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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ÃŽlham 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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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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