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When the family heard that Orhan had died, his brother, Abdulrazaq, now 19, joined in his place and took his brother's name, a common practice among Kurds. "When he took his name, it was like my son the martyr had never died," Mr. Ebid said. He and the new Orhan were visiting the older Orhan's grave, ...
Until then, the Kurds had enjoyed strong military support from Canada and other Western allies. When ISIS first seized large swaths of territory in Iraq in 2014 and 2015, the Iraqi Army crumbled, with huge numbers of Iraqi troops deserting. The Kurdish peshmerga, the military of the semi-autonomous ...
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has commented on the developments in Syria, including the issue of arms supplies to Kurds from the US and the American military presence in al-Tanf. "The Americans have sent the Kurds convoys with weapons through the territory of Iraq, ...
It also becomes clear that Berlin has been providing Iraqi Kurds with weapons and ammunition for a long time. Germany delivered almost 28,000 items of small arms, ammunition, and grenade launchers to peshmerga fighters from 2014 to 2016. Experts suppose that some part of the weapons was meant ...
Around 1,200 Kurds began a protest march in Lausanne on Monday against the Turkish bombing of Afrine, a Kurdish enclave in Syria. The group will walk in several ... The treaty established the borders for modern Turkey, ending the Kurdish people's aspiration of having their own state. The participants are ...

Let's hear now about an issue playing out in Turkey. The U.S. would like Turkey's military to restrain its offensive against the Kurds in Northern Syria. That's because the U.S. has troops in the region supporting Kurdish fighters against ISIS. But Turkey sees the Kurds as terrorists with ties to militants inside ...
Boris Johnson's department is also criticised for an "incoherent" stance on the future of the Kurds in neighbouring Syria, where Turkey has mounted a ... Meanwhile, in Syria, Mr Johnson's department had failed to take a "clear view" on the Kurdish people's Protection Units (YPG) - which Turkey regards as ...
In this May 27, 2011, file photo shows American journalist James Foley, of Rochester, N.H., as he poses for a photo in Boston. AP. Israel struggles to draw new red lines in Russia's Syria playground · U.S.-backed Kurds shoot down Turkish military helicopter in Syria · Defying Turkey, top U.S. general in ...
The latest quarterly Lead Inspector General (IG) report for the US-led mission in Iraq and Syria confirms that the Donald Trump Administration continues to supply weapons and equipment to the Kurdish people's Protection Units (YPG), part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Defense Department ...
WASHINGTON -- Syrian Kurdish fighters have detained two British men infamous for their role in the Islamic State's imprisonment, torture and killing of Western hostages, according to American officials. The men were part of a group of four Islamic State militants known as the Beatles because of their ...
Manbij, Syria -- The front line between rival American-backed and Turkish-backed militias in northern Syria, just eight miles north of Manbij, snakes over mostly barren hillsides and through newly planted olive orchards. It consists of many miles of bulldozed earthworks, with fortified bunkers every few ...
The conflict between Turkey and the Kurds has escalated since Turkey started a military offensive against the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin on Jan. 20. The Kurdish militia, the People's Protection Units, which is the United States-led coalition's top partner in the fight against the Islamic State, controls Afrin.
... are seen as they drive toward the Turkish-Syrian border in Kilis, as part of the operation "Olive Branch" against the Kurdish people's Protection Units ... Already the U.S. is in a tough spot, juggling between the interests of the Kurds, its only ally in war-torn Syria, and its relations with Turkey, a key NATO ally ...
In Iran, the Kurdish people of the west have suffered significant persecution at the hands of the Islamic republic, while in Iraq, the Kurds of the north were confronted with a well-organised military operation. They also faced a diplomatic initiative that illustrated that, even in the fractious world of Middle East ...
The United States does not provide any training or arms to the Kurds located in the Afrin area, Pentagon's Joint Staff Director Lt. Gen. ... Afrin is an area controlled by the US-backed Kurdish people's Protection Units (YPG) and Democratic Union Party (PYD) militias, which Ankara considers affiliates of the ...
photo - A Kurdish demonstrator holds a placard that shows a portrait of the Turkish President A Kurdish demonstrator holds a placard that shows a portrait of the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Arabic words read:"Erdogan is the official sponsor of the Islamic State," during a protest against the ...

