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Germany Urges Iran to Stop Destabilising Iraq and Syria

BAS News - 2017-05-22 22:07
ERBIL — The Islamic Republic of Iran is urged to stop supporting armed groups operating inside Iraq and Syria where they are contributed to destabilisation of the region only, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Monday. “In many conflicts in t ...

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 ...

Defining a Foreign Terrorist Organization / David L. Phillips

KurdPress - 2017-05-20 11:43
Donald J. Trump declared: “We support Turkey in the first fight against terror and terror groups like ISIS and the PKK, and ensure they have no safe quarter, the terror groups” (16 May 2017). Equating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with the Ku ...

U.S. says Iran directed convoy targeted by U.S. air strike in Syria

Reuters - 2017-05-20 01:37
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States said on Friday it believed Iran was directing an advancing convoy in southern Syria on Thursday targeted by military aircraft, a possible sign of increased tension between Washington and Tehran in the Syrian war. ...

U.N. sees 'incremental progress' after Syria talks

Reuters - 2017-05-19 21:18
GENEVA (Reuters) - U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura ended four days of Syria talks on Friday, saying there had been "incremental progress" and he planned to reconvene negotiations in June. ...

U.S. Strikes Advancing Syrian-Led Troops

WSJ - 2017-05-19 03:47
The U.S.-led military coalition in Syria launched airstrikes on Syrian forces and their allies as they approached U.S.-backed rebels in al-Tanf, on the border with Jordan, according to U.S. officials, marking an expansion of hostile U.S. action toward the ...

US Forces Bomb Pro-Bashar al-Assad Militias in Syria

BAS News - 2017-05-18 23:05
ERBIL — Warplanes belonging to the US-led coalition on Thursday carried out an airstrike on militia forces aligned with the Syrian regime in the south of the county, a Pentagon official has confirmed. The strike took place in At Tanf near Syria's border ...

U.S. strikes Syria militia threatening U.S.-backed forces: officials

Reuters - 2017-05-18 20:34
WASHINGTON/BEIRUT (Reuters) - The U.S. military carried out an air strike on Thursday against militia supported by the Syrian government that posed a threat to U.S.-backed fighters in the country's south, U.S. officials told Reuters on Thursday. ...

U.N. counterterror chief: Europe faces return of 'dangerous' IS fighters

Reuters - 2017-05-18 20:16
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Europe will face an exodus of Islamic State fighters defeated in Syria and Iraq this year, more dangerous and battle hardened than previous returnees, the head of the U.N. Security Council's counterterrorism agency said on Thursday. ...

Fresh Syria peace talks off to another stumbling start

Reuters - 2017-05-18 17:36
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks hosted by the United Nations in Geneva spawned a new series of meetings on Thursday with no hint of tangible progress toward a deal to end the six-year-old civil war. ...

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 ...

In Syria, a bus ride shows shifting map of war

Reuters - 2017-05-18 13:20
QAMISHLI, Syria (Reuters) - A new bus service linking Syria's Kurdish-controlled northeast with the government-held west, unthinkable before Islamic State was driven from the area, is raising hopes of renewed commerce between two long-estranged parts of a ...

Germany to vote on withdrawal from Turkey’s Incirlik: FM

KurdPress - 2017-05-18 11:02
The Bundestag will likely vote to withdraw troops involved in the fight against Islamic State (IS) in Syria from the Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base within a fortnight if Ankara persists in denying German MPs access to the site, German FM Sigmar Gabriel said M ...

Iraq’s Shiite militias squeeze Islamic State toward Syria border

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
MOSUL,— Iraq’s Shi’ite paramilitaries launched an offensive on Friday to drive Islamic State from a desert region near the border with Syria as security forces fought the militants in the city of Mosul. Spokesman Karim al-Nouri said the target of the ope ...

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 ...

U.S. told Turkey Syrian Kurdish YPG would not stay on in Raqqa: PM

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON— The United States has told Turkey the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia would not remain in the region after an operation on Syria’s Raqqa, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday. Speaking to reporters in London where he is on an official ...

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 ...

Kurdish-led forces advance on Syria’s Raqqa, say activists

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BEIRUT,— Syrian Kurdish-led forces were closing in Saturday on the de-facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria, seizing a cotton factory only a couple of miles north of the city and clashing with the militant group on a number of fronts, activis ...

Hunger and fear in Syria’s Tabqa after Islamic State defeat

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
TABQA,— When Dalal Ahmad heard that the Kurdish fighters who expelled the Islamic State group from the Syrian town of Tabqa were distributing food, she began to run, desperate for any scraps. After more than a month of heavy fighting, and a siege that le ...

Trump meets with Turkey’s Erdogan at the White House

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— Turkey’s leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan meets with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House Tuesday, hoping to repair ties frayed over Syria and the presence in the US of a bitter political foe. The meeting comes after Erdogan won a hotly ...

U.S. envoy McGurk, State Department officials visit Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— U.S. officials, including the Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter the Islamic State (IS) Brett McGurk, visited Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) [Kurdish-controlled areas in northern Syria]. Firat News Agen ...

