Petition: Call for the representation of the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (previously Rojava) in the Geneva Peace talks

Syria's Kurds have a long history of opposition and a long history of struggle for the legitimate rights of their people in Syria and now the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria, formed in March last year, is fighting for democratic rights for all in the territory , regardless of ethnicity , gender or religion.  The Peoples of this region have been spearheading the battle against ISIS, all too often pay ...

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Syrian Kurds Voting for Local Leaders Want a Democratic System After ISIS – Wladimir van Wilgenburg

Published by the Globe Post on September 23, 2017 (KOBANI, Syria) – The city of Kobani in northern Syria suffered under an Islamic State siege from 2014 until the U.S.-led Coalition decided to back the Syrian Kurds, eventually defeating ISIS after a battle that lasted more than six months. Every family in Kobani has lost someone to ISIS and even now hundreds of civilians remains in the terror group’s hands. ...

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Kurds preparing first vote in Syrian Kurdistan: official

This article was published on Ekurd Daily on 27 August 2017. QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— Kurdish authorities in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) on Saturday began laying the groundwork for the first local elections in the federal system they are establishing in the country’s north, an official told AFP. Hadiya Youssef, co-chair of the federal system’s constituent assembly, said three rounds of elections would be ...

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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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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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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 Hezîma town north of Raqqa. Representatives of SDF commanders, representatives of the Raqqa Civilian Council and Co-President Leyla Mustefa and ...

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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 Özgürlükçü Demokrasi newspaper: “Russia forcing the Kurds to choose between the Baath regime ...

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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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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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