But to Turkey, a NATO ally of the United States, these Kurds are terrorists. The Kurdish group, known as the People's Protection Units, or Y.P.G., is now facing an escalating battle with Turkish forces in northwestern Syria, complicating American policy. The group has deep ties to the Kurdistan Workers' Party, ...
Six days ago, the Turkish military and allied Syrian rebel factions launched an air and ground offensive on the Kurdish-controlled border region of Afrin. The Turkish government said the aim was to drive out members of the Kurdish people's Protection Units (YPG) militia, which it considers an extension of a Kurdish rebel ...
WASHINGTON -- the White House sent out a message aimed at mollifying Turkey's president on Tuesday, suggesting that the United States was easing off its support for the Syrian Kurds. That message was quickly contradicted by the Pentagon, which said it would continue to stand by the Kurds, even as ...
Hold back the Kurds, who since 2012 have effectively governed an area of northern Syria they call Rojava. The Turks want to prevent the Kurds from gaining control over a contiguous sliver of land connecting enclaves, including the towns of Afrin in the northwest, Kobani in north-central Syria and Qamishli ...
Turkey starts assault on U.S. backed Kurds in Syria - Turkey's defense minister said an offensive against Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria had "de facto" begun, as the Turkish military shelled the area. The bombardment began on Thursday night and continued through to Friday morning, according to ...
The force, expected to number some 30,000 fighters, isn't really a new army. At least half its members are already operating in northern Syria as part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a militia comprised of Syrian Kurds and Syrian Arabs which America set up more than two years ago to fight the Islamic State ...
Turkish warplanes have attacked YPG and PKK targets as Ankara moves to help opposition fighters entering the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. The Turkish Prime Minister, Binali Yildirim, said the country's air force had begun its aerial offensive on the region near the border between the two ...
DeSantis introduced the subject during a hearing on the defeat of the Islamic State (IS), as he asked a witness--Michael Pregent, an Iraq expert at the Hudson Institute, who also served in OIF--"Don't we need to support people like the Kurds more robustly than we have either under Obama or, so far, under ...
Turkey's defense minister said Friday an onslaught of Turkish military shelling targeting Syrian Kurds in northwest Syria has "de facto" begun, per the AP. Why it matters: This implicates the U.S. interests in the region since the U.S. has backed the Syrian Kurds as part of its fight to root out ISIS from Syria.
The country of Turkey is in conflict with the covertly U.S.-backed Kurdish people Protection Units, known as the "YPG". There is also spill-over tacit U.S. support for the Syrian Democratic Forces, the free-Syrians not under Bashar al-Assad. Bashar al-Assad, as you know, is the Syrian President backed by ...
Sulaimani - Shaswar Abdulwahid, President of the New Generation Movement said on Thursday (January 17) that the people of Kurdistan Region are at a crossroads for the upcoming elections: either they vote to maintain the current status quo or vote in favor of a new political platform. Abdulwahid held ...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is an angry man at the best of times, but on Monday he outdid himself: "This is what we have to say to all our allies: don't get in between us and terrorist organizations, or we will not be responsible for the unwanted consequences." That was a barely veiled threat ...
In the ever-shifting landscape of the Syrian civil war, the line between allies and enemies is rarely clear. It was further muddied this week when the U.S.-led coalition revealed plans for a 30,000-strong security force to police Syria's northeast borders with Turkey and Iraq. The plan instantly enraged Turkey, ...
Just a few months ago, it appeared that the Kurds of Iraq and Syria were the biggest winners in the war against the Islamic State. Bolstered by alliances with the very Western powers that had once betrayed and divided them, they dared to dream that they were on the verge of undoing what they perceived ...
In the past, Kurdistan's political parties contested country-wide parliamentary elections in Iraq with united lists such as the Democratic Patriotic Alliance of Kurdistan and, since 2009, the Kurdistani List (also known as the Kurdistan Alliance). Such lists attempted to bring together as many of Kurdistan's ...
Alistair Burt also rebuked claims that the UK government had "inadvertently helped neutralise" the Iraqi Kurds as a bulwark against growing Iranian influence in the region. The claims came in the form of written evidence provided to the committee by former British Army officer Thomas Hardie-Forsyth in ...
The referendum revealed a previously-existing Iraqi plot against the Kurdistan Region that led to devastating losses, but Kurds can still face a positive future if they now put aside political aspirations and are united, Masrour Barzani, National Security Advisor of the Kurdistan Region, said in an interview with ...
