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In Syria, the myth of Kurdish military excellence was born in the fires of the battle for the northern Syrian city of Kobane. In September 2014, at the height of ISIS's power, the Sunni extremists advanced through the countryside and surrounded Kobane. The United Nations estimated that 130,000 civilians fled ...
Traveling via Baghdad and Irbil, before being escorted across the Syrian border by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), his delegation, which undertook the visit independently of the Labour Party, witnessed the devastation wreaked by Daesh and Turkish rockets in Kobani and other cities.

MERSIN, Turkey — Prior to the fateful battle of Kobani in northern Syria in 2014, Mustafa Ali Mousto says that he played the dangerous role of being an arbiter between Daesh and the PKK's Syrian extension YPG. The PKK is regarded as a terrorist group by Turkey and the US. The 49-year-old Syrian ...
The two were captured by Syrian Kurdish fighters in January in eastern Syria as Islamic State forces were routed and are being held in an undisclosed location, but they were taken to a Kurdish security center in the town of Kobani, where they spoke to The Associated Press. They refused to address ...
KOBANI, Syria — The secret military base here is the epicenter of a four-year-old U.S.-led war against the Islamic State that American commanders say ... The concern is that ISIS may now reclaim some of its lost territory, or that fighters allied with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may take advantage of ...
KOBANI, Syria — A US service member was killed in an improvised explosive device attack in the Manbij, Syria, area on Thursday, a US official with knowledge of the initial reports from the battlefield tells CNN. Two members of the US-led coalition in Syria were killed and five were wounded in the attack, ...

Osman Huseyin was another victim of YPG rule in northern Syria. He is from Afrin, one of the YPG “cantons,” where Turkey and its ally forces, Free Syrian Army, have been conducting a cross-border operation, Operation Olive Branch, to end YPG domination. There are two other YPG “cantons”: Kobani and ...
(MENAFN) A number of US military forces will soon be deployed to the Kurdish city of Kobani in Syria, according to sources BasNews reported Sunday. A US delegation is currently in the Syrian city of Manbij to discuss the matter, preparing to move the forces to Kobani in four days. One of the delegates told ...
"Turkish presence is so deep in Syrian territory and its control over vast swathes of the north of Syria (which may extend to other areas) has become the ... an anti-Kurdish frame will pit Turkey against the U.S., and could threaten the U.S. military and diplomatic presence in the cities of Manbij and Kobani.
AINISSA, Syria — On a recent reporting trip the photographer Mauricio Lima and I, along with our driver and a Syrian fixer, came to this town in the ... Since the nearest hotel was an hour and a half away in the town of Kobani, that meant potentially three hours of daily paper-chase commuting lay ahead.
In an interview with Sputnik, a SDF unit commander Mehdi Kobani, said that many of his fighters were now in Afrin defending the city against the ... prevent fighters from the Kurdish YPG militia and the Syrian Democratic Forces traveling to Afrin from elsewhere in Syria to counter Ankara's military incursion.
Ola Mohammed, an 11-year-old girl from the province Rif near Damascus, seemed haunted by images of Aylan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy whose body was washed ashore in Turkey in 2016 after the boat he and his parents were fleeing in capsized and came to represent the horrific toll of Syria's civil ...
While Kurds hold most of the leadership positions, the S.D.F. is a majority Arab force now, engaged with the Americans in the fight against the Islamic State, mostly in Arab rather than Kurdish areas of Syria. “Arabs love Abdullah Ocalan too,” Mr. Kobani said, casting a glance at the portrait. “There's nothing ...
Women marching this month on the outskirts of Kobani, Syria, during a protest against a Turkish military offensive in the country. ... The Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces took control here about 18 months ago, in a campaign supported by American Special Operations forces and air power.
It would be a vast overstatement to say that the recent airstrikes solved the Syrian chemical weapons problem or that the program has even been ... The first thing to do is to brief the SDF leadership in Kobani on what it is the United States intends to do, the nuts and bolts of the forthcoming effort to withdraw ...
The battle for Kobane, a town located in northern Syria along the Syrian-Turkish border, began in September 2014 after ISIS infiltrated the city and forced thousands of civilians to flee across the border into Turkey. YPG forces battled ISIS militants with the support of U.S. air strikes and eventually succeeded ...
Ankara sees the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia as an extension of the separatist Kurdish PKK group that has battled the Turkish military since the 1980s, and is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S., the European Union and Turkey. Relations with the U.S. have been strained over Washington's ...

