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Turkish armed forces seized Syria's Afrin region last month and drove out Kurdish YPG militia after launching a military operation in the north of the country in January. Tags: Syria, Kurds, Afrin, Labour, UK. A delegation of officials from Britain's Labour party visited the Kurdish-led authority in northern ...
Speaking on a panel in Washington, D.C., the U.S. special envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State (ISIS) indicated that he would prefer the majority-Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) to remain in power in Manbij despite Turkey's strong objections, U.S. state-run overseas ...

SULAIMANI -- British Labour officials visited Kurdish-held areas in northern Syria, vowing to stand with Syrian Kurds in the face of threats of attacks, as Turkey threatens to capture other Kurdish areas in the country. A delegation from British Labour Party arrived in Rojava on Tuesday (April 3) ...
Macron has since said France could adapt its Syria operations in the fight against Islamic State, but "within the existing framework", but Erdogan was scathing about his offer to mediate between Ankara and the Syrian Kurds. "Who are you to talk about mediating between Turkey and a terrorist organisation?
PARIS: France has offered to mediate in the conflict in northern Syria, where Turkey launched a military offensive against Kurdish fighters in January. Ankara is battling to drive out the Kurdish YPG militia, which it sees as an extension of the banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). President Emmanuel ...
MANBIJ, SYRIA – A rowdy mob of over two dozen men on motorcycles streamed into the small square in the center of Manbij. They cheered and waved jerseys of their local soccer team, which had just beat the town's top club. The upset victory was sweet, and their wild chants reverberated, “My people!

France has offered to mediate between Turkey and the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces, and assured the SDF of Paris's support in stabilising northern Syria, President Emmanuel Macron's office said on Thursday. Speaking after Macron met a delegation from northern Syria that included the ...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses French President Emmanuel Macron of overstepping 'his limits' and going 'over his head.' (File/AFP). Related Articles. Six Turkish troops killed in PKK attack · Syria Kurds mark grim Nowruz after fleeing Afrin · Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey may extend Afrin ...
Paris's offer to mediate between Ankara and the YPG Syrian Kurdish militia has provoked outrage from the Turkish government. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said the move amounted to supporting terrorism, and could make France “a target of Turkey.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan ...
Turkey watched the Syrian Kurds and their armed group, the People's Protection Units (YPG) with suspicion. Ankara claims the YPG is part of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Because the Kurds in Syria have worked closely with the US, Turkey decided to attack Afrin, a hilly, Kurdish canton in ...
UN special envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (R) and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) held a joint press conference in Moscow on Thursday. Photo: Yuri Kadobnov/AFP. MOSCOW – Russia's relations with Kurds in Syria have not changed, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday.
On Saturday afternoon, protesters lined up along Szewska Street in the city centre to protest the Turkish-backed invasion of the Kurdish city of Afrin in Syria. Passersby looked on with interest as the protesters stood mute in a chain, holding placards and banners denouncing the actions of the Turkish ...
A Turkish Leopard 2 tank rolls through Afrin town on 18 March. Source: Abdulfettah Huseyin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images. Key Points. Turkey has been buoyed by military victory against the YPG in Afrin; Ankara is now threatening to attack Manbij if the US does not force the YPG to withdraw. Encouraged ...
Turkey's offensive aided by its Syrian allies including secular rebels and Islamist groups who rampaged through Afrin and triggered a mass exodus - has left Syrian Kurds claiming the world stood by and watched as "ethnic cleansing" took place. "The silence of the international community is complicit in the ...
Without a state, Syrian Kurds likely to eventually make a deal with Damascus. By Rudaw 16/3/2018. A fighter in the Syrian Democratic Forces near a village northeast of Raqqa in February 2017. Photo: Delil Souleiman | AFP. BRUSSELS, Belgium — Middle East analyst Joost Hiltermann sees Syrian Kurdistan, or Rojava, ...
Turkey's military says it's dropped flyers in Arabic and Kurdish on the northern Syrian town of Afrin, asking residents to stay away from "terrorist positions" and urging Syrian Kurdish militiamen to surrender. The fliers were dropped on Friday as Turkish troops and allied Syrian opposition fighters press Ankara's seven-week ...
Attempt to storm Bristol's City Hall during march condemning Turkish campaign against Kurds in Syria. The Kurdish-held city of Afrin is currently surrounded my Turkish forces in an offensive against a Kurdish militia called the YPG, which it considers a terrorist group. Share; Comments. By. Krishan Davis.

