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SDF Recaptures New District from IS in Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-06-26 01:51
ERBIL — The Kurdish-led fighters of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated on Sunday al-Qadisia district in Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) militants, further isolating the extremists deep in the city. The alliance of Kurds and Arabs, backed by t ...

PYD Releases Two Rival Politicians in Qamishlo

BAS News - 2017-06-25 21:18
ERBIL — Security forces affiliated with the ruling Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) have reportedly released two political opposition activists in Qamishlo. Naif Abdullah and Sulayman Oso, respectively from Kurdistan Democratic Party of Syria ...

Kurdish-led SDF enters two other districts in Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-06-24 09:34
The fighters of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) enter, after heavy clashes with the militants of the Islamic State (IS), into the city of Raqqa in the north. ...

Kurdish-led SDF captures new district in Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-06-19 13:12
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on Sunday captured a new district in the city of Raqqa, northern Syria, after heavy clashes with Islamic State’s (IS) jihadists, military sources reported. ...

Syria’s Kurds get 50 trucks of US armored vehicles, munitions

KurdPress - 2017-06-17 06:39
In line with attempts to supply the Syrian pro-Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) with ammunition to fight the Islamic State terrorist group, the U.S. delivered 50 truckloads on Friday alone to the forces, Turkish media said. ...

Spirits high among Kurds in Syria as battle for Raqqa goes on

Kom News - 2017-06-16 17:30
Kurdish fighter Habun Kamishli proudly recalled the cat and mouse game she played with an Islamic State suicide bomber in the Syrian town of Raqqa, where the militant group is likely to make its last stand. “I was standing on a rooftop yesterday as our f ...

SDF Recaptures New Areas from IS in Central Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-06-16 03:21
SOFIA — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said they have taken control over the industrial area of eastern Raqqa, and the neighborhood of Der'iya on the southwest side of the city, near the center. A member of the SDF who spoke to Kurdistan2 ...

PYD’s Muslim Denies Any Ties with Damascus

BAS News - 2017-06-16 02:25
ERBIL — The Democratic Union Party (PYD) is not siding with the Syrian regime as Kurds have been experiencing bitter times since the establishment of the Baath regime, said Salih Muslim, the leader of the Syrian Kurdish party. Muslim explained in an inte ...

Kurdish Worker Gunned down near Mosul

BAS News - 2017-06-15 16:05
ERBIL— A group of unidentified gunmen on Wednesday afternoon shot a Kurdish worker dead around Mosul. According to the reports, Mohammed Ghani Habash was a well-digger from the town of Kobane, Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan). Two other workers were also wounde ...

Kurdish Documentary Hits Hollywood, Wins Audience Award

The Kurdish Project - 2017-06-14 22:32
The following article was originally published in Kurdistan24. LOS ANGELES, United States (Kurdistan24) – An illuminating documentary that follows the life of a Kurdish family from Kobani into the refugee camps on Syrian-Turkish border won the audience a ...

Revenge for Sinjar: Syrian Kurds Free Islamic State Slaves

The Kurdish Project - 2017-06-14 22:32
Syrian Kurds are freeing Yazidi women enslaved by ISIS members. Get the full story here. The post Revenge for Sinjar: Syrian Kurds Free Islamic State Slaves appeared first on The Kurdish Project. ...

PYD Holding Rivals in “Poor Condition” in Prison: Amnesty Int.

BAS News - 2017-06-14 21:59
ERBIL — The Amnesty International on Tuesday warned against the “poor condition” of three Syrian Kurdish opposition activists held by the ruling Democratic Union Party (PYD) in the Syrian Kurdistan, better known as Rojava. In a statement on its Arabic we ...

Syrian Kurds say Turkey uses water as weapon of war

KurdPress - 2017-06-14 12:49
A senior Syrian Kurdish official on Monday accused Turkey of cutting the water of the Euphrates River, causing a drop in water levels in the Kurdish town of Kobane and in Tabqa. ...

SDF push into Islamic State-held Raqqa

Kom News - 2017-06-10 15:15
US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have advanced into opposite sides of Islamic State’s so-called Syrian capital of Raqqa, the forces and a war monitor said on Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces, composed of Kurdish and Arab militias supported ...

