XIYANET – VERRAAD (Reber Dosky)

Koerdische Peshmerga-strijders hebben zich op 16 oktober zonder veel strijd teruggetrokken uit de stad Kirkuk.  Een dag later hebben ze ook de stad Sinjar (Shengal) aan zijn lot overgelaten. Ik probeer uit te zoeken en te begrijpen wat er aan de hand is. Omdat elke Koerdische politieke partij eigen mediakanalen heeft, is het moeilijk om aan de juiste informatie te komen. Helaas heeft geen enkele Koerdische ...

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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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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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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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U.S.-backed Kurdish-led Syrian forces launch offensive toward Raqqa

Published by Ekurd Daily, Febr. 4, 2017 RAQQA province, Syria,— The Kurdish-led alliance of U.S.-backed militias said it had started a new phase of its campaign against the Islamic State-held city of Raqqa on Saturday, aiming to complete its encirclement and sever the road to militant strongholds in Deir al-Zor province. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said in a statement the action was being undertaken ...

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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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