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Yezidi Temples Ruined by IS to Be Reconstructed

BAS News - 2017-05-26 16:16
ERBIL— All the sacred shrines and temples of the Yezidi followers in Sinjar area which were destroyed by the Islamic State (IS) and also during the battle to eliminate the extremists, will be reconstructed, according to a report by Kurdistan Democratic P ...

North of Azadi (al-Hurriya) Dam liberated by SDF fighters

ANHA - 2017-05-25 19:39
RAQQA – The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters liberated the Gidêran village from ISIS after violent clashes. Ten gangs were killed in the clashes which took place. With the emancipation of the village, the northern part of Azadi (al-Hurriya) Dam was ...

A village north of al-Hurriyah Dam liberated

ANHA - 2017-05-25 19:39
The fighters of the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) liberated Kedyran village and killed 10 mercenaries. Moreover, by liberating the village, north of al-Hurriyah Dam has been liberated completely. ...

Turkish Parliament to Oust Two More HDP MPs

BAS News - 2017-05-25 12:10
ISTANBUL — Discussions are being held regarding stripping two pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) MPs of their positions in the Turkish parliament. The Speaker's Council of the parliament was called into session on Wednesday, with the ruling Just ...

SDF Close in on Central Raqqa: Monitor

BAS News - 2017-05-25 00:14
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the coalition forces, have taken full control of “the last” Islamic State (IS)-held village in eastern Raqqa, Syria. According to the information obtained buy the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights ( ...

Kurdish Opposition Member Dies at PYD's Court in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-05-24 17:21
ERBIL— A member of the KDP-S( Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria) died in Afrin, Syria, on Wednesday while he was being tried in a court of the ruling party, PYD (Democratic Union Party), Kurdistan 24 news channel reported. Mohammed Hassan Saydo, 80, wa ...

Wrath of Euphrates: a town and village liberated

ANHA - 2017-05-24 14:59
3 days of continuous clashes have resulted in Syrian Democratic Forces liberating Hamrat Naser town as the fourth stage of the Wrath of Euphrates campaign advances. ...

Special Internal Security Forces’ first course in al-Raqqa finished

ANHA - 2017-05-24 14:59
50 young men from al-Raqqa finished the first training course of Special Internal Security Forces in al-Raqqa where graduation ceremonies were held by the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) in coordination with the International Coalition Forces. ...

Official Accuses PKK of Assassinating over 30 Civilians of Sinjar

BAS News - 2017-05-23 20:44
ERBIL— More than 30 civilians from the mainly Kurdish town of Sinjar and its surrounding areas in Nineveh province have been killed by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) guerrillas, according to a report on Tuesday. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)'s off ...

Normal life returns to al-Hazima town

ANHA - 2017-05-23 17:53
DIYAR AHMO AL-RAQQA- Normal life aspects are beginning to return to the al-Hazima liberated town in the northern countryside of al-Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces having launched Wrath of Euphrates campaign to liberate al-Raqqa from IS mercenaries, many t ...

2 villages liberated, 21 mercenaries killed

ANHA - 2017-05-23 17:53
The fighters of the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) liberated other two villages, and killed at least 21 mercenaries during the clashes. In addition to that, the fighters destroyed two booby-trapped vehicles. The clashes are still ongoing in Hamrat Nasser ...

Iraqi Kurdistan News in brief – May 20, 2017

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
Syrian Kurdistan’s PYD party expresses condolences on death of Gorran leader Sulaimani: Democratic Union Party (PYD) expressed condolences to the family and friends of the Kurdish leader and the head of Change Movement (Gorran) Nawshirwan Mustafa, after ...

KDP prefers elections in Iraqi Kurdistan to be held on time

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) prefers holding elections in Iraqi Kurdistan Region on time, a KDP leadership member said on Sunday. Following his attendance at funeral proceedings of the Kurdish leader and th ...

KDP says relations with Gorran not cut off but political issues exist

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Relations between the opposition Change Movement (Gorran) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) are not cut off completely, but political problems do exist, a KDP member said. KDP member and Kurdistan Parliament ...

