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45% of Raqqa city liberated, operations ongoing: SDF

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 11:57
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) reported on Monday that 45 per cent of Raqqa city has been liberated from the Islamic State (IS) militants since the launch of a major operation to retake the city from the radical group last month. ...

Washington's Dead End in Syria / Sam Heller

KurdPress - 2017-07-25 11:57
On July 4, the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), backed by the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), broke into the Old City of Raqqa, the jihadist pseudo-state’s de facto Syrian capital. Although fighting in R ...

SDF controls 41 percent of Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-07-24 23:38
The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has controlled 41 percent of Raqqa, the Islamic State (IS) stronghold in Syria, after launching nearly 50-day offensive there, a monitor group reported on Monday. ...

Kurdistan Youth Migration on Decline: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-24 20:28
ERBIL— The youth and people no longer migrate to Europe and abroad in large numbers, rather, those who migrated return home, said the director of migration in Kurdistan Ministry of Interior. Speaking to the official page of the Kurdistan Democratic Party ...

SDF completely liberated officers’ housing

ANHA - 2017-07-24 17:07
Before a while, the fighters of Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have completely liberated the officers' housing in Nazlah Shuhadah neighborhood, and the clashes resulted in killing 11 mercenaries and 4 of them were kept at the fighters hands. ...

SDF in Control of 41% of Raqqa After 50 Days of Anti-IS Assault

BAS News - 2017-07-24 16:00
ERBIL — The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) has liberated 41% of Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) as the battle for the city enters its eighth week. The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has confirmed that the SDF is now i ...

Gorran may speak with KDP on independence: official

KurdPress - 2017-07-23 11:48
A Change Movement (Gorran) official said they were ready to hold talks with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) on the question of referendum and reactivation of the parliament if the KDP was "serious" in thawing the ice and laying the groundwork for rec ...

U.S. asks YPG 'you have got to change your brand'

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
One of America's most senior generals said on Friday he instructed the Kurdish YPG militia to change its "brand" a day or so before it unveiled an alliance with Syrian Arabs in 2015 under the name Syrian Democratic Forces. ...

SDF cleared 30 percent of Raqqa: Brett McGurk

KurdPress - 2017-07-22 11:11
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have cleared 30 percent of Raqqa from Islamic State (IS) militants in the last week, the U.S. special envoy said. ...

PYD-Held KDP-S Senior Official Suffering Critical Health Condition

BAS News - 2017-07-21 08:52
ERBIL— The health condition of an abducted member of the central committee of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)-Syria is deteriorating in a prison of the Democratic Union Party (PYD), said an official. In a statement to BasNews on Thursday evening, Ah ...

Kurdish Journalist's Health Condition Deteriorating in PYD Prison

BAS News - 2017-07-20 19:48
ERBIL— A Kurdish journalist has been abducted and imprisoned by the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) and his physical and psychological condition is deteriorating in the prison, according to a report by the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) official p ...

Trump Ends Covert Aid to Arab Rebels Trying to Topple Assad

Waar Media - 2017-07-20 16:37
WAAR-DUHOK: The US has ended its clandestine support to Syria’s armed Arab opposition, American officials have disclosed. The program was separate from US aid to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), and the en ...

KDP and Gorran Senior Officials Meet Soon: Gorran MP

BAS News - 2017-07-20 16:32
ERBIL— To discuss the imminent independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region, Gorran (Change) Movement and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) will meet soon, a Gorran lawmaker confirmed. Bestun Fayeq told BasNews on Thursday that in the high level me ...

Four Peshmerga Detainees Found in IS Prison in Mosul

BAS News - 2017-07-20 10:48
ERBIL — A Kurdish official announced the liberation of four Peshmerga detainees held by the Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul. Ismat Rajab, head of Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) branch office in Mosul, stated that the Iraqi troops discovered on ...

SDF Denies Rumours Over Suspended Advances Against IS in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-07-20 00:32
IZMIR — Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) Commander Klara Reqa denied the reports about their operation against IS, by saying that such rumours are spread to smear the advances in the Syrian city of Raqqa, Kirdistan24 reported. Reqa further pointed out that ...

Six Major Arab Tribes in Zumar Back Kurdistan Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-19 19:16
ERBIL— Six major Arab tribes of Zumar district of Nineveh province voiced their support for the Kurdistan Region's independence referendum, due in September. Hassan Khlo, the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) chief in Zumar, told BasNews on Wednesday that ...

MSD: we adopt July 19th Revolution, we will follow its path

ANHA - 2017-07-19 13:39
The Syrian Democratic Council (MSD) congratulated on the 5th anniversary of July 19th Revolution, and stated that they adopt this revolution and promise to revolt till achieving this revolution's aims. MSD said "we believe that our revolution's epics incr ...