Ankara has threatened to expand its current offensive in northern Syria to drive the Syrian Kurds out of Manbij. Hurriyet newspaper quoted Mevlut Cavusoglu as telling Turkish reporters during a visit to Moscow that the "YPG will leave Manbij, U.S. and Turkish soldiers will joint ensure its security." Cavusoglu ...
ROME - Out of the past seven years of war in Syria, 2017 was the worst for deaths among children: 910, double that of the previous year, reported UNICEF. At least 361 other children were injured, many of whom have become handicapped. The UN agency noted that 2018 may be even worse, since in the ...
ISTANBUL - Thousands of people are fleeing the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin, which has been under attack from Turkish-backed troops for over 50 days. The civilian population is headed towards area under Syrian government control in the Aleppo province, according to a spokesman for the Kurdish ...
Syrian Kurds living in the northern city of Afrin have accused Turkey of waging a campaign of ethnic cleansing. The country's president says Turkish forces and allied rebels could enter the city at any moment - which has been heavily bombed. Since fighting began almost two months ago - more than 200 people have been ...
Dealing with Arab populations is not the only problem that Mr. Ocalan presents for Kurdish aspirations. The group he leads from prison, the P.K.K., is a designated terrorist organization to Western countries, including the Kurds' American allies. The Syrian Kurds claim they have nothing to do with the P.K.K., ...
“We have a territory which is feeling very much threatened, controlled by the Syrian Kurds. If Syria disintegrates, God forbid, the whole area will be under threat,” Abadi said in an interview with the American weekly news magazine, Time. Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) currently control large swaths of territory which ...
Turkey Urges Czech Republic to Extradite Ex-Leader of Syrian Kurds – Deputy PM · Top Daesh Leader Captured in Turkey, Extradited Back to Iraq. Tags: note, protest, arrest, Saleh Moslem, Saleh Muslim, Sweden, Germany, Turkey, Czech Republic. Track Do not track Community standardsDiscussion.
A pro-immigration activist who achieved fame protesting against Iceland's banking collapse ten years ago has been killed fighting for the Kurds in Syria, an example of how the war is galvanising the international left. The death of Haukur Hilmarsson, 32, was announced on the Facebook page of the ...
QAMISHLI, Syria - They stopped Islamic State dead in its tracks in northern Syria, driving the group famously from Kobane, then Manbij, then finally liberating the IS "capital" Raqqa as the spearhead of US-led international coalition forces. But thanks to their success, the Syrian Democratic Forces say they ...
Kurds withdraw from ISIS front lines, citing disappointment with U.S. “The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they were pulling fighters off the front lines in the province of Deir al-Zour, where Islamic State fighters have been putting up a fierce fight in a pocket of territory on the eastern ...
BEIRUT – Turkish shelling and airstrikes killed 13 people in the town of Jandiris in Syria's Afrin region on Monday, Kurdish militia said, while a war monitoring group put the death toll at 22. Turkey launched an offensive on Afrin in January to drive out the YPG, which it regard as a terrorist group and as an ...
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkey has requested that German authorities detain and extradite a Syrian Kurdish politician wanted in the country. Anadolu Agency reported Monday that Turkey requested that Germany extradite Salih Muslim, the former co-chair of the ...
As in all exceptional moments in the history of the region, there is much talk about the nature of the Kurds' belonging to the countries where they live, and whether they have separatist projects. In the Syrian case, for example, the question that strongly arises is whether the Kurds in Syria are Syrians or Kurds ...
Syrian Kurds resume establishment of army for north Syria, graduate 3,500 fighters. A new batch of the self-defense forces, part of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), parade during a graduation ceremony in Hassake city, Rojava, Syria, March 1, 2018. (Photo: Kurdistan 24/Hozan Khesho). Syrian Kurds YPG YPJ. A+ A A-.
The United States should use its influence to end ongoing fighting between Turkey and Syrian Kurdish forces in the northwest Syrian district of Afrin, officials of a rival Syrian Kurdish organisation told Ahval. Turkey launched a cross-border operation on Jan. 20 in an attempt to expel the People's Protection ...
The cooperation between the YPG and the regime also ignores the oppression of the Syrian Kurds under Baathist regime in Syria. Muhamed Vali, a Kurdish member of the opposition Syrian National Coalition, said the recent reports of cooperation between the YPG and the Assad regime is a continuation of ...