Kemalbay elected co-chair of HDP in place of Yüksekdağ

Waar Media - 2017-05-21 15:53
WAAR-DUHOK: The 3rd Extraordinary Congress of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) was held in Ankara yesterday with the participation of 284 delegates. In the third round of elections, Selahattin Demirtaş and Serpil Kemalbay were elected as co-chairs wit ...

Fate of Three KDP-S Leaders Abducted by PKK in Rojava Unknown

BAS News - 2017-05-21 10:49
PYD, a PKK affiliate, continues to crack down on opposition parties ERBIL — The fate of three members of the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria (KDP-S) politburo, who have been abducted by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), remains unknown. Torin Shamdin ...

HDP to hold extraordinary congress

KurdPress - 2017-05-20 07:39
Turkey pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will hold an extraordinary congress on May 20 to fulfill its legal procedures and elect a new co-chair to replace the jailed Figen Yuksekdag, who lost her parliament seat in February and party membership ...

KDP Politburo Offers Condolences on Gorran Leader’s Death

BAS News - 2017-05-19 19:53
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) politburo on Friday issued a statement to deliver condolences to the family members of the Gorran (Change) Movement leader Nawshirwan Mustafa who died at the age of 73 the same day. The KDP statement also offers c ...

Yezidi Girl Escapes IS Domain

BAS News - 2017-05-19 09:45
ERBIL— Another Yezidi girl could be freed from Islamic State (IS) captivity in Mosul, raising the number of freed Yezidi people to 3,009 individuals, said the chairman for the office of Abducted Yezidi People's Affairs. Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) o ...

PYD Forces Prevent Interment of Opposition Member

BAS News - 2017-05-18 15:28
The removed Kurdistan flag from his coffin ERBIL— An armed force affiliated with the PYD (Democratic Union Party) in Afrin of Syria did not allow for the burial of an opposition party member and took Kurdistan flag away from his coffin, an eyewitness sai ...

Hamrat Ghanam is liberated by SDF

ANHA - 2017-05-18 14:37
AL-RAQQA- Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated Hamrat Ghanam from IS mercenaries on Thursday. The village’s liberation came after a night-long clashes with the mercenaries. Hamrat Ghanam lies east of al-Raqqa city, fighters have begun c ...

KDP dispatches tanks and Peshmerga troops to Iraq’s Sinjar: report

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 14:12
SINJAR, Northwest Iraq,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) is dispatching tanks and troops from Rabia region on the Syrian border to the Yazidi Sinjar (Shingal) town center in northwest Iraq, Firat News Agency, close to PKK, reported. KDP has delivere ...

PYD leader Salih Muslim meets French president Francois Hollande

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
PARIS,— The co-chairman of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) of Syrian Kurdistan, Salih Muslim, met with the outgoing French President Francois Hollande at the Élysée Palace on Tuesday for talks on the Syria situation, Firat News Agency reported. PYD Fran ...

Syrian Kurdish forces to push on Islamic State-held Raqqa this summer

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BEIRUT,— A U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish force expects to push on and capture the Islamic State group’s de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria this summer, a commander said Friday. The Syrian Democratic Forces have been buoyed by this week’s capture of ...

Pentagon says no U.S. involvement in deal with IS fighters in Syria

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— The Pentagon said Friday it played no part in an unusual deal in which Islamic State IS jihadists were allowed to leave a key town in Syria — only for some of them to be killed anyway. The US-backed Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces SDF h ...

PUK has not agreed with KDP on way to break Kurdistan parl’t stalemate

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A member of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) politburo, Qadir Hama Jan, said on Sunday that his party has not made any agreement with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) to break the stalemate of Iraqi Kurdista ...

Trump’s advisers meet with Iraqi Kurdistan KDP officials

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP delegation from Iraq’s Kurdistan region met with US President Donald Trump’s advisers on Monday in Washington. Chancellor of Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Security Council, which belongs to KDP par ...

Iraqi Kurdistan govt receives proposal for electronic voting system

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A Kurdish software developer has submitted a proposal to Iraq’s Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), which is controlled by Barzani’s Kurdistan Democratic Party KDP, on electronic voting system which he says can en ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP members still in detention in Erbil: envoy

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— A number of members of the Turkey’s Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) remain in detention in Iraqi Kurdistan capital city of Erbil after they were detained by security forces two months ago, the party’s repre ...

