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The clash occurred in an area of eastern Syria where government troops and their allies have competed with the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic ... forces of the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, or of his allies, which include Russia and Iran-backed militias like the Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah.
The U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG, made up the backbone of the fight against IS in Syria. But Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish fighters "terrorists" and allied with Kurdish insurgents within Turkey, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK.

While fighting IS in Syria, the U.S. has backed the Syrian Kurdish militia, known as the People's Protection Units or YPG -- a group that Ankara considers "terrorists" and allied with Kurdish insurgents within Turkey, the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK. The YPG makes up the backbone of a force ...
The second new militant group, the Liberation army, consists of a group of Kurdish "volunteer" fighters displaced by the Iraqi government forces during their offensive on the ... In an interview with VOA in December, the group's members said their objective was to fight against the Iran-backed PMF militants.
"Man, she's pretty," one of the Syrian fighters can be heard saying in the shocking video posted last week on social media. The "pretty woman" is Barin Kobani. That's not her real name, it's the nom de guerre of the female Kurdish fighter in the People's Protection Units, which are trying to stop the Turkish ...
The threat from ISIS militants on Tuz Khurmatu has been "removed," Iraqi security forces declared, announcing progress in their operation against the ... launched the five-fronted operation Wednesday morning against a group dubbed the "White Flags," believed to be Sunni insurgents operating east of Tuz ...

The armed group attempted to infiltrate the Kurdish-held town of Tal Abayad, opposite the Turkish border city of Akcakale. Reports clarify that the rebel infiltration squad was driven back across the border into Turkey by Kurdish paramilitary units after being sprung, losing four of its ranks in the process.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) - Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday promised a swift victory against US-backed Kurdish forces in northern Syria and praised his army's decades-long conflict with Kurdish rebels at home, going so far as to approve the destruction of their graves. "We had told ...
Kurds in Syria have reacted furiously to videos showing Turkish-backed rebels abusing the body of a female Kurdish fighter killed in battle. Barin Kobani was part of all-female unit challenging a Turkish-led offensive in north-west Syria. Kurdish officials accused fighters allied with Turkey of "playing with her ...
Turkish-backed Syrian rebel fighters are seen as they drive toward the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis, as part of the operation "Olive Branch" against the ... (Beirut) -- Syria's Kurdish militia is growing frustrated with its patron, the United States, and is pressing it to do more to stop Turkey's assault on a key ...
Turkey has mobilized some 10,000 Syrian opposition fighters to fight in its campaign against a Kurdish militant group in Afrin. That campaign ... It then started marching toward Saraqeb, an important military center for rebels and al-Qaida-linked insurgents in control of Idlib. "The bombing has been non-stop," ...
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Hundreds of Kurds living in Lebanon have gathered outside the Turkish embassy in Lebanon to protest Turkey's ongoing military operation in northern Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region. Protesters carrying Kurdish flags chanted slogans on Friday denouncing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, ...
Turkey is prepared to take its fight against Kurdish forces in northern Syria as far east as Iraq, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. ... Backed by pro-Turkish Syrian rebels, Turkish forces attacked the Kurdish enclave of Afrin with the declared aim of driving out the Kurdish people's Protection Units ...
The U.S. has accused fellow Western military alliance NATO member Turkey of assisting the Islamic State militant group by bombing Kurdish fighters in ... served as a vanguard to the Pentagon's efforts to battle ISIS, but now face a joint assault by Turkish forces and Syrian rebels once backed by the CIA.
The United States has expressed concerns over Turkey's military offensive against the Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin in northwestern Syria, which began Saturday, but Bossert's comments were the most direct call yet for ... Ankara views the YPG as a major threat because of its links to Kurdish insurgents in Turkey.
Two Seattle-area men have been arrested by federal agents for allegedly conspiring to violate the U.S. Arms Export Control Act after officials in Turkey found handguns hidden in vehicles shipped from Seattle and apparently intended for Kurdish rebels fighting in Iraq. Paul Stuart Brunt, of Bellevue, and ...

Beirut, Lebanon (4:45 P.M.) - Combat losses are stacking up as Ankara's 'Olive Branch' operation against Kurdish forces in Afrin moves into its fifth day. Recently ... According to the SOHR, so far 48 Free Syrian Army-linked militants have been killed in clashes with Kurdish forces across Afrin's frontier.