July 19th Revolution, a start to build federal, democratic Syria

ANHA - 2017-07-19 10:43
July 19th Revolution which spark started in Kobanî in 2012, soon echoing in the region and the world, has achieved during 5 years considerable victories on the military, political, and social levels, achieving unique progress in the domain of leading the ...

“Rojava Revolution Is Peoples’ Dignity and Freedom”

ANHA - 2017-07-19 10:43
Hundreds of Cizîre (al-Jazeera) canton people in addition to a delegation of the Democratic Autonomous Administration (DAA) organized on Wednesday a massive demonstration in Qamişlo to celebrate the 5th anniversary of July 19th Revolution under the slogan ...

Demirtas wants to address parliament through video conference

KurdPress - 2017-07-19 10:35
The imprisoned co-leader of Turkey pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, issued a petition to the Parliamentary Speaker’s Office to address his party group from prison via audio-visual information technology (SEGBIS) as a respo ...

Gorran Welcomes KDP Initiative for Reactivating Parliament

BAS News - 2017-07-18 17:16
ERBIL— Gorran (Change) Movement values Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) initiative for reactivating Kurdistan Parliament if it's void of provisions for Gorran, said an official from the party. Mahmud Bikeysi, a founding member of Gorran, told BasNews on ...

KDP, PUK Develop New Initiative to Call Parliament Back into Session

BAS News - 2017-07-18 14:45
ERBIL — Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) have extensively discussed the issue of Kurdistan Region Parliament, coming up with an initiative to convince the Change Movement (Gorran) help the resumption of the parl ...

32 mercenaries killed, SDF advance

ANHA - 2017-07-18 12:27
AL-RAQQA- Fierce clashes erupted during the last 24 hours in all fighting axes in al-Raqqa, and Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) fighters entered another neighborhood south of the city. Moreover, the battles resulted in killing 32 mercenaries among them a s ...

Erdogan calls Demirtas a terrorist

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 21:44
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtas during a press conference on Saturday, the Diken news website reported. ...

Turkey shells PYD positions in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-07-16 21:43
Turkish artillery has shelled the positions of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria on July 14, Dogan News Agency has reported. ...

Tuz Khurmatu: Shi’ite Commander Involved in Oil Black Market Escapes

BAS News - 2017-07-16 12:14
ERBIL — Commander of Shi’ite militias of Hashd al-Shaabi in the Kurdish town of Tuz Khurmatu has fled after he was revealed to have been involved in oil black market. Director of Tuz Khurmatu Security, Farouq Ahmed, told Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) ...

Ezidkhan Forces Commander Supports Independence Referendum

BAS News - 2017-07-15 16:10
ERBIL — Haidar Shasho, Commander of Ezidkhan Defense Units and Leader of Ezdi Democratic Party stated that they will support Kurdistan Region’s referendum on independence, calling on the authorities in Erbil not to deprive their areas of the upcoming Sep ...

US Building Third Airport in Rojava, Northern Syria

BAS News - 2017-07-15 13:01
ERBIL — An informed source from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a military alliance backed by the US-led Coalition against Islamic State (IS), revealed that the US has begun to establish a third airport in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava). "American experts ...

Syrian rebels claim SDF spokesman injured in IS attack

KurdPress - 2017-07-14 18:14
Syrian opposition forces and some Turkish media have claimed that the Spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Talal Silo, has been wounded in an attack by the Islamic State (IS). ...

Turkish shells PYD positions in northern Syria

KurdPress - 2017-07-14 18:14
Turkish artillery has shelled the positions of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in northern Syria on July 14, Dogan News Agency has reported. ...

FSA: Military operation against Kurds in Rojava ‘necessary’

Waar Media - 2017-07-14 12:54
WAAR-DUHOK: It is necessary to conduct a military operation, hopefully backed by Turkey, against the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Rojava-the northern part of Syria, Ahmed Osman, the commander of the Sultan Murad group, which is part of the Fre ...

MSD Women Bureau condemns crimes against women

ANHA - 2017-07-13 16:07
QAMISHLO – Syrian Democratic Board’s Women Bureau condemned the crimes committed against women by the Islamic state mercenaries, and commemorated the martyr Hanaa who was tortured by IS till she reached dignified martyrdom. This came in a statement releas ...

KDP and Gorran to Meet after Barzani's Return from Europe: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-13 16:05
ERBIL— Face-to-face talks between two major parties of the Kurdistan Region which are divided over referendum will take place after Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani returns from Europe, said a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership c ...

