De Mistura says Syrian Kurds need to participate in constitution drafting

Published by Ekurd Daily on 11/7/17 GENEVA,— UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura reiterated in an interview with Sputnik the vital need for Syrian Kurds to participate in the process of drafting the nation’s constitution, adding that he believed their voices will be hard to ignore once this process starts. “The Kurds are an important relevant community. Syrian Kurds will have to have a righteous s ...

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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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Syrian Kurds call on international community to stop Turkish attacks – Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Published by ARA News on June 30, 2017   Kurdish officials have called on the international coalition to stop Turkey’s military operation against Rojava-Northern Syria. The Syrian Kurds say that the operation, which targets Afrin (EfrĂźn) District, could imperil the ongoing Raqqa campaign. Sihanok Dibo, a senior official in the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said on Thursday that Turkey and its proxy for ...

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Turkey’s real target on way to Idlib: Kurds – Fehim Tastekin

Published by Al-Monitor on July 2, 2017 (Pictures altered by Kurdish Institute) Turkey wants to be part of the de-escalation process in Syria, especially if that means it can multitask and wipe out the Kurdish corridor at the same time. Turkey supposedly ended Operation Euphrates Shield, its military mission in northern Syria, March 29. But instead of withdrawing its troops, Ankara actually expanded its mil ...

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Syrian Democratic Council calls on Arab and international community to pressure Turkey over war plans

Published by Kurdish Question on July 2, 2017 The Syrian Democratic Council (SDC/MSD) has released a statement in relation to recent threats by the Turkish government against Rojava's Afrin Canton and condemned the practices of the Turkish state while calling on the Arab and international community to pressure Ankara to stop its aggressive policy. “Together with the International Coalition, the SDF (Syrian ...

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Ankara’s offer to Moscow: Give us Afrin for Idlib – Metin Gurcan

Published by Al-Monitor on July 3, 2017 Tension is escalating rapidly west of the Euphrates River, especially in the area of Syria's Afrin canton controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), and at Idlib, controlled by a motley collection of outfits mostly backed by Turkey. Last week, as the Turkish army continued to amass forces in the triangle of Kilis in Turkey, and Jarablus/al-Bab/al-Rai i ...

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Up to 20,000 FSA, Turkish troops to launch anti-Kurdish operation – Turkish media

Published by KomNews on 2 July 2017 Around 20,000 members of opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA), composed mostly of Islamic fundamentalist groups, and Turkish troops will participate in a new military operation in the northwestern Syrian Afrin region, which is under control of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Turkish media reported on Sunday. The first targets of the operation will be the ...

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Onvoldoende humanitaire hulp voor Iraakse vluchtelingen in Noord-SyriĂ« – Ludo De Brabander

Gepubliceerd door Vrede vzw op 24 juni 2017 Ik bracht vandaag een bezoek aan El-Hawl (Hole in het Koerdisch) dat in het oostelijke deel van het district Hassakeh ligt, op 20 km van de Iraakse grens. Het kleine stadje herbergt een kamp met Iraakse vluchtelingen die in moeilijke omstandigheden proberen overleven. Amper 5 kilometer verderop ligt een stuk grensgebied dat nog gecontroleerd wordt door de Islamiti ...

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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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