Syrian Democratic Forces launch battle for Raqqa

Published by ARA News on November 6, 2016 Tel Abyad – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday announced the launch of an operation to liberate Raqqa from Islamic State’s (ISIS) militants. “On this occasion, we assure the democratic forces in the world, our great Syrian people and peoples of the region that this operation will be proceeded strictly till its goal is met in isolating the capital of world ...

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Syrian Democratic Forces accuse Turkey of ethnic cleansing, call for investigation

Published by ARA News on October 28, 2016 Aleppo – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Thursday accused Turkey of ethnically cleansing whole villages in northern Aleppo Governorate and called for an investigation. The SDF also accused Turkey of bombing their positions to impede the campaign against the Islamic State (ISIS). Tensions between the SDF and Turkey-backed rebels grew after Turkey said it would ...

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US Senator McCain urges Turkey to stop attacking Syrian Kurds

Published by ARA News on October 28, 2016 Erbil – US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on Thursday called on Turkey to stop its attacks on Syrian Kurds. His committee will review the participation of US forces in the battle for Raqqa. “The United States has a longstanding relationship with Turkey, but a series of recent events have raised concerns about the fundame ...

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Turkije begint oorlog tegen pro-Koerdische milities in Syrië

    Kristel Cuvelier, stafmedewerker Koerdisch Instituut vzw, Brussel, 21 oktober 2016 De recente Turkse invasie in het noorden van Syrië - die uitgevoerd wordt onder het mom van de strijd tegen terreurgroep Islamitische Staat (IS) - wordt algemeen door waarnemers beschouwd als een poging van de Turkse regering om de opmars te stuiten van de Koerdische volksmilities YPG/YPJ en hun Arabische, Assyr ...

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Syrian Kurds say Turkish strikes kill 10 fighters, wounds 20

Published by Ekurd Daily on October 20, 2016 BEIRUT,— A senior commander of the main Syria Kurdish militia, which has been supported by the United States, confirmed Turkish jets and artillery were still attacking his forces north of Aleppo, but disputed the casualty count saying no more than 10 of his fighters were killed so far. Turkish jets have struck the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia north of the e ...

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Turkey Is Supporting the Syrian Jihadis Washington Says It Wants to Fight – Meredith Tax

And our NATO ally is bent on destroying the Kurds of Rojava, the Syrian force with the most democratic, pluralistic, and feminist vision. Published by The Nation on September 16, 2016 What political choices can the United States make in the Middle East? Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria and subsequent attacks on Rojava—the three autonomous cantons set up by Syrian Kurds—raise this question, but so far the a ...

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Syrian Kurds demand recognition of Rojava federal project as condition to fight for Raqqa

Published by ARA News on September 29, 2016 Syrian Kurds are ready to participate in the looming battle for Raqqa City on the condition that the US-led coalition recognises their federal project in Rojava and directly arms the People’s Protection Units (YPG), officials said. The US-led coalition is planning a fresh offensive aimed at liberating Raqqa –the Islamic State’s (ISIS) de facto capital in Syria. Th ...

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Het doelwit van de Turkse staat in Syrië is niet IS, maar de Koerden

Auteur: Derwich M. Ferho, voorzitter Koerdisch Instituut Het is niet de eerst maal dat de Turkse staat misdaden pleegt tegen de Koerden en dat de westerse wereld, de VS op kop, zich ondertussen solidair verklaart met de “gevoeligheden van de Turkse staat”. De Koerden zijn opnieuw niet enkel het slachtoffer van misdaden gepleegd door repressieve staten als Turkije, Syrië, Irak en Iran, ze worden ook nog eens ...

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Turks offensief een zet in complex schaakspel om Syrië

Auteur: Ludo De Brabander (Vrede vzw) Er lijkt nog maar eens een nieuwe fase aangebroken in het complexe Syrische schaakspel waar diverse spelers zich van hun meest machiavellistische of opportunistische kant laten zien. Turkse tanks, gevechtsvliegtuigen en special forces zijn Noord-Syrië binnengetrokken om samen met 500 zogenaamd gematigde rebellen van het Vrije Syrische Leger de Syrische stad Jarablus te ...

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Injured but not out of action: Rojava’s Mala Birîndara

Written by: Anna Davies and Rêvan Kobanê Anna Davies is working in Rojava on different medical and psychological projects in collaboration with the Kurdish Institute. We are writing this article as two Europeans who are living and working in Rojava. One of us has spent six months working in the physiotherapy department at the military hospital in Kobanê, and both of us have made some visits to the Mala Birî ...

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