Video shows clashes ongoing in al-Raqqa eastern axis

ANHA - 2017-07-13 14:16
AL-RAQQA- The reporters of (Firat FM) radio station observed a part of the clashes ongoing east of al-Raqqa city. The battles between Syrian Democratic Forces (SFD) and IS mercenaries in al-Raqqa city have been continuing since June 6 amid a notable advan ...

Mercenaries use civilians to open mined roads

ANHA - 2017-07-13 11:58
Eyewitnesses among civilians who were liberated by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated that IS mercenaries sent some mercenaries to areas planted by mines in the frontal axis of al-Diriya neighborhood and most of the members of two families lost their l ...

SDF not attended in anti-IS coalition meeting: US official

KurdPress - 2017-07-13 06:35
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an umbrella group overwhelmingly made up of the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), has not attended any meeting in Washington of the international coalition to fight against the Islamic State (IS), a U.S. o ...

SDF Excluded From Coalition Meetings in Washington

BAS News - 2017-07-12 18:58
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), has not attended any meetings of the US-led International Coalition against the Islamic State (IS), a US official told the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News on Wednesday. According to the US official, the ...

At the first court hearing, lawyer Leila Zana called for her client’s innocence

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-12 18:15
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, in the first session of the “People’s Democratic People’s Party (HDP )” city of Agri Parliamentary Representative, “Leila Zana”, was arrested on Tuesday 11 July 2017, at the Turkish Major Crimes Tribuna ...

West al-Raqqa: SDF liberated other 115 civilians

ANHA - 2017-07-12 14:53
The special teams in Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) for liberating the civilians liberated on Wednesday morning 115 civilians from al-Diriya and Tayar neighborhoods west of al-Raqqa city. ...

Fierce clashes erupted in al-Rowda, 17 mercenaries killed

ANHA - 2017-07-12 14:53
AL-RAQQA- Meanwhile, fierce battles are ongoing between Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and IS mercenaries in al-Rowda neighborhood northeast of al-Raqqa city. According to the information, the continuous battles in the neighborhood have resulted in killin ...

Khlil: Turkey committing suicide by attacks on Afrin, al-Shahba

ANHA - 2017-07-12 12:59
The Executive Body's member of Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) Aldar Khalil stated that the Turkish state by its attacks on Afrin and al-Shahba areas would commit suicide, and these attacks happened after the political and diplomatic choking that th ...

SDF special teams liberate +1,000 civilians

ANHA - 2017-07-12 10:36
AL-RAQQA- Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated on Tuesday night more than 1,000 civilians in the western neighborhoods of al-Raqqa city. SDF having already liberated around 400 civilians on Tuesday afternoon and getting them to safe areas, the SDF spec ...

SDF captures town with IS military base near Raqqa

Kom News - 2017-07-11 17:36
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured a town south of the city of Raqqa where Islamic State ran a major military base and training camp, a spokesman for the militias said on Tuesday. An alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting under the bann ...

SDF foiled an attack with 2 booby-trapped vehicles

ANHA - 2017-07-11 17:07
AL-RAQQA- In Old Al-Raqqa neighborhood east of al-Raqqa city, Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) wreaked an IS booby-trapped vehicle and killed the suicidal bomber inside it while another booby-trapped vehicle fled. Before a while, IS mercenaries attempted to ...

Demirtaş to Erdoğan: Everybody knows who the terrorist is

Waar Media - 2017-07-10 14:56
WAAR-DUHOK: Peoples’ Democratic Party (Halkların Demokratik Partisi – HDP) Co-chhair Selahattin Demirtaş issued an open call to Tayyip Erdoğan from the Edirne Prison. Demirtaş sent a letter titled “Open call to the Chairperson of the AKP”, which reads: “ ...

US lawmaker wants to block F-35 sales to Turkey over embassy brawl

K-Medya - 2017-07-10 06:19
A Democratic lawmaker from Rhode Island is seeking to block the U.S. sale of Lockheed Martin-made F-35 fighter jets to Turkey over an attack on protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington two months ago. Rep. David Cicilline, a mem ...

HDP, CHP criticize Erdogan’s claim that Demirtaş is a terrorist

Waar Media - 2017-07-09 17:53
WAAR-DUHOK: Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Republican People’s Party (CHP) have criticized President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who said he perceived HDP Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtaş to be a terrorist. The HDP released a statement on Sa ...

Kurdistan Referendum Will Run in Kirkuk: KDP Senior Official

BAS News - 2017-07-09 16:50
ERBIL— Kirkuk cannot be assigned any identity except being part of Kurdistan and the independence referendum of the Kurdistan Region will also take place in the city, said a member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) leadership council. Salah Dalo, t ...

Kobanî eastern villages organized a demo supporting Afrin

ANHA - 2017-07-09 16:48
Democratic Society Movement (TEV-DEM) in the eastern villages in Kobanî canton organized a demonstration to condemn the Turkish attacks on Afrin canton and the isolation imposed on the Kurdish people leader Abdullah Ocalan under the slogan "Viva Afrin Peo ...