Kurdish-led SDF liberates first neighborhood in Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-06-10 07:36
Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated a neighborhood from Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of Raqqa, four days after the group launched an operation to liberate the city in the north of Syria. ...

30000 YPG forces taking part in Raqqa operation

KurdPress - 2017-06-07 08:26
CNN stated in a report that 30000 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG), which includes half of the forces, have left northern Syria to participate in the ongoing operation against the Islamic State (IS) in Raqqa. ...

US to provide heavy weapons for Syrian Kurds

KurdPress - 2017-06-07 08:26
A leading U.S. official has revealed that his country is planning to provide heavy arms for Kurdish fighters in Syria after Washington send light weapons to the Kurdish forces of Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) which is a part of the U.S.-led internationa ...

Raqqa: Syrian Kurdish-Led Forces Launch Offensive on IS ‘Capital’

The Kurdish Project - 2017-06-07 04:42
The following article was originally published in BBC News. A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters has launched an offensive to capture the jihadist group Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said the ...

Date of Advance into Raqqa's Border to be Announced on Tuesday: SDF

BAS News - 2017-06-05 23:02
ISTANBUL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which are led by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) in the operation to oust Islamic State (IS) militants out of Raqqa and its surrounding areas, will announce the date of the advance into the city’ ...

‘Cooperation with Kurds an obligation’ US tells Turkish Prime Minister

Waar Media - 2017-06-05 16:17
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States has informed the Turkish authorities about the start of an operation to liberate Syria’s Raqqa from the Islamic State (IS) in cooperation with Syrian Kurdish forces, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said Sunday. Accord ...

Kurdish cantons in northern Syria already linked / Mahmut Bozarslan

KurdPress - 2017-06-05 13:00
“Can the three Kurdish cantons declared by the Democratic Union Party [PYD] in northern Syria be considered de facto united?” is the question of the day in northern Syria. Syrian Kurdish journalist Mustafa Abdi answers: “Yes. It happened.” ...

SDF seize dam west of Raqqa from Islamic State

Kom News - 2017-06-05 10:37
US-backed Syrian militias said they seized a major dam on the Euphrates river from Islamic State (IS) on Sunday, their latest gain as they push towards Raqqa city. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said they ca ...

SDF Recaptures Town of al-Mansoura in Western Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-06-05 00:46
LEEDS — The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) recaptured the town of al-Mansoura, in western Raqqa, after battles with the so-called Islamic State (IS). According to a statement released by the SDF, the forces managed to recapture al-Mansoura to ...

U.S. assures Turkey over arming Syrian Kurds in Islamic State fight

E-Kurd - 2017-06-04 22:57
WASHINGTON,— The US military offered assurances to Turkey on Thursday over supplying arms to Kurdish fighters in Syrian Kurdistan against the Islamic State group, after Ankara called the move “extremely dangerous.” “We are being transparent with Turkey o ...

Advancing Towards Raqqa, SDF Recaptures Third Dam from IS

BAS News - 2017-06-04 21:42
ERBIL — The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) announced on Sunday the liberation of another strategic dam on the Euphrates river on their way towards the Islamic State (IS)-held Raqqa. The SDF, in which the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) pla ...

SDF forces seize dam west of Raqqa from ISIS

Waar Media - 2017-06-04 20:23
WAAR-DUHOK: U.S.-backed Syrian militias said they seized a major dam on the Euphrates river from Islamic State on Sunday, their latest gain as they push toward Raqqa city. The Syrian Democratic Forces, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters, said they ...

Kurdish YPG says ‘major operation’ on Syria’s Raqqa to start in days

Waar Media - 2017-06-04 12:53
WAAR-DUHOK: A U.S.-backed operation by Syrian forces to capture Islamic State’s Syrian “capital” of Raqqa will start in the next “few days”, the spokesman for the Syrian Kurdish YPG forces said on Saturday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance ...

111 YPG, YPJ Fighters Killed in May

BAS News - 2017-06-04 00:55
ERBIL — A total number of 111 fighters of the Syrian Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) were killed during various clashes in May, the party said in a press release on Saturday. The majority of the casualties, according to the press release, are fro ...

