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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Syria’s new national security force pledges loyalty to Turkey – Amberin Zaman

Published by Al-Monitor on January 25, 2017 When Turkey intervened in northern Syria five months ago, it claimed it had no designs on its former Ottoman dominion and that its only goals were to cleanse its borders of the Islamic State and to eliminate what it called the terrorist threat posed by the People’s Protection Units (YPG), the US-allied Kurdish militia that is paradoxically the most effective force ...

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U.S-backed Syrian SDF forces refuse to support Astana meeting results

Published by Ekurd Daily on Januari 19, 2017 CAIRO,— The U.S-backed Syrian Kurdish-led Democratic Forces (SDF) opposition group will not support the results of the meeting on Syria in Astana, as the SDF has not received an invitation to attend it, SDF spokesman Talal Selo said Wednesday. The SDF consists mainly of Kurdish and Arab detachments, and participated in operations against Islamic State group with ...

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Turkey invites Barzani-backed Syrian Kurdish KNC leaders to Astana peace talks, PYD still blocked

Published by Ekurd Daily on January 18, 2017 HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Three Syrian Kurdish leaders officially have been invited to take part in the Jan. 23 Astana talks between Syrian government and opposition parties, to be mediated by Russia, Iran and Turkey. Ibrahim Biro, head of the Kurdish National Council (KNC or ENKS), Abdulhakim Bashar, deputy president of the Syrian National Council, ...

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Syrian Kurds Deserve a Seat at the Negotiating Table

Published by The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 8, 2017 By Stuart Rollo The beginning of 2017 is shaping up to be a critical period in the Syrian Kurds’ campaign to defeat Islamic State and secure a measure of political autonomy in their homeland. How President-elect Trump manages the competing interests and alliances in Syria will directly affect the Kurds’ destiny. He ought to stand with these steadfast Amer ...

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U.S. increases support for Turkish military operations in Syria

Published by The Washington Post on January 9, 2017 By Karen DeYoung and Missy Ryan U.S. aircraft have begun regular aerial intelligence surveillance in support of Turkey’s offensive against the Islamic State in northwestern Syria, in anticipation of increased U.S. support for the flailing Turkish military operation around the town of al-Bab.The increased support comes after weeks of U.S. military and diplo ...

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Erdogan says Syria’s al-Bab to be taken soon, vows to hit Manbij

Posted by ARA News on 5/1/2017 Aleppo – The Turkey-backed offensive of the Euphrates Shield Operation to take Syria’s al-Bab city from ISIS should conclude soon, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. “In Syria, we hope to finish the operation of al-Bab in a short time,” Erdogan said. As part of the Euphrates Shield Operation, Turkey’s military and allied Syrian rebels took over the city ...

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An Alliance to Worry the West – Cengiz Candar

Published by The New York Times on December 23, 2016 ISTANBUL — When a Turkish police officer assassinated Andrey G. Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, on Monday, it felt for a moment as if the whole world shook. The killing took place at a time of global uncertainty and reminded some observers of the start of World War I. The truth, however, is that despite shaky relations between Russia and Turkey in ...

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