Presidential election none of the criteria is not a free election

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-05-18 02:54
Kurdistan Human Rights Association by looking at the date of the elections in Iran, and consider policy and legal system of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Iran without any conditions and criteria for a free and democratic election knows. Islamic Republ ...

IS Executes 16 Civilians After They Attempted to Escape Mosul

BAS News - 2017-05-18 01:00
LEEDS — Islamic State (IS) militants continues killing of civilians who attempt to leave the IS-held areas of western Mosul. The group has recently executed 16 people for trying to escape, a representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Mosul ...

Norwegian-British man freed from Congo jail: PM

Reuters - 2017-05-17 19:28
OSLO (Reuters) - A Norwegian man jailed for life in Democratic Republic of Congo for murder and espionage has been freed and returned to Norway, the Scandinavian country's prime minister said on Wednesday. ...

Christian sect members attack Congo prison, free leader: govt

Reuters - 2017-05-17 09:25
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Supporters of a jailed Christian sect leader attacked the prison holding him in Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, freeing him and about 50 other inmates early on Wednesday, the government spokesman said. ...

PYD Conscripts a Kurdish-German National in Rojava: Human Rights Center

BAS News - 2017-05-16 09:23
PYD-affiliated men also abducted a member of the Reform Movement ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rules Rojava (the Syrian Kurdish region), forcefully enrolled a youth of Kurdish-German nationality in its armed units. German ...

US arms to YPG will not end up in PKK hands: PYD leader

KurdPress - 2017-05-15 12:54
Weapons promised to be delivered to the Syria Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) by the United States will not end up in the hands of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), the leader of Democratic Union Party (PYD), the main Kurdish party in Syria, sai ...

Political, military, diplomatic struggle resulted in arming YPG

ANHA - 2017-05-15 11:46
QAMIŞLO- The administrative in the Democratic Community Movement (TEV-DEM) in al-Jazeera (Cizîre) canton Jahed Hassen assured that the decision of arming YPG, YPJ and SDF came after the victories and achievements that the components of north of Syria have ...

PYD Abducts a Kurdish Journalist in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-05-14 12:47
ERBIL — Armed men belonging to the Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) ruling party of Democratic Union (PYD) abducted a Kurdish journalist in the region. Barzan Hussein, a reporter for the Erbil-based Zagros TV was abducted by the PYD forces in Rmelan city in Roj ...

MSD delegation visits liberated Tabqa city, dam

ANHA - 2017-05-13 23:29
A delegation from the Democratic Syrian Council (MSD) visited Tabqa city and the Euphrates Dam, which were newly liberated from the occupation of ISIS gangs. ...

Hashd Al-Shaabi Needs to Be Dissolved after Eliminating IS: MP

BAS News - 2017-05-13 16:44
ERBIL — Iraqi paramilitary groups including Hashd al-Shaabi need to be dissolved after the Islamic State (IS) is defeated, said an Iraqi parliament member. Arafat Karam, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) bloc in the Iraqi parliament, told BasNews ...

What will Trump say to Erdogan? / Deniz Zeyrek

KurdPress - 2017-05-13 13:13
U.S. President Donald Trump recently signed a decree authorizing the direct providing of heavy arms to the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the main component of which is the People’s Protection Units (YPG), ahead of the campaign to take Raqqa from the Isl ...

100 Arab young men joined SDF

ANHA - 2017-05-13 12:20
100 Arab young men from al-Kaltah joined the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) aiming to participate in Wrath of Euphrates campaign of al-Raqqa liberation after they saw SDF victories and defense of all people. ...

Resuming the campaign, SDF fighters are 6 km from al-Raqqa

ANHA - 2017-05-13 12:20
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated Peasants Union and a prison from Daesh gangs, thus fighters are only 6 km north of al-Raqqa city, in addition, 4 hamlets have been liberated too west of the city. ...

VP of EU Parliament Pledges Support to Kurdistan Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-05-12 22:58
ERBIL — Vice President of the EU Parliament, Ryszard Czarnecki, expressed support for an imminent referendum on Kurdistan Region's independence from Iraq, saying it should be held in a democratic and peaceful atmosphere. The remarks were made during a me ...