Anna, a 26-year-old British feminist who had come to my country in May 2017 to fight alongside Syrian Democratic Forces in northern Syria, was ... for the Syrian Democratic Forces, started to work with the United States Department of Defense in the city of Kobane in 2014, many people discouraged us.
Turkey and allied Syrian rebels have since January 20 pressed an offensive against the Kurdish enclave of Afrin in northern Syria. Barin Kobani took part in a U.S.-backed campaign to drive the Islamic State (ISIS) group from the northern town of Kobane. The Kurdish community reacted with outrage and ...
He began working as a civilian for the revolution, in Kobani, Syria, and was one of the first founders and organizers of the Syrian Democratic Forces. “I may be the media spokesman, but many times I've had to put down my camera and pick up my gun,” he said. He said he felt that the public outside northern ...
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan 24) – The people of Kobani in Syrian Kurdistan on Wednesday began donating aid to civilians affected by Turkey's military offensive in the northwestern enclave of Afrin. Kurdistan 24 visited one of three sites set up in Kobani where the Kurdish Red Crescent (KRC) is ...
The SDF have detained thousands of ISIS members in northern Syria, including hundreds of foreigners. The Democratic Union Party (PYD)-led autonomous administration in northern Syria has set up local counterterrorism courts, known as the People's Defense Court, but so far have only tried Syrian and ...
Israeli jets carried out what is believed to be the country's first direct engagement with Iranian forces in Syrian territory. ... Our correspondent visited Kobani, a city in northern Syria, where the local Kurdish government plans to preserve downtown ruins as a monument of the battle against the Islamic State.
KOBANI, Syria — The blood moon rose over a scene of bombed-out buildings reduced to boulder-size rubble, with newly printed street signs noting the names of people who had died here in this little Syrian city of Kobani. Soon dusk would draw its cloak over the sad tableau, in a neighborhood now called ...
The Syrian Kurds seem to have a powerful new ally in their fight against invading Turkish forces in northern Syria — embattled Syrian President Bashar ... reached agreements with Damascus to allow reinforcements to be sent to Afrin from other Kurdish-dominated areas -- Kobani and the Jazeera region.
KOBANI, Syria — One fighter posed for selfies with the woman's corpse. Another called her a “female pig.” Another man stood on her naked breast as someone said, “She's beautiful, man.” Those are some of the low points of two new videos of what appear to be Turkish-backed fighters abusing the ...
Kobani, whose real name is Amina Omar, took up arms in 2014 to battle the Islamic State (ISIS) as it swept through parts of Syria and neighboring Iraq. She joined the Women's Protection Units (YPJ), the all-female arm of the YPG, and fought ISIS in the border town of Kobane in 2015 and in the militants' ...
SARAQIB, Syria: A Russian pilot was killed on Saturday (Feb 3) in fighting with Islamists after his warplane was downed over northwest Syria, Russia's defence ... The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the jet was downed near the town of Saraqib in Idlib and the pilot parachuted to the ground.
Barin Kobani, who was part of all-female unit in northern Syria, was seen surrounded by Turkish-backed rebels. Kurdish officials initially accused the rebels of mutilating her corpse, but later said she had blown herself up. Last month, Turkish troops and their Syrian allies launched a campaign to capture the Kurdish-held ...
A picture of Barin Kobani on the phone of a military commander of the Syrian Kurdish Women's Protection Units. Photograph: Delil ... Male and female YPG fighters have taken part in the battle by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) to expel Isis from large parts of Syria. An SDF spokesman ...
Photo published by YPG shows a Kurdish female fighter said to have been killed by Turkey-backed Syrian militia on January 30 in a village north of Afrin, ... Kobani is not new because these [groups] are mercenaries and are a plague on Syria and the region and represent moral decadence,” Khalil said.
As Turkey continues its military offensive and air campaign in Afrin, a city under the control of Syrian Kurds, minorities in the region fear that the conflict could make them a ... We are also unable to offer a shelter for the innocent people,” a statement issued by the Kurdish Churches in Afrin and Kobane said.
Soldiers of the YPG, the Popular Protection Forces, in Kobane, Syrian Kurdistan. Photo (c): Pawel Pieniazek. All rights reserved. This Saturday, Kurds are celebrating the third anniversary of the battle of Kobane. In 2015, this city in northern Syria was surrounded by ISIS forces on three sides, with Turkey on ...
As the Syrian conflict enters its eighth year, various commentators, and indeed governments and leaders, are trying to write it off as nearly over. Some are focused narrowly on the territorial defeat of the so-called Islamic State (IS); others have made the simplistic judgement that Bashar al-Assad's regime is ...
