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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Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees

Published by The Washington Post on 26th of April 2017   By Karen DeYoung and Kareem Fahim April 26 The Turkish government this week deported foreigners working with Syrian refugees at a leading U.S.-based aid organization, part of what appears to be an ongoing crackdown on international humanitarian groups there.The four foreigners — from Britain, Ireland, Indonesia and India — were among 15 employees ...

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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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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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Pro-Turkey rebels attack US-backed SDF forces near Manbij, jeopardizing Raqqa operation

This article was published on 2 March 2017 on ARA News. The Turkey-backed Euphrates Shield rebels in Syria attacked positions of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), on Wednesday afternoon. This comes just one day after Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan vowed to attack Manbij after completing the al-Bab operation. “Concurrent heavy attacks on our positions in Manbij, by ISIS from south and Turkish, ...

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Syrian government forces reach Manbij, Rojava border – reports

Published by Komnews.com on February 2, 2017   The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies have reached the lines of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to the east of al-Bab and southwest of Manbij on Monday, according to local sources. The Tiger Forces, a relatively small special forces unit of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA), has reached the front lines controlled by the SDF, the sources said. Thus, governm ...

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Turkey bombs Kurdish villages northwest Syria

Published by ARA News on February 7, 2017 Kurdish officials on Monday accused the Turkish army of shelling the villages of Maranaaz, Vilat al-Qadi, Sheikh Issa east of Afrin district and entering Syrian territory. Turkish media confirmed the shelling. “Turkish army and affiliated terrorists are heavily shelling east Efrin [Afrin] from Azaz city since Monday evening — the attacks continued until the moment,” ...

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Moscow to host pan-Kurdish conference on February 15

Published by ARA News + Ekurd Daily on February 7, 2017 A pan-Kurdish national conference will be held in Moscow on 15 February with the participation of Kurds from Iran, Turkey, Iraq and Syria. Abdulsalam Ali, a member of the Democratic Union Party in Syria (PYD), said that they would discuss the current situation in the Middle East and the divisions of zones of influence in the region. Among the participa ...

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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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