Salaheddin Demirtash presented a message to the people

Kurdistan Human Rights Association - 2017-07-09 15:08
According to the Kurdistan Human Rights Association, the leader of the People’s Democratic Party, Salaheddin Demiretash, wrote a message to the Kurdish People in Prison that this message contains the following points. Demirtash also writes I told If they ...

Erdogan calls Demirtas is a terrorist

KurdPress - 2017-07-09 10:47
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtas during a press conference on Saturday, the Diken news website reported. ...

PYD Abducts ENKS Leader in Rojava: Official

BAS News - 2017-07-08 19:54
ERBIL— The security forces affiliated with the PYD (Democratic Union Party) on Saturday abducted a leader of its opposition alliance, the ENKS(the Kurdistan National Council of Syria). Osman Mlo, the ENKS representative in Turkey, told BasNews that the P ...

SDF liberates al-Mazarie Square

ANHA - 2017-07-08 12:10
AL-0RAQQA- Syrian Democratic Forces have completely liberated al-Mazarie Square in al-Barid neighborhood, al-Raqqa city Most fronts in al-Raqqa city are witnessing violent clashes between SDF and IS gangs as SDF continues its advance towards al-Raqqa city ...

Harun al-Rashid Castle liberated by SDF without damage

ANHA - 2017-07-08 12:10
Day after day, as IS defense lines collapse, Syrian Democratic Forces have liberated the historical Harun al-Rashid Castle in Old al-Raqqa neighborhood, and have penetrated around 700 meters within the neighborhood towards the city center. ...

Demirtas refuses to attend court in handcuffs

KurdPress - 2017-07-08 08:00
The jailed co-chairman of Turkey's pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) refused to attend a court hearing in the capital Ankara on Friday because police told him he would have to be handcuffed, his party said. ...

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party leader refuses to attend court in handcuffs

Kom News - 2017-07-07 19:51
The jailed co-chairman of Turkey’s pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) refused to attend a court hearing in the capital Ankara on Friday because police told him he would have to be handcuffed, his party said. Selahattin Demirtas, held at a prison ...

Iran’s Support for Salafi Jihadists

Kurdistan Voice - 2017-07-07 14:42
We of the Democratic Party of Iranian Kurdistan would like to call on the international community to be aware of these machinations of the Islamist regime in Iran. ...

Turkey’s Kurdish HDP deputy gets suspended sentence and political ban

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
ANKARA,— Turkey’s pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP) parliamentary group deputy chairman and Muş deputy Ahmet Yildirim received a suspended sentence and a ban from politics in a trial for insulting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Accordi ...

Iran pressuring Iraqi Kurdistan to cancel independence referendum: KDPI

E-Kurd - 2017-07-07 14:31
HEWLÊR-Erbil, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— The Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (KDPI) said Tehran is using bombardments on Iraq’s Kurdistan Region border areas and closure of water from the Little Zab River to pressure the Kurdistan Region to annul a ref ...

HDP Co-chair Demirtaş refuses to attend court hearing in handcuffs

Waar Media - 2017-07-07 12:22
WAAR-DUHOK: Pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) Co-chairperson Selahattin Demirtaş, who has been behind bars since last November, refused to attend a court hearing on Friday when prison authorities wanted to take him to the court in handcuffs. De ...

SDF fighters advance in Raqqa with spirit to avenge

ANHA - 2017-07-07 09:27
EKREM BEREKAT RAQQA – Fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are advancing onto the western neighbourhoods of Raqqa with the high spirit to avenge. Each day tens of residents join SDF ranks after receiving military training from cycles which take ...

HDP's Leader Demirtaş to Attend Court Hearing in Ankara

BAS News - 2017-07-06 21:11
ERBIL — The co-chair of the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), Selahattin Demirtas, will attend his court hearing on Friday, for the first time since his arrest in November, 2016. Demirtas, who was arrested by the Turkish authorities on charges ...

PYD Hands over Rumaylan Oil Fields to Syrian Regime: Source

BAS News - 2017-07-06 21:11
ERBIL— The Kurdish administration in Rojava (northern Syria) on Thursday handed over the oil fields of Rumaylan to the Syrian regime completely, said an informed source. The source, close to the ruling PYD (Democratic Union Party) in Rojava, told BasNews ...

Footage from the IS-held neighborhoods in al-Raqqa

ANHA - 2017-07-06 12:06
Syrian Democratic Forces, with high spirits, continue their advance towards al-Raqqa city center to liberate it from IS mercenaries and are reaching a neighborhood after another. ...
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