Surrounded by mostly hostile neighbours, including Turkey, Iran and the regime forces of President Assad, the Kurds are gambling on US support to sustain the autonomous region they now control. The Times interviewed a number of key figures within their political and military institutions in northern Syria ...
Foreign Office ministers inadvertently helped neutralise the Iraqi Kurds, one of Britain's most effective allies in efforts to limit Iranian influence in the Middle East, a former UK and NATO official has claimed. The claims, which refer to the weeks in September and October 2017 when the Iraqi government moved ...
A British spy in communication with influential Kurds in Iraq was reported to Ankara by Turkish field agents in Iraq. The spy was observed in local Kurdish dress near Hanekin and Halabja, talking in secret to Kurdish leaders about their next move in the region. According to an official Turkish intelligence ...
Prospects are poor for the emergence of a peaceful and secure Iraq during 2018. Baghdad continues to exert control over the restive Kurdish region which had gained near-independence until the Kurds voted for secession last September. The Iraqi government has cracked down and the Kurdish region is ...
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan never misses an opportunity to swipe at the United States for its cooperation with the Syrian Kurdish militia, the YPG (People's Protection Units), a key U.S. ally in the fight against ISIL. On an almost daily basis, he slams Washington for "giving weapons to a terror ...
Aleppo, Syria/Beirut (Reuters) - Syria's U.S.-backed Kurds are getting indirect help from an unlikely source in their war against Turkey in the northwestern region of Afrin: President Bashar al-Assad. pro-government forces and Kurdish-led forces have fought each other elsewhere in Syria and Damascus ...
Kurds in northern Syria say Turkish bombings have barred more than 40,000 students from education as local officials in Afrin shut down schools following airstrikes in the city's countryside. "We regrettably have decided to halt the second term of the school year due to the attacks on Afrin," Salaw ...
Turkish officials have repeatedly criticized the United States for its support and arming of the Kurdish people's Protection Units, known as the Y.P.G., which are spearheading the fight against the Islamic State in Syria. Yet they made clear Sunday they did not want to confront American troops in Syria.
However, cutting criticism of London's position came out earlier this week when Tom Hardie-Forsyth, a former British Cabinet Office, and NATO official, said the UK had failed to support one of its important Middle East allies - the Kurds in Iraq - against Iran. Alistair Burt, Minister of State for the Middle East, denied the claim ...
A Turkish military incursion into northern Syria will see Ankara crush Kurdish militias, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Tags: Afrin, Aleppo, Idlib, Manbij, Syria, Turkey, Erdogan. Turkish troops close to the Aleppo province's Afrin will crush Kurdish fighters in the north-western Syrian city, President ...
We in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, after the 2003 war that the United States called Operation Iraqi Freedom, opted for a genuine partnership within the new Iraq, believing that it would be federal and democratic; a federal government based on consensus, wealth and power-sharing. With many promises ...
Demirtas said he is stepping aside to enable the party to operate more effectively, which will remain a challenge with the government continuing its blanket repression of the opposition, in particular of pro-HDP Kurds. An HDP spokesman, Osman Baydemir, said around 10,000 HDP supporters, including ...
While Kurds in the main urban centers in western Iran have taken to the streets to voice their anger, many of their ethnic brethren in small towns and cities have refrained from joining the protests. They say the regime uses Kurdish separatism as an excuse to militarize the Kurdish areas and use brute force ...
Five years on, Kurds march in Paris to demand justice for slain activists ... Thousands of Kurds protested in Paris on Saturday over the failure of the French authorities to convict anyone over the 2013 murders of three female Kurdish rebels in the French capital. The demonstrators repeatedly chanted ...
One of France's most-wanted jihadists, Thomas Barnouin, has been captured by Kurdish YPG rebel fighters in Syria, French media report. Barnouin, 36, is believed to be linked to a French jihadist cell that included Mohamed Merah, who murdered seven people in the Toulouse area in 2012. Barnouin was ...
US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis warned President Bashar al-Assad on Friday against launching an offensive against US-supported Syrian Kurds, after the Syrian leader recently slammed them as "traitors." "That would be a mistake," Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon. Assad and rebel Kurdish forces ...


 

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