Amy Austin Holmes, a fellow at the Wilson Center who has studied the Syrian Kurds, says that many of them joined the Protection Units “for the simple reason that they wanted to defend their towns, like Kobani, that were under attack from the Islamic State, and not necessarily because they were convinced ...
The relations between Turkey and the U.S. were restrained over the latter's support for the PKK's Syrian affiliate, the Democratic Union Party (PYD), and its armed wing, the Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) in Syria. Turkey sees the YPG and PYD as the Syria affiliates of the PKK terrorist organization, ...
Yet two separate on the ground reporters in northern Syria dismissed these statements and declared that the U.S. had been indeed training a border force consists of Syrian Democratic Forces, or known as (SDF). The U.S.-designated terror group PKK's Syrian offshoot People's Protection Units (YPG) is the ...
Ankara claims that the YPG, the Kurdish armed force in control of the Syrian Kurdistan, is an extension of the PKK, an armed group that is fighting for greater ... YPG, the backbone of the US-backed forces in Syria, won many battles against ISIS including in Kobane and Raqqa, the then de-facto capital of the ...
Qamishli, Syria – There has recently been some confusion in media regarding plans for so-called "Border Forces" of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). ... As a Kurdish trainer from Hasakah explained, this is because these Kurdish fighters grew up in the Kobani area without proper access to education to ...
We, the undersigned academics and human rights activists, insist that the leaders of Russia, Iran, and the U.S. ensure that the sovereignty of Syrian borders is not breached by Turkey and that the people of Afrin in Syria, be allowed to live in peace. Afrin, whose population is predominantly Kurdish, is one of ...
A U.S. military convoy drives on a highway from Kobane to Ein Issa on September 29, 2017. Tensions between U.S.-backed Kurds, Turkey and the Syrian pro-government forces threatened to dismantle the U.S. coalition in Syria much like it was torn apart in Iraq. BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images.
Turkey's president vowed "to purge terrorism" across the border in Syria, as Turkish forces pounded US-backed fighters with artillery fire on Sunday. A military operation in northern Syria against the city of Afrin - controlled by the Syrian Kurdish armed group YPG - will be launched "in the days ahead", ...
Anadolu cited unidentified local sources as saying Kurdish leaders briefed the U.S. officials about their demands for a federal system in Syria. The delegation also met with the commander of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Party (PYD), Sahin Cilo, during a visit to the northern Kurdish city of Kobane.
The U.S. officials were briefed about the terrorist group's demands for the set-up of a federal system in Syria, the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions over talking to the media. The delegation also visited the northern city of Ayn al-Arab (Kobani) and held talks with Sahin Cilo, ...
hen Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) spokesman Talal Silo speaks during a news conference in Hukoumiya village in Raqqa, Syria, June 6, 2017. .... One month after Kobane's comments, Syria's regime foreign minister Walid Moallem signalled a possible negotiation with the YGP saying that their will for ...
Syrian Kurds, therefore, risk being rapidly abandoned by the U.S. They have no doubt already planned to restore the Arab territories they liberated from ISIS in exchange for autonomy in the Kurdish cantons of Afrin, Kobane and Qamishli. Though Rojava representatives are not invited to any peace talks, ...
Within the last five years, cities like Mosul in Iraq and Kobane in Syria were largely destroyed in the war against ISIL, while the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has described the fight for the Syrian city of Aleppo as “one the most devastating urban conflicts in modern times.
A U.S. military convoy drives on a highway from Kobane to Ain Issa in northern Syria, September 29, 2017. ... The U.S., an opponent of Assad, once backed various rebel groups trying to oust the Syrian leader, but later switched its focus to fighting ISIS in 2014 and created the Syrian Democratic Forces, ...
Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces visit the graves of their comrades at a cemetery for fighters killed during clashes with Islamic State militants in Kobani. Reuters/Erik De Castro. Kobani was a key town on the front line of the allied battle against Islamic State guerrillas in northern Syria. It became famous ...
The Syrian Kurdish force said the Turkish forces tried to “transgress” the border near the village of Ashme, west of Kobane, in the early hours on Wednesday. ... The YPG is the dominant force within the US-backed SDF battling ISIS in northern Syria and were successful in liberating Raqqa in June from the ...


 

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