Global Anti-Terrorism Effort Continues, Expands After IS: NATO

BAS News - 2017-05-18 01:28
LEEDS — General Petr Pavel, NATO's Chairman of the Military Committee, said on Wednesday that the fight against terrorism in Syria and Iraq is not limited only to military operations, but includes also fight on social, economic, religious levels and will ...

[In Pictures] PKK Enticing Children into Battlefronts: Source

BAS News - 2017-05-17 20:13
ERBIL— The Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK)'s wing in Syria is drawing the underage people to its military bases to use them in its military operations later, according to a source. The informed source who preferred anonymity told BasNews on Wednesday that ...

Trump, Putin, Erdogan and the Kurdish problem / Murad Yetkin

KurdPress - 2017-05-17 10:27
Soon after a meeting in Beijing with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a press conference that he would maintain Russia’s contact with the “Kurdish formations” in Syria that are fig ...

Erdogan Praises Trump, Denounces U.S.'s Kurdish Allies in Syria

WSJ - 2017-05-17 01:57
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan praised U.S. President Donald Trump and hailed his visit to Washington as the launch of a new cooperative era for the two countries, but he attacked America’s Kurdish partners in Syria as terrorists. ...

International inquiry finds sulfur mustard exposure in Syria

Reuters - 2017-05-16 19:40
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Investigators from the global chemical weapons watchdog found that two Syrian women were exposed to sulfur mustard in an apparent attack in Aleppo province last September, a report to the United Nations Security Council said. ...

Trump hosting Turkey's Erdogan as tensions simmer

Reuters - 2017-05-16 18:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump was set to hold talks on Tuesday with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan amid tensions over the U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syria that angered Ankara, a crucial partner in the U.S.-led coalition aga ...

Russia will keep YPG ties: Putin

KurdPress - 2017-05-16 07:17
Russia will maintain working contacts with Kurdish groups in Syria despite Turkey’s objections, as they are “fighting against terrorists,” Russian President Vladimir Putin said on May 15. ...

U.S. Plans to Supply Antitank Weapons to Kurds

WSJ - 2017-05-16 06:20
The U.S. military is preparing to provide Kurdish forces in Syria with antitank weapons in their fight against Islamic State, U.S. officials said Monday. ...

U.S. plan to arm Kurdish militia casts shadow over Trump-Erdogan talks

Reuters - 2017-05-15 15:37
ANKARA (Reuters) - Angered by a U.S. decision to arm Kurdish YPG fighters in Syria, Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan heads to Washington this week for talks with Donald Trump seeking either to change the president's mind or to "sort things out ourselves" ...

U.N. restarts Syria talks with fresh format, same challenges

Reuters - 2017-05-15 15:37
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria peace talks in Geneva this week should prosper from a tighter format and a recent deal to reduce the violence, U.N. mediator Staffan de Mistura said on Monday, playing down dismissive comments by President Bashar al-Assad. ...

On both sides of Turkish border, peace with Kurds in ruins

Reuters - 2017-05-15 15:24
SIRNAK, Turkey (Reuters) - The rise of a Kurdish militia in Syria over the course of the Syrian civil war has expanded Turkey's 30-year Kurdish conflict beyond its frontiers and, to some degree, beyond its control. In few places is this as evident as in S ...

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 ...

Pope Francis Prays for Kurdish Yezidis Affected by IS Brutality

BAS News - 2017-05-15 01:11
ERBIL — Pope Francis on Sunday reiterated his call on the international community to help those affected by war in Iraq and Syria, among them Kurdish Yezidis from whom Islamic State (IS) has killed and abducted thousands. "So many innocent people are bei ...

Allawi Calls for Regional Security Forum

BAS News - 2017-05-14 20:02
ERBIL— Iraqi Vice President Ayad al-Allawi on Sunday proposed holding a security forum with six neighboring countries in order for Iraq to overcome its crises. During an interview with the Iraqi Sumar FM, Allawi declared Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Syria ...

IS Chief Baghdadi Leaves His Followers to Die in Mosul: Official

BAS News - 2017-05-13 14:32
ERBIL — The Islamic State (IS) Leader Abubakir al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul and reportedly headed to Syria. General Maan al-Saadi, an official from the Iraqi counter-terrorism service told Al Arabiya that the IS chief Abubakr al-Baghdadi has fled Mosul and ...

YPG militia will not stay on in Raqqa: PM

KurdPress - 2017-05-13 13:13
The United States has told Turkey that the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) will not remain in the region after the operation to take Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS), Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on May 12. ...

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-13 04:57
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 106 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported. ...

Syria's Tabqa City Liberated, Key Development for Raqqa

US-Defense Gov - 2017-05-13 04:57
Partnered forces in Syria have liberated the Syrian city of Tabqa, a key development in the eventual defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in Raqqa, Syria, the Pentagon's director of press operations said. ...

U.S., Syrian Allies At Odds Over Deal That Let Islamic State Flee

WSJ - 2017-05-13 02:42
America’s main military ally in Syria agreed to let Islamic State fighters escape from a key battle earlier this week without conferring with its U.S. partners who targeted the extremists as they tried to flee, Pentagon officials said Friday. ...
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