Dozens dead in Syria bomb blast

Published by The Guardian 27 July 2016 An Islamic State truck bomb has killed at least 44 people, wounded dozens more and flattened several buildings in a largely Kurdish town in northern Syria, human rights groups and state media have reported. The blast in Qamishli was so powerful that it shattered windows and caused minor injuries across the border in Turkey. It was followed by a second motorcycle bomb a ...

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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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ISIS arrests 700 civilians north Syria, mostly Kurds

Published by ARA News 21 June 2016 AFRIN – Radical group of the Islamic State (ISIS) launched an arrest campaign in northern Syria, and captured more than 700 civilians, local sources reported on Monday. ISIS jihadis have broken into several villages in the countryside of Jarablus, Azaz and al-Bab in the northern Aleppo province, and arrested hundreds of civilians, most of them were reportedly from the Kurd ...

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IS disguised as Kurdish fighters killed 37 Syrian civilians

Published by Kurdistan24 9 June 2016 MANBIJ, Syrian Kurdistan (Kurdistan24) - On Thursday, insurgents of the Islamic State (IS) disguised as Kurdish fighters infiltrated a village in the vicinity of the northern Syrian towns of Manbij and Jarabulus. Kurdistan24 correspondent embedded with the Kurdish-led, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) operation reported that a group of IS insurgents put on YPG an ...

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Is it not time to call a halt to Erdogan’s fascism? KNK Statement

  Is it not time to call a halt to Erdogan’s fascism? The Turkish state and its President R. T. Erdogan are speedily heading towards a one-man system, or in other words: The Hitler model. The Turkish oligarchy, entrenched by a fascistic mentality, is conducting a policy of destruction, annihilation and looting in Kurdistan in order to preserve its colonising status. In order to achieve this dirty objec ...

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THE ISLAMIC STATE IN TURKEY: A DEEP DIVE INTO A DARK PLACE – Aaron Stein

Published by War on the Rocks 06 April 2016 The Islamic State’s attacks in Paris and Belgium have demonstrated key vulnerabilities in European law enforcement and intelligence agencies. For several years, members of the Europe-based Islamic State network responsible for the attacks had moved through Turkey to join with the group in Syria. From the outset of the Syrian conflict, Turkish–European cooperation ...

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Rojava: A safe haven in the middle of Syria’s brutal war – CNN

Published by CNN 30 March 2016 (CNN) As world leaders grapple with how to end the Syrian war, most people in the west are struggling to look beyond the bombs, destruction and refugee crisis to understand the tangle of alignments that is Syria. What is often hidden from view is that a strip of land in northern Syria, known as Rojava, contiguous with south-eastern Turkey, is home to a remarkable revolution. A ...

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Experts train Kurds on unearthing, documenting mass graves in Shingal

A mass grave being unearthed in Shingal last month. AFP photo. Published by Rudaw 30 March 2016 ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In its campaign to have the massacre of Yezidi Kurds in Shingal recognized as genocide and bringing war criminals to justice, the Kurdistan Region has reached out to international experts for training. Four experts from the Iraq Program of the International Commission on Missing Persons ...

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Turkey must stop targeting Syrian Kurds, shift focus to the war on ISIS: UK Foreign Affairs Committee

Published by ARA News 25 March 2016 ERBIL – The United Kingdom must press Turkey to refrain from taking any further action against Kurdish YPG forces in Syria, and play a constructive role in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), said the House of Commons Foreign Affairs committee in a report on Thursday. “President Erdoğan’s increasingly shameful domestic priorities and repressive policies have drive ...

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Time Running Out to Rescue Yazidi Women Captured by IS – Sharon Behn

  Published by The Voice of America, September 17, 2015 DOHUK, IRAQ— His only weapon against Islamic State extremists is a simple cellphone. But Khaleel al Dakhi has used that phone to rescue at least 100 Yazidi women and girls grabbed from their homes by Islamic State fighters a year ago.Since then, he has recorded every phone call from every girl captured by IS militants, from her relatives, contacts ...

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