ISTANBUL: Authorities in the Czech Republic detained one of the most prominent leaders of the Syrian Kurds at the request of Turkey, officials said on Sunday (Feb 25), as Ankara pushes a military operation against Kurdish militia in northern Syria. Saleh Muslim, long a figurehead of the Syrian Kurdish ...
BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing the way Turkey is conducting its offensive in northern Syria, saying it has failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties. The New York-based group cites three attacks in the Afrin region in late January that it says killed a total of 26 civilians, ...
With the understanding that they don't really have anyone to rely on in their struggle against the Turkish forces that invaded northern Syria's Afrin district in January, the Syrian Kurds will have to do a back flip and embrace the Syrian military. The army forces and those Syrian militias that have been helping ...
Since Turkey launched a military operation in the Syrian Kurdish enclave of Afrin however, Syrian Kurds have been making friends and forging alliances ... Since the Syrian uprising began in 2011, Assad has, at various points, attempted to woo Syrian Kurds, fight them, or tacitly support them by looking the ...
Turkey has been enraged by U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party. The Pentagon requested $300 million for Syrian "train and equip activities" and $250 million for border security, which ...
The Syrian Kurds seem to have a powerful new ally in their fight against invading Turkish forces in northern Syria — embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The two have a mutual interest in combatting Turkish incursion into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region, and Assad is supporting the Kurds in a ...
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 ...
A picture of Barin Kobani on the phone of a military commander of the Syrian Kurdish Women's Protection Units. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images. Syrian Kurds have accused Turkish-backed rebels of mutilating then filming the body of one of their female fighters after a video emerged of her ...
Kurds in Syria call on US support to rein in Turkish operations. Kurdish forces in Syria have called on the United States to do more to stop Turkey's assault on Afrin. The US is to allow 7,000 Syrian refugees to remain in the US for a further 18 months under protected status. A member of the YPG and the ...
Fewer devote themselves to the plight of Kurds in Syria's brutal civil war. Fewer still travel there to join the fighting, and those who do are usually men. But Anna Campbell, a young woman from southern England, did all of that. Last week, as the Turkish military and its Syrian rebel allies hammered their way ...
The message, it seems, is that Washington has big plans for the Syrian Kurds. On January 11, David Satterfield, the acting assistant secretary of state for near east affairs, offered something of a preview of those plans. He told senators that, as the United States works to stabilize northeastern Syria, it would ...
BEIRUT (AP) — Human Rights Watch is criticizing the way Turkey is conducting its offensive in northern Syria, saying it has failed to take necessary precautions to avoid civilian casualties. The New York-based group cites three attacks in the Afrin region in late January that it says killed a total of 26 civilians, ...
A Kurdish politician said Saturday the YPG represents the interests of PKK and not the Syrian Kurds. Siamend Hajo, the head of Syria Kurdish Future Movement, also former spokesman of the Kurdish National Council of Syria's (KNC) foreign relations office, told Anadolu Agency that the PYD/PKK ...
Hintz said the US now feels obligated to help the Kurds in Syria, especially after it abandoned them in Iraq by openly rejecting an independence referendum last year. “I think the US feels a sense of responsibility to try and continue to help the Kurds; they are clearly a very effective military ally as they were in Iraq and in ...
Turkey has been enraged by U.S. support for the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Ankara sees as a terrorist organization and an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party. The Pentagon requested $300 million for Syrian "train and equip activities" and $250 million for border security, which Turkish media ...
Two British Islamic State militants known for their role in the torture and killings of Western hostages were captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters, U.S. officials said on Thursday. The men were the last of a group of four militants known as the “Beatles,” for their English accents, to remain at large. The two, whose ...
Tension is escalating in northern Syria between Turkey and the United States, both members of the Northern Atlantic Treaty Organization. A compromise on Washington's support for Kurdish forces in the region, which Ankara views as terrorists, does not seem in the offing just yet. On Tuesday, Turkish ...


 

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