SDF Awaiting US Weapons to Launch Raqqa Assault: Spokesperson

BAS News - 2017-05-12 22:24
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are currently awaiting the supplies provided by the US, including armored vehicles, as the forces are preparing to storm the city of Raqqa. Abdul Qader Hevdeli, commander of the SDF, said in a statem ...

El-Ensar village liberated from gangs

ANHA - 2017-05-12 19:58
RAQQA – After intense conflicts since yesterday, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated the village of El-Ensar from the gangs. The bomb-laden vehicle belonging to the gangs attempting to attack was destroyed. The Operation Wrath of Euphrates fighte ...

KRG consults Russia, UN on observers at independence referendum

Waar Media - 2017-05-12 17:26
WAAR-DUHOK: A referendum on the independence of Iraqi Kurdistan Region may be held in October-November 2017, representative of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) in Russia Hoshawi Babakr told Sputnik Friday. “It will be held in fall. The exact date has ...

Blocked Transition: Corruption and Regionalism in Tunisia

International Crisis Group - 2017-05-12 17:19
Corruption and clientelism are undermining democratic transition in Tunisia, a unique success story after the 2011 Arab uprisings. To put the country back on track, the government should launch a national economic dialogue including established business ...

U.S.-backed Syrian forces expects Raqqa assault soon, await weapons

Reuters - 2017-05-12 11:42
TABQA, Syria (Reuters) - The Syrian Democratic Forces said on Friday that they would soon begin an attack to retake Raqqa city from Islamic State and that they expected the U.S.-led coalition to supply them with weapons including armored vehicles as the a ...

PYD Raises Russian and Syrian Flags in Afrin

BAS News - 2017-05-11 19:11
ERBIL— The Democratic Union Party (PYD) forces have raised flags of both Syria and Russia in the city of Afrin (northern Syria) which the PYD control. The flags can be seen from the bordering villages of Akcabaglar and Demiriski villages of Turkey's sout ...

A march organized on Kurdish Language Day

ANHA - 2017-05-11 16:54
AFRIN- The Democratic Society Education Committee organized a march in Rajo district in Afrin canton for the occasion of Kurdish Language Day that is on May 15, and hundreds of people of the district participated in the march. Hundreds of people, the Demo ...

26 mercenaries killed, 7 vehicles destroyed

ANHA - 2017-05-11 13:25
AL-RAQQA- During the fighters of the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) resistance to the attack that was launched on Ayed al-Kabeer and al-Masherfeh villages by the mercenaries, the fighters destroyed 3 vehicles loaded by machine guns, 3 military vehicles an ...

Tabqa town and Euphrates Dam fully liberated by SDF

Waar Media - 2017-05-11 12:18
WAAR-DUHOK: Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have fully liberated the Tabqa town and Euphrates Dam on the 50th day of the operation to liberate the Tabqa region from ISIS occupation. SDF Commander Rojda Felat announced the the town and the dam have been en ...

SDF Fully Liberated Syria’s Tabqa: US

BAS News - 2017-05-11 00:09
ERBIL — The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Wednesday completely liberated the strategic town of Tabqa and a nearby dam from Islamic State (IS), the United States confirmed. “ISIS defeated in Tabqa Dam and Tabqa City, now in hands of Syrian Democra ...

Again forcible shutdown of KNC headquarters in Qamişlo

KNC Geneva - 2017-05-10 20:23
Once again the headquarters of the Kurdish National Council in Syria in the city of Qamişlo in al-Hasakah province in North East Syria have been charged and shut down by armed forces of the Democratic Union Party (PYD) yesterday evening, May 9, 2017. In t ...

Fourth stage of Operation Wrath of Euphrates is resumed

ANHA - 2017-05-10 19:14
The Operations Room Wrath of Euphrates announced that the 4th phase of operation of liberating the city of Raqqa, which was paused 15 days ago, has resumed and that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) that progressed on Tuesday advanced in the operation by ...