Unlike suspected Islamic State militants seized in neighboring Iraq, largely from the northern city of Mosul and surrounding areas, the detainees being held in the Kurdish region of Syria fall into a legal gray area and face an uncertain long-term fate. Kurdish authorities are meting out justice in ad hoc courts, ...
BAMO, Kurdistan Region -- A suspected ISIS group has attacked a Kurdish security office in town of Bamo in Halabja. ... Mount Bamo is in the Hamrin mountain range and Kurdish officials have expressed concern about ISIS militants fleeing from places like liberated Mosul to Hamrin, as the rugged area ...
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 24, 2018, on page 8. Recommended. Related Articles. Turkey strikes Kurdish militants in Iraq 'planning attack' · Turkey clashes with Kurdish militia as US sounds alarm · Turkish jets bombard Kurdish-run city of Afrin in Syria ...
The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, said it had repulsed the Turkish forces and their ... army rebels are taking part in the operation with the goal of recapturing Arab towns and villages seized by the YPG almost two years ago, a rebel ...
Christians and Yazidis living in a Kurdish-held enclave in northern Syria say they fear persecution by advancing Turkish and allied forces, which they say include Islamic militants. The Yazidi Association in Germany said in a statement Monday that people in Afrin are under threat from "jihadist groups" ...
Syrian troops have retaken the strategic Abu al-Duhur military airport, located deep within the country's final major pocket of rebel territory, which has recently been split in two by the pro-government offensive. After declaring victory over the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) late last year, the Syrian military, ...
Intense clashes erupted Monday as Turkish troops and their allies advanced on a Kurdish enclave in Syria, the third day of the Ankara offensive ... NATO also said it has no presence in Syria but that as members of the coalition against Islamic State militants, "our focus is on the defeat" of the extremist group.
"The U.S. has tried to walk a very fine line in Syria, depending heavily on the Kurdish rebels in the fight against the so-called Islamic State, while not rupturing the ... Ten people were reported killed in the bombing raids, according to Kurdish militants, and three people died on the Turkish side of the border in ...
KOCABEYLI, Turkey -- Turkish jets bombed the Kurdish-controlled city of Afrin in northern Syria on Saturday, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ... Turkey says the YPG -- a group it considers a terrorist organization -- is an extension of an outlawed Kurdish rebel group that it is fighting inside its own ...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes Turkey will conclude its operation in a Syrian Kurdish enclave in a short period of time. ... investigations into several social media users suspected of engaging in Kurdish rebel "propaganda" through postings criticizing the Turkish operation in Afrin.
The Kabul International was attacked in 2011 by Taliban fighters, the militant group has yet to take credit for this incidence. Turkish troops cross into ... Earlier, the Turkish Air Force launched strikes on Kurdish militants in the Syrian region Afrin, which lies across its southern border. Read the WikiTribune ...
Turkey says the YPG -- a group it considers a terrorist organization -- is an extension of an outlawed Kurdish rebel group that it is fighting inside its own borders, and it has found common cause with Syrian opposition groups who view the YPG as a counter-revolutionary force in Syria's multi-sided civil war.
Turkey launched a military operation against the Kurdish enclave Afrin in northwestern Syria controlled by the People's Defense Units, or the YPG. Ankara considers the YPG an extension of its own insurgent group in southeastern Turkey. Badran Ciya Kurd, an adviser to the Kurdish administration in ...
Tehran, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- A senior Iranian security official on Sunday called on Iraq's Kurdish regional government (KRG) to block offensive of Kurdish militants on Iran's western borders. Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani made the remarks in a meeting with ...
Turkish troops, accompanied by pro-Turkey rebels from the Free Syrian Army (FSA), have already advanced 5km into Syrian territory, state-run Anadolu news agency reported. But a spokesperson for the YPG, Nouri Mahmoudi, said the group had managed to repel Turkish troops and they were "forced to ...
Ali Mayhoub said in a televised statement on Sunday that the capture of the Abu Zuhour air base in Idlib province was "a blow" to the insurgents who had controlled the base since 2015. Mayhoub called it the second largest military base in northern Syria and said it was being cleared of booby traps and ...
