat gevangengenomen, verkracht en verhandeld werd. De oeroude Yezidi-geloofsgemeenschap werd in augustus 2014 het slachtoffer van een genocide toen de terreurgroep de stad Shengal (Sinjar, Irak) en de omliggende dorpen binnenviel. Duizenden mannen werden er vermoord en duizenden vrouwen werden door IS g ...

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SDF announces the launch of ‘Great Battle’ for Raqqa

Published by KurdishQuestion on 6/6/17 The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) General Command announced the launch of the 'Great Battle' for the liberation of Raqqa from ISIS. The historic statement was read by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Spokesman Talal Silo in the HezĂźma town north of Raqqa. Representatives of SDF commanders, representatives of the Raqqa Civilian Council and Co-President Leyla Mustefa and ...

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Laat ons niet in de steek nadat we IS verslaan hebben – Sinam Mohamad

Sinam Mohamad, buitenlands afgevaardigde voor de Democratische Federatie van Noord-Syrië, schreef onderstaand opiniestuk in The New York Times van 11 mei 2017. Het is een oproep aan de Amerikaanse regering en de Amerikaanse bevolking om de Syrische Koerden ook na de val van IS te blijven steunen tegen dreigende aanvallen vanuit Turkije. De vrees bestaat immers dat de VS eens Raqqa bevrijd is (en de VS de ov ...

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Coalition confirms Tabqa liberation, calls SDF ‘most committed’ partner against ISIS

Published by ARA News on May 12, 2017 The Trump administration announced Tuesday it will arm Syria’s Kurdish fighters “as necessary” to recapture the key ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, despite intense opposition from NATO ally Turkey, which sees the Kurds as “terrorists”. The decision is meant to accelerate the Raqqa operation but undermines the Turkish government’s view that the Syrian Kurdish People;’s Protect ...

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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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