Operation to Advance into Raqqa in a Few Days: YPG Spokesman

BAS News - 2017-06-03 22:05
ISTANBUL — The advance into the city of Raqqa will begin in the next “few days,” said a representative of the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to oust the Islamic State (IS) mi ...

Turkey slams U.S. for supplying arms to Kurdish forces in Syrian Kurdistan

E-Kurd - 2017-06-01 18:17
ANKARA,— Turkey on Tuesday said the US arming of a Kurdish militia force in Syrian Kurdistan was “extremely dangerous”, and urged Washington to reverse its “mistake”. “Such steps are extremely dangerous for Syria’s unity and territorial integrity,” Forei ...

Turkey blames U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish YPG

KurdPress - 2017-06-01 10:30
Turkey's National Security Council blames on Wednesday the U.S. government's decision to arm the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia in Syria and stated that the attempt was "not befitting" a friend. ...

Arms shipments from the US to Rojava Kurds

Waar Media - 2017-05-31 17:34
WAAR-DUHOK: The United States said on Tuesday it started distributing arms to Syrian Kurdish forces battling to help retake the city of Raqqa from Islamic State, moving ahead with a war plan that has angered NATO ally Turkey. Pentagon spokesman Major Adr ...

U.S. denies Syrian Kurdish leader Salih Muslim a visa, again

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
WASHINGTON, D.C.,— For the second year, the United States has denied Syrian Kurdish leader a visa to speak at an event at the prestigious National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “The visa, it was actually refused,” Salih Muslim said in a video. Muslim, t ...

U.S. begins sending arms to Syrian Kurdish fighters: Pentagon

E-Kurd - 2017-05-31 11:21
WASHINGTON,— The United States on Tuesday began providing small arms to Kurdish fighters battling the Islamic State group in Syrian Kurdistan (northern Syria), the Pentagon said, fulfilling a pledge that has infuriated Turkey. The weapons transfers have ...

U.S. starts sending weapons to Syrian Kurds

KurdPress - 2017-05-31 10:16
The United States said on Tuesday it started distributing arms to Syrian Kurdish militia battling to help retake the city of Raqqa in northern Syria from Islamic State (IS). ...

US Officials Confirm Delivering Arms to SDF

BAS News - 2017-05-31 00:34
ISTANBUL — The US military has shipped another instalment of weapons to the Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to oust Islamic State (IS) militants from Syria’s Raqqa. Thi ...

SDF Reached Vicinity of Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-05-31 00:15
ISTANBUL — The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are leading the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the operation to oust Islamic State (IS) militants out of Syria’s Raqqa, have reached the vicinity of the city’s border on Tuesday. The advanc ...

The moral bankruptcy of morons

Seth Frantzman - 2017-05-30 21:42
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN “US has started shipping weapons to Syrian Kurdish fighters,” reports read on May 30th. The weapons are destined for the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) which are […] ...

Kurdish-Arab forces of SDF to enter Raqqa

KurdPress - 2017-05-30 11:40
The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) stated that the Kurdish-Arab forces are to enter Raqqa, northern Syria, and they are on the verge of victory, adding that they are very close to the city. ...

Picture: 16-Year-Old Teenager Enrolled by YPG Killed near Raqqa

BAS News - 2017-05-28 11:01
YPG, PKK’s armed wing, continues to conscript under age children ERBIL — The Syrian Kurdish People’s Defense Units (YPG), the armed wing of Democratic Union Party (PYD), in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava) continues to enrol children under 18 in its military. A ...

New PYD Spokesperson Trained by Syrian Intelligence: ENKS Official

BAS News - 2017-05-27 16:16
ERBIL— Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) has assigned a new spokesperson to its affiliate-party, PYD (Democratic Union Party), in Syria who has been trained by the Syrian intelligence. Ismail Hamid Badini, a member of the Kurdish National Council of Syria ( ...

YPG Receives Third Batch of US Weapons: Source

BAS News - 2017-05-27 01:16
ERBIL — The US has sent the third shipment of weapons and armoured vehicles to the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) as part of the efforts to help local fighters in the war against Islamic State (IS). A YPG representative, on condition of a ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...
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