The Syrian-Kurdish YPG militia, supported by the United States but seen as a terrorist organization by Turkey, said it had repulsed the Turkish forces and their allies after fierce clashes. It marked ... The Turkish military said it had hit 153 targets so far, including shelters and hideouts used by Kurdish militants.
pro-government forces reached the base earlier this month but pulled back 10 days ago to fight off a counter-offensive by rebels and al-Qaida-linked insurgents. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group says pro-government forces have surrounded Abu Dhuhour base from ...
Turkey starts assault on U.S. backed Kurds in Syria - The Turkish Air Force launched strikes on Kurdish militants in the Syrian region Afrin, which lies across its southern border. Turkey's defense minister said an offensive against Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria had "de facto" begun, as the Turkish ...
... Turkey on Friday sent bus-loads of Free Syrian Army (FSA) militants into the town of Azaz, east of the Kurdish canton, in preparation of an imminent invasion. The privately-owned Dogan new agency wired images and video of the Turkish-backed Islamist militants carried in at least 20 buses from the Kilis ...
Two of the Iranian militants were ethnic Kurds and the other was Balouch. Among the many foreign jihadists fighting against Syrian government forces in Idlib province are Iranians. Most can be found within the ranks of Syria's most powerful rebel group - Ha'yat Tahrir al-Sham (formerly Jabhat al-Nusra, the ...
Paris - The wives and children of French militants captured in Syria have filed a legal complaint against French authorities for refusing to repatriate them, ... The French government said on January 4 that those detained in Kurdish-held areas of Syria -- the vast majority of the cases -- should be left there so ...
Beirut, Lebanon -- A plan to create a new American-backed, Kurdish-led border force in northeastern Syria has raised alarms in the region that the United ... enemy and fervently objects to a semiautonomous Syrian Kurdish entity bordering its own Kurdish areas, where it is fighting Kurdish insurgents.
Kurds in Iran represent a relatively smaller part of the total population, which mitigates against a successful insurgency. However ... In this context, the recent trajectory of the largest and most capable Kurdish militant group in Iran, the Party for Free Life in Kurdistan (PJAK), requires a detailed examination.
Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish militia as a terror group, claiming it is affiliated with Turkey's own outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting against the government. The Turkish president spoke at an opening in Ankara on Monday. He says it's his government's "duty is to drown this terrorist force before it is born.
Syrian government is wary of U.S. move to form a new rebel army in northern Syria aiming to fragment the country. (Reuters Photo). Damascus ... The Turkey-backed rebels are trying to foil the advance of the Syrian Army while bracing to fight against the Kurdish groups as well. So the U.S. decision further ...
Erdogan says Turkish operations against Kurdish militias in Syria will be supported by rebels ... The plan has angered Turkey, which considers the YPG as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militant group, which has fought an insurgency in south-east Turkey since 1984. The PKK is ...
Ankara considers the Syrian Kurdish militia as a terror group, claiming it is affiliated with Turkey's own outlawed Kurdish rebels fighting against the government. The Turkish ... Turkey, which considers the main Kurdish militia in Syria an extension of its own insurgent group, has protested the new force.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also warned U.S. troops against coming between Turkish troops and Kurdish forces, which Ankara views as an extension of Turkey's own Kurdish insurgency. Turkey has been threatening to launch a new military operation against the main Syrian Kurdish militia, known as ...
Diyarbakir, Turkey (Kurdistan 24) - The number of books printed in the Kurdish language in Turkey decreased in 2017, with only 171 released, as century-long state repression amounting to a linguicide crept back after Ankara's war with Kurdish rebels continued with the collapse of peace talks in recent years.
... insurgency raging in its southeast. Erdogan said the new operation would be an extension of Turkey's 2016 incursion into northern Syria, which was aimed at combatting the Islamic State group and stemming the advance of U.S.-backed Kurdish forces. Turkish troops are stationed in rebel-held territory on ...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan waves to supporters of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), at a rally in Elazig, eastern Turkey, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Erdogan has said Turkey will oust Kurdish militants from Afrin, northern Syria, as the military shelled the area from across the border ...


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