Rojda Felat: al-Tabqa and Euphrates Dam liberation is near

ANHA - 2017-05-10 19:14
The commander of the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) Rojada Felat said that the operation of al-Tabqa city and Euphrates Dam liberation is reaching its end, and their forces have achieved great victories during this stage. ...

Al-Tabqa’s Second, Third Neighborhoods cleaned amid fierce battles

ANHA - 2017-05-10 15:29
AL-RAQQA- Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces has cleaned the Second and Third Neighborhoods in al-Tabqa city from IS gangs amid fierce clashes at the Euphrates Dam region. The campaign to liberate al-Tabqa city by Syrian Democratic Forces was launch ...

ENKS to Publicize PKK's Violations in a Press Conference in Erbil

BAS News - 2017-05-10 14:38
ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rules Rojava, the Syrian Kurdish region, abducted last night four members of the Syrian Kurdish National Council (ENKS) in Qamishlo. Shifa Ahmed Khiro, a member of ENKS, told BasNews that arm ...

PKK Arrests 13 Members of ENKS in Qamishlo, Rojava: DCHRK

BAS News - 2017-05-10 12:41
The PKK-affiliated armed men closed down ENKS headquarter in Qamishlo ERBIL — Armed men belonging to the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD), which rules Rojava, the Syrian Kurdish region, raided on Tuesday the political headquarter of the Syrian ...

PYD Armed Forces Raid and Seal ENKS Headquarter in Qamishlo

BAS News - 2017-05-10 00:38
QAMISHLO — Syrian Kurdish armed forces (Asayish), affiliated with the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD), on Thursday raided the political headquarter of the Kurdish National Council (ENKS) in Qamishlo, and closed down the office, official confirmed. Sh ...

SDF would not accept repeating a 400-year occupation

ANHA - 2017-05-09 14:40
A notable from al-Rashed clan Hawas al-Muflih assured that Syrian Democratic Forces would not permit the Ottoman occupation’s repetition which lasted for 400 years to be repeated. ...

MSD: Astana agreement may disturb the country’s unity

ANHA - 2017-05-09 14:40
The Democratic Syrian Council (MSD) expressed its worry about the so-called "De-Escalation Zones" and showed its anxiety as such an agreement would be moving conflicts to safe zones. The council also saw that these projects may cause Syria's division. ...

SDF found an ammunition factory in al-Tabqa

ANHA - 2017-05-09 14:40
During combing campaign that was launched by the Democratic Syrian Forces (SDF) in al-Tabqa, the fighters found a factory of mortars, tanks bombs, and mines equipment. ...

HDP Looking Forward to Forming New Alliances in Turkey

BAS News - 2017-05-09 00:43
LEEDS — The pro-Kurdish People's Democratic Party (HDP) is looking forward to "forge new alliances" in Turkey, after the country changed its system from a parliamentary one to an executive presidency after a referendum in April. The spokesperson of the H ...

East Congo bandits kill park ranger, kidnap then release two others

Reuters - 2017-05-08 19:52
KINSHASA (Reuters) - Armed bandits in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo killed a Congolese park ranger and briefly kidnapped two conservation workers, including a Frenchman, during an ambush last week, Congo's park service and a conservation group said ...

SDF separates al-Tabqa from Euphrates Dam

ANHA - 2017-05-08 11:19
Fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces have taken control of the First Neighborhood in al-Tabqa city, also fighters managed to separate between al-Tabqa’s three neighborhoods and the Euphrates Dam. ...

US soldiers attend military ceremony of YPG

KurdPress - 2017-05-08 08:37
A number of U.S. soldiers participated in a military ceremony of Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) militants joining the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in Syria, Hurriyet daily reported. ...

US Forces Reportedly Attended SDF Graduation in Rojava

BAS News - 2017-05-07 23:42
LEEDS — US Special Forces attended a graduation ceremony of 250 Kurdish and Arab female cadets, who finished their combat training in the Qarachokh Mountains in northern Syria, Kurdistan24 reported on Sunday. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF ...

Al-Raqqa: tons of stolen wheat found in a hideaway

ANHA - 2017-05-07 15:02
Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces, while combing the recently liberated neighborhoods, have come across a secret hideaway and many tunnels, some included hundreds of flour which was stolen from mills and civilians’ repositories. ...
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