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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Tensions escalate between Kurdish YPG forces and Turkish troops north Syria

Clashes continued for the third consecutive day between Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) and Turkey’s military in several areas in northern Syria, military sources reported on Friday. The Turkish Army bombed several villages in the Kurdish Afrin district, including Panerak, Shankila, Midan Akbas and Rajo. “The Turkish artillery bombarded YPG security checkpoints and residential buildi ...

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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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VN-rapport concludeert dat er geen bewijzen zijn voor ‘etnische zuiveringen’ door SDF en YPG/YPJ

De VN Onderzoeksommissie voor SyriĂ« heeft op 13 maart 2017 de overwegend Koerdische Volksverdedigingseenheden (YPG/YPJ) en de gemengde Syrische Democratische Krachten (SDF) vrijgesproken van de beschuldiging van ‘etnische zuiveringen’ van Arabische dorpen in het noorden van SyriĂ«. De SDF, waartoe de YPG/YPJ behoren, bestaat uit een coalitie van Koerdische, Arabische, Assyrische, Turkmeense en andere militie ...

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UN says no ethnic cleansing by Kurds in northern Syria

This article was posted by ARANews on 15 March 2017. The U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic released a new report that refused allegations by Amnesty International and Turkey that the Kurds have been involved in ethnic cleansing in northern Syria. “Though allegations of ‘ethnic cleansing’ continued to be received during the period under review, the Commission fo ...

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Syrian Kurds cede buffer as Turkish-backed FSA advances on Manbij

This article was posted on Al-Monitor on 2 March 2017. As if the murky constellation of conflicts in Syria were not tangled enough, Turkey seems poised to muddy the waters further by escalating its battle against the Syrian Kurdish-led force that is helping the United States defeat the Islamic State. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for some time now been vowing to capture Manbij, a Syrian Arab to ...

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