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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. ...

Syrian army advances south toward rebel-held area

Reuters - 2017-05-25 15:22
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The Syrian army said it had retaken a swathe of territory from Islamic State in southern Syria on Thursday in a rapid advance near areas held by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels at the border with Jordan and Iraq. ...

Syrian force urges Raqqa jihadists to surrender by end-May

Reuters - 2017-05-25 10:53
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed alliance of Syrian militias promised on Thursday that no harm would come to Islamic State fighters in Raqqa who turned themselves in by the end of the month, calling on them to lay down their arms ahead of an expected assa ...

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 ( ...

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. ...

Iran main supporter of resolving Syrian crisis: Russian FM

KurdPress - 2017-05-23 22:35
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov announced on Tuesday that Iran should not be ignored in political settlement process for the Syrian crisis, adding that Iran is the main hub for international groups supporting peace in Syria. ...

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 ...

Turkey steps up training of Free Syrian Army which fought Kurdish YPG

E-Kurd - 2017-05-23 08:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey has stepped up training of the Free Syrian Army FSA, which has fought alongside Turkish forces against the U.S.-backed Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State group IS, official media said Saturday. Turkey has vowed to battle Kurdish mi ...

Kurdish Political Prisoner Sentenced to Death by Iranian Court

BAS News - 2017-05-22 14:48
The inmate is originally from the Syrian Kurdistan URMIA — A Kurdish Political inmate originally from Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) was sentenced to death by the Iranian Judiciary in Urmia city while he was previously sentenced to 7 years in jail, said the H ...

Coalition Airstrike Kills IS Head of Administrative Affairs

BAS News - 2017-05-21 17:26
MOSUL — The Islamic State (IS) head of administrative affairs in Nineveh and the Syrian city of Raqqa was killed in an airstrike in western Mosul, Iraqi military intelligence department said on Sunday. According to a statement released by the military in ...

Iran condemns US airstrike on Syrian convoy

KurdPress - 2017-05-21 10:40
Iran has censured an airstrike by US military aircraft on a convoy of Syrian government forces, saying the move was carried out with the goal of changing the existing balance in the battlefield. ...

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. ...

Turkey says U.S. envoy McGurk should be fired for backing the Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-19 14:58
ISTANBUL,— Turkey’s leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key U.S. ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey’s foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top U.S. envoy shoul ...

U.S. air strike hit 'military point': Syrian military source on state TV

Reuters - 2017-05-19 10:01
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A military source on the Syrian government side said on Friday that an air strike by the U.S.-led coalition against a pro-Damascus militia the day before hit "one of our military points", without elaborating, Syrian state TV reported. ...

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 ...

Michael Flynn Once Blocked Arming Syrian Kurds: Reports

BAS News - 2017-05-19 01:17
ISTANBUL — Former US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn reportedly blocked the plan to arm Kurds currently fighting to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from Syria’s Raqqa, after his company, Flynn Intel Group, had gotten a $530,000 contract from a ...

US Chooses to Support Syrian Kurds in Anti-IS Battle

BAS News - 2017-05-19 00:40
LEEDS — US has decided to cooperate with the Syrian Kurds rather than Turkey in Iraq, as Washington believes Ankara has not properly put effort into fighting the so-called Islamic State (IS) and terrorism in generally, Kurdish representative to Russia sa ...

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. ...

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 ...

US special representative visits Syrian Kurdistan, meets SDF, YPG

KurdPress - 2017-05-18 11:02
The US Special Presidential Envoy to the anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition, Brett McGurk reportedly traveled on Wednesday to the Syrian Kurdistan to meet with local military officials and review the latest developments in the region. ...

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks: media

Reuters - 2017-05-18 08:18
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - President Tayyip Erdogan told U.S. President Donald Trump during his visit to Washington this week that Turkey would act "without asking anyone" if it faced any sort of attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, Turkish media reporte ...

U.S. to arm Kurdish forces in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
VILNIUS,— The United States on Tuesday announced it would supply arms and military equipment to Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan battling the Islamic State group (Daesh), a move likely to anger key ally Turkey which considers the Kurdish forces to be ...

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 ...

Senior Syrian Kurdish official praises U.S. decision to provide arms

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— A top Syrian Kurdish official on Wednesday welcomed the U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan with heavier weapons, saying it would “legitimize” the force as it prepares to march on Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Isla ...

Turkey slams U.S. decision to arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
ANKARA,— Turkey on Wednesday slammed as unacceptable a US plan to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said it was “out of the question” for Turkey to accept any direct or indirect help for the PKK. “The United States and T ...

Syrian Kurdish YPG hails U.S. decision to supply weapons

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The Kurdish YPG militia of Syrian Kurdistan said on Wednesday a U.S. decision to arm its fighters battling Islamic State would bring quick results, and it now expected to play a bigger role in the fight against terrorism. “We ...

Turkey’s Erdogan urges U.S. to reverse decision on arming Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
ANKARA,— Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday urged the United States to reverse a decision on arming Syrian Kurdish fighters whom Turkey considers terrorists, saying he would raise the issue in talks with Donald Trump next week. The Kurdi ...

U.S. to arm Kurds in Syrian Kurdistan ‘very quickly’

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
WASHINGTON,— The United States will soon start delivering weapons to Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), despite furious Turkish objections, a US military spokesman said. A first consignment of weapons is already in place for delivery and coul ...

Syrian Kurds clear mines after taking Tabqa town, dam from IS

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
BEIRUT,— Syrian Kurdish-led forces were clearing mines at the country’s largest dam and the nearby town of Tabqa on Thursday, a day after seizing them from Islamic State militants. The capture of Tabqa, a key step in the advance on Raqqa, the extremist g ...

Pentagon chief, Turkish PM meet after US decision to arm Syrian Kurds

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
LONDON,— Pentagon chief Jim Mattis met Thursday with Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim in London, the most-high profile meeting between American and Turkish officials since the US announced it would arm Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan. In a bri ...

Syrian Kurds seek ‘neighborly relations’ with Turkey

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
QAMISHLO, Syrian Kurdistan,— The main Kurdish force in Syrian Kurdistan says it will seek “neighborly relations” with Turkey, which views it as a terrorist organization. Redur Khalil, the spokesman for the Kurdish militia of the People’s Protection Units ...

Commercial flights between Iraqi Kurdistan and Syria postponed

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SULAIMANI, Iraq’s Kurdistan region,— Syrian authorities canceled the first commercial flight scheduled between Sulaimani, Iraqi Kurdistan, and Damascus Airport on Wednesday, without offering explanations or rescheduling, said a Kurdish official. Tahir Ab ...

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 ...

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

E-Kurd - 2017-05-18 04:52
SIRNAK, Turkey’s Kurdish region,— The rise of a Kurdish militia in Syrian Kurdistan 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 ...
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