KobanĂȘ, twee jaar na Daesh

Dit artikel verscheen op 15 juni 2017 op De Wereld Morgen. De auteur, Margot Cassiers, is stafmedewerker aan het Koerdisch Instituut te Brussel. We bereiken de stad ’s avonds, maar op een moment waarop er van duisternis geen sprake is. Het is 26 januari 2017, de avond voordat KobanĂȘ de tweede verjaardag viert van haar bevrijding van Daesh (IS). De Begraafplaats der Martelaren, die gebouwd werd na de bevrijd ...

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Oproep: dringende hulp aan pro-Koerdische SDF-milities in frontlinie tegen Islamitische Staat en bescherming van Democratische Federatie van Noord-Syrië tegen Turkse aanvallen

Terwijl de eindstrijd om de bevrijding van Raqqa, de officieuze hoofdstad van de Islamitische Staat in Syrië, in alle hevigheid is losgebarsten, hebben de Syrische Koerden en hun Arabische, christelijke, Turkmeense en andere bondgenoten dringend internationale hulp nodig, niet enkel militair, maar ook diplomatiek en humanitair. Ook onze politici kunnen hen op verschillende manieren helpen! Daarnaast willen ...

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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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YPG accuses Turkey of intensifying attacks on Kurdish areas north Syria

Published by ARA News on May 29, 2017 The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) said today that the Turkish army and allied Syrian rebels continue to attack YPG positions near Kobane and Afrin. In an official statement, the YPG leadership also said that Turkey uses drones to monitor YPG positions in Rojava-Northertn Syria. “On May 21, Turkish warplanes flew on the border with Kobane from the west at 16:30 ...

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Îlham Ehmed: Russia is threatening Kurds with Turkey

Published by ANF English on 31st of May 2017 Syrian Democratic Council (MSD) Co-chair Îlham Ehmed stated that Turkey approached Russia when they couldn’t find the support they wanted in the US to attack Rojava, and that Russia in turn threatened the Kurds with Turkey’s attacks. Îlham Ehmed wrote at her column in the ÖzgĂŒrlĂŒkĂ§ĂŒ Demokrasi newspaper: “Russia forcing the Kurds to choose between the Baath regime ...

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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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Once We Beat ISIS, Don’t Abandon Us – Sinam Mohamad

Published on the Opinion Pages of The New York Times on May 11, 2017 AMUDA, Syria — At long last, those of us struggling to maintain a fledgling democracy in Northern Syria have been buoyed by the announcement from the Trump administration that the American military will begin to directly arm the Kurdish men and women who make up the backbone of the Syrian Democratic Forces. Those forces have been America’s ...

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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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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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